Best Ever

"It’s been so great to watch the American women’s shirting company Tradlands grow and evolve over the past year and a half since their launch. From start-up to a now fully-fledged brand, they’ve just today released their fourth collection, and it’s no doubt their best ever.

Made in the U.S.A. by thoughtful human beings and intended to stay in your wardrobe for decades, I can’t imagine a better shirt …”

- Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Tomboy Style

See the full post here.

His. For her.

Tired of buying oversized men’s shirts? Or sloppy women’s button-ups in a “boyfriend” or “boy fit”? Tradlands shirts are designed to fit and flatter you. It’s our guarantee.

His. For her. Shop our button-ups here

Introducing Fall 2014. Shop now.

Today we are excited to share with you the launch of our Volume Four line. The wait is finally over. 7 new shirts plus a restock of 2 popovers, we designed these shirts after listening to your requests and delivered your favorite fall fabrics. Soft brushed buffalo check flannel, sleek black oxford, and a modern polka dot on a smoky topaz cotton. Our menswear inspired shirts are built to last and made to be lived in.

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We think this is our best offering yet. We hope you do too. Your order will ship to you in via FREE USPS Priority 2-3 Day within the United States. We also have discounted rates for International orders.

If you have any questions or feedback email us at info@tradlands.com. Thank you for celebrating our new line with us. We are grateful to do what we love because of your unwavering support. To start shopping click here.


All our best,
Sadie + Jeremy

Tomorrow

Volume Four goes live TOMORROW! Get ready to shop tomorrow morning here

Monday Mantra

Monday mantra provided by Mary Oliver

Did I mention amazing?

Some customers say our shirts are amazing. Some say, “Amazing, amazing, did I mention AMAZING??!!” to quote exactly.

Want the most amazing shirt you’ll even own? Shop our new Fall line on Tuesday, September 16th. We offer free shipping both ways and guarantee our goods so you can shop worry free.

But you don’t have to take it from us. See what our customers are saying here.

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Finding Fall

“A map such as that one is worth many hundreds, and as luck will have it, thousands of dollars. But more than this, it is a remembrance of that time before our planet was so small. When this map was made, I thought, you could live without knowing where you were not living.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

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Images from our Fall 2014 lookbook. Available on September 16th at tradlands.com. To see more previews of our new line follow us on Instagram here

(Photos by Horace & Mae Photography.)

Behind the Brand: Ben at Port MA

As a young company, we are still excited when a store contacts us to carry our line. But it feels every more special when the store is just opening it’s doors and we get to be a part of their venture from the beginning. Although we aren’t there on opening day, a little part of us (our shirts!) are.

Port in Northampton, Massachusetts opened it’s doors just a few months ago and is off to a great start. Bringing new life and American-made awareness to the Northampton area, Ben Glushien is the tour de force behind Port. He believes in quality over quantity, sharing well-made products at every price point, and educating customers on the importance of locally made goods. In his words, “Supporting American made clothing supports jobs in America. It supports the economy. Shifting the way we spend our money by just a small percentage can have a more powerful effect than any voting you do at the polls. Real change starts with people, not policy. The most powerful thing you can do is change.”

We are grateful to be among the ranks and racks of Jungmaven and Armor Lux at Port. If you live in the Northampton area be sure to visit. Ben will be hosting some great trunk shows and book signings next month too. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Port on Facebook. Read on for our interview with Ben and to see some photos of his shop.

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What is your background?

I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Background in the arts. Studied fine arts at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. Worked as a model maker for 8 years (props for ads and game prototypes). Performed independent contract work for Disney for 9 yrs (traveling to local theaters and gathering market info through viewing trailers & features). Worked in retail on and off for 3 yrs. Worked as an activities person with seniors for 3.5 yrs. Was a “professional dog player” for a year. Plenty of more jobs had… Always more than one at a time. Basically I’ve had tons of jobs, and all the while was thinking about opening my own store! I had been thinking about opening a store for 10 years.

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Why did you start your store?

I started the store because I was ready to work for myself. No one around here was doing what my store is doing… supporting USA made clothing and high quality timeless clothing. Supporting US made is a stores belief that if we could bring back some of the textile industry we could create many jobs that would positively affect the economy and US culture. Also sustainable clothing from brands that work very hard to keep production sustainable. Focusing on women’s wear that is equally utility & fashion, and offering a good amount of clothing that cannot be labeled as specifically menswear or womenswear.

Where can we find you online?

We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PortNoho. The website is to come in first year…

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What’s your favorite blog to read online?

Tomboy Style.

What products do you wear from your store?

I wear Jumgmaven. Big fan of the bold stripes they hand roll on. I also wear Armor Lux and Soludos from the store.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you serve us?

Dinner at my house would be an apple sage veggie sausage angel hair pasta dish with kale, garlic and olive oil.

Who is your favorite fashion icon?

Steve McQueen!

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What is the emotion you feel before you buy a new product online?

The emotion I always feel before making a purchase online is hesitation. Support brick & mortar! Keep community alive!

What music perfectly describes your store?

When we were building the space Luis Bonfa’s Black Orpheus soundtrack was playing the most. The vibe of the music is still present in the store. Also Jonathan Richman’s Corner Store has been inspiring!

Thank you so much, Ben! Stop by Port, located at 202 Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Fall Feelings

Our Fall line, titled Volume Four, will be available through our online store starting next Tuesday, September 16th. Inspired by our travels, each shirt is named after US towns, streets, and counties. 

