Great Bear: Great Candles

If you’ve ever walked into a room and felt like you’ve been punched in the nose, then perhaps you understand the reasoning behind Jake Carnley’s subtly scented candles. Tired of the “highly scented room dominators” commonly found with mass producers, Carnley’s Great Bear Wax Co. prefers to take the small batch approach: every scent is carefully and repeatedly tested, perfecting a balance of notes that won’t assault the senses. Unlike the typical paraffin variety, each candle is made with locally-sourced, natural beeswax or American-grown soy wax. Fragrances like Tobacco Bay, Patchouli Jasmine, and [... more]

The Last Bag You’ll Ever Buy

You can count on using luggage for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to get bags that look timeless and will last forever. Emil Erwin, a Nashville, Tennessee-based leather and canvas goods company, patterns, cuts, sews, and assembles each bag by hand in its studio. The brand’s shoulder bags beautifully hold your laptop, lunch, work files, and whatever else you feel like putting in them. They’ll cause the grumpy old guy at the office to do a double take, but decades down the road [... more]

A Two-Wheeled Build

Aaron Dykstra heard stories from his grandparents of their travels across Europe on bicycles after World War II from a young age. Dykstra would eagerly listen as his grandfather would show him pictures and slides, and describe stories of the places he saw on two wheels. The inspiration never left Aaron and has fueled his love of bicycling ever since. He began racing, working as a bicycle mechanic, and eventually training to become a bicycle frame builder.   Aaron currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia where he crafts [... more]

A Better Way to Wallet

Few men give serious consideration to the front-pocket wallet, but when the cards and receipts and all those Benjamins start stacking up, sitting down can be uncomfortable and cause you to be lopsided, which leads to back pain. The front-pocket wallet takes care of all of those problems by simplifying the piece and moving it to the front. While working to create the perfect billfold, leather craftsman Michael Stricklin from Opelika, Alabama, designed the Loyal Stricklin Front Pocket Wallet ($89) using tan Chromexcel horsehide, tan stitching, and [... more]

Family & Fashion

Denim geniuses and real-life couple Carrie and Matt Eddmenson built their fashion and lifestyle brand, Imogene + Willie, to honor their eight grandparents, two of whom provide the brand’s name. Drawing inspiration from the dedication and hard work Carrie and Matt saw in their grandparents’ lives, the Nashville, Tennessee-based clothing company strives to produce functional, durable, and comfortable products—notably their fantastically crafted jeans for both men and women—made with love and compassion. It’s heartwarming and refreshing to see a design team so rooted in family values and [... more]

A Personal Touch

If you want to find a real-life Aidan from Sex and the City, head to Atlanta, Georgia. There you’ll find Kendrick Anderson, who creates custom furniture from his own self-named shop. While studying English literature in college, Kendrick became transfixed with the idea of building a table. With no personal experience in woodworking, he looked to his family’s history—his grandfather owned a sawmill/lumberyard and his father builds custom homes. After that initial piece, Kendrick realized woodworking was in his blood. He says his inspiration comes from a [... more]

A Family Affair

Woodworker Randy Cochran has been building furniture for more than 40 years. From his first commissioned piece in 1972 to the signature rocking chairs produced at his Wood Studio in Arley, Alabama, Randy’s work exemplifies the best of fine woodworking. He opened the studio in 1986 after spending some 15 years designing and building furniture as a hobby. Working with individuals and professionals alike, Wood Studio builds high-quality furnishings for both residential and commercial projects. Randy’s sons, Keith and Dylan, graduated from Auburn University and help operate [... more]

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