Posts Tagged ‘clothing made in usa

22
Jul
17

14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

Source: 14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

Here is a great list from Good Trade

Made in USA

In our search for ethical products, we’re constantly looking for brands that value transparency and quality and reject the practices that surround cheaply made fast-fashion. We’ve found that buying for quality is one of the keys to simple and sustainable living. When we purchase something that lasts, we consume less and live a simpler life. Additionally, transparency allows us to understand where our products came from and the impact they have had on people and planet along every step of the supply chain. American-made clothing brands make a persistent bet on long-lasting quality and radical transparency.

We’ve searched for our favorite men’s & women’s American-made clothing brands making high quality basics like denim, tees, sweatshirts right here in the USA. Beyond just the basics, we’ve added a few brands that make formalwear, bridal wear and lingerie. Check out these brands keeping their design and manufacturing in the USA.


Baldwin Denim & Collection

Based In | Kansas City, MO
Best For | Raw denim
Product Range | Denim, tees, hats, dresses, knitwear, outerwear
Price Range | $18-$50

Founded and designed by Matt Baldwin, Baldwin Denim & Collection is a Kansas City-based clothing and lifestyle brand, founded on modern design, quality textiles, and American manufacturing. Baldwin is an all-time favorite of ours, not just because of our love for Kansas City, but because each design stems from both East and West Coast influences put through a modern filter of the Middle of the country. Their men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections capture a timeless modernism.

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American Giant

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Best For | Comfortable sweatshirts
Product Range | Sweatshirts, shirts, polos, bottoms
Price Range | $24-$119

Often referred to as the company that made “the greatest hoodie ever,” American Giant believes in exceptional quality materials and customer service. Typically, 80% of what we pay to traditional retailers has nothing to do with the production of the garment; American Giant ensures that 100% of your purchase supports their USA-made and 100% cotton apparel. They shy away from traditional marketing methods like billboards and the appeal of brick-and-mortar stores, and instead invest in selling directly to American consumers and providing them with outstanding service. With cotton grown and sewn in the Carolinas, relentless attention to detail, top-of-the-line fabrics, and custom hardware, you’ll feel super comfy and proud to wear one of their sweatshirts.

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AMVI

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Basic essentials
Product Range | Tees, knit tops, bottoms
Price Range | $48-$80

AMVI stands for American Made, Vintage Inspired, and you can see the American influence in all of their apparel. Their high-quality basic essentials will be the ideal foundation for your wardrobe in no time, from their richly colored dolman tees to their comfort leggings you’ll want to wear every day. Designed and produced in Los Angeles, AMVI works only with local vendors to avoid traditional retail markups, and to help support jobs and the US economy, a core value that we love and admire.

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Imogene + Willie

Based In | Nashville, TN
Best For | Signature denim
Product Range | Jeans, textiles, jewelry
Price Range | $50-$350

Friends for 20 years and ultimately lifelong partners, Matt and Carrie Eddmenson yearned to make long-lasting denim right here in the states. Imogene + Willie first started through one email campaign to friends and family with the hopes of selling 250 pairs in 2009, and now they are a staple in the USA-made denim industry. Their rich coloring, tailored fits, and woodsy inspiration make each pair of jeans a piece of signature denim you’ll cherish forever. (Not into denim? I+W also sells everything from towels to toothbrushes in their “Objects” section!)

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Reformation

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Bridal wear
Product Range | Dresses, bridal wear, outerwear, jumpsuits
Price Range | $98-$278 {Bridal wear ranges from $198-$588}

Sustainability is something we should all care about when it comes to our clothes, and Reformation makes sure each of their pieces are as sustainable as possible. Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, they design and manufacture limited-edition collections in their own sewing factory in downtown Los Angeles. This B Corp utilizes a heat reflecting roof, sources renewable energy, has recycled hangers in their stores, and uses 100% recycled packaging for every order shipped. Their lacy dresses, sheer tops, and statement skirts will be sure to turn heads no matter where you go. They also carry a bridal wear collection with the most elegant dresses we’ve ever seen, which will flow perfectly when you’re walking down the aisle. Fashion has never looked or felt better.

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Buck Mason

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Effortless style, minimum-decision apparel
Product Range | Henleys, pants, classic tees, belts
Price Range | $25-$175

Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn began Buck Mason, in an effort to craft designs that would be timeless, durable, and true-to-character for the everyday American man. From sand chinos ideal for the workday, to their rockstar-inspired dark wash jeans, this look is perfect for the guy who wants to look good without too much effort. They even offer pre-made packages of well-matched tops and bottoms to try, ideal for effortless style and you only pay for what you keep. Using cotton from North Carolina and produced in Los Angeles, they provide a step-by-step look at the production process. You’ll always feel calm, cool, and collected in their apparel.

