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Buy It For Life: Maui Jim Sunglasses

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Maui Jim began selling polarized sunglasses on beaches of Maui in the 1980s. Now headquartered in Illinois, Maui Jim is one of the few companies that still manufactures their glasses in the U.S.

Buy It For Life: Think Chair By Steelcase

by Justin Thomas •

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Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase has been making office furniture since 1912. Their Think Chair is designed to maximize comfort and ergonomics, and it has received several prestigous design awards since its introduction in 2006.

Buy It For Life: Bedford Overnight Bag By Ernest Alexander

by Justin Thomas •

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Ernest Alexander, based in New York City, specializes in handcrafted luggage and accessories for men. His luggage designs include details like signature wax cottons, contrasting linings, double stitching and zipper pulls. They are committed to ethical manufacturing practices, and produce all of their products in the U.S.

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Buy It For Life: The Estwing Hammer

by Justin Thomas •

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Estwing is a company in Rockford, Illinois that has been forging tools since 1923. It was the first company to make an all-steel hammer that is forged in one piece, according to the manufacturing manager Dan Eisman.

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Buy It For Life: The Rada Tomato Slicer

by Justin Thomas •

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Rada Cutlery is a small company in Iowa that has been making knives since 1948. Their knives are constructed with a high carbon surgical stainless steel, and they feature dual serrations and hollow-ground blades.

Buy It For Life: Heritage Belts by Tanner Goods

by Justin Thomas •

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Tanner Goods is a small team of craftsmen in Portland, Oregon. They specialize in manufacturing heritage leather good. All of their sewing is done by a heritage saddle maker who started as an apprentice in the industry in 1964.

Buy It For Life: Pelican Cases

by Justin Thomas •

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Pelican Cases are perhaps the most durable cases available — they are certainly constructed to last a lifetime. The Pelican Products company was started in Torrance, California in 1975 by Dave Parker, a scuba diver, and Pelican Cases are still manufactured in Torrance.

Buy It For Life: Vitamix 5200 Blender

by Justin Thomas •

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Vitamix blenders, manufactured in Cleveland since the 1940s, are truly industrial-strength devices. Built like tanks, they are widely used in restaurant kitchens due their durability and long warranty. It is Consumer Reports’ top scoring blender.