Harriet, the Made in American Movement and American Cool
Harriet was so proud to be an American and, for some reason, I always think of her as Lady Liberty, holding the torch. As formidable as the Statue that graces the harbor in New York City, she was also (unlike the Statue) a vocal patriot. Everyone knew her position on not only her country but also her opinion on lifestyle and one’s obligations.
As the manager of a small business in her adopted city of Carmel, California, Harriet understood that her town flourished only if the business owners were successful. Yet, success was not her only goal, she wanted her shop to be a showcase of quality craftsmanship; that’s not to say that she was stogy. Just the opposite, my grandmother, even into her 90s was “cool”. She brought that “eye” to everything she did, not just her business.
American cool, that’s what I’d call Harriet. So, yes, I think that Harriet would be a strong proponent of the Made in America movement, especially the stylish and cool lines.
And cool seems to be hot these days. At the American Cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington (until September 7th), you can see examples of “cool” in a photographic display of iconic Americans defined as cool. A cool person, according to the exhibit, “has the situation under control”; yet, they manage life with a “signature style”.
So, in closing, let me say that here at HG’s we hope to follow the example set by my grandmother, we hope to keep things cool.