Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Giving Made in the USA

While politicians continue to debate endlessly about complicated trade deals, at The Perfect Provenance we already know numerous companies that are proudly Made in the USA. As a small business owner, I know that sourcing is one of the most difficult parts of my business. The temptation to buy cheaply made goods is enormous, especially when competing with large luxury store chains. We work very hard to counter that trend though and give our clients products and an experience that is unique, by supporting small businesses like ours you are supporting creativity and innovation.  

Finding ethically sourced products made right here at home is not hard, you can easily search on any website you are buying from this holiday season or ask a sales person in store.  Learn the story behind the products you buy, support your fellow Americans or crafstman sourced designs -- support quality over quantity.  Everyone can do their part simply by asking simple questions such as where was this made and who made it? If you really care about fair trade, don't leave it in the hands of politicians, you as a consumer have enormous power. Everyone can and should learn if fair wages were paid, whether important labor practices were followed and how materials were sourced. 

To help you find just some of the amazing companies this holiday season, we have assembled a short list of great designers and companies perfect for anyone on your list or you can check out for more information.  Check back every week for companies that we will feature sourced from the United States, and elsewhere, that ethically sourced.  

MadeWorn Tees, Los Angeles, California
Guns N Roses Made Worn Tee

  • MadeWorn Rock Tees are the ultimate in music nostalgia apparel. Made in Los Angeles from pure Memphis cotton, the cut tee, tee-shirt and raglan styles, are all hand-loomed on the same 1956 machines that produced the originals, and finished with hand-distressing and staining of staining and stone washing for 7+ hours with pumice stones (just like denim). 
  • Designer Blaine Halvorson has developed a proprietary, custom-formulated ink and screen printing technique that replicates the authentic look and wear of the original tees. MadeWorn maintains a stable of licenses for such bands as the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Metallica, the Beach Boys, Queen, and Guns & Roses, among many others. 
  • Whenever a customer buys MadeWorn, they can rest assure that no one else has the same product that they do.
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Owen & Fred, New York City
Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag
  • Available in Army Green/ Orange & Brown/Navy combinations
  • 5.5 inches high; 8 inches long; 4 inches wide
  • Nickel hardware, leather handle and accents, plus a screen printed message on the interior.
  • Designed & Made in the USA
  • Tired of an overstuffed ziplock bag to hold your grooming essentials? Try the "Hey Handsome" Shaving Kit bag made is from 18 z Duck Canvas and Denier Nylon on the exterior and Denier Nylon on the inside. With zippers to keep your bag shut tight and water repellent fabrics, you can feel safe knowing that your grooming essentials will stay inside your bag, even if they leak.  
  • Owen & Fred is a New York-based men's design brand founded in 2012.  Owen & Fred transforms the boring into extraordinary. Simply put: Men's Goods. Made Great
Napa Soap Company, Napa, California

Soapignon Blanc

  • Soapignon Blanc contains a rich blend of grape seed, olive, avocado and sunflower oils and is complemented by a dose of white wine. 
  • The refreshing scent is a perfect combination of grapefruit and pomegranate oils creating a fruity, uplifting bar that has been described as “citrus-y peach”.  
  • Made in USA
  • The Napa Soap Company crafts their soaps by hand in small batches of 50 bars each at their shop in downtown St. Helena, Napa Valley.  They use natural ingredients, buy organic whenever they can, recycle all of their packaging materials, and try to source as many local products as possible.  All bars are hand poured and approximately 6 + ounces.
All of these products and many more, made in the USA products are available at The Perfect Provenance --  Today is Cyber Monday -- shop and save -- you can get $25 any order of $150 or more when you use the code #cybermonday.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Smile Greenwich to Benefit Operation Smile

Thank you to everyone who came out on November 18 and supported our
Smile Greenwich.  
We raised $131,320 to help children around the world smile!

Smile Greenwich was held at the Belle Haven Club on Friday, November 18th.  Over 180 people gathered for Dessert, Drinks & Dancing, a silent and live auction. Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill & Kathy Magee spoke movingly about founding the charity more than 30 years ago which provides free surgeries for children with facial deformity in more than 60 countries around the world.

Co-Chairs for the event were Alisyn Camerota (CNN New Day Anchor) Trisha Dalton, myself & Dr. Stacy Zarakiotis -- Grammy winning artist Estelle performed for the crowd.  Julia Merrill & Zack Lori, Founders of the Spreading Smiles Club at Greenwich High School spoke at the event and presented a check and surgery get well kits to the Magees.  Student volunteers from Greenwich High School's Spreading Smiles helped throughout the event.
More than $130,000 was raised from a silent and live auction that included 4 families winning an opportunity to attend a medical mission to Bogota, Columbia with Operation Smile.   Everyone who donated $240 or more received one of the Three Little Bears created by LIsa Lori & Kathy Van Zeeland.   DJ Nick Dean from NYC kept everyone dancing late into the night, he donated his services for the evening.  For more information or to donate at