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J. Crew – Made in USA

J. Crew like many stores is trying to increase its presence of US made products, due to public pressure. When I had surveyed their stores for U.S. made goods two years ago, the only “Made in USA” items were a pair of New Balance shoes and a belt. Well, since that time, J. Crew has contracted several American manufacturers that previously had been internet only and have added them into their stores and catalogs/websites. These companies include Hill-Side, Ebbets Field, Billykirk and Quoddy shoes.

Ebbets Field Flannels

Ebbets Field Flannels

The brand that makes J. Crew seem serious about “Made in USA” clothing is Wallace and Barnes. Wallace and Barnes is made exclusively made for J. Crew. In 2011, the head of J. Crew, Frank Muytgens started Wallace and Barnes as an upper end clothing line based on vintage clothing styles as described in this GQ article on November 10, 2011. Wallace and Barnes makes selvedge jeans. Be aware that not all Wallace and Barnes clothing and bags are made in the USA. J. Crew still has a much smaller allotment of US made clothing than some stores (and more than other mega chains like the GAP), but it is still an encouraging sign that they keep increasing the amount of “Made in USA” clothing.

Wallace and Barnes selvedge jeans

Wallace and Barnes
selvedge jeans




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