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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.

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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.


14
Nov
16

Best Dress Pants Made in the USA

Best Dress Pants Made in The USA

Dress pants made in the United States are one of those items that are difficult to find, and especially to difficult to locate consistently. As the United States and the world has become less dressy and more casual (consider the change between now and the “Mad Man” era), the need for dress pants has lessened, however, it is still quite necessary for the professional. And dress pants look quite sharp. We will look at the few companies who still make dress pants and see who makes them the best. We will be looking only at the dress pants that are sewn and crafted in the USA.(The fabric does not have to be made in the USA – in fact, it is considered that Italian wool is still superior to American wool.)

Dress Pants Buying Guide

The most important quality of dress pants is the fabric and the fit. And if you had to put percentages on which is most important, I would say 85% Fabric and 15% Fit. You could have the best fit, but if the fabric is cheap or poorly made, it just looks bad. Now if you have great fabric and poor fit – there is always a possibility with a good tailor, that the pants will look very nice.

Men’s Dress Pant Fabrics

The consistently best fabric for dress pants is wool. For over a century, nothing has come close to replacing it. Wool can be lightweight or heavyweight, so there are wool dress pants for all seasons. Wool is a durable fabric, but it does require a bit more care. Wool pants should always be dry cleaned, but you only need to have them cleaned about every five times you wear them. You may want to store them with cedar chips or moth balls. For wool with the softest feel, look for super 120 wool or higher, because this fabric is woven from the longest strands of wool. The best fabric comes from Italy. The most expensive fabric at this time: Vanquish II which uses blends of some of the rarest fibers in the world, including qiviuk, pashmina, and vicuna.

Other fabrics: To enhance the fabric, some higher end clothing makers will add cashmere or silk. Polyester or Lycra may be added to wool for a better fit or stretch. But 100% Polyester or Rayon does not give the classic dressed up look. Cotton also has been used, but it does not have the classic look for dress pants.

Often the best dress pants are ones that goes as an ensemble with the sports coat. In the suit, the dress pants are made up of the same fabric as the sports coat. That is why high end suit makers such as Kiton, Brioni and Loro Piana, are known as great dress pants makers. Plus their tailors are awesome.

The Style or Fit

    • Pleated Front or Flat-Front Pleated front pants work well if you have larger thighs or if you carry extra weight low on your torso. One or two pleats can give a classic look to dress pants, but they can be too much on a slim man. This style requires a cuff. Flat front pants have a modern style which flatters men with slim builds. If you have larger thighs, this style may not accommodate your size.
    • With or Without Cuffs Cuffs are flattering on tall, lanky men, and pleated pants need the weight of a cuff to hold the pleat in place. Shorter men will look taller without cuffs, and cuffs are not necessary when wearing flat-front pants. If pants have cuffs when you buy them, a tailor can’t take them out without dramatically changing the pants. Men’s pants purchased without cuffs can have cuffs added by a tailor, if you’d like.
    • Slim-Fit or Wide-Leg It’s not just a matter of fashion; different styles work better on different body types. Slender men will want to choose slim-fitting slacks, so they won’t look like they’re borrowing clothes from Dad. Men who are larger on top — either with a belly or a muscular chest — will want to choose wide-leg pants to balance their upper and lower halves.
    • Lined or Not Some pants — usually those made from wool — have a lining, often from the waist to the knees. If you prefer the feeling of the silky lining fabric to the feeling of wool, look for lined pants. Besides comfort, a lining can also help pants retain their shape.

Men’s Dress Tips and Care

Hem your pants: Many men’s dress pants come un-hemmed, so you’ll need to have a tailor add a hem. Additionally, your tailor can add a break, which changes how the pants hit the top of your shoes.

Get a perfect fit: A tailor can add a cuff, which you’ll want if your pants have a pleated front. He or she can also bring up the crotch if it hangs too low and take in the waist. Men with athletic builds will want to buy pants that fit in the seat and have the waist taken in.

Always hang up your dress pants: Use either a clamp hanger and hang the pants by their waistband or cuffs or use a fold-over hanger with a wide bar, preferably with rubber of some other type of padding. Remember to empty your pockets and line up the seams before you use either type of hanger.

The Competition

Places to Find Dress Pants Made in the USA

One of the better places to find mens’s dress pants at a reasonable price (and made in the USA) is at the Mens Wearhouse.  The dress pants from Joseph Abboud are made especially for the Men’s Wearhouse. The prices can be quite reasonable, especially when the website offers discounts. Joseph Abboud’s dress pants are made out of 100% wool from Italy.

