Archive for the 'Underwear' Category

02
Jan
15

Men’s Long Underwear – Made in the USA

Union Suit Redux – Red – Men’s Sale – Men’s. Did you ever wonder what ever happened to those old-fashioned long-johns that you saw in those 1950s movies like “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?” You know those red ones with the bottom flaps? Well, they still make them. There is a company called Junction Threadworks that makes these long-johns and they are all “Made in the USA”. They have made some special “short” long-johns for The Guideboat Company.

Union Suit Redux (Red)

Union Suit Redux (Red) Guideboat

Union Suit Redux (White)

Union Suit Redux (White) Guideboat

Union Suit

Union Suit

So, consider these pairs of long johns for your next Pajama party.

14
Oct
11

Underwear Made in USA: Internet Search

Mainpoint: Clothingmadeinusablog investigates underwear made in America via the internet.

As this blog is about finding clothing, made in USA, in retail stores, internet shopping is really an off-topic for me. But, I do not want to close my mind to all other alternate possibilities. So, that is why I have included this article about my internet search results. But before we get started, I would like to refer you to my last post: “Underwhere: Underwear Made in America.”  And I want to refer you to the following underwear clothing manufacturing names (found in retail shops): American Apparel; REI; Patagonia; bgreen; Bamboosa; Hanky Panky; Spanx; and Zinke. Tommy John undershirts are supposedly available as well although I have not personally verified this fact. I have bought some, they are made in the USA (addendum 5/24/2012).

So, as I type in ‘underwear made in USA’ – there are several good leads: Union House Mens Underwear; Wickers.com; Blue Canoe;  Campbellsville Apparel Co. and Skiviez.com. As Skiviez.com always comes out near the top of all my searches (I am sure they have paid for that), we will start there. Now, I am no bon vivant playboy, but I didn’t grow up in a turnip truck either (‘neither for you Midwesterners, where I grew up). I was prepared to see boxers, briefs, bikinis, boxer briefs, low rise briefs and thongs. But I did not realize that there are Men’s underwear fashions so out there that it would give Frederick’s of Hollywood a good run for its money for being racy.

Now, remember, we are investigating underwear made in USA. And under ‘Made in USA’ on Skiviez, listed were 213 different garments. And I truly doubt that there were 213 different garments as it would exceed  the other sites for US Made combined by 20 times. And there is no way to verify if these garments are US made on the website – as websites (through a loophole in the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act – there was no internet back then) do not have to tell you where their garments are made. So, I tried a different line of attack, I searched one of the clothing manufacturers – Andrew Christian. And what I found was: he was born in Fresno; and he is some sort of celebrity, but no where did it say where his garments are manufactured.

So, back to Skiviez.com. There are so many different types of underwear, and as I continue, I feel like I am on a gay porn site. There are special briefs that make your butt look bigger. There are  briefs that have a special pouch that you can put in an artificial penile silhouette (not included). There are transparent mesh underwear where the models place their hands within the briefs so as to shield the shopper from looking at their private parts. There were a myriad of different colors, many very bright with designs like you see on bicyclist shirts, loud neons and neoprenes. There were many different styles like lace-up jock straps; “Show It’ Briefs – briefs with a separate color or fabric just for the front panel; ‘Show It’ Air Jock Strap – sporty underwear from the front, but, when you turn around, it is just a bare ass. This would be an unfortunate choice of briefs if you happened to get into an accident, or showed up for a military physical exam. So, onto the next site.

The next internet site was Union House Mens Underwear. Now this site, clearly demonstrated that their product was made in the USA. There were 35 pictures of the American flag on the first page alone. As far as the choices of underwear, there were three: boxers, briefs, and boxer-briefs. There were three choices of colors: white, black and gray. There were no models wearing the underwear, just the briefs standing by themselves for maybe too long – a kind of wilting appearance. Quite a contrast from Skiviez.

Next: wickers.com. This website has a moderately good quality website. Wickers.com started in 1981 and specializes in underwear garments with “wicking” technology. They have briefs, boxers, T-shirts, running T-shirts, thermal underwear, and active thermal pants – like running pants. They have several different colors.

Next: Campbellsville Apparel Co. This is a small company with a very small website, They only sell three different items: cotton undershirt, wicking T – Shirt,  and briefs. Everything is made in Kentucky.

Last, but not least: Blue canoe. Good website. It has ladies underwear and outerwear, everything made in America, possibly from California. Lot of different styles and colors. Of the all of the above listed, Blue Canoe has the best selection of American made underwear. Second choice: Wickers.com. I do not believe that Skiviez are American made. (Updated March 13, 2013)

Listing of Underwear Made in USA found on the Internet

  1. Blue Canoe (also found in some stores)
  2. Campbellsville Apparel
  3. City Boxers
  4. Flint and Tinder
  5. My boxercraft
  6. Only Hearts
  7. Shivers (Long Underwear)
  8. Style Marq
  9. Twig n Berries
  10. Undrest
  11. Union House
  12. Union Line
  13. Uranus Apparel
  14. UwearUSA
  15. Wickers
  16. Zic and Cha Cha

Updated 5/26/12

“Never in the history of fashion has so little been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.” – Cecil Beaton

12
Oct
11

Underwhere: Underwear Made in America

Main point – it is difficult to find made in USA underwear, but they can be found. (At the bottom of the blog entry, there is a list of brands of American that are still made in the USA).