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Grown & Sewn

Based In | New York City, NY
Best For | Pants
Product Range | Bottoms, boots, tops
Price Range | $50-$275

Former Men’s Design Director for Ralph Lauren, Rob Magness created Grown & Sewn as a tribute to American history and culture. They feature handmade pants, Thorogood boots, and knit v-necks that feel as broken in and comfortable as they do stylish. The painted patterns and patches are applied by hand by an artist, one at a time, so you know you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind straight from the USA every time. Their vintage and artisan pieces will only get better over time.

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Welcome Stranger

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Best For | Rugged apparel
Product Range | Vests, pants, jackets, and shirts
Price Range | $55-$250

For the outdoorsy man in your life, Welcome Stranger produces apparel that is both rugged and stylish. Designed and crafted in San Francisco since 2010, their collection draws inspiration from nature, west of the Bay Area. For a more tailored fit, they also create handmade trousers, coats, and jackets. If you’re in the area, they have storefronts in San Francisco and Berkeley where you can try on their reversible coats, lined vests, knit caps, and ¾-sleeved shirts. Clothes so comfortable, you’ll never feel like a stranger in them.

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Haspel

Based In | New Orleans, LA
Best For | Formalwear
Product Range | Trousers, Jackets, Suit Separates, Ties
Price Range | $135-$695

For over a century, Haspel has embodied Southern hospitality and charm through their wash-and-wear trousers, jackets, ties, and formalwear. From Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird, to President Calvin Coolidge, you’ve seen Haspel on every true gentleman since 1909, and we love the clean, simple aesthetic in every piece. Made exclusively in America, Haspel uses seersucker cloth that can withstand New Orleans heat and provide a stylish look for all.

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Beyond Clothing

Based In | Seattle, WA
Best For | Outdoor wear
Product Range | Undergarments, pullovers, jackets
Price Range | $65-$335

If you spend more time in the great outdoors than anywhere else, Beyond Clothing has a custom wardrobe just for you. Their mission is to create durable apparel through a layering system, optimized for survival in temperatures from -40℉ to more moderate temps above 45℉. From design to creation, the entire process stays within the states, to ensure higher quality, more efficient production, and innovation. Whether you’re wearing their parka made for frigid conditions, or a simple pullover while hiking, we think you’ll be poised for comfort in any environment.

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Flynn Skye

Based In | Venice Beach, CA
Best For | Boho chic
Product Range | Dresses, tops, jumpers, bottoms
Price Range | $85-$205

Inspired by her daughter’s free spirit, Amber Farr combined rockstar edginess and femininity for Flynn Skye. Their gorgeous, flowy, and light dresses are perfect for a day at the beach or a night out on the town. American-made in Venice Beach and Los Angeles, and inspired by cities like London, Tahoe, and Malibu, you’ll be able to rock this look for any event without having to think twice.

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Hackwith Design House

Based In | St. Paul, MN
Best For | One-of-a-kind staples
Product Range | Dresses, jumpers, jackets, plus sizes
Price Range | $85-$325

Looking for apparel that’s both comfortable and stylish can be tough, and finding unique designs is even tougher: that’s where Minnesota-based Hackwith Design House comes in. Their apparel lines include simple and clean basics, swim, and plus-size pieces, where everyone can find a piece they’ll wear forever. We most love their comfort capes and ultra-soft tunics. Plus, every Monday, they release a limited edition piece available for only a short time – if you’re looking for staple pieces that no one else will have, Hackwith Design House is for you!

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Fibre Athletics

Based In | Chicago, IL
Best For | Workout gear
Product Range | Zip-up hoodies, tops/tees, hats
Price Range | $60-$149

If you’re always looking for the newest trend in clothes and love a good workout, Fibre Athletics may be your one-stop shop! Fibre Athletics aims to create apparel that comforts your lifestyle, shelters your body, and supports the world around us, through 100% organic and recycled fabrics. Their pieces are produced in the USA, where all employees earn living wages in safe working conditions. And, your impact is even bigger than in just the USA alone: with every purchase you make, they donate to environmental restoration and poverty alleviation projects around the globe.

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Brook There

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Lingerie
Product Range | Undergarments, apparel, scarves, eye masks
Price Range | $32-$118

For your most intimate moments, you’ll love Brook There. They sort lingerie by size, price, and ethics. Want vegan-made undergarments? Want a pair of undies cut and sewn in Maine? How about a US-milled organic cotton slip? You’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted here, and we love their wireless bras and breathable chemises. Since 2007, designer Brook DeLorme has prioritized comfort and health in each of these pieces handmade in Portland, Maine. Feeling comfortable in your own skin will be effortlessly easy.

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About The Good Trade

Launched in Los Angeles in 2014 as a community for ethically-minded consumers, The Good Trade is an online publication featuring brands, products & ideas creating positive social change. 

