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. 

How She Wore It: Utica in Martha’s Vineyard

Our wonderful customer Charlene wearing her Utica button-up for a birthday excursion to Martha’s Vineyard.

Want your own Utica? Shop here.

Introducing Lake Merced

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The summer-weight button-up shirt we call Lake Merced, inspired by countless leisure hours in the park, rests lightly on the skin when the sun sits high and the temperature warms. A hot day best spent in this playful grey cotton button-up shirt with the sleeves cuffed up and paired with white denim shorts. As the sun falls and “Karl the Fog” rolls in, layer on a light sweater, pair with some cuffed trousers, lace up your Vans, and you’ll be comfortable in the dropping temperature. And you can never go wrong with your favorite dark wash jeans, a delicate necklace, and this every-season shirt for a date night or happy hour.

Shop Lake Merced HERE.

"Feminism isn’t about style choices."

As a strong believer in equal rights for men and women this post by Lizzie Garrett Mettler of Tomboy Style is an important one. Without the women’s rights movement I wouldn’t be sitting here at my home computer, running a small business, able to call myself an entrepreneur. I too am a feminist, my husband is a feminist, and our business is run to value and be empowered by the equal rights of men and women.

Here’s Lizzie’s post: 

"This is mostly a style blog, but this weekend I was lured in by a click bait post called 14 Women Who Don’t Need Feminism and I felt the need to comment here. It made me aware of a Facebook page with 3000+ likes called Women Against Feminism. One thing is clear: there’s real disagreement on the connotation and definition of the word feminism. It reminded me of watching the Makers documentary last year where Marissa Mayer, the first female engineer at Google and current CEO of Yahoo said matter-of-factly, "I don’t think I would consider myself a feminist." She went on to say, "I certainly believe in equal rights and believe women to be just as capable if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don’t have the militant drive and the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that." That really made me pause. There are still women, even extremely successful business-minded women, who are seemingly afraid of identifying with the word feminist because they see it as a negative.

Feminism isn’t about style choices. It’s not about hating men. It’s not about sexuality. It’s really at its core about believing that men and women should have equal rights. I’m a feminist. My husband’s a feminist. My dad’s a feminist. President Obama is a feminist. If you’re afraid of identifying as a feminist because you think that makes you a “bitch” or a “slut” or a “man hater” or associates you with a political party (as suggested by many of the 14 Women Who Don’t Need Feminism), then you’re letting someone else define you. We’ve come a long way in this country as we near the centennial anniversary of the women’s right to vote, but equality doesn’t just land in people’s laps and sit safely there for eternity, we have to protect it and foster it as it evolves—there are plenty of nations around the globe that prove women can be considered and treated as second class citizens. 

Don’t be afraid to be a feminist.”

First Look: Lake Merced

This light grey dobby button-up will be available next week on our website. To be first to know sign-up for our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller

Back in Stock: Farallon Islands

Farallon Islands is BACK IN STOCK … and going fast!

Get yours here

How She Wore It: Ashlyn of Triple Thread

Ashlyn of Triple Thread lookin’ summer ready in The Ashburn popover paired with vintage Levi’s and a Patricia Nash cross-body bag.

See more photos here.

Back in Stock: Vacationland

Our Vacationland button down, dedicated to our favorite getaway location in Maine, is back in stock. From the choppy coastline of the mid-coast to the secluded beauty of Northern Maine, it’s the place to wear your favorite button-down shirt day in and day out. We guarantee you will love the versatility of the Vacationland plaid. It is crafted of mid-weight cotton in a menswear-inspired palette but a perfectly feminine fit. It’s easy to wear or pack wherever your adventures may take you.

Our shirts are designed during our travels and sewn in downtown San Francisco, California.

  • 100% Mid-weight Cotton Plaid
  • Navy Blue with Yellow and Pink
  • Gently Tailored + Relaxed Fit
  • Double Stitched Matte Buttons
  • Sewn in San Francisco, California
  • Ships Free via USPS Priority

Shop here

Marvelous Marianne

These images by the German photographer Marianne Breslauer are sure to inspire the tomboy in you. She photographed friends, models, and performers in the 1930’s. 

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See more photos here