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20
Dec
17

20 Best American Made Clothing Brands

20 Best American Made Clothing Brands From Hiconsumption.com 

Unfortunately, not a whole lot of clothing companies operate this way. Simply put, it’s just easier for big brands to outsource the production of the clothing to countries with a lower cost of labor and a better manufacturing infrastructure. And honestly – we get it. It sucks that this is the way the global economy works, but it’s not necessarily something we’d hold against any brand. That being said, we do feel like it’s necessary to shine a light on some of the great stuff being done by the few men’s clothing brands that do still make their goods here in the states. So if you’re curious about the best American made clothing brands, look no further.

American Giant

Simply put, labor is more expensive here in the U.S. As a result – many of the picks you’ll find on this list tend to trend towards the pricier end of the spectrum. For some folks, that isn’t a big deal – but for others, high prices can lock them out of the market. Thankfully, there are brands out there like American Giant that are offering up quality apparel at an affordable price. Located in San Francisco, the clothing company has set itself apart due to its ability to offer up quality-made men’s basics for a reasonable price. Shorts, outerwear, great tees – you name it, they’ve got it.

Est: 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
Known For: Men’s Basics

Visit: American Giant

Baldwin

A little less than a decade ago, designers Matt and Emily Baldwin noticed that their customers were increasingly asking for American-born workwear. Yet, when they started looking for things to stock, the couple simply couldn’t find much. Rather than wait for someone else to satisfy their customer’s demands, Matt started his own denim brand. Designed in Kansas City and built right here in the States, Baldwin is now ranked among the best menswear brands out there.

Est: 2009
Location: Kansas City, KS
Known For: Denim

Visit: Baldwin

Beyond

Some choose to produce their clothing in the states out of a sense of patriotism. Others out of a sense of necessity. Seattle-based outdoor clothing company Beyond chose to manufacture their clothing right here in the U.S. for a combination of those reasons. Not only does having their factories right here promote American labor, but it allows the technically focused apparel company to audit the quality of their products in real time – ensuring that you get the best of the best right out of the gate.

Est: 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Known For: Outdoor/Tactical Gear

Visit: Beyond

Bill’s Khakis

Quality never goes out of style. That is something the founder of Bill’s Khakis realized when, in college, he came across an old pair of khakis from the 1940s. They were like nothing he had ever seen before – comfortable, durable, and well made. Bills Khakis was created in an attempt to replicate this type of clothing. Of course, an integral part of all of this is building everything here in the states.

Est: 1990
Location: Reading, PA
Known For: Menswear

Visit: Bills Khakis

Birdwell Beach Britches

Birdwell Beach Britches aren’t a Southern-Californian staple for nothing. Made by hand right here in the U.S., these two-ply board shorts are sturdy enough to stand up to years worth of lazy days on the beach or out on the surfboard. The business itself, originally started as a family venture, has itself been based out of Santa Ana for over 50 years. We can’t imagine it going anywhere.

Est: 1961
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Known For: Beach Wear

Visit: Birdwell Britches

Brooks Brothers

Ok – let us just get ahead on this one. Not all of Brooks Brother’s clothing is made in the U.S., but according to Forbes, around 70 percent of their suits, 10 percent of their dress shirts, and 100 percent of their ties are made in the Northeastern part of the U.S. Given the brand’s size and prominence (they’ve been around since 1818), we find this pretty impressive.

Est: 1818
Location: NYC, NY
Known For: Formal wear

Visit: Brooks Brothers

Buck Mason

Started in 2013 with quality in mind, Buck Mason has quickly established themselves as among the coolest men’s basics brands out there. All of their jackets, jeans, and t-shirts are made not far from their original studio in Venice, California – making it easier for the team to get the best fabrics for their clothing. A great pick for guys looking to build out their everyday or casual clothing.

Est: 2013
Location: Venice Beach, CA
Known For: Men’s Basics

Visit: Buck Mason

Ebbets Field Flannels

Named after the iconic ball-park in Brooklyn, Ebbets Field Flannels specialized in building out vintage baseball jerseys and caps. More than just re-using old designs, the Seattle, Washington based company uses old-school cuts and fabrics to give everything that extra authentic feel. Ideal for the guy looking to get some sportswear but doesn’t exactly embrace the New Era look.

Est: 1988
Location: Seattle, WA
Known For: Sportswear

Visit: Ebbets Field Flannels

Freemans Sporting Club

There was a period in time when just about any item of clothing was expected to last a long, long time. Freeman’s Sporting Club was started in an attempt to continue that tradition of building out quality menswear that will outlast its peers. They’ve been successful in accomplishing this, in part, because they are sure to use American tailors and sewers. When ever piece of clothing is ‘only a few hands removed’ from the original maker – that is just the type of quality you get.