The Good Trade was built on the fundamental idea consumers are collectively powerful and capable of driving significant social change through their everyday purchases, consumer preferences and lifestyle choices.

Our team envisions a world where ethically minded consumers vote with their everyday purchases for a world that is sustainable and free from forced labor.


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14
Jul
17

Two Blind Brothers: NYC Clothing

Source: Two Blind Brothers: NYC Clothing

For those who are against charity and helping others, this article is not for you. Two Blind Brothers is about raising money for research to cure blindness by selling made in USA clothing. Plus, the founders take no salary (unlike the Fake President).

About Two Blind Brothers

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The Brothers

At a young age, Bradford and Bryan Manning were both diagnosed with an eye disease that causes blindness over time. This condition has inspired a special vigilance for details, a passion that carries over into the construction of their clothing line. They are both graduates of the University of Virginia and currently live in NYC.

The Apparel

The apparel is sophisticated, noticeable yet understated, expertly tailored, and intricately crafted: all design decisions are informed with a New York influence. The brothers are involved in every step of the creative process, from choosing fabrics to developing the design aesthetic. Their focus is on ensuring the high quality and careful craftsmanship of each article of clothing.

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The Mission

The production is located in the heart of the fashion district in New York City. Despite the first-rate nature of the designs, fabrics, and assembly, the value to the customer is extraordinary compared to other luxury designers because the brothers fund the operation without being paid a salary. All profits are instead donated to life-changing research to cure blindness.

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Fashion With a Perspective
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Over 180 million people worldwide live with vision impairment

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The founders take NO salary. 100% of profits go to supporting research

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The research is directed by a team of experts in biotechnology

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The fabrics, designs, and construction are sourced in the heart of NYC


Editor’s Note – What is Wrong About Charity?

Several years back, 2012, to be specific, I was absolutely floored when I came upon an article from Made in USA Blog entitled “What’s Wrong with Tom’s Shoes”, which decimated a charity program. I had always felt that everybody, and I mean everybody, no matter what religion, no matter what country,  valued doing good for others – charity. But this self-described Libertarian felt that Tom’s Shoes which donates a pair of shoes to extremely poor people with every pair of shoes purchased was a disgrace. I had attempted numerous times to discuss the notion that charity is not bad, but he deleted all of my responses (except this one [linked above] which is sort of frozen in a time capsule). Obviously, Made in USA Blog will think that this company Two Blind Brothers is also a disgrace.

I have found that the more wealthy a nation is, the less charitable, the nation becomes. This is not only true for nations, but, in general, it is also true to individuals as well. Compared to the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world, people of the Old Testament and The New Testament were much more charitable and giving to the downtrodden and poor than our”modern society”. Americans believe charity begins at home, but not at their home and not in their neighborhood. We, Americans have no problem with concept of charity (except for the Libertarians who feel that helping anybody is a sin) but they expect others to do it but not themselves.

We can only theorize why the more wealthy one is, the less charitable one becomes.  Theory #1) Proximity. The closer one is to the poor and downtrodden, the more one can empathize. The poor are actually much more charitable to other poor (than the wealthy), even though they have less they can afford to give away. It is because they know the struggles – the pain, the cold, the hunger, etc. If you never see the poor and the down-trodden, then the poor become more of an abstraction than real, living, breathing humans. They are no longer part of “us”, but they become “them”. And “them” are always the enemy.

2) Politics of the Wealth. The wealthy know they have it good. And, obviously the wealthy want to keep it that way. In order to keep their wealth, they have found creative ways to maintain it. In order to avoid paying “fair wages”, the wealthy have always opposed unions. Then, they opposed Communism and Socialism – movements which  supported fair wages. Their omnipresent message was so persuasive that Americans soon demonized the word Communism, Socialism and Unions. The rich still continue to strive to decrease pay for workers and they do their best to defeat unions. They have been unbelievably successful. In the 1950s and 1960s, about 50% of private companies were union companies. Now, only 7% of private companies have unions. How did they do this? First, the wealthy moved companies out of union entrenched cities and moved them to non union Southern states. Then, they double-crossed these Southern states who had become dependent on these jobs by creating Free Trade treaties and off-shoring American jobs to poor third world countries. The outsourcing of good paying jobs, especially manufacturing jobs has created a downward trend in American salaries. And the salaries are still going nowhere (and The Federal Minimum Wage has not even come close to keeping up with inflation). In 2017, here in the United States, one can work full time at the Federal minimum wage and still not get out of the Poverty line. Ponder that for a moment. Everyone that works at minimum wage is poor. It means millions more each year become poorer and poorer, while the rich get incredibly rich. Today the top 0.1% have as much wealth as the bottom 90%. And the top 5% now own 70% of all the wealth.

