The Alliance for American Manufacturing is thrilled to unveil the 2019 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, our annual collection of gift ideas from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
We’ve worked hard to put together an eclectic mix of Made in USA gift picks at a variety of price points, shining a spotlight on companies that support U.S. jobs and the local economy. Every item on the list this year is new to the gift guide — and many of the ideas come from readers like you!
We think there’s something for everyone on your gift giving list, but if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, head over to our Made in America Directory. You can also check out past gift guides, which are linked at the end of this year’s edition.
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Happy Holidays (and happy shopping)!
Outdoor enthusiasts are likely to love the GO KOT, especially if they’re looking for a more restful night’s sleep during campouts. Made in the USA since 1978 and backed by a three-year guarantee, the GO KOT easily folds for transport – you can hook it to your backpack when hiking – and allows you to “get off the ground” when camping.
A cooperative owned by approximately 200 native Alaskan women spread out across this vast state, Oomingmak’s producers handknit clothing made from qiviut – the incredibly soft and warm underwool of the Artic musk ox. Each item is made at home by one of those co-op owners. Incredible quality for the price.
Christy Prunier was 29 and a new mom when she received a skin cancer diagnosis. Years later, she was searching for skin care products for her daughter, Willa, but couldn’t find any that didn’t contain harsh chemicals and ingredients. Those experiences led her to create Willing Beauty, a line of skin care products free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, phthalates, mineral oils and more. Reader Pick
Bonus: Encourage your child’s creativity with Wikki Stix, which are made in Phoenix of entirely U.S.-made raw materials. Kids can bend the non-toxic wax sticks into nearly anything — and they’re a great, mess-free option for keeping youngsters busy on long travel days, too.
Another Bonus: Barrels sourced from Kentucky’s Bourbon Belt are given new life by husband and wife team Ben and Dana Hinton. Together, they’ve merged their love of wood and whiskey to found WhiskeyMade, offering customizable Lazy Susans, charred whiskey ice stones, and more — all made from repurposed bourbon barrelheads.
Do you have a budding writer or artist on your holiday shopping list? Give them a place to store their work that inspires beauty and will be treasured for years to come. Little Mountain Bindery’s handcrafted leather journal covers hold a variety of journals, including Made in America Field Notes (a 2017 gift guide pick) and can be refilled with new notebooks for years to come.
In 2004 the engineer who made the world’s greatest frisbee, the Aerobie Pro, decided to get into the coffee press business. The result is the AeroPress, which debuted at a trade show in 2005 and quickly won coffee snobs over by consistently producing a great cup of joe. The AeroPress is Made in California and retails for a reasonable $30.
Bonus: The eco-conscious clothing made by women-owned Blue Canoe has been made in the United States since 1994. Based in the Bay Area, the company sells a variety of affordably priced tops, sweaters, pants, dresses and even lingerie. Reader Pick
Another Bonus: Looking for a bag to stand the test of time? The goods produced by Kamen Road are designed to last, made of natural materials and in small batches — the company follows the principles of slow fashion, which states that the industry shouldn’t “exploit people or destroy our planet.” Reader Pick
We’re not including David Rasmussen Furniture Design on this list for the company’s custom furniture – which is very nice – but rather for the company’s collection of handcrafted wooden barware, cutting boards, and plates. Most items are priced under $100.
Bonus: Since its founding in 2005, Green Guru, a Certified B Corporation, has upcycled over a million pounds of used outdoor gear such as bike tubes, wetsuits and banners to create packs and other performance gear accessories. As part of the company’s mission to inspire the public to reduce waste, it accepts donations of items that might otherwise end up in landfills at local bike and outdoor shops. Companies like REI and Patagonia also contribute to Green Guru’s material sourcing in donating surplus and defective goods.
Founded in 1899, American Woolen Company is an iconic name in American textiles and once the world’s largest wool manufacturer. The company is currently out with a special collection that includes the Benton Carry On, a collaboration with luxury designer Graf Lantz. Reader Pick
Bonus: With guaranteed free repairs for the life of its clothing, you can rest assured that Hartford Denim Company’s classic workwear, all cut and sewn in Hartford, will stand the test of time. Frequently sourcing fabric from shuttered factories, Hartford Denim Company marries the history and quality of vintage goods with the durability of new garments.
