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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



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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Urban Pack

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16

Comfort is Crucial.

Erik Engstrom

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

In high school I was a huge sneaker head. I remember saving all my money to buy new Nikes. I was a little obsessed. Now in my mid 20s, I’ve grown a new love for leather shoes and boots. A more sophisticated look. Whether it be monk straps, oxfords, or chelseas - I love the more mature aesthetic.

I love to walk places. Downtown, to the store, or even a little stroll in a garden. So it is crucial to find a pair of shoes that is both appealing and don’t leave my feet full of blisters. Luckily, I’ve found a pair truly satisfying.

My feet have been blessed with a new pair of shoes. The Dean Oxfords from Beckett Simonon. Beckett Simonon is a direct to consumer brand changing the way premium shoes are offered. The process is an ease and joy to go through. Flipping through their online catalogue and finding a superior shoe never was so simple.

The Dead Oxfords are truly a game changer for me. I love that all the shoes are hand-crafted one at a time! The leather is fantastic. I did apply a little leather protection as I do with all my leathers. I appreciated the added dust bag to keep my shoes clean. AND they are unimaginably comfortable. I find it difficult to find a dress shoe that is ageless in style and don’t leave my feet aching. The Dean Oxford does not do so. It will surely become a staple item to my outfit.

Don’t just sit there admiring, shop for your new Beckett Simonon!!


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Dean Oxford

Photography: Stefan Ton