So, what do the rich to deal with the poor. Do they develop a conscious? Do they open up their pocketbooks? Do they $20 out of their $100 million portfolio? No, instead, they create a lie. The Libertarian lie. “If you help people they will all become dependent on it.” That is pure balderdash. Sure there are few scammers, whether they are homeless, or drug addicts or CEOs (Martin Shrkeli or Bernie Madoff),  most non-Republicans, they are honest, see The Charity that gives cash to the Poor from NPR. The wealthy believe their own lies (because they live in their own bubble) and that is why they don’t give to the poor.

 

3) Wealth has become a religion. Being wealthy wasn’t enough, making money has become its own reward. Money has become bigger than the “Golden Calf”. In fact, the worship of money has become bigger than Jehovah, Jesus, Allah and Buddha combined. The United States no longer worship the Bible. “Christian” people say they are “religious”, but never attend church, have never read the Bible don’t know the lessons and certainly do not follow the tenants of Jesus. (But still, somehow, they are still Christian). In the United States, its citizens have been brain-washed into worshiping money. Even poor people, no longer hope of getting into Heaven, but, hope to get rich instead. Actually, the poor, even if they sin frequently, have a better chances of getting into Heaven than they are to get rich, especially, now, with how things are so stacked in blocking people from climbing the ladder to success. With the worship of “$$” comes its philosophy – “Capitalism.” The motto of Capitalism is make money however possible, hook or by crook. Having a conscious will impede you ability to get rich. Leave your principles behind. There is no better examples of this than the Trump family and the modern GOP. Even with the confession of Trump Jr. trying to collude with America’s archenemy, the Russians, to cheat and steal and election, the Trumps see nothing wrong with this. In fact, the GOP is also perfectly fine with this. As long as you win, that is what counts. The Ends justify the means. How Machievellian our society has become. The modern GOP worships money. Take today’s example: the GOP is trying to pass TrumpCare 2.0 wil which end healthcare for over 20 million Americans and severe cut Medicaid – which aids the elderly, the disabled and the Poor. All, so the rich can get a bigger tax break. Is there ever a stronger message about the present Republican Party stands for? The GOP should actually read that Bible they say they hold so dear. Maybe they can learn some lessons. Maybe they can learn some principles? Maybe they can learn the teaching of Jesus. (They should not quote out of context sections of the Old Testament. If they are going to quote from Leviticus, then they should read all of Leviticus and follow all of Leviticus, like thou shall not wear clothing made of mixed fibers). Maybe then they can learn once again about the importance of taking care of the poor. Instead, the GOP worships money and capitalism – which means you should have no principles. That is why the wealthy and their syncophants don’t give to poor and that is why there is a modern and deliberate message to stop charity. This is the modern GOP message:Heil the rich! Ignore the Poor! But here is a message from me to this modern GOP party: expect big political losses soon. People still have principles, it will show up sooner or later. It is taking a little longer than expected.

 

06
Jul
17

Made in USA – Men’s shirts – Jeff

Source: Made in USA – Men’s shirts – Jeff

The other day I was looking at Nordstroms and found this very nice T-Shirt. I looked at the label, like I always do and it said the brand was “Jeff”. I had never heard of the brand so I looked at where it was made, and to my delight it said “Made in USA”. Because of this, I felt it was important that I highlight this company that had come so far that it came to be brought into Nordstroms. Being a chronic follower of “Made in USA” clothing, I still find several new labels every few months. I think there are not as many new labels coming out as there were a few years ago, but there are new labels.

Jeff makes high quality shirts all made in the USA.

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Jeff – Made in the USA

Top Ten Reasons to Buy USA Made Products:

10) Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.

9) Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.

8) US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.

7) Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.

6) The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.

5) The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Debt isn’t good for you and it isn’t good for America.

4) Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.

3) Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of “fair and free trade”. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit and pollute its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.

2) Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy. When you avoid imported goods in favor of American-made items, you help ensure that the United States doesn’t find its access to vital goods impacted by political conflict.

1) As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.

  • Encourage additional jobs in America.
  • Hands on approach, ability to work in the factory rather then sending emails and phone calls over seas.
  • Fast turns (3-6 weeks), over seas 6 months. 
  • Custom made product to our customer needs.

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About Jeff

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York was an amazing experience by itself but working in the apparel business from a young age of 15 has given me the essential background to initiate a dream of creating luxury product right here in the United States of America. Instead of manufacturing in other countries like most brands do, I take pride in re-building the American sector of made in USA and handcrafting visionary product here in the northeast.

The brand Jeff offers tailored hand made men’s shirts, all made in USA.  We are using the finest & most inquisitive fabrics to craft our luxury brand.  A superior tailored fit combined with precision sewing details is what you will savor from our luxury product.

