I love California! There are so many brands headquartered here that make the best of the best. But upon further research, I sometimes found that my favorite California branded products were not made here after all, and you'd never know unless you checked the label or did some research. These are a few of my favorite things verified to have come out of this great state. I hope you enjoy the ten things I love made in California.
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Ten Things We Love Made in California
AUTHENTICITY 50 LUXURY BEDDING
Authenticity 50 manufactures luxury bedding 100% in the USA. When husband and wife team Jimmy and Stephanie MacDonald could not find any high-quality luxury bedding items that were American made, they took action. They searched the USA for textile manufacturing facilities and started their own line of luxury sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers. Since 2015, Authenticity 50 has been providing luxury bedding to consumers factory-direct. The Authenticity 50 headquarters are located in California, and all of Authenticity 50's luxury bedding items are made from high-quality Supima cotton, which is grown in California.
I started building Second Base women's clothing company in 2008. The most interesting part was sourcing fabrics and services to convert my vision to a tangible product. I found that not only were the sources hard to find, but cutting and sewing experts had begun closing their doors due to the poor economy. A fellow designer referred me to her fabric cutter but then moved her production overseas a year later. Keeping the manufacturing in the USA became very important to me. Since launching in May 2009, we have expanded to dozens of styles and colors, and are carried in over 500 shops nationwide. We love our customers, and they love pieces that wear well and fit well, made in the USA.
I discovered COOLA on a weekend trip to Santa Barbara and became instantly obsessed. It's an organic, mineral-based sunscreen with a delicate scent. I can't say enough good things, from the packaging to the content. Don't forget your skin is your body's largest organ, so it's important to know what ingredients you're soaking up. Made in San Diego, their SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish goes on my skin every day.
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TAPATIO HOT SAUCE
My long love affair with Cholula came to an end when I moved to California and met Tapatio! Put this kicky hot sauce on whatever you want, but especially eggs. I recently discovered that it comes in packets. Now I can bring my favorite hot sauce with me wherever I go.
Heath has been manufacturing their gorgeous pieces in Sausalito since 1948. I love their sleek vases to help spruce up a bookcase, and a bowl or serving set makes the perfect housewarming gift. Someday I would love to do a bathroom designed around their gorgeous tiles. Heath represents vitality in the dying trade of American ceramic making.
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Innovator is synonymous with American entrepreneur. And there is nothing more innovative than space travel. I suppose that after Elon Musk founded PayPal, he decided to conquer the final frontier by launching this space transport company. Based in Hawthorne, Space X was the first private company to return a spacecraft from low orbit, and last fall, had a successful resupply mission at the NASA International Space Station.
Strong and delicious! One of the first certified organic coffee roasters in southern California, Groundwork makes our favorite blend at the office, their robust Black Gold, and its no wonder they made the list of the top things I love made in California. You can stroll into one of their cafes in LA to get sandwiches, juice, pastries, and coffee by the pound. If you don't find yourself nearby anytime soon, don't despair. They ship anywhere in the US and Canada.
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You can't talk about California products without mentioning the wine! One of my most memorable wine tastings and tours was at the Rubicon winery and Niebaum estate. Owned by the prolific Francis Ford Coppola, this vineyard has so much history and beauty. My particular favorite wine is the Edizione Pennino, a red Zinfandel named for Coppola's maternal grandfather's music company. Each cork is stamped with one of his song titles. This bottle epitomizes the rich storytelling that happens at this winery.
Fans of True Blood might recognize Noir furniture and lighting in Vampire Bill's mansion. These pieces can range from dark and gothic looking to light and beachy, all made right here in California. I peruse their catalog for inspiration when I'm decorating a bedroom, an office, or looking for a unique piece you won't find at the mall.
My mother got a Taylor in 1994 when they were still in “cult status.” At that time, most musicians would tell you a Martin is the best acoustic, but that notion has steadily changed as Taylor has grown. In 2000, I was given one of my own, and I love its sound and shape. Founder Bob Taylor wrote a great book about his adventures in guitars and entrepreneurship. If you want to see how they make these beautiful instruments, you can take a factory tour at their facilities outside of San Diego. Please note: Not all Taylor guitars are made in the USA.
Jennie Horn is the designer and inventor of the Second Base demi cami, a layering piece for women. She lives in Venice Beach with her husband and two cats.
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