Est: 2005
Location: NYC, NY
Known For: Outerwear/Formal

Visit: Freemans Sporting Club

Freenote Cloth

You can often tell a lot about a person by where they’re from. The same applies to companies. Based out of the San Juan Capistrano, Freenote Cloth embodies the same rancho aesthetic that their hometown has retained since its founding. Outside of having a distinct style, Freenote is also known for attention to detail. The fabrics, dye, and hardware used on all of their clothing is considered and intentional.

Est: 2013
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Known For: Denim

Visit: Freenote Clothing

Filson

In much the same way that Levi’s got its start during the Gold Rush in Calfiornia, Filson earned its name outfitting fortune-seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897. But C.C. Filson didn’t stop when the gold was all dug up. From the late 1800s on Filson has continued to provide tough, durable goods made right here in the states because sometimes, the old way is the right way.

Est: 1897
Location: Seattle, WA
Known For: Outdoor Gear

Visit: Filson

Grown and Sewn

Robert Wesley Magness built his career the old fashioned way; from the ground up. His first position in the men’s fashion world was working at Ralph Lauren’s shipping and receiving department in Texas. Eventually he found himself living in New York working as the Design Director at Polo Ralph Lauren. After a decade plus at the company he decided to start his own menswear label dedicated to building quality men’s clothing crafted in the U.S.

Est: 2009
Location: NYC, NY
Known For: Menswear

Visit: Grown and Sewn

Imogene and Willie

While most brands will trace their heritage back to the year they began, imogene and willie peg the start of their business to a pool party when they met in the 6th grade. The friendship they founded would endure decades, distance, and failed businesses. It wasn’t until 2009 that they started imogene and willie, a brand that expresses a love for the textures, sounds, and smells of Texas. While they specialize in denim, the brand boasts classic tees, denim jackets, and more – all built in the States.

Est: 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
Known For: Denim

Visit: Imogene + Willie

Iron and Resin

With one foot proudly in both the world of surfing and the other firmly planted motorcycle culture – Iron and Resin is a near-perfect embodiment of California’s free-spirited attitude. Rather than relying on far-away factories to produce their goods, they elected to build a good portion of their clothing right here in the states.

Est: 2012
Location: Ventura, CA
Known For: Surf/Motorcycle

Visit: Iron and Resin

Jean Shop

Founded in 2004 by Eric Goldstein, Gene Montesano, and Barry Perlman, Jean Shop has long been the go-to brand when it comes to quality, American-made denim. While the shop no longer exclusively source their materials from the states, they’re still a fantastic resource when it comes to picking denim jeans, jackets, and work shirts.

Est: 2004
Location: NYC, NY
Known For: Denim

Visit: Jean Shop

Mollusk Surf

Classic, understated beachwear made right here in the states is downright rare. One of the out there still doing it, however, is Mollusk. The Californian brand has all of their clothing (board shorts, sweatshirts, shirts, and more) designed up in Oakland and built in either Oakland or Los Angeles. They’re simple, attractive, and made to last.

Est: 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Known For: Beach Wear

Visit: Mollusk Surf

Rising Sun

If you are looking for solid, American made denim – then Rising Sun jeans are well worth your consideration. The Los Angeles-based brand embraces an old-time west aesthetic while putting a serious emphasis on quality built tried and tested gear. Built right here in the states, they’re ideal for everyday wear.

Est: 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Known For: Denim

Visit: Rising Sun MFG

Taylor Stitch

Started with the simple goal of creating a well fitting shirt, Taylor Stitch has grown into a brand to contend with. Trafficking primarily in classic menswear (although they’ve recently started producing women’s clothing), they design all of their clothing in California, and manufacture a good deal here in the states as well.

Est: 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Known For: Menswear

Visit: Taylor Stitch

Topo Designs

While a lot of American-made menswear brands opt for a heritage look, others like Topo have decided instead to forge ahead with their own style. That, in large part, is why we love them. They’re not your father’s outdoor gear company – but they’re just as capable, comfortable, and stylish.

Est: 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Known For: Outdoor Gear

Visit: Topo Design

Woolrich

This brand is so old it literally predates the buffalo-check shirt. Founded in 1830 in Plum Run, Pennsylvania, Woolwich has made a name for themselves by making quality cold-weather wear. While not all of their clothing is still made in the U.S., they have a dedicated section of their shop where you can pick up their American-made products.

