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  • AlexRQ
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    I really do love manufacturer of kitchen appliances called KOHLER, cause we've bought a lot of items from them, especially for kitchen, and their quality is fantastic. They solid and durable as hell. Just for example, two years ago when we bought their kitchen faucet (one over here: https://cozyhousetoday.com/best-single-hole-kitchen-faucet-reviews/), first I thought that it's not gonna serve for a long time, but I've mistaken in that opinion. They produce really nice solid things.

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  • robburdtt
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    Agreed on Canson. Thankfully not as expensive as other options too, but does the job anyway.

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  • aedifica
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    Aide-mémoire Jewelry is a queer woman-owned business in Seattle. To quote from their website, "We focus on handmade, eco-friendly, and conflict-free everyday fine jewelry, wedding bands, and engagement rings. Our mission is to create future heirlooms in a socially and environmentally responsible way, which we hope will become a part of your family story." On top of that, I love their name--it's so appropriate for jewelry that commemorates a special event!

    I recently bought a ring from them as a graduation present to myself, and I'm very happy with the ring. It's similar to one of their stock designs, but with a different stone and with engraving inside the band. They did a really beautiful job on it! In addition, they helped me figure out exactly what I wanted, including finding my ring size (they mailed me three sizes of plain brass rings to see which fit best).

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  • kathryn
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    Originally posted by aedifica View Post
    Kathryn, did you ever try it? What did you think?
    I did! The quality is good, but the sizing is wonky. I got three things, all the same size, and they all fit differently.

    One was a jacket on final sale that I like enough to get altered down a bit to fit (just haven't priced that out yet). I also got a silk shell tank-top that fits around the waist, but a teeny bit tight across my boobs (sadly, not uncommon regardless of brand). With a shapewear tank, or if I could shed a pesky 5 lbs, it would fit fine. The last was a dress that may actually be cute once ironed and belted (but I have been too lazy and busy with work travel to get to that yet). It has pockets so I am hopeful!

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  • aedifica
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    Originally posted by kathryn View Post
    Anyone here tried Grana brand clothing?

    I just spotted a rec for it on the HerOneBag sub-reddit. I like the look and the prices seem good, but I have never even heard of them before, and am curious about fit and quality. In particular, I was looking at the silk ankle pants as a packable solution for "nice" trousers while traveling.
    Kathryn, did you ever try it? What did you think?

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  • backpack
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    Faber Castel watercolor pencils and Canson watercolor paper, I don't think there is any better pair for quality strong colors and paper that can take multi layers of coloring/water activating/drying as much as this one.

    It also excels at typical watercolor technique wet brush to apply a layer of translucent color and leave it at that.

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  • kathryn
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    Anyone here tried Grana brand clothing?

    I just spotted a rec for it on the HerOneBag sub-reddit. I like the look and the prices seem good, but I have never even heard of them before, and am curious about fit and quality. In particular, I was looking at the silk ankle pants as a packable solution for "nice" trousers while traveling.

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  • kieri
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    I know we have a lot of merino fans here - I recently got a an absolutely gorgeous merino shibori wrap from Cypress+Snow on Etsy. It's lightweight, packs down well (I advise a size 2 TSS, but you might squeeze it into a 1), and has the durability of a solid merino tee rather than a gauzy ring pashmina. After my Sitka Travel Tray and battered Hobonichi, it's pretty much my favorite thing.

    Modern textiles accessories by CypressandSnow on Etsy

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  • spcanf
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    I agree about the zojirushi mugs. I have loved everything from that brand - rice cooker, mugs, etc.

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  • G42
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    Was just reminded of these, from a separate thread...

    Zojirushi vacuum insulated travel mugs are amazing...keep hot hot and cold cold for a wicked long time... slightly more effort required to clean all the gaskets, but worth it for the performance.
    Last edited by G42; 06-18-2018, 02:40 PM.

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  • BigBadD
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    In my opinion, the Tom Bihn of cookware is Scanpan, especially their Pro IQ range. Great lasting products, but not cheap.