If you’d like an email from us reminding you about the launch - along with awesome follow-up emails about new products, special offers, and our weekly round-up - be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Scroll to the bottom of this page to get on our list.

Here’s to Fall and all the adventures it will bring. 

Giveaway: Win a $250 Tradlands Gift Card

We’ve teamed up with our friend Erin at Calivintage to offer another awesome giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Tradlands $250 Gift Card to spend on our website. 

There are 8 ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the more chances to win. One winner will be picked at random and informed via email. The contest ends this Sunday, August 24th at 11:59pm PST. 

ENTER TO WIN HERE

Garden to Table: Easiest Dill Pickles

With an abundance of cucumbers overflowing from our garden, my mom sent this simple recipe for refrigerator pickles. What I love about this recipe is a.) it doesn’t involve canning or jarring, b.) they can be enjoyed just hours later, and c.) you can add herbs, spices, and vegetables that you have on hand to mix up the flavoring. I added onions, turmeric, garlic cloves, jalapeños, and red peppers to different jars. To make sweet pickles add a couple of tablespoons of sugar.

To start you will need:

8 larger or to 10 smaller firm, fresh Kirby (pickling) cucumbers
3 teaspoons kosher salt (if using a featherweight brand such as Diamond, use a little more)
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (I used a lot more for extra dill flavor)
1/2 cup white vinegar

Get the full recipe here

Giveaway: Tradlands x Archival Clothing

Today we are excited to share with you our biggest giveaway to date. We’ve paired up with our friends at Archival Clothing, a brand that we admire and are grateful to work with. One lucky winner will receive this package of American-made goods:
 
1 x Tradlands Lake Merced Button-up ($147) PLUS 
1 x Archival Clothing Roll Top in Natural Duck ($220) PLUS 
1 x Tradlands Gift Card ($50)

The total prize is valued at $425 and will ship to the winner for free. The contest starts now and ends this Monday, August 4th at 11:59pm PST. 

There are 9 ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the more chances to win. The winner will be picked at random and informed via email. In case you were wondering, the contest is open internationally.

Enter to win here.

A short video of our friend Kelly at West Falls wearing her Utica by the sea, in our home state. Kelly writes: 

"Brendan and I both love the Utica shirt and were inspired to make this video while we were in Rhode Island.  We shot it right near the Castle Hill lighthouse in Newport. The stories that you have written for each shirt spark a personal connection - this one about your dad sailing in RI brought back so many memories for me."

Thank you to Kelly and Brendan for generously sending this to us. If you haven’t checked out West Falls, their blog, and Instagram feed, please do. I think their story inspires something in everyone. (Don’t we all just want to live our dreams?)

Find the last of our Utica shirts here

How She Wore It: Anna in Bernal Heights

We were happy when our customer Anna shared these shots of her Bernal Heights button-down. We love how this shirt can be dressed up or down, paired with a skirt or jeans. Thank you, Anna, for sending these to us! You look beautiful. 

Do you have photos of yourself in a Tradlands shirt? Email us or tag us (#tradlands) on Instagram. 

PS. Thanks to customer feedback we will be bringing back the Bernal Heights in a few months. Stay tuned!

I Love Online Shopping

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other I’m going to share one of my vulnerabilities with you. I hate shopping at most clothing stores because of the personal battles I have with my body.

It’s a war every time I step into a fitting room with harsh lighting and a 3-way mirror. If I’m going to have a breakdown about how my nose looks in that dress I’d rather have it in the privacy of my own home. And there’s the immediate moment of weakness with Panda Express that I’d rather not deal with.

To be authentic, I don’t buy new clothes very often. It’s rare for me to head to the local mall, retail store, or boutique looking to purchase new clothing. Usually when I buy a new wardrobe staple it’s for a very specific need. Like an upcoming event. Or to replace a well-worn favorite that’s at the end of it’s days - I’m talking about you, my vintage, heather grey Block Island sweatshirt that is over 15 years old. Or because I simply love it and want to add it to my closet. My spending is on well-made goods I can count on.

Another confession: I dislike malls. I’m not a fan of food courts. Black Friday sales make me run the other way. I always feel like the scarf and earrings purchased on impulse by the register are going to be found on sale the next day with a 50% off coupon in my local newspaper flyer.

But the biggest reason I resist mall shopping is because it’s hard to find a fit that works for my 5 foot frame. You can’t wear jeans around the store for two hours to see how they feel. But you can do that at home. You can’t google search the mall to find a well-made pair of made in USA garden gloves. But you can do that easily online. The internet puts every item you need right at your fingertips. But with so many options online, pages upon pages of brands, and varying size guides, who can you look to introduce you to your new favorite shirt company?

The answer: Customers.

Real customers leaving reviews and testimonials. And that’s what makes online shopping the best. A shirt from the mall doesn’t come with a review. If you see something you like you can’t get 20 women in a room to tell you how it fits for them. But online shopping with the top sites makes that possible.

We trust reviews, right? When I look at an item on Amazon I read the title, find the price, and scroll straight down to the customer reviews. A major factor in my purchases are now based on customers reviews. I would bet it’s probably similar for you too.

Head over to our Customer Reviews. See what others are saying about our women’s button-up shirts. Read what our customers have said about the quality, the fit, the fabrics, and how they feel about their purchases with Tradlands. That’s all.