It had been about nine months into my quest when I noticed that the random store shopping was getting me nowhere in the underwear department. I had investigated everywhere or so I thought: Sears, J.C. Penny, Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as the discount stores: Ross, T.J. Maxx, Burlington and the Designer outlets – Nada. Not even Nada had any underwear. The closest I had come to finding anything not made in Asia or Central America was a few months back. I was in one of the discount stores (I think it was a T.J. Maxx), when I came upon a box of underwear. I inspected it, it was made by a prominent designer, and made in Italy. the price tag $50. The only problem (besides the price) was that the box was empty. Either I am paying $50 for a box or the contents had been pilfered. And getting the usual help in such a place which is often none, I decided to track down any other underwear vaguely close. And what do you know, there was nothing remotely connected to this single empty box of Italian designer underwear. So, how did it get there in the first place? Of course, a brief paranoid thought passed through my mind, is somebody playing a joke on me? No, that would be crazy, but then again, why is that box here in this discount store?

After fruitless searching, I decided I needed a more directed approach. Well, at least, I knew that there was Italian underwear out there somewhere. But, the question remained: “Is there underwear still made in America?”  I remember years ago, when Fruit of the Loom proudly advertised it was made in America, but that was a long time ago, and now no longer true. So, I did a computer search – I have always felt that Google is still the best search engine, so I googled “Underwear made in USA”. And bam, 25,900,000 entries. Of course, the best leads are in the first few pages. I wanted to find an actual retail store nearby that sells underwear and I came up with a few good leads: American Apparel at the Valley Fair Shopping center in San Jose, Eco Goods in Santa Cruz and REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) in Saratoga.

My first visit was American Apparel – for more information, you may want to visit my blog entry: Favorite US Stores #1: American Apparel. So, briefly, everything in the store is made in the U.S. Their main store is in Los Angeles and that is also where their clothing manufacturing occurs. With regards to underwear, it has the largest selection of American made underwear than any other store. They had briefs, they had boxers, they had bikinis, and they had boxer briefs. There were numerous colors as well, some even neon colored. I passed on the neon colors but did end up purchasing six pairs of boxer briefs – my personal choice for the last two years. It was definitely a big score, and I can always go back for more.

My next stop was REI – a large chain of camping, accessories and clothing found all through out the US. I was looking in particular for Patagonia underwear, because up until very recently Patagonia was made in the US. I found the underclothing section and found some Patagonia – which were few and far between. Even fewer were American made underwear. I found a pair of patterned boxer briefs made in the US in my size, and right next to that pair was an identical pair except that one was made in Mexico. Probably, what is happening is that they are probably going to totally phase out all American made clothing by Patagonia. I guess I was lucky to get this one. Maybe it will be a collector’s item in a few years. But all was not lost. As I was still in the underwear section, I found the store brand – REI – also made underwear that was made in the USA. So, I bought a couple more pair of boxer briefs. I felt the visit to REI was a semi-successful venture.

The last stop was Eco Goods in downtown Santa Cruz. For those who don’t know Santa Cruz – it is a small city just 30 minutes south of San Jose requiring a trip through the Santa Cruz Mountains. The mountains keep many of the citizens of San Jose away for which the Santa Cruzians are grateful. This keeps Santa Cruz unique. In downtown Santa Cruz, there is a diverse mixture of people: aging hippies, grungers, surfers, teenagers, a few families, and a few business people. Eco Goods is also unique. It is a store that specializes in environmentally friendly products. The products are made of recycled material or made of plants, like hemp or bamboo. Some of the products are made in America, but about 65% are not. I found a couple of boxers briefs – one made by bgreen, and another made by Bamboosa.  I also purchased a couple of T-shirts and a light jacket. I f you are in the neighborhood, Eco Goods is definitely worth a visit.

For ladies underwear, the ability to find underwear made in America is even more difficult, because the percentage made in America is so low. I have found only a couple of clothing manufacturers that make ladies underwear in the U.S., there may be more, but I get a little uncomfortable shopping for this product for very long. The names are Hanky Panky Undies – which can be found in Anthropologie and Nordstrom’s; Spanx – found at Dillard’s or Nordstrom’s; and Zinke Bras – found in Anthropologie. Blue canoe makes ladies underwear, panties and bras. I found Blue Canoe at Eco Goods in Santa Cruz, California. For the lastest listing of underwear makers see my blog entry : “Listing of American clothing brands -retail”.

Updated February 26, 2014.

Listing of Underwear Brands Made in USA (found in Brick and Mortar Stores)

  1. American Apparel
  2. Araks (bra & panties)
  3. Bamboo Boxer Co.
  4. Bamboosa
  5. bgreen
  6. Bills Khakis
  7. Blanqi
  8. Blue Canoe
  9. Commando
  10. Debra Marquit
  11. Farr West (slips)
  12. Free People (bra) (rare)
  13. Flint & Tender
  14. Freemans Sporting Club
  15. Hanky Panky
  16. Kiki De Montparnasse
  17. Merona (tights)
  18. Omgirl (bra)
  19. Only Heart (Bra and panties)
  20. Parisa
  21. Patagonia
  22. REI
  23. Result Wear
  24. Second Base (cammis)
  25. Solow
  26. Spanx
  27. Special Delivery NYC
  28. Steven Alan
  29. The Lake & Stars
  30. Thom Browne
  31. Underwares USA
  32. Undrest
  33. VPL
  34. Zella
  35. Zinke

“Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breath”. -Jean Harlow




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