Friday, December 26, 2014

Western Shorty Boots!


We found it - True American Made western boots for today's women!
Each boot is hand made by talented individuals in the Texas area.  This small operation creates the most unique and beautiful boots.  These are not just any old boot with some bling….. the craftsmanship and dedication of high quality and artistic standards are what make these a work of art. A boot that will only get better with age and wear.  
The Nashville - Guitars adorn the chocolate brown boots with bronze detail on the toe.
The Shorty with Crosses - Crosses & sugar skulls adorn these cream leather boots.
Hand cut Genuine leather.
Pull loops.
Square toe tip.
Made in America of course!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Broomball League Begins at Seventeen!

Seventeen has started a new Broomball league!  Located in Bay Harbor’s village on the grounds in front of Seventeen restaurant. Broomball started in the early 1900’s as a working man’s sport played with broom sticks and in any open field in the winter time. Thursday nights at 6pm, beginning December 4, 2014, you can watch as 5 teams battle it out on the field the 'old fashioned' way with broom sticks! Spectators are always welcome to cheer on teams from Sotheby’s Realty, Propellers, Inn at Bay Harbor, Threads, and of course Seventeen. You might choose to watch from inside the lounge or dining room though, sitting by the fireplace and listening to live entertainment. You can be sure of a spectacular view of the marina harbor and broomball matches taking place. 

Seventeen Restaurant


Classic American Cuisine, Sophisticated Setting, Impeccable Service to Delight Discerning Diners

BAY HARBOR, MICHIGAN Seventeen, the highly anticipated new restaurant from Bay Harbor’s iconic clothier, trend-spotter and favorite son Lou Mettler, is poised to become an instant classic in the exclusive northern Michigan resort community. The newest epicurean addition to the Village of Bay Harbor, opened on July 2, 2014 celebrates the good life with fresh, local, Americana-inspired fare served in a comfortable yet sophisticated setting where guests will feel right at home during an evening out with family and friends.  

The innovative menu, crafted by Executive Chef/General Manager and Michigan native Eric Basta, places a uniquely modern twist on traditional American fare. Seventeen’s signature American Wagyu beef burger is topped with horseradish cheddar, local Plath’s bacon and a fried farm fresh egg. Wild blue Maine mussels are sautéed in a light curry, lemongrass and coconut milk broth. Tagliatelle pasta tossed in fresh ramp pesto is served with heirloom tomatoes, basil, black garlic and English peas. Caramelized sweet cippolini onions adorn the restaurant’s 14-ounce prime New York strip steak. Patrons perusing Seventeen’s expansive menu will savor the originality and inventiveness of its soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. The bar is envisioned to be a gathering spot where residents and visitors alike can go to tell stories, swap ideas, whet their whistle, make new acquaintances and simply enjoy the company of others.

The restaurant’s renovated, redesigned space is classic Mettler. The décor is comprised of rich brown leathers, warm neutral tones and distinct black, with historical elements of America’s equestrian heritage. From elegant stable paintings, equine memorabilia and handsome furniture steeped in tradition, the warm, feel-at-home atmosphere sets the tone for total comfort and relaxation. An adjoining retail space featuring Mettlers Made in America apparel as well as home accents and accessories offers a perfect place to browse and shop.

“In my extensive travels throughout my life, I have never seen a more beautiful waterfront than Bay Harbor,” said Mettler. “I knew in my heart that this was the perfect spot to create a one of a kind restaurant offering fine food and beverages in addition to promoting local products and contributing to the community and its economy.”

Mettler named the restaurant after his lucky number 17. His passion for and commitment to America, which is also symbolized by the year 1776, made Seventeen the ideal moniker for his new establishment.

For more than 40 years, Mettler's inventive retail concepts and sophisticated style have inspired some of the world's most successful clothing brands. He is one of the founding partners of Tommy Bahama and a former retail partner of Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Joseph Aboud. Mettler has long touted American-made, sophisticated, comfortable sportswear as well as lifestyle and home décor items in his Mettlers American Mercantile stores. He continues to travel the country in pursuit of American-made quality products.

