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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.

Shop Baldwin Denim & Collection Online


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.

Shop Flynn Skye Online


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.


02
Jan
16

5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA | Buy American Lists

Buying American List is a blog about “Buying American”. The blog had recently published a great three part series on Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA. The first one was published on October 22, 2015,  the second on November 17, 2015 and the third on December 29, 2015. It am reposting the first two articles here. For other websites that also stress “Made in America” see my blog entry: Made in America Movement websites. Have a Happy 2016.

Source: 5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA | Buy American Lists

5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

Writing about companies that have made the conscious choice to have their products Made in the USA can be eye-opening. Frankly there are an amazing amount of people who are creating a wide array of products and doing it their way. I love to read about how one or two people got an idea and put it into action. This posting will focus on women who have created a business that is making products here in America.

Sometimes these companies are small and sometimes they have grown into a pretty big business. I love to learn about how they did it and especially when they decide to give something back to their communities. You may have seen several postings of companies giving back to help others. I’ll include some links at the end of this article. Since I’m writing this in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I hope you’ve seen this one in particular. Pink for October . This started out featuring 2 companies and has grown to include 7 companies. Please send me more if you know about them.

There are many more companies that are being run by women that I plan to feature in the future. Here are the first 5 of many more to follow.

1. Flynn Skye

Designer Amber Farr created this line of clothing in Venice, California. Her clothes are about simplicity with an edge and are perfect to wear all day long. Whether you’re at the beach or going out for a romantic dinner these clothes will make you feel a little sexy and a little free.

She named the company after her daughter who she says is “the most magical, free spirit I know”.

I just love the look of these clothes and can imagine how they make anyone just a little bit happier when they slip on some Flynn Skye clothing.

Flynn Skye - Bardot Maxi Dress

Flynn Skye – Bardot Maxi Dress

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

2. The Mitten Company

This company grew out of a woman’ love of sewing. She didn’t intend to grow a business out of recycling wool sweaters into mittens. But once she got the idea, she ran with it.

The Mitten Company was featured in a previous posting and you can read that post here.

The Mitten Company-Red & Black Lambs wool

The Mitten Company-Red & Black Lambs wool

3. Handful

See Also:  Featured Company – Kiyonna, Plus Size Fashion

One thing that I’ve learned is that a companies website often tells their story the best. Here is a snippet from the Handful.com About page.

Handful was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2006 by fitness enthusiast, Jennifer Ferguson. After years of searching in vain for a good sports bra, Jennifer decided to channel her frustration creatively. She designed and manufactured what she (and a lot of other female athletes) had been waiting for…the “perfect sports bra” that’s versatile enough to wear from workout to weekend.
Today, Handful is a thriving business run by four women who share a passion for helping women everywhere lead lives that exceed their wildest dreams.

I love that Jennifer Ferguson, the CEO is also the star of the Handful Product Video. Check it out to learn more and to see that the 4 women running this business love to have fun.

Jennifer, CEO of Handful

Jennifer, CEO of Handful

4. Nikki Lund

Nikki Lund is a woman with many talents but the focus here is her clothing designs. You may know her as a musician but she also has a love of clothing and is an amazing designer. I recently asked Nikki if her clothes were made in America. Here’s her reply: “yes they are…. And I’m damn proud of that! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸” Well Nikki, we’re proud of you also!

Please also consider following her on Twitter to keep up with her multi-faceted career. @1NikkiLund

**UPDATE** Here is a link to Nikki’s new 2016 Spring collection.

Nikki Lund

Nikki Lund

Blake Shelton in Nikki Lund jacket

Blake Shelton wearing Nikki Lund

5. Swoop Bags

This is another example of where the creator can tell her story better than I can. Please read what Sarah Kirk has to say about the Swoop Story.

Thirty years ago, my grandmother gave my brother a handmade storage bag for his heaping pile of Lego® pieces. Years later, when my own son got knee-deep into Lego®, my mom remembered that bag and made a similar one for my boys. Friends would come over to our house and say, “WOW! Where did you get that bag? What a FANTASTIC way to contain the crazy Lego® mess!” The idea of Swoop Bags was born.

Today, I give you SWOOP BAGS – a re-imagined, modern version of the original bag my grandmother made. As a graphic designer who loves and breathes modern design and the busy mother of two Lego-loving kids, I sought out to create a bag that was contemporary in style, simple to use, and very well made. Large Swoop Bags not only make cleanup time a breeze, they also double as a circular play mat when opened up and spread out on the floor. The Swoop Mini is a portable, travel-size version – perfect for kids and families on the go. Who said you couldn’t take your favorite Lego pieces to the beach?

Swoop Bags are durable and designed to last using the highest quality 100% cotton canvas and durable nylon cording. We have bold, bright, fun colors to choose from and our bags are stylish enough to stash in any room of the house. Locally made in Seattle, too.

