Schott Rediscovers Its Roots | A Continuous Lean.. This is a re-post of an article by A Continuous Lean. It is about Schott, jacket maker in the United States since 1913, has just opened up a small retail shop on Elizabeth Street in New York City. Elizabeth Street now has several nice little shopping venues for clothing.
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Mainpoint: A number of American manufacturing companies are highlighted with videos from an entry from the blog American Lean.
I have posted from American Lean blog once before (last year), it was the American List. The American Lean blog itself is very eclectic, much of the time on the subject of clothing, usually more upper scale, and sometimes about the history of clothing. But there are many different tangential subjects as well. But, the one I found most interesting was F*** Yeah Made in USA. It is a series of short videos (usually a couple minutes) about companies that continue to manufacture in the U.S.A. In fact, there are a total of 48 videos. Here is the list of companies that are highlighted in order:
Bollman Hat Company – Adamstown, PA
The Good Flock – Oregon
Pendleton – Oregon
Frank Clegg Leatherworks – Fall River, MA
Club Monaco – U.S.A.
Imogene & Willie – TN
KA – Bar Knives – PA
Joseph Abboud – New Bedford, MA
Schoolhouse Electric – Portland, OR
General Knot & Co. – New York
Oak Street Bootmakers – Maine
Oldflowers – Utah
MAKR – Florida
Pointer Brand – Tennessee
Martin Greenfield Clothiers – N.Y.
Randolph Engineering – MA
Defy Bags – Illinois
Club Monaco & ACL – Maryland, NY & PA
Scout Books – Oregon
Mannington Flooring- New Jersey
Imogene & Willie (Part II) – TN
Tellason – California
Grain Surfboards – Maine
Faribault Woolen Mills – Minnesota
Soulcraft – CA
Allen Edmonds – Wisconsin
Imogene & Willie – TN
Wilson Footballs – Ohio
Billykirk – PA
The Brooklyn Circus – NY
Cunningham Classics – New Jersey
Raleigh Denim – North Carolina
Stronghold – California
Garland Shirt Company – North Carolina
Roy’s Jeans – California
L.L. Bean Boots – Maine
New Balance – Maine
Optimo Hats – IL
Qoddy shoes – Maine
Red Wing Shoes – MN
Duluth Pack – MN
Danner Boots – OR
Alden Shoes – Massachusetts
Pendleton – OR
Oxxford Clothing – Illinois
Wolverine 100o Mile Boots – Wisconsin
Horween – IL
Danner – Oregon
Apparel | SFMade. Mainpoint: SF Made.org is a website created to help customers find businesses that still manufacture products in the San Francisco area.
I found this fantastic link, that lists and describes many small businesses that manufacture and sell merchandise in the USA, mainly, made in San Francisco Bay area. The link above will send you to the apparel section. In the apparel section, there is a listing of 72 different apparel stores. Some of these stores/businesses I have listed in my previous blog entries, such as: Poppy Von Frohlich; Marine Layer; Clary Sage Organics; Blue Canoe; Tellason and Taylor Stitch. The SF Made website has a brief description of each of the businesses as well as a link to their websites.
In addition to apparel, there are many other categories listed such as: Furniture, Home and Garden, Auto & Bike, Pet Products, Body Products, Children & Maternity, Hospitality & Entertainment.
About SF Made
SF Made is a non profit corporation, established in 2010. It is headquartered in San Francisco and it focuses on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing its local manufacturing sector. View the link to find “about us” at sfmade.org. Now, this should be the wave of the future, a way to help people buy locally. Great job, SF Made!
L.A. shop sells exclusively “Made in the U.S.A.” items. | Alliance for American Manufacturing. From ABC -7 News, this news story which first aired on February 1, 2013, features a shop that sells exclusively “Made in the USA” items. The company is called American Love Affair – it has been selling clothing and accessories “Made in the USA” on-line, but just recently opened up a brick and mortar store in Los Angeles, CA. The address is 901 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015. American Love Affair also has a blog, as well as a Facebook page.
The above video link is through the Alliance of American Manufacturing and lasts 2:02.
Loop de Luxe – boutique. Loop de Luxe is an online boutique of USA-made luxury goods and clothing, featuring several different American designers. Loop de Luxe is based in New York City and Los Angeles. They scour the entire United States looking for exceptional designers and hidden neighborhood boutiques. Their goal is to share them with people who value hard-to-find, original couture, made in the U.S.A.
Current designers include: Brooklyn-based Fleabags; celebrity favorite clothier, Wren; 2009 CDFA Emerging Talent winner: Subversive Jersey; handcrafted jewelry by Gabriela Artigas; handmade leather bags by Heyoka Leather; classic 14K gold jewelry from Kathleen Whitaker; and organic beauty products from Denver-based Fig & Yarrow.