Since 1926, RAPA has manufactured scrapple, a meat deeply rooted in the folk culture and cooking traditions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Currently the world’s leading scrapple producer, RAPA employs 45 workers in Bridgeville, where its original factory was located.
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Chris Bergman Design’s playful accessories are all handmade from polymer clay that maker Chris Bergman integrates with fine metals such as gold and sterling silver. Befitting a D.C. artist, Bergman’s popular customizable protest pins are an especially perfect fit for the political activist on your shopping list.
The Sunshine State is known for fishing, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to PowerPole and Tibor Reels. Made in Tampa, PowerPole shallow water anchors are designed to help fishermen control their boat more easily. Tibor Reels are “made by fishermen for fishermen” in South Florida, and have earned 950 world records for fly fishing reels, including six in 2018 alone. Reader Pick
Bonus: Never struggle with folding clothes again! For just $19.99, the Flip Fold will help you fold your clothing in less than five seconds! The helpful gadget even made a cameo on an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Made from 100 percent organic cotton, American Blossom Linens are designed to be more eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable than other sheets on the market. The growing company also prides itself in not only making its linens in the United States, but also sourcing it locally from start to finish. Reader Pick
Bonus: This auto clutter containment system is a perfect gift for those who use their cars as a messy storage space or a depository for fast-food wrappers collected at the drive-thru. The Tidy Hook organizing system attaches to your vehicle’s headrest with a collection bag that hangs down into the unused space between the front and back seats. Reader Pick
Capture the spirit of the islands with Foterra Jewelry, whose brightly colored pieces will warm up any cold winter day. The company also specializes in creating custom pieces that allow you to place a photo into earrings, necklaces, bangles and more. Most items are priced under $75.
Made without plastics and free from palm oil, Our Planet Soap products are designed with the environment in mind. The Boise-based company sells both soap and shampoo bars, and even offers a Soap Club for customers looking to try out different varieties. The company donates 10 percent from its animal soap products to wildlife conservation efforts.
Vogue is among the publications that have profiled Mohop, which creates whimsical made-to-order handbags, shoes, and accessories in Northern Illinois. Mohop is dedicated to sustainability, fabricating its major components in-house from sustainably sourced materials found in the United States. It’s also affordable, with some items priced at $20.
Bonus: Have you ever had the problem of finding a convenient place in your car for your cell phone? Some place that it can sit, hands free, to keep you from fumbling with it while you drive? WeatherTech has got you covered. Its CupFone holder is fully adjustable and rotatable, allowing you to see your preferred map app while on the road. Just don’t use it to text! Reader Pick
Amish woodworkers are renowned for the quality of their products, and this company in rural northern Indiana contracts with workshops in the surrounding Amish community to bring handcrafted furniture to its showroom floor. According to the Shipshewana Furniture Co., 95 percent of the Amish furniture it sells is made within 15 miles of its showroom.
The Kaleidoscope Factory is a must-stop in Pocahontas, Iowa, where owner Leonard Olson provides hands-on demonstrations on how to make these timeless toys. But even if you can’t make the trip, you can find Olson’s classic creations online, and custom orders are available.
There’s nothing quite like curling up near a warm fire on a cold winter day, but it can get tricky to find a place to store unused firewood. The firewood racks made by The Woodhaven are designed with style in mind — no more ugly piles of wood on the porch — while also promoting airflow and curing of the firewood, so fires are easier to start. Reader Pick
Bonus: An excellent stocking stuffer, Qualatex balloons are made in Wichita, though some of its assortment is sourced from Canada. With hundreds of themes and shapes, Qualatex has established itself as a manufacturer of “The Very Best Balloons” and offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Qualatex balloons are available for purchase on Amazon and party supply stores nationwide.
The grandfather-grandson duo behind Roots & Jones want to use their handcrafted wooden pens to help people “get back to their Roots and closer to their purpose.” Along with pens, the company sells gift-ready items like a bottle opener, coasters and a cutting board. Reader Pick
Bonus: Uniquely whimsical and exquisitely crafted, Knob Creek Metal Arts reinvents staid household items such as bookends and leash racks into true works of art. Bibliophiles will rejoice in the opportunity to adorn their libraries with bookends that perfectly complement their literary tastes with options varying from T-rexes to zombies.