“Just SWOOP it up!”

Swoop Bag

Swoop Bag

So there’s a small start of what I envision will be multiple postings highlighting companies run by women. I plan on other similar series such as one I’m working on that highlights companies started or run by veterans. And of course the continuing series of companies that are giving back to their communities.

5 More Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA Part II

Kleynimal baby

One of the aspects I really enjoy about writing this website and blog is discovering companies that are making their products here in the USA. There is an extremely broad range of products and the businesses are spread throughout America. I’ve started a series of posts that feature companies that are run by women.

This is my second set of 5 companies (find the first one here) and you can rest assured that there are plenty more great American companies to be featured. In fact, if you know of a company that is run by a woman or women that is making their products here in the USA please let me know. I’d love to give their website a look and include them in a future feature.

Only Hearts

Only Hearts began in 1978 as a tiny boutique in New York City. They specialized in all things heart-shaped. Their collection ranged from vintage lockets to corsets and the store quickly became a destination for heart collectors.

News of the boutique spread because of their unique product line and founder Helena Stuart took advantage and expanded. She began designing a fresh take on lingerie as fashion, her inner outerwear concept, and ultimately the outerwear collections of today. For the past 10 years her partner has been daughter Kaya Stuart.

Only Hearts - Kaya and Helena

Only Hearts – Kaya and Helena

If you love wearing great sexy undergarments or you’re looking for a gift for your partner, you can find Only Hearts products on their website, in fine specialty shops and department stores, their 4 storefronts and of course on Amazon.com.

Only Hearts Organic Cotton

Only Hearts Organic Cotton

Kiyonna – Plus Size Clothing

This is another one of the great American success stories that we discover on a weekly basis. The short story is that Kim Camarella-Khanbeigi was in college and looking for an idea for a business. She ended up getting her idea along with a suggestion from her Father that was ahead of its time. But to really discover what happened, please read The Kiyonna Story which is on their website.

They have a substantial product line that is available on their website, their showroom in Anaheim Hills, CA or on Amazon.com.

Kiyonna Top

Kiyonna Top

Whether you are looking for cocktail dresses, separates, shapewear, swimwear or even that very special wedding dress, Kiyonna carries a variety of styles. And we’re not talking about just one or two items in a category. They have a large selection in a range of plus sizes.

Kiyonna Dress

Kiyonna Dress

Kiyonna - Wedding-Gowns

Kiyonna – Wedding-Gowns

Here are some links to take you to specific lines on their website or just head to their homepage to take a look around.

Plus Size Holiday Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

Plus Size Wrap Dresses

Plus Size Wedding Shop

Perfect for the savvy shopper, save up to 75% off select styles! Newly marked down items added every week.

Kiyonna - Twist Swimsuit by Sorella

Kiyonna – Twist Swimsuit by Sorella

Tina Frey Designs

The pieces in the collection are focused on simplicity and function. Her works begin as Tina hand sculpts each piece by clay in her San Francisco studio. Hand made molds are created from each design and are used to cast the vessels in small batches by color. Each piece is hand sanded and carries a unique beauty that ensures the quality and integrity of each piece.

Tina Frey Designs

Tina Frey Designs

Read more about Tina in this 7 X 7 feature.

Tina Frey Designs Spring 2015

Tina Frey Designs Spring 2015

Her products can be purchased on her website, in many fine galleries and museums and on Amazon.com.

Kleynimals – Stainless Steel Key Toys

Kleynimals were invented by a Mom who began looking for a non-toxic key toy when her son started playing with her set of keys. She wasn’t able to find anything suitable and since she already loved stainless steel products she decided to create her own key toys. And, in the process she made a conscious decision to have them Made in the USA. What a win-win!

Kleynimals Key Toy

Kleynimals Key Toy

Meet Eli the Elephant, Gus the Giraffe, and Leo the Lion. They are non-toxic stainless steel toy keys that will satisfy your child’s desire to play with metal keys without the hazards of lead contamination, sharp edges, or the daily grime that come with the keys in the bottom of your diaper bag.

See Also:  Round House – Featured Company of the Day

Watch this video to learn more about Kirsten, the Mom, and Kleynimals.

You can purchase Kleynimals on their website or find them in many retail stores around the world. There is a product locator on the website to assist you.

Omgirl

Megan Fielding, the founder of Omgirl created her first yoga-inspired graphic tee in 1997 while working at the original Yoga Works, in Santa Monica California. She continued to create a collection of active and lifestyle pieces that matched the feelings of the yoga community.

Omgirl - East Coast Cami

Omgirl – East Coast Cami

The brand blends fashion-forward silhouettes and hand-dyed prints with functional, active and comfortable clothing.

Omgirl is proudly made in Los Angeles, California from fabric to finishing.

Because of space requirements, I am unable to publish the article but there is the link to part 3 of 5 more Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA




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