Republished from All New American
The American Field experience is one I can’t quite put into words. It’s like walking into Disney World. A Disney World exclusively for creative, passionate, inspired adults who know they were placed here on earth to put their own ding on the universe. That is the most suitable way I can describe how it feels to step into an American Field event. For those of you who don’t already know, American Field is “a pop up exhibition and market featuring the best of American Made goods and the people who make them. It’s not a trade show, it’s a celebration of trade.” This past weekend team All New American visited the first of four shows for 2015 out in Boston at the Innovation and Design Building.
The excitement begins to creep up your spine the second you arrive. You hop into an industrial freight elevator jam packed with 20 people who are just as enthusiastic to attend the event as you are. Whether it be a fellow maker, or someone who genuinely appreciates the tale behind a finished product. The freight elevator doors open. Lights hanging from the ceiling. Smiles beaming. Energy you can’t help but absorb. Magic.
Mark Bollman, founder of American Field, surely hit the nail on the head when creating this American Made pop up market. Finally a place where a group of like-minded, soul driven people can gather in one place to tell their own stories and showcase their own goods, their pride and joy. The public now has the opportunity to physically touch these American Made products first hand, and the ability to speak with the makers who have put their heart into their product.
I had the pleasure of seeing Patrick and Haley of Cape Clasp, friends I made last year at the Brooklyn American Field show. Haley made me a custom whale bracelet while I racked Patrick’s brain about all the epic Cape Clasp contests and giveaways he hosts. I got to finally meet Peter from Montauk Tackle, someone I have known through our maker stories, but had yet to meet in person. Peter and his friend Chris from Boston dropped in to visit all the makers. In the next aisle I got to observe Throne making their eye catching watches that I have been drooling over on Instagram. It’s just a whole new ballgame meeting the real life people behind these astounding creations, made right here in the U S of A.
I encourage you all to attend an American Field event if you have the opportunity. Passion is contagious, and the vendors and attendees will have you leaving the event with more American spirit than you will know what to do with, and camaraderie that is worth more than money can buy.
I would like to thank Mark Bollman and his team for all you have done to make this pop up become a reality. Your hard work and dedication has provided an unforgettable experience for American made makers, doers and enthusiasts.
Team All New American is more than pumped for our first American Field booth in Brooklyn November 21-22. We hope to see you there!