Seventeen, located at 795 Front Street within Village of Bay Harbor, is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lunch, dinner, as well as brunch on Sundays. Patio dining is available in the peak season. For additional information, visit or call 231.347.1717.

Written by The Sussman Agency

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Did you ask Santa for a mink fur coat this year? 
Well instead, ask for our beautiful Couture Faux Fur coat or vest!
Your friends will never know the difference!  Silky soft and so affordable with our 
30% OFF store-wide sale going on now through the Holidays.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Just one of the great American Made brands that Mettler's carries!



When Linda Balti met Christoph Frehsee at a trade show in Abu Dhabi, both were working in the defense industry. Frehsee produced land-mine-clearing machinerywith his company, MineWolf Systems, while Balti developed fighter-jet simulators for French defense giant Thales Group. Neither could have imagined they would one day preside over a fashion label at the forefront of the eco-conscious movement.

Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti

Yet in 2011 the husband-and-wife team founded Amour Vert, a sustainable-clothing brand that they hope will revolutionize the way garments are produced. Through a series of innovations, they figured out how to drastically reduce waste in this historically wasteful industry and shrink the environmental footprint of manufacturing. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco in June and the line is now carried by retailers nationwide.
Frehsee, the company’s CEO, sees the pair’s unlikely career path not as a hindrance, but a boon that actually worked in their favor. “Given our background, we felt confident that we could bring a very efficiency-oriented mindset to this rather old-fashioned industry,” he says. “We looked at things with clear eyes, so we were in a great position to disrupt.”
Balti and Frehsee were the ones who had their worldview shaken up in 2009, when they first dreamed up Amour Vert. Frehsee had sold his Germany-based MineWolf Systems and he and Balti went traveling to think about their next steps. While reading on a beach in Peru, the couple came across an article chronicling the environmental impact of some of the planet’s biggest industries. “We were very surprised that fashion was actually the second most polluting industry in the world, after oil,” Frehsee recalls. “We got really intrigued by that. We said, ‘Oh my God, we’ve never thought about that. What options do we have as consumers to dress more sustainably and live more sustainably?’”
The more they researched, the more they realized fashion was ripe for reform. Clothing is one of the most in-demand products, and relies on resource-intensive production techniques at every stage. Plus, the cloth-cutting process creates massive quantities of wasted fabric. “I felt like this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Frehsee, who was hungry for another entrepreneurial project. “Thinking about the gigantic consumer potential out there, Linda and I both said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
But the mission was more personal at first. “The whole idea was to create what I couldn’t find,” says Balti, the company’s creative director. “At the beginning, I wasn’t thinking about starting a fashion company--I just wanted to find sustainable, beautiful clothing for myself. I used to buy things just because I liked them, but after I learned about the manufacturing process--the toxic dyes, the unethical production methods in Southeast Asia--I was really shocked. You can’t buy something anymore and not think about these things and your impact.”
The Paris native scoured the market for eco-conscious clothing options, but what she found was either too casual, like yoga attire, or too expensive for everyday wear. “I just wanted to find a nice, contemporary brand that was reasonably priced and transparent, with great value, that I could trust,” she says. “I never saw myself going the entrepreneurial path, but when we had the idea for Amour Vert, we decided to do it together, as a team.”
The thirtysomething couple moved to California so Frehsee could study business and environmental resources at Stanford University, and they put together a plan for the company emphasizing sustainable operations and local production. Having no background in fashion, they faced a steep learning curve when it came to setting up the business, but they took a careful approach. “We’ve spent a lot of time over the last three years developing and scaling our operation,” Frehsee says.
Frehsee and Balti have a hands-on ethos at every step in the manufacturing process, down to the most basic components. All of their wood-based fibers are sourced from a sustainable forest in Austria. They even develop custom fabrics with a mill in Los Angeles, creating signature blends of recycled polyester, wood fibers, and organic cotton to meet Balti’s standards for how they should look and feel. “I really wanted the fabrics to reflect our commitment to sustainability and reducing waste,” she says. “There are a lot of materials we can’t use, so we’re limited in a way. But that forces us to be creative.”