 

Joseph Abboud Charcoal Gray Slim Fit

Joseph Abboud
Charcoal Gray Slim Fit

Brooks Brothers Making clothing since 1818, Known best for their suits, they do have a small number of dress pants made in the USA under heir Golden Fleece label or even more rarely under the Brooks Brothers name. (Make sure you read the label, most of Brooks Brothers clothes are imported – but using my link on Brooks Brothers takes you to the Made in USA section, then, scroll down and hit Tailored clothing). The Golden Fleece is Brooks Brothers high end label. Their fabric is made in Italy of 100% wool or sometimes wool with cashmere. Golden Fleece is, also, sewn at their top end facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts, called the Southwick facility. The other Brooks Brothers labels: Madison, Fitzgerald, Regent and Milano are made with 100% wool from the United States called Saxxon Wool. It is a shame that they ended their high end Black Fleece label last year.

Brooks Brothers Gray Flannel

Brooks Brothers
Gray Flannel

Golden Fleece Single Pleat made of wool and cashmere

Golden Fleece Single Pleat
Made of wool and cashmere

Hardwick Clothing Making clothing since 1880 in Cleveland, Tennessee, also known as a maker of Men’s suits, probably has one of the best selections of dress pants for men and they are offered at a reasonable price. (All made in USA). Hardwick’s fabrics vary. It can be 100% wool from Italy, it could be 100% wool from the USA, It could be 97% wool and 3% Lycra or it could be other, depending on the suit, pants or sports coat that you are purchasing.

Hardwick Charcoal Flannel - stretch wool pants

Hardwick Charcoal
Flannel – stretch wool pants

Haspel has been a maker of suits in New Orleans since 1909, Sometimes they have some suit separates – dress pants, very small numbers to choose from. (All Made in USA).

Haspel Bernard Trouser - Blue

Haspel Bernard
Trouser – Blue

Hart Schaffner & Marx  Maker of suits in Chicago since 1887, also makes Dress pants. (Some not made in USA). Hart Schaffner Marx suits can be found in department stores like Dillards and Nordstroms. The suits and pants (separate pants are difficult to find) are 100% wool from the USA.

New York Fit Black suit

New York Fit Black suit

Hickey Freeman Long time maker of Men’s suits, Hickey Freeman still makes many high quality dress pants, made in the USA. They make some of the best dress pants in the USA. Their fabric is made of a combined cashmere, wool and silk from Italy or 100% Italian wool. (Not all apparel from Hickey Freeman is made in the USA).

Hickey Freeman Flat Front Charcoal Trousers

Hickey Freeman Flat Front
Charcoal Trousers

Black Tasmanian Formal 100% Tasmanian 150 wool, fabric from Loro Piana

Black Tasmanian Formal
100% Tasmanian 150S wool, fabric from Loro Piana

Joseph Abboud – One of America’s most famous designers, still makes clothing made in the USA, also it sends much of its wares to the Men’s Wearhouse. The prices are about the same as at the Wearhouse, but there is more variety on their website, and often there are sales. (Not all apparel from Joseph Abboud is made in the USA). See above, Men’s Wearhouse for description.

Oxxford  Since 1916, making suits in Chicago, they sometimes have suit separates. (All made in the USA). Difficult to find – they have only two stores – one in Chicago and one in New York. Sometimes you can find them at Nieman-Marcus. They have some of the finest quality suits in the USA, if not the finest. Dress pants are hard to find without the full suit. Made from 100% wool, from the USA.

Oxxford Super 150s Flannel

Oxxford Super 150s Flannel

Patrik Ervell Newer USA maker of men’s clothing, based in New York, very few to choose from. (Not all clothing made in USA).

There are other brand names that sometimes make dress pants in the USA or Canada, however it is very inconsistent – one time they are there and the next they are not. These brands include: Hugo Boss, Riveira by Jack Victor, Bloomingdale’s, Sach’s Fifth Avenue, Ted Baker and Niemen-Marcus.

The Winner of the Best Dress Pants Made in USA

The choice of Best Dress Pants Made in USA was not difficult because there are so few choices of companies who consistently make dress pants here. If you had noticed that nearly all of them were the same clothing companies that make suits: Brooks Brothers, Hardwick, Hasper, Joseph Abboud/Men’s Wearhouse, Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Hickey Freeman and Oxxford. The problem then becomes which companies regularly sell dress pants separately. And this can vary from year to year.

The Elimination Process 2016

The first company, I eliminated is Patrik Ervell, In the past they made a few more pants for sale and some could even be considered dress pants, but, for 2016, there were no offerings. Next, I would eliminate Oxxford (even though they make the best pants), because they are so difficult to find and really do not make much in the way of offerings of separate dress pants. I, also have eliminated Hasper and Hart, Schaffner & Marx because although they make suits, they make very little dress pants, made in the USA, separately. This leaves just 4 companies. Two companies: Hardwick and Joseph Abboud have very good prices but their quality does not stand up to the remaining two. Brooks Brothers make some fantastic pants especially with their Golden Fleece brand, however, I think it was a fluke to find Golden Fleece pants separately. Therefore, the winner of the Best Dress Pants Made in the USA goes to Hickey Freeman. Congratulations to Hickey Freeman.

Remember to Buy American, it it is good for our workers, it is of better quality and it avoids Slave Labor.

 




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