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Men’s Fashion Dress Shirts and Polo Shirts: A Made in USA Source List

Made in USA Fashion and Dress Shirts & Polo Shirts – Love List

Men’s Fashion Dress Shirts & Polo Shirts: A Made in USA Source List

The fashion dress shirts on this list will also suit the needs for business attire, and special occasion attire. Don’t keep buying cheap, foreign made men’s fashion dress shirts that don’t fit right. Try one or more of the made in USA brands on our list below and look sharp while supporting American manufacturing!

Don’t miss our Men’s Dress Shoes, Made in USA: An Ultimate Source Guide and our source list for American made neckties and bow ties.

Men’s Fashion Dress Shirts & Polo Shirts: Made in USA

Men's Fashion Dress Shirts & Polo Shirts American made |Made in USA men's clothing

Editor’s Note

USA Love does it again. They have made some excellent lists of Made in USA products in the past. Some of the shirt names on this list are new to me. Interestingly, there are quite a few custom-made dress shirt makers. For more listings, you can also see my blog entries: Listing of American Manufacturing Clothing – Retail and Listing of American Made Brands – Internet.




Tuckerman and Co. – Great Dress Shirts Made in the USA

NEW HAVEN — A startup launched by a couple of Yale grads is quietly making a name for itself in the fast-growing business of premium organic work clothing made in the USA. A couple of Yale grads are finding success with a $145 work shirt made in the USA from organic cotton.

Source: Making Great Clothing That’s Also Organic And Made In The USA – Hartford Courant

by Sujata Srinivasan

Making Great Clothing That’s Also Organic and Made In The USA


NEW HAVEN — A startup launched by a couple of Yale grads is quietly making a name for itself in the fast-growing business of premium organic work clothing made in the USA.

“You had Patagonia for the weekend but nothing if you needed a suit to wear to work,” said Amanda Rinderle, who along with her husband Jonas Clark began Tuckerman & Co. from a start-up incubator at Yale last year.

“Everything’s fast fashion, so it’s not made to last. We looked into it and realized that there was a huge environmental problem, particularly for cotton. It’s one of the most chemically-intensive crops in the world,” said Rinderle.

Rinderle, 30, and Clark, 34, are tapping into a growing consumer class driven to make purchases that are in line with both fashion and personal values. The couple – who met in Cambridge, Mass., before moving to Connecticut to attend Yale – began their entrepreneurial venture because they were frustrated at not being able to find ethically sourced, high-quality work clothing that was made to last.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, cotton covers just 2.4 percent of the world’s crop land but accounts for 24 percent of the global sales of insecticide and 11 percent of pesticides sales.

“We’re outdoorsy people and have been big fans of Patagonia and their approach to their supply chain,” said Clark. “They switched to organic cotton long before it became cool. We thought – ‘gosh, where’s a Patagonia for the office?’ That kind of got us off and running.”

As luck would have it, Patagonia’s Chief Storyteller Vincent Stanley was giving a talk at the Yale School of Management where Rinderle and Clark, then students, cornered him with the pitch for Tuckerman & Co., named after their favorite hiking trail in New Hampshire.

Stanley not only liked the idea, he got onboard as an advisor. “I was encouraged by the impeccable quality of the final product,” he said.

The men’s dress shirts – single line stitching, raised hems, buttons from tree nuts in Panama, interfacing stitched in to avoid chemicals – are made from organic cotton grown in Israel and woven in Italy by suppliers who hold the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certification. The material is cut and sewn at a factory in Fall River, Mass., where workers are second and third generation unionized shirt-makers with healthcare coverage, earning an average hourly pay of $12. The company has no employees besides Rinderle and Clark.

Launched in New Haven from a start-up incubator at Yale last year, Tuckerman has raised close to $100,000 in grants, including $30,267 from 255 donors on Kickstarter in 2014, when the duo was in their second year. Clark said the online start-up quickly became profitable but he declined to divulge revenue. The company is test-marketing a line of women’s shirts.

“Most people who are paying $100 for a shirt at a retailer – that shirt cost $25 to make,” said Clark. “Because we are direct to consumer, we cut out some of those mark-ups along the way.”‘

Tuckerman’s dress shirt is priced at $145. Brooks Brothers non-organic cotton Herringbone French Cuff dress shirt, for example, woven in Italy, is priced at $325.

“The concern about the environment is spreading. However, when the price is high, such concerns matter less,” said Narasimhan Srinivasan, professor of marketing at the University of Connecticut. “But obviously Tuckerman is catering to an upscale market. It’s economically viable.”

For artisanal clothing makers, a small group of loyal customers is all it takes to sustain sales. “The market segment for longer lasting versus cheap throw-away clothes is growing,” said Anne MacDonald, former chief marketing officer at Macy’s and an advisor to Tuckerman. “The shopper who buys only on discount and in price promotion department stores such as Macy’s and H&M is not the primary customer Tuckerman is targeting.”

