Last year was my first experience with American Field, the American-made pop-up marketplace that has now grown to a four-city force. It was a great time hanging out for a weekend meeting people, makers and entrepreneurs, who were all there to celebrate this powerful resurgence of American-made goods, which is why I was excited to return. This year was marked by the same enthusiasm, but with even more brands and more people.
It was really great to check in again with a few of the brands I’ve featured here on the site, like MBS Mfg. Co, Schon DSGN, Martenero and Island Creek Oysters, not to mention Ball and Buck, a client of mine that has also grown tremendously since last year's Brooklyn American Field. The Ball and Buck Field Outfitters tent, which was set up and decked to the nines this year, is an impressive operation in itself. It is its own traveling shop that roams the country from event to event, spreading the good word of the Boston brand.
There were also some new standouts that I really enjoyed seeing. TM1985, a Brooklyn leather maker had an incredibly handsome setup, and I couldn’t resist acquiring a dopp kit from them (with future purchases in mind too). I also finally got to meet the team behind Detroit-based Tait Design Co., makers of those cool retro balsa wood flyers. Now they’ve tweaked the classic design with some new patterns that no doubt will be gracing the shelves of design stores and museum shops all over in the near future.
All in all, it was an excellent time and if this year was an indication of the next, we can expect an even stronger, and much bigger, American Field in 2016.