• Karen Seiger

Gift Ideas for Men: Fine American Craftsmanship by The Local Branch

Blaine models this modern holster  from The Local Branch


Recently, one of my readers asked me about products for men in the markets. I’m the first to admit that there are many more wonderful designs for women than men out there. However, you can find some of the most beautifully made and wonderfully stylish handmade products for men too, starting with The Local Branch at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market this season.

Holster from the back, wearable as an accessory or hidden under a jacket for traveling


Founders and partners Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler have created a mobile clothing and home goods store out of a vintage Airstream trailer. They set up a home for the holidays inside Artists & Fleas, where you can find some of the coolest handcrafted products available. Blaine is modeling a leather holster (above) that holds your cellphone in one side, and your wallet in the other. It looks like a pair of suspenders from the back. I think it’s great as a dapper travel accessory too.

They have gaucho hats (think Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josie Wales), wool blankets, leather journals, and many more beautiful items. I’ve spent quite a bit of time visiting in their inviting shop, and I’ve discovered new treasures at every turn, like a soft canteen (great for smuggling a belt or two into the opera),  versatile copper vessels, or small bundles of palo santo sticks to make your home smell good.

Mackenzie and Blaine are incredibly nice, and interesting to chat with, especially about their life as designers and entrepreneurs building a successful business while traveling around the country. Visit them through December 20th at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market, or shop online an any time.

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~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

The Local Branch’s Leather Bell Jar Holder


Leather and Tobacco Candles by The Local Branch


Wool Blankets in a leather carrier.


Upstate Honey – from The Local Branch at Artists & Fleas


Handcrafted leather totes from The Local Branch


Handy Leather Clips by The Local Branch


VIntage Patches from The Local Branch


High Peak Wool Poncho – from The Local Branch


The Local Branch – Products inspired by the American landscape


Antler Jewelry – by The Local Branch at Artists & Fleas


Leather Bound Journals – The Local Branch


Leather Boot Pouch


Versatile Copper Vessels – from The Local Branch


Soft Canteen – The Local Branch


Mackenzie and Blaine, Founders of The Local Branch (Photo courtesy of The Local Branch)


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