Est: 1830
Location: Woolrich, PA
Known For: Outdoor Clothing

Visit: Woolrich

12 Best American Made Work Boots

There are a whole lot of great American made brands out there. Some of our favorites fall into the category of boot-makers. Take a look at what we think are the 12 best American made work boots out there.

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20
May
14

Outerwear Made in the USA

Outerwear is defined by clothing that one wears outdoors, such as coats, jackets, windbreakers, outdoor vests, outdoor sweaters and hoodies. I was asked a couple of weeks ago, where one can find outerwear made in the USA. That was a good question and it took a little bit of research. So, I decided to list a few companies by alphabetical order accompanied by some photos.

Aether

Aether is a company that specializes in outdoor wear, however only a small amount is Made in the USA.

Aether Flatlands Hoodie

Aether Flatlands Hoodie

 

Aether Andorak (Canada)

Aether Andorak
(Canada)

 

All American Clothing

All American Clothing is an internet clothing company that makes all of its clothing in the USA. All American Clothing also carries some USA makers like Carhartt.

All American Clothing Cumberland Duck Jacket

All American Clothing
Cumberland Duck Jacket

 

 

All American Clothing Darby fleece jacket

All American Clothing
Darby fleece jacket

All American Clothing Fairview Polyester Pullover

All American Clothing
Fairview Polyester Pullover

 

American Apparel

American Apparel is a large company with numerous stores across the USA. All clothing is made in Los Angeles. If you can’t find something, made in the USA, this is often your best choice.

American Apparel Houndstooth Flex Jacket

American Apparel
Houndstooth Flex fleece Jacket

American Apparel Petite Unisex Long Wool Coat

American Apparel
Petite Unisex Long Wool Coat

American Apparel Fleece Lined Parka

American Apparel
Fleece Lined Parka

 

American Giant

American Giant is an internet company that specializes in sweatshirts, based in San Francisco.

American Giant Full zip mock neck sewatshirt

American Giant
Full zip mock neck sweattshirt

 

American Giant Varsity Jacket

American Giant
Varsity Jacket

 

 

 

Ball and Buck

Ball and Buck is an internet company which just opened a brick and mortar store in Boston. Ball and Buck specializes in hunting clothing. All clothing is made in the USA.

Ball and Buck Premium Rain Jacket

Ball and Buck
Premium Rain Jacket

Bills Khakis

Bills Khakis is an internet clothing company that probably has one of the most extensive selection of any Made in USA collection.

Bills Khakis Quarter Zip Vest

Bills Khakis
Quarter Zip Vest

Bills Khakis Reversible Windbreaker

Bills Khakis
Reversible Windbreaker

Empire Wool and Canvas

Empire Wool and Canvas is an internet only company. They specialize in outdoor wear. Everything is made in the USA, however, there is a limited selection.

Empire Permafrost Parka

Empire Permafrost Parka

 

Filson

Filson has been making outerwear since 1897. All made in Washington.

Filson Wool Packer Coat

Filson Wool Packer Coat

 

Filson Mackinaw Cruiser

Filson Mackinaw Cruiser

 

Guideboat Company

Guideboat Company is an internet store with an eclectic mix of clothing and outerwear made in USA, France, Sweden and England. there are some Chinese made items as well. This is a fun website.

Whisper Nylon Vest

Whisper Nylon Vest

 

Waxwear A-Line Coat

Waxwear A-Line Coat

Seattle Clipper

Seattle Clipper

 

Hickorees

Hickorees is an internet only store. There are many brands of U.S. made clothing, that are hard to find otherwise.

Battenwear Windstopper Jacket

Battenwear Windstopper Jacket

Dehen 1920 Cadet Jacket

Dehen 1920 Cadet Jacket

Nordstroms

Nordstroms, as you know, is one of the large department store chains. It is one of the best in finding “Made in USA” clothing in regards to all of the department stores, but it is still only about 2% of all of their clothing. The link sends you to Made in USA outerwear which has brands like Myra Pac, Rag and Bone, Band of Outsiders, Remy and Laundry.

Orvis

Orvis is a store specializing in outdoor gear and clothing. Only a small amount of clothing is made in the USA, but it is of excellent quality.

Orvis Naval Wool Peacoat

Orvis Naval Wool Peacoat

Orvis Reversible Lineman Jacket

Orvis Reversible Lineman Jacket

Pendleton Portland Collection

Pendleton Portland Collection is a long standing apparel manufacturer, the Portland Collection is mainly made in the USA.