We are proud to say we are one of only few made in USA luxury fashion brands for men. We hope you enjoy our product and appreciate the importance of made in U.S.A.

Sincerely,

Jeff

Our Factory

Located in the Northeast since 1964.

In 1964, the owner started making shirts in his mother’s basement. The son of a presser and a seamstress, the teen knew very little of the serious mechanics behind shirt making, but he built a knowledge of the craft with curiosity and intuition. Constantly diversifying his craft, his first clients were local musical acts that made it big under his tailoring: The Rascals and Vanilla Fudge, among them. After working with companies out of the Midwestern United States for years, and growing tired of the lack of attention paid to detail and cut, he settled on his own factory in the northeast.

It was here that he gleaned better pattern making skills, growing his enterprise tailoring shirts for gentlemen who took notice to his careful eye.

In the decades that followed, the family persistently pursued perfection of its craft. Practicing what some describe as a dying art, growing the business not only as premier custom shirt maker but as one that designers and men’s boutiques would seek for wisdom to create their shirts at this facility.

Today, the family owned operation is one of the last remaining American custom shirt makers with all manufacturing still based in the USA. With resilient devotion to perfection, the family celebrates innovation while respecting the art of the old world. Decades of flawless craftsmanship, our custom shirts are made by artisans who have been sewing for generations and bring all their history and skill to each individual garment they make.

Today we are proud of the business our family has built and currently sharing with many great brands around the world.

Carlstadt – Long Sleeve

 

02
Feb
17

Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear

Under Armour Debuts ‘Made in the U.S. Gear – and tests what we think we know about manufacturing in America

From the Washington Post

Source: Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear — and tests what we think we know about manufacturing in America – The Washington Post

January 30, 2017

The black sports bra and matching leggings that Under Armour began selling Monday don’t look particularly distinctive from the rest of the workout attire on its website.

But, in fact, the garments are different in a key way: They were made in the United States, marking a key milestone in the company’s ambitious bid to significantly rethink its manufacturing strategy.

They are the first batch of clothing to be made at UA Lighthouse, a sprawling Under Armour facility that opened this summer in Baltimore. A 35,000-square-foot design and product development hub, it is an anchor of Under Armour’s attempt to figure out how to make clothing in the United States — an unusual venture in an industry where manufacturing has largely been done overseas for a generation. About 97 percent of clothing sold in the United States is imported, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

Just 2,000 of the garments are available for sale — 1,000 each of the bras and leggings — so it’s a small-scale start. But the process of creating them offers a look at what the future of Under Armour — and the wider apparel industry, for that matter — might look like. The company says that it was able to operate on a sharply shorter timeline for bringing the gear to market, and it says it believes the Lighthouse setup is cost neutral compared to making clothing overseas.

With President Trump talking frequently of finding ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, Under Armour’s experiment might end up drawing particularly close observation from retailers and Washington alike to see if it can be a blueprint for similar initiatives.

Kevin Haley, Under Armour’s president of innovation, said that the process for creating garments such as the bra and leggings would typically take 18 to 20 months. For the Baltimore-made pieces, though, it took just three months.

Haley said that’s because the Lighthouse setup has enabled the company to compress the creation process in several ways. Perhaps most important, when designers and manufacturers are in the same building instead of on different continents, they can combine their contributions to the supply chain into a single step.

“The designer is sitting in the Lighthouse facility with the person who’s actually going to perform the operations to assemble that garment,” Haley said. “So the person who’s actually going to be putting it together is effectively going to be teaching the designer, ‘Look, here’s how to simplify this design and do it more efficiently.’ ”

Haley also said that the technology in the Baltimore facility has enabled speedier garment production. By using 3D body scanners, Under Armour can figure out how a certain piece of clothing is going to fit and flatter a body without going the traditional route of producing a physical prototype.

The company also hopes this setup will generally enable it to work in a more iterative way on clothing, allowing the team to fine-tune pieces after they’ve started to hit stores. In the future, Under Armour might ship out a small batch of clothes from Lighthouse and see how customers react to the gear before making tens of thousands of pieces of it. If shoppers, for example, say that a waistband is fitting a little snugly on a pair of shorts, they could tweak that for a bigger production run of that item. And being able to adapt to that feedback in real time could be powerful: It could be the difference between selling thousands of those shorts at full price, or having to mark them all down because shoppers were just lukewarm about them.

Here’s why it matters that making clothes in Baltimore could shave time off Under Armour’s speed-to-market process: because doing so has become something of a holy grail in the retail world. Because of social media, live-streamed runway shows and other cultural changes, fashion trends go boom and bust faster than ever before.