Surrounded by musicians in her family but unable to play music herself, Amanda Wells channeled her creative energy into crafting her husband’s spare guitar strings into an embellished bracelet. After posting the finished product on Facebook, friends and family clamored for jewelry just like it, inspiring the founding of her jewelry company, String Theory.
Bonus: Add some spice to your life with Tony Chacheres Famous Creole Cuisine seasonings. This homemade family blend of mixes are made in Louisiana by native and renowned chef Tony Chacheres. Because Louisiana is best known for its spicy gumbo and jambalya, this seasoning is the perfect gift to add some Louisiana flare to your dish. Reader Pick
Exquisitely crafted, Fletchers’ Mill’s wooden cooking tools offer the quality and performance that a true gourmet demands. Founded in 1994 by brothers Doug, Gary and Jody Fletcher, the company manufactures its goods from raw lumber to finished product to ensure excellence. Fletchers Mill currently employs 100 people but has remained a family-owned company.
You’re not going to find a better-looking cast iron skillet than those produced by Butter Pat. Designed in Virginia, cast in Pennsylvania — and then finished and seasoned on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — this cookware comes with a lifetime warranty. Butter Pat is very proud of its product. Before it reaches you, “41 of us have touched your pan,” its website announces.
Vinyl never went out of style for audiophiles, but it’s coming back in a big way for the rest of us, and U-Turn will help it get here. These sleek turntables are built in Woburn, just outside of Boston. Buy one basic, or have it custom-built, as the company offers “critically acclaimed turntables for every budget.”
Bonus: The textile industry hasn’t left Fall River. For proof, look no further than the high-quality fleece blankets made by the (appropriately named) American Blanket Company. You’re not going to find a more comfortable throw than the ones made here. Reader Pick
Roslyn Karamoko has been featured by TIME Magazine as “The Motor City’s Hottest Designer.” Her brand Detroit is the New Black features a variety of innovative and modern clothing designs, home goods and accessories inspired by different cultures located in the heart of the Motor City.
Bonus: For the food loving pet in your home, Kitchen Dog designs specialty mounted dish holders for dog bowls. These bowls elevate the feeding level for your dog making it much easier to chow down. This idea was inspired by Nikita, an adopted dog who suffered from a plethora of health issues, and left her legacy now known as Kitchen Dog! Reader Pick
Another Bonus: This family business, founded by siblings Andy and Emily Linn in 2009, provides consumers with handmade Michigan artwork. City Bird is the oldest store in Detroit’s popular Cass and Canfield shopping district, and it offers a variety of Detroit and Michigan themed products, housewares, jewelry, stationery, paper goods, apparel, accessories and home décor created by independent artists and designers. The best part about this company is that these locally themed products are manufactured in a Detroit-based studio!
At Tessoro Jewelry, fine art studio painter Deborah Bushinski transforms her designs onto unique pieces of nature-inspired jewelry. Bushinski uses Minnesota tree bark, combined with gemstones set on a variety of metals like copper, gold and silver, to create exquisite pieces for all occasions.
Bonus: Duluth Pack has been perfecting outdoor packs and gear since 1882, beginning with the creation of a backpack as tough as the early American settlers of Minnesota. Today, the quality of its goods is still the company’s top priority. Made from the very best materials and by the very best artisans, Duluth Pack stands behind its products, offering a lifetime guarantee. Reader Pick
The famous Pirouline rolled wafer swirl treats make a great stocking stuffer to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. The festive-looking cookie sticks are fresh-baked each day and stuffed with one of five delicious flavors. Great for stirring holiday drinks or topping desserts. Dress your hot chocolate serving with a Pirouline swirl and enjoy the dunked sweet treat rolled wafer at the same time.
Whittle Shortline Railroad miniature wooden train cars are hand-crafted by a father and son team and are sure to delight folks of all ages on your holiday list. The company produces replicas of famous railroad cars and tankers, and even has a special sets based off “The Little Engine That Could.” Train travel is making a comeback in America, and so are wooden toys.