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  • DeBru
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    Originally posted by Kaz View Post
    Solidteknics cookware. (In my mind, the Tom Bihn of cookware, and with a cult following including a FB group.) An Australian company that manufactures in Australia and now, in the US as well. Their points of difference include one-piece design, innovative materials and durability. They started with "Aus Fonte" cast iron cookware (which they are no longer manufacturing), and then added "Aus Ion," which is wrought iron, and then "Noni" ferritic stainless steel. They are calling their US wrought iron range "US Ion," which is made in Chicago of US steel, and have two skillets on Kickstarter now. The wrought iron is much lighter than cast iron but performs much the same. I have two of these pans in the Australian iterations and absolutely love them .... actually they've rekindled my enjoyment of cooking. I've had fun learning to season them (which is not hard) and love that they are low-stick without a "teflonesque" coating. I also have one of the Noni stainless steel pans, and adore it too.
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    LOVE my Solidtekniks Wok, fry pan, and Nöni saucepan! I paid for shipping from AU to US and the pans are worth every penny.

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  • crossedbooker
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    I'm a big fan of Le Creuset pots and pans. They are pricey, but with some care they last generations. I bought my first almost 16 years ago (used) and it's still producing amazing food.

    I love Pendleton Woolen Mills blankets. They're great gifts and long lasting. My national parks blankets are staples in my house. They are also made in the USA, and come in a crazy amount of patterns and designs (if anyone is a Harry Potter nerd, they have several gorgeous blankets for adults and kids).

    Deneen Pottery makes some truly kick butt mugs (Minnesota based) and they contract out to National Parks and businesses. Many, many color choices and sizes, and the quality is amazing.

    Any coffee lovers here? Kicking Horse Coffee, based in Canada, has a pretty wide variety of choices (Horsepower, Kick Ass, Smart Ass)... I've tried all but one of their flavors and they remain the only auto buy I have on Amazon every month.

    Caxton Printers (based here in Idaho) publishes a wide variety of non-fiction every year, and they specialize in Native American history and folklore.

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  • Kaz
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    Solidteknics cookware. (In my mind, the Tom Bihn of cookware, and with a cult following including a FB group.) An Australian company that manufactures in Australia and now, in the US as well. Their points of difference include one-piece design, innovative materials and durability. They started with "Aus Fonte" cast iron cookware (which they are no longer manufacturing), and then added "Aus Ion," which is wrought iron, and then "Noni" ferritic stainless steel. They are calling their US wrought iron range "US Ion," which is made in Chicago of US steel, and have two skillets on Kickstarter now. The wrought iron is much lighter than cast iron but performs much the same. I have two of these pans in the Australian iterations and absolutely love them .... actually they've rekindled my enjoyment of cooking. I've had fun learning to season them (which is not hard) and love that they are low-stick without a "teflonesque" coating. I also have one of the Noni stainless steel pans, and adore it too.

    Hedrena merino clothing. I have a number of their pieces and love them for their beautiful hand and good-quality construction. The designs are basic streetwear, rather than "athleisure," which I appreciate. Now marketed online under Merino & Co., a group with a couple of other Aussie wool brands, which has a good return policy.

    Merino Country 100% merino briefs. Another Australian company, whose jersey merino also has a nice hand like Hedrena's. Their briefs for both men and women are less expensive than Hedrena's and of a similar quality. Hubby and I have been trialling these for over a year; we both rate them high for comfort and performance, and I'm happy with their durability and easy care. (I haven't tried any of the styles with lace, which is not merino.) We also have a couple Merino Country turtlenecks, which are fine but they do have necks wider than I like. Note the sizing.

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  • Chrls
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    Optimo hats

    Helly Hansen Workwear Chelsea Construction Pants (Buit-in kneepads!!!!)

    Bosch Laser tape measure

    Veto Pro Pack Tool Bags

    Occidental Tool belts

    Blackwing pencils

    Petzel headlamps

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