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Clothing Made In USA: Stanford Shopping Center

Mainpoint: Determination of percentage of clothing made in USA at the Stanford Shopping Center.

The Stanford Shopping Center is an outdoor complex consisting of 140 stores. They have four anchor stores: Nordstrom’s,  Nieman-Marcus, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Their target demographic is a medium to slightly more upper end shopper. It is located on El Camino Real at Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto/ Stanford, California. It actually intrudes slightly into the Stanford University campus.

I went to the Stanford Shopping Center to determine how much clothing made in USA were in each store. I visited each store and checked the manufacturing labels and from that I determined how much of the store carried the labels that said “Made in USA”.

The Stores

Below is the alphabetical listing of each store that carries clothing with a brief description and the percentage of U.S. made clothes:

Abercrombie & Fitch – A large national chain. Clothing directed towards a younger age group. Quality: Low to Medium. % of American made: A big fat ZERO.

Ann Taylor – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. % of American clothing <1%. (Ann Taylor Socks).

Armani Exchange – A large national chain. Women’s clothing, limited men’s – medium end. 0% American made.

Banana Republic – A large national chain. Men and Women’s – Low – medium quality. < 1% American made.

BCBG Maxzria – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Betsy Johnson – A national chain. Young women’s clothing – medium end. 10% American made.

Bloomingdale’s – A large national department store. Men and Women’s clothing – medium to high end. 2% American made.

Brooks Brothers – A large national chain. Men’s clothing – medium to high end. 2% American. (Good place for American dress shirts).

Burberry – A large national chain. Men and Women’s clothing. medium – high end. 0% American made.

Cache – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. 2% American made.

Coldwater Creek – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. 1% American made.

Eileen Fisher – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Ermenegildo Zegna – National chain. Men’s clothing – upper end. 0% American made but high percentage Italian.

Express – A large national chain. Men and women’s clothing – low to medium end. 0% American made.

Fashion Passion – an only store – Women’s clothing – medium to upper end. 0% American made but high percentage European.

Free People – National chain. Women’s clothing – low to medium end. <5% American made.

Gap – A large national chain. Men and Women’s clothing – low to medium end. <1% American made.

Hlaska – One of three stores. Men & Women’s clothing – medium end, Will no longer be making clothes. Was 100% American.

J. Crew – A large national chain. Men and Women’s clothing – low to medium end. < 1% American made. (Belts).

J. Jill – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. < 1% American made. (Socks).

Juicy Couture – A large national chain. For young women – medium end. 10% American made.

Kate Spade – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. <1% American made.

LaCoste – A large national chain. Men and Women’s clothing – medium end. < 1% American made. (Special Ernest Sewn Jeans Only).

Lucky Brand Jeans – A large national chain. Men and Women’s clothing – medium end. < 2% American made.

Lucy – A large national chain. Women’s exercise clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Macy’s – A large national department store. Men and women’s clothing – medium end. < 1% American made.

Max Mara – A large national chain – Women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Michael Kors – A large national chain. Women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Nieman-Marcus – A large national department store. Men and Women’s clothing – medium to upper end. <2% American made. (Much more higher end European clothing.)

Nike Running Store – A large national chain. Men and women’s exercise clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Nordstrom’s – A large national department store. Men and women’s clothing – medium to upper end. 2% American made. (Probably your best bet in regards to American made clothing and department stores.

Pac Sun – A large national chain. Young people’s clothing. – low to medium end. <1% American made.

Polo – A large national chain. Men’s and women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Stanford shop – local only. Stanford clothing – low to medium end. < 1% American made.

Talbot’s – A large national chain – Women’s clothing – low to medium end. 0% American made.

Territory Ahead – One of nine stores. Men and women’s clothing – low to medium clothing. < 1% American made. (Special T – shirts only).

Tommy Bahama’s – A large national chain – Mainly men’s, some women’s clothing – medium end. < 1% American made (rare women’s blouses).

Tory Burch – A large national chain – women’s clothing – medium end. <2% American made.

Urban Outfitter’s – A large national chain – Young men and women’s clothing – low to medium end. <1% American made.

Victoria Secret – A large national chain. Women’s lingerie – low to medium end. 0% American made.

Vince – A national chain – Men and women’s clothing – medium end. 0% American made.

Wilkes-Bashford – One of two stores. Men and women’s clothing – high end. <1% American made. Plenty of European imports.

Conclusion

With regards to clothing made in the United States, the Stanford Shopping Center is a bit of a disappointment. For men, the best choice is Nordstrom’s where one can find American made belts, ties, socks, T-shirts, suits, jeans and some casual shirts. Difficult to find are: dress shirts, shoes, underwear, (dress pants without the suit), pajamas, coats, and athletic wear. For young women – there is higher percentage of U.S. made clothes at Betsy Johnson and Juicy Couture. For the ladies, the best bet is again Nordstrom’s.

Other Places

If you want American made, but a little on the lower end, just a half mile away is an American Apparel on University Avenue. Otherwise, just 30 minutes away is San Francisco. For men, there is Bill’s Khaki’s, Levi’s Corporate Store, Freemans Sporting Club and Unionmade. Don’t forget to check out the Allen Edmonds shoe store as well.

“Fashion as king is sometimes a very stupid ruler.” – G.T. Bell

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