Aspen Hot Glass makes a variety of hand-blown glass art objects, including ornaments, pendants, sculptures, vortex marbles, steampunk and more. Fantasy and science themes are created with the mixed use of wirework and glass.
Candles always make a great gift, and the Sugar Shack Country Candle Company produces highly fragranced candles which are hand-poured, hand-labeled and hand-packaged. No mechanized equipment here. The company specializes in country scents, but traditional florals also make up this housewarming line of fragrances.
From the Biggest Little City in the World comes the biggest little ski company. Moment Skis have been made in Reno since 2005 and beloved by those who regularly hit the slopes, including Olympian David Wise, who won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on a pair of Moments.
First founded in Quebec in the 19th century, Kamik makes well-reviewed rain, winter and hunting boots (and slippers and sandals) for adults and kids and toddlers. Kamik’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing has led it to make most of its products in North America, and many of them in the Granite State. It employs over 100 people at its factory in Littleton.
Many of us spend our days hunched over at our desks — or hunched over on our smart phones — which can wreck our posture. The BodyWorks Ball is designed to counter that damage, a portable massage tool that can help get your muscles moving anywhere.
Bonus: L.E.H. Soap Company makes all-natural soap, skincare and bath products with food-grade vegetable plant oils of palm, coconut, olive, sunflower, castor, shea and cocoa butters. These aren’t your “beauty bars” typically found on grocery store shelves; they’re authentic soap products that nourish and soften your skin.
Another Bonus: Meet The Perfect Bungee. No, these bungees aren’t for jumping off bridges, there’s a far more practical use. Bungees make excellent tie-downs and straps to hold gear in place and even can be used as a pull toy for your playful dog. Bungees also are especially handy this time of year to secure your Christmas tree to the top of your car or to hold down the lid of a full trunk of large boxes.
Leche is the Spanish word for milk, and the hand-poured skin-healing lotions from Love + Leche are made from fresh goats’ milk, honey and beeswax. Small tins are convenient for carrying in your bag or pocket to quickly soothe the dry, cracking skin on hands. Makes a handy stocking-stuffer.
Bonus: Founded in 1968 by a Franciscan friar, the Southwest Indian Foundation is a non-profit that aims to support the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Laguna, Acoma and Apache Native Americans of the region. The organization’s catalog of handmade goods celebrates indigenous crafts and funds a wide variety of assistance programs and services. Reader Pick
“Handbuilt in Brooklyn since 1953,” headphone manufacturer Grado Labs started on a kitchen table, and they make cartridges for your turntable, too! The company doesn’t advertise much, instead relying on social media and word-of-mouth to make its sales. So let us help: Listen to whatever you’ve got playing with Grado headphones.
Bonus: Gift the parent or baby in your life BapronBaby’s patent-pending bib-apron hybrid to make eating not only clean but fun! Designed to withstand some serious messes, Baprons are 100 percent waterproof and machine washable. Even better – Baprons fit babies as young as six months and toddlers as old as five years. And the prints on the Baprons are so adorable, you’ll want to keep them in use for as long as possible.
R. Riveter’s extensive line of women’s handbags, pocketbooks and pouches are made from recycled military materials and manufactured by military spouses throughout the United States. The company earned acclaim after being featured on “Shark Tank” in 2016, where billionaire shark Mark Cuban invested in the company. Cuban remains active today as R. Riveter continues to expand its vast, eye-catching product line.
Bonus: Ludwig drums exploded into America’s living rooms when Ringo Starr played them during the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Born in Chicago, this company has moved around a little bit, but it’s still kicking out the beats from a manufacturing facility in Monroe, North Carolina. And Ringo still uses the drums.
Look just as cute as your little ones with Bison Booties. These adorable booties come in all different sizes and colors for babies, kids and adults. Each pair of Bison Booties are 100 percent handmade in North Dakota, using organic fabrics and minerals and environmentally friendly packaging.
Bonus: Chad and Jamie Tollefson founded Lighthouse Soy Candles in 2008 with the goal of providing consumers with eco-friendly candles and body products. All of the company’s products are made from soybeans — which are renewable and biodegradable — and handmade in the company’s North Dakota studio.