You might be tempted to think these tectonic shifts mostly matter for fashion companies and not for performance athletic brands such as Under Armour. But, in fact, exercise attire has become a deeply trend-driven business. Printed yoga pants, leggings with mesh paneling, workout tanks with strategically-placed cutouts: These popular looks are all riffs on what’s happening on the catwalk.

“It enables us to effectively pull forward materials, fabrics, textiles, yarns that the consumer maybe wasn’t going to see until 2018, 2019 — and bring that into 2017,” Haley said.

But speed-to-market wasn’t the only reason Under Armour pursued U.S. manufacturing capabilities. The company has a lofty goal of contributing to a revitalization of Baltimore by creating jobs at Lighthouse and a planned roster of other facilities.

So what kind of labor force was needed to create these garments? After all, jobs going overseas is only part of the reason that the United States’ manufacturing industry has contracted — many such positions have been lost to automation.

The company said some 50 people worked on this particular garment collection, including design, manufacturing, marketing and other roles. Haley said the headcount of workers needed to create the products in Baltimore was “not all that different” from if they were made abroad.

“It’s not like these are being made by a robot,” Haley said. “These are being made by human beings using advanced manufacturing methods.”

Lighthouse staffers also work on Under Armour sneakers, though, and that manufacturing process is one for which the company has been working for years to reduce the number of workers and steps needed.

Some competitors, Haley said, “could have 300 pairs of hands touching every shoe that moves down the line. Which is at some level crazy, in 2017, to be introducing all that room for margin for error at each step along the way.”

Ultimately, Under Armour hopes that Lighthouse is a proof of concept for a bigger global initiative to embrace “local for local” manufacturing. In other words, Under Armour gear sold in Brazil would be made in Brazil; gear sold in the United States would be made in the United States, and so on.

The goal, Haley said, is to show that “if we can make it here, we can make it anywhere. And if we can make it here, anyone can make any product here.”


Editor’s Note

The plan to build the plant in Baltimore was finished well before tRump (pronounced “Tee” “Rump”,  like in Tyrannasaurus Rex, also, commonly known as T Rex) was elected, so the IPOTUS (Illegitimate President Of The U.S. or IP for short) can not take credit for it, but he will try anyway. In fact, I had reported the Baltimore plant previously on my blog entry: Reebok Is Bringing Back Shoemaking in the USA about some shoe companies bringing shoe production to the USA. The Baltimore-made sports bra and leggings hit digital shelves Monday, a milestone in the company’s ambitious bid to completely rethink its supply chain.

Thanks to Brad Bolin for showing me this article.

 

05
Jan
17

Activewear for the 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a time when there is an excess of goodies, chocolates and many carb-rich foods. They can be found both at work and at home. It is the lucky ones who don’t put on any weight during this time. But, now that it is January and the New Year has already started, it is common for many to make a resolution to exercise and lose weight. If you happen to have made one of these crazy resolutions: Good Luck. And I will help you. I will steer you in the direction of finding exercise clothes made in the USA. Hurray.

To start with, let us start with shoes. And when we talk about athletic shoes, there really is only one company still making athletic shoes in the USA: New Balance.

New Balance 997

New Balance 997

 

A classic silhouette gets its newest update just in time for winter with the 997 New Balance sneaker. ENCAP® midsole technology provides support for wear-anywhere comfort and the durable, premium suede/mesh upper helps protect your feet from the elements. Finished with cool color combinations inspired by lower temps and you have a quality sneaker, made for daily wear.

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

This is American craftsmanship. The 990 continues its 30-year legacy of great performance and iconic style with the new women’s 990v4 featuring reflective details that catch the light at night. It’s the perfect combination of cushioning and stability, wrapped up in a look that will last forever.

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

Made in USA craftsmanship meets wanderlust inspiration in the 1700 Age of Exploration. Designed and crafted in New England from premium materials, the men’s sneaker pays tribute to the desire for adventure with bold color combinations and a timeless look.

Next – Activewear. Below is from Yogasmoga

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

The U & Me Yoga Bra is our low support, strappy racer back bra. Lined in custom mesh for breathability. Made out of our exclusive AURUM®+ Augusta printed fabric.

Below is from SQN Sport– Luxury Active Wear for Women.

SQN Sports Leggings

SQN Sports Leggings

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

For men: Oliver’s Apparel has a great pair of work out shorts – great for running or working out. It comes in 6 different colors.

Oliver's Apparel All Over Shorts

Oliver’s Apparel All Over Shorts

From Go Athletic Apparel – layering is very important when exercising in the cold.

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Exercising at Night

Face it, the days (daylight hours) during wintertime are frightfully short, which means if you are going to be working outdoors there is a good chance that it will be when it is dark. And when it is dark, it can be dangerous. There is a company that specializes in clothing that can be seen at night. Its name is Illuminite. Below are two examples from Illuminite.

