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Ministry of Supply.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Ministry of Supply.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

A couple of years ago my brother and I witnessed Ministry of Supply for the first time.

We were invited to a fashion show on the top of a hotel in downtown Chicago. After a night of a few drinks, meeting people, admiring the engineering behind the clothes, and watching the fashion show - I quickly fell in love with the brand.

Of course, Ministry of Supply was that clothing brand. It was my first taste and see experience. The sleek dresswear functioned better than any other I had seen before. My first product I owned was Supply socks. I wore them for years, they were some of the most comfortable socks I’ve worn.

Today, I am excited to partner with Ministry of Supply.

My workweek always looks a little different. Day by day, I don’t know what to expect. Full time student, working in a church, and photography. My schedule and lifestyle can be anything from casual to dressy. I found myself constantly needing something to match my organic way of life. Ministry of Supply offers advanced engineered clothing to fit just that.

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying the Aero Dress Shirt and the Momentum Chinos.

The Aero is a perfect shirt for a professional day at work and a quick transition to play. The shirt supplies the perfect comfort and feel for an active day. Whether running around work or a night on the town. I hate dress shirts that cannot handle the heat. NO ONE wants to see pit stains. In the weeks that I have had this shirt I have had zero stains, and it’s been like 80 degrees here in Illinois. The ventilation in the armpits allow great airflow to enter into the easily heated areas of the body. I could talk so much more about the the softness and collars. It’s hands down a wonderful shirt.

The Momentum Chinos are probably my favorite of the two products. They literally are built for it all. From cycling to walking and running. I have full movement in these pants. After work I have played a little basketball in these trousers. While I don’t recommend always doing so, they worked. They are incredibly comfortable as well. Feel like lightweight sweatpants but built for the workday. It’s easy to dress the pants up for a day in the office or a few drinks at a bar.

If you too want to try these highly engineered products be sure to use my discount code: THEAMERICANSWEDE20


Bachelor Weekend: Family, Heritage, Experience.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Duluth Pack.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

duluth pack - canvas hat

This past weekend was one for the books.

Early Friday morning, I hopped on a plane and took off for Washington state. It was the beginning of a weekend of celebration. My cousin Carl is engaged to marry his beautiful fiancé early next year. So the groomsmen packed up our bags and flew to Washington for a very adventurous bachelor weekend.

The plan was to pack the necessities and enjoy a party on the mainland before we traveled to Cypress Island.

When I lived in Minnesota I discovered a premium handcrafted brand, Duluth Pack. I’ve always admired the attention to detail and the deep roots to MN the brand has. I’ve own a few items from them in the past and always stop by the store when I’m in Duluth, MN. When I was packing for this trip, I knew I needed the best quality and the best brand with rich heritage.

duluth pack - urban pack

duluth pack - canvas hat

I snagged a couple bags for the trip and we were off.

duluth pack - urban pack

duluth pack - canvas hat

We made our way to Cypress Island - telling stories and making memories. The journey to the island was feeding our anticipation. We knew our time together was going to be rich and full of laughter.

our home - cypress island

duluth pack - wanderer

My main camp bag for the weekend was the Wanderer. This bag is a staple piece for a sojourner. It’s classic, rugged aesthetic makes it one of the most attractive outdoor bags. While also being one of the most functional. There was plenty of room in the main compartment for clothing, toiletries, rainwear, camera gear, Black Diamond headlamp, and more. I know this is a crowd favorite already, but if you’re looking for a bag with rich history… look no further.

duluth pack - wanderer & urban pack

Saturday we decided to venture off on a hike. We scaled the landscape of the island. All of us were absolutely blown away by the beauty. It was a wonderful time being active and swimming in a lake. Well maybe only two of us swam.

Truly, I am so grateful that I was able to spend time celebrating my cousin in such a beautiful place, with some of his closest of friends. These are moments I will cherish.

duluth pack - wanderer

Carl, as I reflect on this past week - I hope you know how loved you are. You are surrounded by people who care for you, encourage you, celebrate with you, laugh with you, and are willing to be vulnerable with you. As we closed our weekend we toasted to the character and memories each one of us has had in our lives with you. I look forward to celebrating with you and your wife! I believe you two will have an incredibly grandiose marriage.

Happy bachelor weekend.



Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Causegear.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

I believe in long-lasting, quality goods. I also believe in goods that improve the lives of the individuals of those who create them.

Each one of us has an opportunity to live a life considering the ‘other.’ How often do we think of the people that make the products that we use every day? Browsing the internet and shopping online inhabits everyone’s lives. What if you knew the story behind the man or woman that created the jacket you just purchased? What if your purchase impacted the life of an individual all the way across the world? That is exactly what Causegear offers.

“Handcrafted for freedom.”

Causegear supplies many options of bags, guitar straps, and goodies that provides livable wages for the people that make the products. Causegear is addressing poverty in a real, empowering way. I love how each bag is printed with the woman who created the bag. For the first time as a consumer, you start to build a relationship with the employee. I love that!

Causegear is a stellar brand making a difference in this world. Be sure to check them out. And next time you go to purchase something online, consider the person making those products.


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