Lounge comfortably after that big holiday meal with an Ultimate Sack. The family-owned company manufactures bean bag chairs, pillows, footstools, dog beds, blankets and covers for people of all ages — and pets, too. This growing company operates out of two warehouses located in Ohio and their unique design and craftmanship is perfect for relaxation.
Farm Hand Designs creates custom wood signs with a western, farmhouse feel to remind you of the Sooner State. This small company is in a division of the wholesale business called The Sign Farm. Farm Hand Designs has been operating for over 20 years, and the company continues to manufacture products at its Stillwater barn studio.
Bonus: MOKU creates specialty jewelry and accessories using eucalyptus from the southeast slopes of Haleakala, which is harvested wood from Tropical Storm Flossie in 2013. All of the designs are sketched out geometrically, turned into 3D files and then printed in metals that are Made in the USA. The pieces are inspired by tribal art that includes Native American, Polynesian and South American concepts.
Move all the way over, Swiss Army Knife. The Leatherman multi-tool, depending on which version you’re interested in, can come with as many as 21 tools included. You can even design your own! And every one of them is made in Portland. Reader Pick
Bonus: The FIREDISC propane grill is lightweight and collapsible, but it’s also billed as “indestructible.” A love of the outdoors inspired brothers Hunter and Griff Jaggard to create the cooker, as they wanted to create a portable grill that also would help craft meals for big outdoor groups. Reader Pick
Known for its individually hand-hammered metal Christmas ornaments, Wendell August Forge is now offering a line of National Football League products such as coasters and keychains. In business for nearly 100 years, each metal piece is made one at a time whether it be tableware, platters or engraved commemorative gifts. Artisans are members of the United Steelworkers union. Reader Pick
We’re thrilled to present a Puerto Rico gift guide pick for the first time in the Gift Guide’s history, and we couldn’t think of a better company with which to premier the category. Thoroughly chic, Concalma’s colorful bags have supported both local artists and female manufacturers since the company’s founding in 2006. Made by an industrial women’s cooperative in rural Puerto Rico, Concalma’s bags are sewn to last.
Kit&Co makes a variety of DIY hardware, from shelfing units to board tables. It’s the company’s $45 Wall Hanger that might prove the most versatile, perfect for those looking for a stylish place to hang your keys and store your mail. Reader Pick
Bonus: The American Chest Company was started by Rhode Island native David “Mac” McLoughlin, who continues to design a unique product line of jewelry chests, flatware chests, watch chests, watch winders and even a cigar humidor inspired by Amish craftsmanship.
Don’t forget about your four-legged family member this holiday season! Paw Paws USA features a variety of custom handcrafted collars, leashes and harnesses for pets. This South Carolina company was launched in 2003 by Anne Nutter, and it continues to make specialty dog and pet products in the Palmetto State.
Roger Wagoner Designs is a family owned and operated company that designs custom, handmade fine jewelry and sculptures using clay, foam, metals and other mediums that are vivid to the connection of preserving nature. The team — comprised of Roger, his wife and their son — take pride in designing and manufacturing their products in South Dakota and ensuring customers get exactly what they paid for.
In need of new frames? Look no further. American Eyewear LLC has the luxury frame that you’ve been searching for. Not only are these high-end, luxury frames assembled and crafted in Nashville, the company is passionate about creating jobs for Americans and hiring people in recovery programs.
Texas Standard aims to dress gentlemen with exceptionally well-crafted clothing that’s uniquely Texan. The brand manufactures exclusively in Texas whenever possible, and actively works with small local businesses with the goal of ultimately making all of its products in Texas. The company’s flannels, sewn by third-generation shirt makers in west Texas, are especially perfect for a cozy winter gift.
Bonus: Everything sold by W Durable Goods is hand-cut and sewn by founder Daniel Wright and his team in Fort Worth. Wright spent 12 years working as electrician before opening a retail location in 2012, which now offers a variety of bags and accessories, many of which are priced under $100.