Illuminite Bristol Women's reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight

Illuminite Bristol Women’s reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight (This picture is under blacklight)

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Exercising Where It is Extremely Cold

I have not forgotten my friends in the great Northern states. Of course, most enlighted people stay indoors once it is less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. But for those of you who are diehards – whether it is skiing, (cross-country or downhill) or just snow-shoeing in the blinding snow, here are some clothes to keep you warm from Wintergreen Northern Wear.

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women's)

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women’s)

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Other Companies that Make Active Wear in the USA

(From Listing of American Clothing Manufacturers – Retail)

Athletic Wear

  1. ALO (Yoga)
  2. Anue (Yoga)
  3. Beyond Yoga (Yoga)
  4. Castelli (bicycle clothing) (rare)
  5. Hard Tail (tops, sweatpants)
  6. Lucy (Yoga pants) rare
  7. LVR (yoga wear)
  8. Lysse (running pants, yoga tops, leggings)
  9. Nation LTD (sweatpants)
  10. New Balance (running shirts and shorts) rare
  11. Pink Lotus (yoga)
  12. pRana (yoga)
  13. Pure Karma (yoga)
  14. SODO (sweats pants, tops)
  15. Solow (Yoga, running)
  16. Soul, Mind, Breath, Life (yoga)
  17. Soul Flower (yoga)
  18. Splits59 (workout clothing, sport bra)
  19. SQN (workout clothing)
  20. Voler (bicycle clothing)
  21. UnderArmour (tops) rare
  22. Yogasmoga (Yoga, tops, bras, yoga pants) All med in USA.

From Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA – Internet

Athletic/Active Wear

  1. Adho Mukha Athletica (yoga and fitness)
  2. Aerotech (bicycle clothing)
  3. Aether (outdoor wear, leggings)
  4. AKWA (sweat pants)
  5. AST Sportswear (golf shirts, Yoga Pants)
  6. Blue Canoe (tops and leggings)
  7. Campbellsville
  8. Cana Collection
  9. Go Athletic Appeal (compression shorts and shirts)
  10. Handful – Sports Bra
  11. Hard Tail (Nordstrom’s, also)
  12. Hooked Production (Hiking)
  13. Ice Time Apparel (Hockey % Figure Skating)
  14. IllumiNite (Reflective Athletic Wear)
  15. Impact Fitness Wear (rare)
  16. Kos.USA
  17. My Boxercraft
  18. Nesh NYC (Ladies Yoga wear)
  19. OBX Outfitters (Ladies athletic tank)
  20. Oliver’s Apparel (Mens athletic shorts)
  21. Omgirl (yoga clothing)
  22. Physique (weightlifter & work out clothing)
  23. Pink Lotus (yoga wear, not all US made)
  24. Pistol Pete ( Men’s athletic area)
  25. Pure Karma
  26. SQN Sport (luxurious active wear)
  27. S.O.A.R.K. (Running Wear)
  28. Teeki (Yoga Clothing)
  29. Terrybicycles (bicycle apparel for women
  30. Swami (sweatshirts, mens shorts, women’s leggings)
  31. Voler (Bicycle apparel)
  32. Wild Things (Outdoor high tech clothing)
  33. WSI (usa2bc.com) – Microtech Long sleeve shirt
  34. 3:16 Athletic Wear (Running and biking clothes)

Have a Happy New Year and may the odds ever be in your favor.

 

24
Nov
16

WOOLRICH® The Original Outdoor Clothing Company

Woolrich The Original Outdoor Clothing Company

As long as we are talking about cold weather clothing (see Duck Boots by LL Bean), there is another Eastern company that has been in business since 1830. The company’s  name is Woolrich. The founder, John Rich, came from England and opened up a woolen mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.  Woolrich has a very rich and steep tradition. Woolrich has supplied blankets for the Civil War, World War I and World War II. They are the first clothing company to make clothing for the outdoors. They designed and produced the clothing for Admiral Byrd exploration team in 1939.

One of the earliest patterns from Woolrich is the Buffalo check plaid pattern. They still make this Men’s Buffalo Shirt.

Mens Buffalo Wool Shirt

Mens Buffalo Wool Shirt

Woolrich makes clothing for women as well. The cape has a three piece hood.

Women's Mill Wool Hooded Cape

Women’s Mill Wool Hooded Cape

Designed to keep people warm- made in its own Pennsylvania mill. Material is a blend of wool and nylon with an adjustable belt.

Women's Eco-rich wool blanket coat

Women’s Eco-rich wool blanket coat

To keep very warm, check out the parka. Insulation is 80% duck down and 20% feathers.

Artic Parka John Rich & Bros.

Artic Parka John Rich & Bros.

These used to be the warmest pants you can buy. They are made of thick, heavy duty wool

Heavy duty, yet fashionable – the cardigan sweater.