After the fabrics are blended they are sent to Oakland for cutting; each piece is optimized for the highest yield. Even the transportation method is environmentally friendly. The couple found a trucking company that ships wines from Napa to L.A. but drives back to Northern California empty, so they contracted to use the wasted miles to carry fabric.
All Amour Vert garments are assembled in San Francisco, where the company works with nine factories they vet for fair treatment of workers. They use non-toxic dyes, and have tweaked their production process to reduce the number of times each garment is washed, to save water. “We take on every little bit of our supply chain and see where we can improve,” Frehsee says. “To be more sustainable and more effective, every day we have to look at one part of our supply chain and think, ‘What can we do better?’”
The company also supports sustainability more overtly: For every T-shirt sold from the line’s T(r)ee collection, they plant a tree. They have so far planted 28,000 of them, in partnership with the conservation nonprofit American Forests.
The brand is now gaining traction nationally. Amour Vert is carried in Bloomingdales and recently collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop on a line of T-shirts. And Balti was recently admitted to the Council of Fashion Designers of America--which is “a huge honor for someone who has a master’s degree in computer science,” Frehsee notes with a laugh.
Down the road, the couple plans to develop men’s and children’s clothing, and eventually break into home décor. “There’s always more opportunity; there’s always more to do,” Frehsee says. “Our mission is to change this industry. We want to build a company that defines a generation.”

Monday, September 29, 2014

Boot Season in Here!

                                      Michigan MADE Boots

"Known for making durable, high quality boots since 1883, Wolverine® is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Original 1000 Mile Boot with a special Centennial Edition. Meticulously designed to replicate the craftsmanship and aesthetic of the 1000 Mile Boot first introduced in 1914, the Centennial Edition 1000 Mile Boot features Horween Leather Company’s Genuine American Bison and is made in Wolverine’s Big Rapids, Michigan, factory. Check out the Rockford boot and other styles at"

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Favorites for the Ladies

Abby shirt jacket, Cosmo felt bag, Solid knit shirt, 
Mary Pat Dress, Sophie Boot, and Mon Bateau Sweatshirt!

Summer Favorites for Men

Plaid Shorts, Suede bucks, Whiskey Rebellion shirt, 
Overland Quarter Zip, Braided Belt, Horizontal Stripe sport shirt.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Winter Olympics, USA Manufactured Uniforms?!

The Olympics start tomorrow in Sochi, Russia, first and foremost, let us all cross our fingers that everything goes smoothly and safely for the athletes and families visiting Sochi.  Secondly, let's talk about MADE IN THE USA. 

 At least Ralph Lauren got things right this year, after being thoroughly criticized  (rightfully so) for manufacturing the 2012 Olympics uniforms in Asia.  He has guaranteed the USA opening and closing ceremony uniforms are 100% from design to finished product Made in the USA!  Seems like it should be a no-brainer, Team USA = Made in USA, but alas, not such a no-brainer. 
 Just look at Burton.  Now, as a long time supporter and lover of Burton, based in Vermont, I am sad to say that their uniforms were NOT Made in the USA!! This is very upsetting to the Made in USA movement.  Burton is a USA based design company and they couldn't even produce their American Olympic athletic uniforms in the USA?  This is a sad step for Burton. 
 With the vintage patchwork quilt style jackets and patches of the American flag, you would automatically think, YES! Made in USA, what a huge win for American Manufacturers. 

 Let's hope, like Ralph Lauren, the next Winter Olympics will be 100% MADE IN USA.  If we can't do it for the American Olympic team uniforms, how are we supposed to do it on an everyday basis?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Essential Menswear Fabrics To Know

Want to get ahead of the curve with your style?  Get to know the following fabrics. It is as simple as 1,2… well, I am a fashion designer, so maybe I'm not the right person to say how easy it is! 
But, If you are trying to improve your wardrobe, or to be more knowledgeable at the tailor or at your favorite store (which we HOPE is Mettlers, wink, wink) with this knowledge you can now walk into a store with confidence and knock the socks off the salesperson!