Another Bonus: These modestly designed dresses from Paris Bloom will add elegance and flair to your everyday wardrobe. Created in Fort Worth, these dresses create a unique look for any occasion at an affordable price. Reader Pick
Look forward to juicing with a blender from Blendtec. This Utah-based company continues to manufacture quality, high end blenders that deliver a variety of needs, right here in America.
Bonus: Ensure the safety of your valuables this holiday season with a safe or vault from Liberty Safe. This company is well known for making quality, durable safes that are fire tested to ensure ultimate protection. Manufactured in Utah, Liberty Safes are made using American-made steel.
Family-owned Darn Tough Socks has been producing socks for all occasions for nearly 40 years at the company’s mill in Northfield. Whether paired with business attire or worn during athletic activities, these durable socks are designed to last. Darn Tough Socks are 100 percent guaranteed — if a pair wears out, just send them back and get a new pair for free. Reader Pick
Bonus: Can you have a winter holiday without cookies? We think not. And we know that Ann Clark Cookie Cutters would agree. This family-owned company is so passionate about the perfectly-shaped cookie that it crafts a new cookie cutter every week from steel manufactured in the United States.
Military members and law enforcement officers are among those who wear Capps, uniform dress shoes that meet or exceed the approval standards of the Defense Department. If you are looking for something a bit less formal, the company’s Johansen brand includes a range of office-ready options for men and women.
Bonus: Virginia Beach’s North End Bag Co. makes handcrafted canvas and leather goods, including a variety of bags, small leather goods, and even aprons. Many of the items sell for under $100. North End Bag Co. bags also are perfect as a go-to daily bag because they are tanned in the old-world style using bark tannins instead of chemical tanning, a process that is better for the planet and also results in the strongest leather.
Northstar Trading Company specializes in sheepskin, which makes for an excellent material out of which to make clothing. It’s dirt-and bacteria-resistant and extremely gentle on your skin. Super comfortable stuff, and great for the cold weather. All of its products are made on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound.
Bonus: Are Rodriguez Bikes pricey? A little. Are they fully customizable, and hand-built to fit your body? Yes. Do they sell really neat tandem bikes? You bet. How about electric-assist bikes? Yes, those too. This Seattle bike shop is full of long-time employees who will make you the perfect bike, and can answer any bike-build question you’ve got.
Sustaining a tradition that’s quintessentially American, Cabin Creek Quilts handmakes custom heirloom-quality quilts and accessories in bold and bright colors that are sure to capture your attention as much as it has the White House’s. Notably, one of Cabin Creek Quilts’ artisans has contributed handmade ornaments to West Virginia’s tree for several years in the White House’s annual Christmas tree display.
The no-glass wine glass from HaloVino is made from the same plastic resin as baby bottles and is free of harmful chemicals found in many plastics. These stemless, stackable glasses are great for both indoor and outdoor use because they help prevent spills. These tumblers also float, so you can confidently sip your favorite drink while lounging in the swimming pool. HaloVino glasses are shatterproof, 100 percent dishwasher safe and recyclable.
With 25 years of experience in welding and metal work, Barbara Blythe Gentry continues to create custom metal artwork including jewelry, belt buckles, napkin rings, keychains and ornaments. Blythe Living designs are inspired by a group of iconic mountains known as The Cathedral Group in Jackson Hole, and the perfect gift idea to get you in the holiday spirit.
Previous Made in America Holiday Gift Guides
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
AAM’s Cathalijne Adams, Jeff Bonior, Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch, Monique Mansfield and Matt McMullan authored this year’s gift guide.
Full Disclosure: The Made in America Holiday Gift Guide is intended to highlight companies that support American jobs and that make great products in the United States. We rely on the companies listed to provide accurate information regarding their domestic operations and their products. Each company featured is individually responsible for labeling and advertising their products according to applicable standards, such as the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in USA” standard or California’s “Made in USA” labeling law. We do not review individual products for compliance or claim that because a company is listed in the guide that their products comply with specific labeling or advertising standards. Our focus is on supporting companies that create American jobs.
For more on the Federal Trade Commission’s standards for “Made in USA” claims and California’s “Made in USA” labeling law, please also read this guest post by Dustin Painter and Kristi Wolff of Kelly Drye & Warren, LLP.