Pendleton Portland Collection Reversible Oregon Dunes Silk Windbreaker

Pendleton Portland Collection Reversible Oregon Dunes Silk Windbreaker

Pendleton Portland Collection Alder Springs Parka

Pendleton Portland Collection Alder Springs Parka

 

Pop Outerwear

Pop Outerwear is an internet company in San Francisco that specializes in outerwear. They were featured on my blog in March, 2014.

 

Pop Women's Full Zip Fleece

Pop Women’s Full Zip Fleece

Poppy Von Frohlich

Poppy Von Frohlich is an internet company only, based in San Francisco. Limited editions.

PVF Lumbar Jane in Steel Blue Canvas

PVF Lumbar Jane in Steel Blue Canvas

REMY

Remy makes leather coats all in the USA. They are excellent coats, superb quality and great designs. They are found only in brick and mortar stores, like Nordstroms.

Remy Glam Charcoal

Remy Glam Charcoal

Remy Peat Noir

Remy Peat Noir

Shop Union USA

Shop Union USA is an internet only company that makes apparel. Their selection of outerwear is fantastic and the prices are incredible reasonable. They have vests, pullovers windbreakers, jackets and coats.

Shopunionusa Microfiber windshirt Pullover

Shopunionusa Microfiber windshirt Pullover

Steamhorse Dry Goods

Steamhorse Dry Goods is an internet only company that specializes in workwear. Everything is made in the USA. See my recent article about Steamhorse Dry Goods.

Steam Horse Sawmill Paul Wool Sweater

Steam Horse Sawmill Paul Wool Sweater

 

Stock Manufacturing Company

Stock Manufacturing Company is an internet company that specializes in men’s clothing. Everything is made in Chicago. Stock Manufacturing Co. was a former Kickstarter project.

Stock Mfg Nylon Trench Coat

Stock Mfg Nylon Trench Coat

 

 

St. Croix

St. Croix is an upper end men’s clothing line found in brick and mortar stores. All of their sweaters are made in the USA.

St. Croix Summer Wool Lite Sweater

St. Croix Summer Wool Lite Sweater

Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch makes clothing for both men and women. They are based out of San Francisco, found in brick and mortar stores. They have one store in San Francisco. All clothing is made in California.

Taylor Stitch Olive Telegraph Jacket

Taylor Stitch Olive Telegraph Jacket

Triple Aught Design

Triple Aught Design is a company specializing in outdoor gear. Based out of San Francisco. They have one store in San Francisco.

Triple Aught Design Ranger Jacket

Triple Aught Design Ranger Jacket

Triple Aught Design Pathfinder Jacket

Triple Aught Design Pathfinder Jacket

 

Conclusion

There is lots of outerwear out there made in the USA, but it does take some effort. I hope this is helpful. Happy hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

11
Apr
14

Workwear – Steam Horse Dry Goods Co.

Workwear – Steam Horse Dry Goods Co. There is a continued and increasing interest in retro fashion styles.  We love the classic looks but the one problem with the “new” retro styles is that they are usually poor imitations. The “new” retro garments are usually cheaply made, which is in distinct contrast to the very well-made actual retro garments. These “new” retro garments are usually made in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh or India with their poor quality fabrics, poor cut and inexpensive sewing (indicative of the fast fashion that is inherent in these countries).  In contrast, there are some U.S. made companies that have brought back some retro appearing garments like Rag & Bone, Freemans Sporting Club, Filson, etc. These “Made in USA” products are, definitely, of better quality, and sometimes things like their suits are made on exactly the same sewing machines used back in the mid 1900s, but the garments are usually not of the same quality textiles, because they are harder to obtain and many times no longer made.

Steam Horse John Henry Wool Sweater

Steam Horse
John Henry Wool Sweater

But all that has changed, there is a company that is genuinely retro. Steam Horse is a company that has taken its inspiration from some of the old railroad work garments. These garments were sewn to survive more than a hard day’s work. They were engineered to be lived in. Some of the materials are made of heavy wool or heavy grade cotton. Steam Horse also produces a hard-to-find water-repellant Cannonball duck canvas. Now, when you wear duck canvas, then you know you are wearing what our forefathers used to wear. The same goes for those heavy wool sweaters and coats. As far as retro styles, Steam Horse is the nirvana for the person that loves the older styles coupled with its superior quality fabrics and sewing. This is what “retro” should be. And they are all Made in the USA.

Steam Horse Railroad Gauge Gusset Work Jacket

Steam Horse
Railroad Gauge
Gusset Work Jacket

Steam Horse also has a logo on all of its clothing. It is a red-orange spike which is related to the railroad industry.

Steam Horse Sawmill Paul Wool Sweater

Steam Horse
Sawmill Paul Wool Sweater

Update: I have just learned that Steam Horse went out of business on June 25, 2015. They made some great and durable clothing.