Women's Harvest Cardigan Sweater

Women’s Harvest Cardigan Sweater

The traditional – The varsity jacket.

Men's Varsity Jacket

Men’s Varsity Jacket

To keep warm, it is important to layer – the dependable Henley, made of 100% cotton.

Men's Henley Shirt

Men’s Henley Shirt

This is a traditional sports jacket – a wool jacket. Warm and fashionable.

Woolrich also has a nice selection of footwear.Waterproof leather and wool upper.

Women's Fully wooly lace Boot

Women’s Fully wooly lace Boot

This men’s boot is made with Horween leather – it is “Spectacular.”

Men's Spectacular Boot

Men’s Spectacular Boot

This is a great looking women’s boot.

Women's Santa Fe Boot

Women’s Santa Fe Boot

Here is fashionable wool jacket.

Women's Alaskan Wool Jacket

Women’s Alaskan Wool Jacket

 

Then there is some simple footwear as well.

Women's Strand Sneaker

Women’s Strand Sneaker

Don’t forget that Woolrich makes a vast array of blankets and socks. Not everything made by Woolrich is made in the USA, so, check the labels.

07
Nov
16

Can an Eco Friendly be Truly Friendly to the Environment? Patagonia, Soul Flower Clothing

Can an Eco Friendly Company Be Truly Friendly to the Environment?

It is one of the most difficult balancing acts ever attempted. Can a truly Eco-Friendly company be profitable, not use slave labor and still not strip away excessive, essential resources from the environment? This has been a conundrum that has bothered many eco-friendly businesses, such as Patagonia. Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, is a lover of the outdoors and a true friend of the earth. At one point, Choiunard, in running his company, had realized that he had a billion-dollar company with thousands of employees while manufacturing clothing (which has no small environmental cost – with manufacturing and shipping – just one jacket requires 135 liters of water and 20 pounds of carbon dioxide) for people that may not even need his product. To deal with this, Patagonia did several things. One, it had placed an “Earth Tax” of one per cent of their sales. Second, Patagonia became the first company to monitor its mills from human trafficking – Doug Freeman, CEO of Patagonia estimated that in order to manufacture responsibly, it cost an additional 20-30% to the cost of production. Third, Patagonia helped launch the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a consortium of big retailers (Walmart, Macy’s and The Gap) to devise a system to give a “sustainability grade” to every purchasable product. (Summarized from “Annals of Retail Wild Man” from The New Yorker, September 19,2016 PP 61-73 written by Nick Paumgarten).

So, it is possible to be Eco Friendly, but there have to be some compromises along the way. The company can not be only about the profits. If you decide to take your manufacturing  overseas, it may be difficult to not engage in human trafficking (slave labor). To avoid human trafficking, it requires a lot more vigilence to oversee production. The other compromise, is that it would be very difficult to be a multi-national, mass producer of clothing or products. Any significant “mass”amounts means creating a lot of stress on the planet, resources, shipping, etc. and it would create a lot of waste – all of which are the opposite of eco-friendly.

 

There are several Eco Friendly Clothing manufacturers and stores in the USA. This highlighted company is from Golden Valley, Minnesota and has been in business since 1999. The company is called Soul Flower Clothing.

Source: Affordable Eco Friendly Clothing | Eco Friendly Apparel | SoulFlower Clothing

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy at Soul Flower is simple: Be Kind, Be Soulful, and Be Yourself. Our passion is creating eco-friendly, comfort-focused fashions that reflect your spirit and respect mother earth.

we stick to our values
Whether it’s organic cotton, recycled fibers, low-impact dyes, made in the USA or fair trade, we carry products that are made in a positive way and that we can be proud of supporting.

we do it for you
We seriously pride ourselves in having the best customer service around! From silly notes on packing slips to exchanging sizes for you, our buds always put our customers first.

we know online shopping
We strive to make your online shopping experience just as good (if not better!) than shopping in-store. That’s why the Soul Flower family is always working towards improving upon and getting a little creative with the website.

we learn as we go
We don’t know all the answers, and that’s what makes it fun! We’re constantly learning and growing and looking for ways to do things better.

Soul Flower Organic Cotton Leggings Dream Catcher

Soul Flower Organic Cotton Leggings – Dream Catcher

we go all in
Our employees boldly live the Soul Flower lifestyle. We love good music, living green lives, and keeping great company. This is one group who never turns down a happy hour with coworkers or tackling a last-minute “we-need-to-do-this” idea.

Read our Manifesto

we love our work culture
From green practices at the office (eco-friendly shipping materials, recycling everything we can, etc), to loading dock BBQ’s, the Soul Flower offices are always a fun place to be.

Editor’s Note:

Thanks to Margeaux for pointing out the New Yorker article on Patagonia.





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