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Seven Businesses Ted and Gena Can Get Behind


Designs from the Symmetry Goods fall collection

The couple behind Symmetry Goods focuses a lot of energy on exactly how their new line of scarves (and, come spring, bags and other accessories) are constructed. They score wools in Japan, they design and cast the hardware in L.A., and they work with a seamstress just down the street. With such deliberate production, it’s no surprise that they have careful buying habits, too. “The beer that we drink, the food that we eat, the clothes that we wear—we really try to look for businesses that deserve our support,” Ted says. These are seven companies that they are more than happy to patronize.

Engineered Garments
“Though it’s not new anymore, E.G. will always be one of our favorites. It offers a Japanese take on a classic American aesthetic, with just enough Rei Kawakubo thrown in. And Nepenthes, the parent company, produces all of the Engineered Garments, uh, garments in the U.S. I could wear their work shirt every day—and often do.”

The Bruery
“The Bruery is a craft brewery in Placentia in Orange County. All of its beers are small-batch, and though they’re rooted in the styles of the Belgians, the company has managed to become one of the most innovative and interesting craft breweries in America. We especially love their very limited releases (Black Tuesday, Oude Tart, anything that spent time in a barrel), and the Christmas beers have become holiday staples for us. This year’s is 3 French Hens—the third in the series, of course.”

Corter Leather’s Brewster rivet wallet

Corter Leather
“Corter Leather is a one-man operation based in New England. The guy behind it is named Eric, and he literally makes everything he sells—beautiful wallets and small leather goods that combine pure craftsmanship and modernity.”

“Patrick and Leah are behind LAYERxlayer, and they design covetable bags, backpacks, rucksacks, and other objects. They produce entirely in America and are a quality-over-all-else operation. We really dig what they do.”

Come meet us and LAYERxlayer at the mobile pop-up shop hosted by Brooklyn Based and The Shiny Squirrel on December 4th!

Kristen Elspeth
“Kristen is a dear friend of ours—she produces all of her jewelry by hand. We love her refined-yet-crafty aesthetic. She pays attention to even the smallest of details.”

Sightglass Coffee
“San Francisco is quickly becoming the American mecca of artisanal coffee roasters, and Sightglass is our favorite. They just get a really amazing flavor profile from all of their varieties—rich yet not too acidic, with a full body and good mouthfeel. We could go on and on. Everything they do is seasonal, only harvesting from small lots when it’s the right time.”

The Way We Wore
“The Way We Wore is the preeminent women’s vintage spot in Los Angeles. Selling everything from proper couture to expertly selected vintage textiles, this is the spot where you often see very famous designers looking for inspiration. The owner, Doris Raymond, has an encyclopedic knowledge of textile, fashion, and culture in general, and she only deals in pieces that you will want to keep forever.”

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