Slightly older brands that speak to me: Kleins and early 2000s Colnagos. Also, during my weight weenie days, Tune and AX Lightness. I never really owned any of these - I did get a Colnago Dream Plus aluminum frame on closeout just before they released the Dream B-Stay (with carbon stays), but that got destroyed in a car accident.
Alchemy hubs, later taken over by Wheels Manufacturing, then discontinued. Unlike the items above, they weren’t visually that striking, but I thought they were very well designed from a technical perspective. It turns out that I kept bending the axles, and I’m light, so maybe the design was a bit unsound - although we were still in the weight weenie era when those hubs came out. Anyway, their demise left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, but oh well.
White Industries still speaks to me. So does Chris King. I’m struggling to find a mainstream bike brand that speaks to me today, but I do have somewhat unorthodox personal preferences. I like a bunch of the aero road stuff out there, but I am not sure that any of the brands really speak to me. I am more of a custom steel bike sort of person.