Tuckerman sees its core customers as consumers willing to spend on brands that value people and the planet. These consumers choose to support retailers who help build sustainable supplier communities abroad and the buy local movement at home. Nearly 20 percent of Tuckerman’s sales are accrued in Connecticut as buyers spend dollars in support of local craftspeople and retailers.

Demand for Made in USA wedding gowns is driving sales at Modern Trousseau in Woodbridge, which sells across the U.S. and also in the U.K. and Japan at an average wholesale price of around $1,800 per gown. In Ridgefield, Fox-Rich Textiles Inc., a fabric converter, supplies material for hunting and theatrical accessories.

At the Hartford Denim Company LLC, launched in 2010, Dave Marcoux, 32, co-founder, said sales continues to grow locally. Priced at $235 each, the jeans are made in Hartford on antique sewing machines and a Connecticut logo goes on every pair sold in the U.S., Sweden and Japan. The thread is sourced from New Bedford, Mass., and the denim from North Carolina. “We want to support the domestic economy as well as avoid child labor,” said Marcoux.

Tuckerman & Co. Hoagy Check

Tuckerman & Co. Hoagy Check

The demand for small online stores selling handcrafted work including clothing has spurred the phenomenal success of marketplaces like Etsy, which has 24 million active buyers and gross merchandise sales of $2.39 billion in 2015.

“Young entrepreneurs are bringing back a fashion-forward spirit in America,” said Jacob Harrison Long, CEO of the American Woolen Company, which manufacturers fabric for J. Crew and Jos. A Banks in Stafford Springs. In the last 18 months, his firm has aligned with 22 garment start-ups. “We’re tapping into a new Made in America phenomenon brought on by online apparel start-ups. Five years ago they were making nothing. Now they’re doing upward of $20 million in revenue.”

Much of that growth rests on support from a small but fierce band of loyalists who buy well, buy less, and derive satisfaction from an aesthetic wardrobe that’s gentle on the planet.

Tuckerman & Co. does not advertise online and relies on word-of-mouth and repeat customers. Reorder rates are more than 60 percent and the startup ranks high on Internet searches for men’s dress shirts alongside small artisanal companies such as Rawganique and Solne in the U.S. and Culturata in Canada. Clark views Brooks Brothers as the closest competitor, despite the disparity in pricing

“The purpose of Tuckerman is to make great clothing but to do it in a way that does right by those involved,” said Rinderle. “For us, that means working with partners who use fair labor practices and safe working conditions. It’s a real point of pride for us to make our shirts here.”

Editor’s Comment
It is great to see another maker of dress shirts made in the USA. Check out their website: Tuckerman & Co. And don’t forget they are organic. Tuckerman and Co. was a Kickstarter project like another dress shirt maker Hucklebury.

Allen Edmonds Spring Clothing Collection

Men’s Clothing | Allen Edmonds. Allen Edmonds has some new additions for their new Spring clothing line-up. Dress shirts, sportscoats, ties, leather coats, t-shirts, jeans and socks. All of these are made in the USA, except for the Pima sweaters which are made in Peru. I love the clothing from Allen Edmonds – they are stylish and very affordable. If you are on the e-mail list, sometimes they have great sales as well. Of course, Allen Edmonds makes great dress shoes. They are the only maker of golf shoes made in the USA (but not the Jack Nicklaus line).

Allen Edmonds Sports coat

Allen Edmonds


HUCKLEBURY : The Perfect Fitting Shirt, for $70 – Kickstarter

HUCKLEBURY : The Perfect Fitting Shirt, Backed for 365 days by Dhawal Shah — Kickstarter. Hucklebury is re-starting its Kickstarter project to deliver well-made dress shirts, all made in the USA. The founder Dhawal Shah has decided the cut the price of the shirts from $78 to $70 per shirt, because he found he could make the shirts even less expensive than he originally forecasted. The initial offering on Kickstarter did make its original goal, so there is a great chance that Hucklebury will make its goal this time as well.

Hucklebury dress shirts

Hucklebury dress shirts

See my previous post about Hucklebury to see more about the product from my November 3, 2013 entry. The dress shirts are a great value, normally a dress shirt like this, due to mark-ups of distributors and chain retailers, would sell for $200 to $400 per shirt. Become a backer today. Update: Hucklebury has reached its first goal, that was fast. (November 21,2013); Hucklebury has reached its second goal of $25,000. Updated December 8, 2013.


Gitman Bros. Vintage

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

Gitman Brothers Vintage can be found at Barneys as well as other fine men’s stores, see list. Gitman Brothers are found at many fine men’s stores as well as other countries.

“If it’s too fashiony, it’s not interesting to me.” – Jean Paul Gaultier

July 2020


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