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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


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

Leather Goods.

Erik Engstrom

Friends, after working in an American Made brand, partnering with American Made brands, and buying American Made brands - I think it is fair to say I love seeing craftsmen from the States create beautiful and quality goods. 

After living in Minnesota for 7 years, I have been constantly exposed to Minnesota Leather Works. I've been googly-eyed over their beautiful men's leather accessories. Everywhere I go, I see some sort of MN Leather Works goodies. Recently my friends at Sanborn Canoe Co. partnered with MN Leather Works on a custom paddle. Once I snuck a peak and held the paddle in my hand, I knew I had to get my hands on a few of leather goods.

I was able to snag up a charming key fob and a stylish wrist cuff. 

London Tan is by far my favorite shade of leather. The color is so rich! It easily matches any outfit. However, the cuff looks exponentially gorgeous with earth tones. I used to carry my keys on a carabiner, but after making the switch, I'll never turn back. Overall, the quality of the accessories is overwhelming. I will be using these products for a LONG time. Who knows, maybe I'll get a few more things in the future. 


Shop the Brand:

MN Leather Works Key Fob
MN Leather Works Single Wrap Cuff

Photographs by Merritt Ogren