Author Archives: John Briggs

About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.

Scoutmob delivers the goods!


I recently came upon an amazing website that features hundreds of American makers making all sorts of great stuff.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Scoutmob‘s purpose is to introduce Americans like you and me to small scale independent American makers.  They … Continue reading

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Santa might be stopping by!


With Christmas less than two weeks away, the gift buying imperative is upon us.  This year I have decided to try to purchase Christmas gifts which are produced by individual American makers.  A great place to find such gifts are … Continue reading

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The Festive Period is officially underway!


If you live in England, the “Festive Period” is generally thought of as the period of time between Christmas and New Years.  But I tend to think of the entire month of December as the Festive Period and my Festive … Continue reading

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American brands, delivered to your phone!


  I’m convinced that curated ecommerce sites are going to be instrumental in helping to sustain and grow American made products, especially products made by smaller makers.  A case in point is BEZAR, the brainchild of Brad Shellhammer.  I can’t … Continue reading

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Way to go Nike!


I was in need of some new cotton crew socks, so I dropped into my local Fred Meyer and beelined it to the sock section.  Imagine my glee at finding a nice package of very reasonably priced Nike Crew socks … Continue reading

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Ten! Hut!


I recently came across an amazing American firm that I felt compelled to tell you about.  Sword & Plough is the brain child of two American sisters, Betsy and Emily.  Born into a military family, Betsy and Emily grew up at West … Continue reading

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American Field!


I haven’t posted in quite a while, but it wasn’t laziness on my part I assure you.  Rather, I have been working like a strap on my new website Homerica.  Homerica is your one stop for everything you need for … Continue reading

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