Loop de Luxe has started to receive attention from some prominent people in the fashion and entertainment field like Sarah Heyward, writer for the HBO series “Girls”; Alisha Ray, sales manager for Levi’s; and in a “Style We Love” featuring Leslie Price - founder and editor of Racked.
Loop de Luxe is launching a Holiday Sales Event starting December 7th. There is a 40% sales offer for December 7.
There has been a growing grass roots movement in the Buy American movement over the past couple of years. Now, there is a new instrument to aid start-up companies (mostly American and making things in America) to get them up and going. It is called Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. These projects include films, games, music, art, technology and clothing. How Kickstarter works is that by using its website, it brings together many potential small donor sponsors (as opposed to a single large donor sponsor) to see if they would like to fund a project. Kickstarter has been around since 2009 and has funded more than 30,000 creative projects.
Of the present clothing projects on Kickstarter, one is called Swole Society Apparel. Swole Society Apparel makes dress shirts for the athletic male.
There are several other clothing companies searching for sponsors: Ball and Buck; Heart Attack Clothing; Fortune 421 Swimwear and Clothing; Iva Jean Bike Fashion; N.E. Surf Beanies; Pistol Lake Shirts; Flint and Tinder Underwear; Ministry of Supply; Bizcaz Socks; Amazing Capes; Pants by Bluff Works; A Gentleman’s Surf Collection by Wellen. To find other companies, go to the Kickstarter website and other search, type in “fashion” or “clothing”. Before you sponsor them, make sure that they will be making the items in the USA. Be a venture capitalist.
Sometimes finding the right gift is very difficult, especially for men. But, if a man likes sports, this could be the new, different gift for this year. And they can be purchased on-line. This line of clothing carries unique and classic jerseys from baseball, football and hockey. They also have T-shirts, jackets and hats. The site is called Ebbets Field Flannels. They specialize in authentic reproduction of apparel with logos of teams that are no longer in existence. Thanks to simplyamericandotnet for bringing this to my attention. Oh yes, they are all made in the USA.
Simply American Dot Net has just written a great blog entry about Hart- Schaffner-Marx . This is a re-post from John Brigg’s blog. Hart-Schaffner-Marx has been making suits in America since 1887. Hart-Schaffner-Marx also owns Hickey Freeman.
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Gitman Bros. Vintage | MORTAR |. Gitman Brothers is one of the last great shirt makers in the United States. Not only do they make shirts for Thom Browne (voted by me as the best American made shirt in the USA – see my blog entry Best Dress Shirts US vs the World), but they also make their regular line called Gitman Brothers, plus an exciting new line called Gitman Brothers Vintage.
Gitman Brothers Vintage
The idea of Gitman Brothers Vintage came from current owner, Chris Olberding, who was going through some of the Gitman Brothers archival of patterns and fabrics from years gone past. At the present, the retro look is back and growing ever stronger. Plus, there is more interest in mens’ fashion for high-quality clothing particularly American-made. By bringing back some of the previous designs and fabrics, Gitman Brothers Vintage has helped fill a niche that some other clothing brands are trying to capture: Retro Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone and Freemans Sporting Club (as well as some cheaper foreign made knock-offs). Not only are these brands popular in the United States but they are greatly desired in other countries like France, Japan, and England.
The History of Gitman Brothers
The Gitman Brothers story has a story that is a little similar to the Brooks Brothers in that the business was started by the father who ran it for many years and then were taken over by their sons to bigger acclaim. In the Gitman case, the father, Max Gitman started the clothing business in Brooklyn and moved it Ashland, Pennsylvania in the 1930s, it was called the Ashland Shirt and Pajama Company. The Gitman factory has continued to make all of its clothes here still today. In the 1970′s, Gitman’s clothing gained more notoriety for their wildly patterned button down shirts which were designed by the sons and then, owners, Alfred and Sheldon Gitman, (Max had passed away in the 1960s). Eventually the brothers renamed the company Gitman Brothers in 1978. For more history, see MORTAR (the first link) or allplaidout, which also includes a factory tour. Many of the shirts made by Gitman Brothers Vintage are made by 3rd and 4th generation artisans. This is a great little detail, as America has been losing a lot of its artisans over the last 30 years.
Not Only Shirts
Gitman Brothers does make shorts. The prints are usually loud, but I am unable to tell you how to find them. Gitman Brothers also makes neckwear, or ties. And, just starting this month, Nordstroms is carrying Gitman Brothers ties. Gitman Brothers makes ties under their own label as well as under the Gitman Brothers Vintage label.
Where to Find Gitman Brothers Vintage
“If it’s too fashiony, it’s not interesting to me.” – Jean Paul Gaultier