She is a grand old, high-flying icon.
The Star Spangled Banner, as she is better known to her friends, has been flying over the land of the free and the home of brave for 236 years.
Sure, she looks a little different today than she did when she made her debut at the Second Continental Congress in 1777. But time takes its a toll on a lady. And so, from time to time Old Glory has gotten a little refreshing. In fact, she has been refreshed 26 times. (Move over Joan Rivers!)
But time and the myriad changes it has brought with it have done nothing to dampen her resolve. She still stands for freedom and her message of indivisibility, liberty and justice for all is as strong as ever.
So today, on her day, join me in celebrating the Red, White and Blue.
And to help you keep your eye on the grand ole gal all year through, I’ve rounded up some amazing American-made flag themed products.
(Trust me. They are so good, you may be tempted to salute.)
American Flag Pillow ($420) by Alabama Chanin
Made in USA
25″ l x 17″ w. Made of 100% organic cotton in burgundy, navy and natural. Features back button closure. Stuffed with 50% white goose down and 50% white goose feather pillow form.
Designer Natalie Chanin started what would become Alabama Chanin in 1999 when she took apart and reconstructed a t-shirt. From there, Natalie has gone on to build a sustainable design company. Each product is handmade by local artisans and is made of organic or recycled materials. The line currently includes clothing and accessories for women and the home.
Eco American Flag ($165) by in2green
Made in USA
50″ w x 60″ l. Made of 74% recycled cotton yarn, 24% acrylic and 2% other. Machine wash and dry.
in2green is a eco luxury line of throws, pillows, totes, accessories and pet goods. Each product is made of sustainable materials – organic and/or recycled cotton.
American Flag Books Set ($495) by Juniper Books
Made in USA
Set of 9 books. Wrapped in custom jackets designed to form the American Flag when collected. Books are new and from the Library of America. The following authors are included: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck and Robert Frost.
Juniper Books is dedicated to personalizing, customizing and generally reinventing the concept of the printed book and “the library.” Thatcher Wine has carved out a niche at the intersection of books and design by creating and curating libraries of leather and vellum books; books by author, color, subject and/or size; or making custom printed book jackets.
Presidential Blocks ($100) by Uncle Goose
Made in USA
(45) 1.75″ cubes. Made of sustainable Michigan basswood. Blocks feature detailed information on all 44 Presidents and assemble to make an American flag. One additional block features the Oath of Office so aspiring presidents can get some practice.
Silly and sophisticated. Old-fashioned and modern. Uncle Goose hand crafts wooden blocks that inspire and teach. The collection includes classic English alphabet blocks, 20 foreign language block sets (including braille), 9 specialty block sets, decorative name blocks and block wrangling accessories.
Made In China Blousy T-Shirt ($34) by MNKR
Made in California
One size fits most women. Made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Screenprinted flag features the words “Made In China” in small print. Men’s Made In China tee also available.
MNKR (pronounced “moniker”) blends vintage advertising and skateboard graphic influences into a distinctive, expressive collection of men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and notions.
Taylor Flag Canvas Tote ($88) by Lauren Moshi
Made in Los Angeles, California
Made of 100% cotton. Machine washable. Miley (Color) Flag Fringe Tote also available.
Begun by a brother and sister, Michael and Lauren, with a love of the finer things in life, the Lauren Moshi clothing and accessories line is inspired by high fashion and fine art. Each piece is meticulously crafted in limited quantities. Every mark and line on every piece is hand drawn by Lauren.
From Our Old Friends
American Flag Key Fob ($22.50) by Knot Clothing
Made in Charleston, South Carolina
Key fob featuring American flags.
Founded by Nick Mannella, Knot Clothing makes ribbon belts and key fobs in patterns that offer something for everyone.
Original fifty post: On the green.
American Flag Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle ($14) by Maple Landmark
Made in Middlebury, Vermont
7.75″ h x 14.75′ w. 15 large interlocking pieces cut from 0.125″ hardwood plywood. For ages 3 & up. Drawstring storage pouch included.
Maple Landmark makes wooden toys, games, decor and gifts.
Original fifty post: The toddler.
American Flag Temporary Lip Tattoo ($9.99/pack) by Violent Lips
Made in USA
Pack includes 3 Glitteratti temporary lip tattoo applications.
Violent Lips Collection offers a statement-making line of products that offer the ultimate form of self-expression. Smooth feel and glossy finish. Vitamin enhanced. FDA approved. Last 4 to 8 hours. Easy to apply to lips of all sizes.
Original fifty post: The stocking.