 

12
Dec
11

Favorite U.S. Stores #5 – Levi’s in San Francisco

Mainpoint – Levi Strauss, legendary clothing maker is making clothing made in U.S.A. again, finding it is more difficult. You need to go to the Corporate store in San Francisco.

I can not think of anything more American than blue jeans, when it comes to clothing. And when you think of blue jeans, there is no bigger name than Levi Strauss. They had been the leading maker of jeans for over a century, and are based in San Francisco. But then a some years back, Levi’s like everybody else started making their jeans elsewhere. It was up until very recently, that I had given up completely on Levi’s as a maker of U.S. made jeans. But, on March 2011, Levi’s put out a news blurb that they were going to start making jeans again “Made in the U.S.A.” (in a limited quantity). So, I searched and searched to find them.  All the Levi’s outlets didn’t have them and most salespeople had never even heard about them. On one trip, I went to the Levi’s store in the Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, CA  and the manager said they had one pair that was returned to them, but they did not sell them in the store. But, then she gave me some wonderful information: the corporate store in San Francisco sells the American made jeans!

The Corporate Store

So, I went to the corporate store at 1155 Battery Street, in San Francisco. It is right off the Embarcadero (a famous street in S.F.) and only a half mile from Fisherman’s Wharf, a famous tourist attraction. But before I could go shopping, I had to go to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch, because it was Dungeness Crab season, which had just started two weeks ago. Within Fisherman’s Wharf, there is a slew of good restaurants anxiously ready to serve you fresh Dungeness Crab. I enjoyed a great lunch and then made my way to the corporate headquarters. The corporate headquarters is part of Levi’s Plaza. The plaza (or park/plaza) is a couple of blocks consisting of large buildings connected by brick walkways and a small park (a downtown oasis) across the street (looking towards the ocean), and on the other side, one can see stairs traversing a very steep and impressive hill that leads to Coit Tower (a SF landmark and a name that the French people just love). The Levi building is an impressive looking building about seven stories high, constructed with brick and glass with aggressive newer architecture seen in the 1990’s. As I entered the building, there were streams of people going into this glass building and going up the elevators to their respective offices, it was only because they all had to go through a security checkpoint that I decided that this was not the way to the store. I asked at the receptionist desk where the store was and they pointed me to a large glass cubicle inside a larger glass cubicle. This was the store.

The corporate store is a much smaller store than most outlets. It can be very busy on the weekends and it is kind of slow during mid-week. As I walked in, I was met almost immediately by a salesperson who asked if he could help me. I said that I was looking for American clothes. And not only did he know what I was talking about, he was able to show me a couple of styles of American made jeans for men and for women. Surprisingly, Levi’s sells denim jackets, made in U.S.A. The salesperson, also, showed me belts made by Tanner. One further surprise was some Outdoor wear – a joint effort between Filson and Levi’s. Furthermore, they carried a couple of boots, American made by Al’s Attires (fairly pricey – about the price of Wolverine 1000 mile boots). Another bit of information I learned is ‘Dockers’ is owned by Levi’s. There were some Dockers in the store and almost all of the Dockers are imported, except for a limited edition of a special T-shirt – made in the U.S. The salespeople were excellent. They were professional, yet friendly and quite knowledgeable (more knowledgeable than myself, I didn’t even know that ‘knowledgeable’ had an ‘e’ before ‘able’, thanks spellczech).

Shopping Spree

I put a sizable dent in my credit on this trip to Levi’s. The final tally: my wife found a two pair of jeans; I bought a pair of  “505” jeans, classic, straight leg jeans, I passed on the skinny jeans: and I purchased a denim jacket. I had not owned a denim jacket since high school in the late 1970’s, it seems like almost everything comes back in style if you wait long enough. These American jeans are manufactured in the very traditional denim. There are stiff, never been washed or broken in. The salesperson’s advice to break them in: wear the jeans for 6 months before washing them. When you wash them,  cold water, inside out, and hang them to dry, or dry clean them. The full retail price of the made in USA 505 jeans is $178, which is about $20 more than their good imported Levi’s jeans. However, on this day, there were giving $25 off any purchase over $150. So, I felt better, because it was a sale.

The Future of Levi’s

I asked about the success of the U.S. made Levi’s and the salesperson said that the items have been flying off the shelves. Noting their success, Levi’s has plans of making even more U.S. made products for 2012. That does seem to be the new trend, retro type clothing made in America, made by famous makers such as Levi’s, Ralph Lauren and Eddie Bauer.

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and non chalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” – Yves Saint Laurent




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