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18
Feb
18

Best Way to Buy Clothing Made in the USA

Best Way To Buy Clothing Made in the USA

Clothing made in the USA represents less than 2% of all clothing made in the USA. And because there is such a small inventory, it makes them hard to find. And for some products, they are more expensive than the slave labor competitors, I will give some tips as to find clothing for less. If one is patient, one can create a very nice American wardrobe with a modest outlay.

I believe one of the best ways to find U.S. made clothing is going to websites that sell all or most of their apparel made in the U.S. One of the ways to find these websites is through my blog entry: Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA – Internet. The other way is to visit department stores (or their stores websites) that have a higher percentage of US made clothing, probably the best is Nordstroms or the Nordstroms Rack. If you want to look on your own at various stores, good luck. To help in your quest, I have amassed quite a list: it is called: Listing of American Clothing Manufacturers – Retail.

The very best way to obtain to get high quality U.S. Made clothing at great prices is to set up your e-mail to receive the sales e-mails from your favorite stores or suppliers. Often you will receive the sales and clearance e-mails which is where you can score your best bargains. My favorite sites are Bills Khakis (100% made in USA), American Giant (100% Made in USA, Allen Edmonds and Guideboat. Other good sites for particular items like dress pants and suits would be Mens Wearhouse and Hickey Freeman. For this blog entry, I have limited my entries just towards mens apparel.

Men’s Apparel (starting from bottom to top)

Men’s Shoes

For Dress shoes there are two mens shoes companies that generate most of the sales: Allen Edmonds and Alden. These shoes are very high quality, lasting for years, but expensive. The best way is to find a deal is to be on the e-mail list and periodically there can be some fantastic sales (remember not all Allen Edmonds shoes are made in the USA): Allen Edmonds shoes website, Alden website.

Allen Edmonds
Lake Bluff Weave Dress

Alden BAL Oxford

For Athletic Shoes – In recent years there was only one manufacturer of American athletic shoes: New Balance. PFFlyers, another well-known brand, is now owned by New Balance as well. There are noises that Under Armour, Adidas and Reebok may start making limited amount of shoes in the U.S.For other shoe brands see my Listing of Shoes made in USA.

New Balance 990

Socks

There actually are numerous companies that make socks in the USA. Even companies that make no other apparel in the USA, sometimes make socks here like Nike, Champion, Hanes.

There some very good high quality socks made in the USA that are worth looking for such as Wigwam, Thurlo, and Smartwool. See, also, my entry: Socks Made in the USA Listing.

Thurlo Thin Cushion Experia Multi sport

Pants

For Dress pants, probably the best website would be: Mens Wearhouse– Joseph Abboud (remember to choose the Made in USA  apparel). For other dress pants, see: Best Dress Pants in USA. For casual pants, a very good site is Bills Khakis, his is also a good site for shorts and casual shirts.

Joseph Abboud Black Pleated Dress pants

Jeans

Jeans are consider the original American idea and there are many companies that still make jeans here in the USA. In my list, I have 96 brands found at retailers and 31 on the Internet on Listing of American Manufacturing Companies – Retail under Jeans. One company that has been a major contributor to the Made in America movement is Bullet Blues.

Bullet Blues Nationalist Jour

Undergarments

Underwear is one of the more difficult objects to find made in the USA. There has been some good news, WalMart, of all people, has brought back some “made in USA” produced by some of the classic manufacturers such as Hanes and Fruit of the Loom. However, one of my favorites are from BGreen , Oliver’s Apparel,  Flint and Tinder and American Giant. These same companies also offer plenty of choices for T shirts.

B Green Boxer Brief

American Giant Premium V Neck T shirt

Shirts

The United States does make a small number of dress shirts. The best dress shirts are made by Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Label. Sometimes, one can find Hamilton dress shirts in some high end stores, they are also worth the money. The American dress shirt makers in general are hard to find. And then, sometimes, there are the small bespoken shirt makers like Tuckerman and Co.

For casual shirts and polo shirts, your best best is Bills Khakis.

Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Regent Fit English Collar Frame Stripe Dress Shirt

Bills Khakis Keystone Plaid – red

Jackets

Many high quality Suit tops or jackets are still made here in the USA. Hickey Freeman, Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Mens Wearhouse and Brooks Brothers. For top of the line, the best are Oxxford and Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece.

Hickey Freeman Dark Blue Checkered Traveler’s Jacket

Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Madison Fit Alternating Stripe Suit

Shorts

For many years, shorts made in the USA was a rare commodity. But thanks to Bills Khakis, there is somebody that makes a bunch of different styles of very good quality and great prices when bought off-season.

Bills Khakis Southport Twill – Navy

Happy shopping!!

 

 

 


 

Buying US products supports US workers and companies, despite what the Free Traders say. Without our support, there soon will be little or no jobs in manufacturing of clothing and textiles. From the article: “State of the U.S. Textile and Apparel Industry: Output, Employment and Trade (Updated March 2017, below are the statistics 

Textile Manufacturing Jobs in the USA

January, 2005                      December, 2016

404,600                                  225,000

January 2015                        December, 2016

233,300                                  225,000                    (Loss of 8,300 jobs)

Apparel Manufacturing Jobs in the USA

January, 2005                       December, 2016

264,200                                   128,900

January, 2015                       December, 2016

138,100                                    128,900                     (Loss of 9,200 jobs)

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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.

 

18
Jan
16

Made in USA Clothing via Internet

Over the past couple of years, I have bought various clothing items, made in America, through companies that sell only through the Internet. I wanted to highlight some of those companies. All of them are high quality products, designed to last for years.

Poppy Von Frohlich – Poppy Von Frolich makes clothing for women. There is a limited number of clothing made for each style and it is almost made to measure. Coats, blouses.

Poppy Von Frolich

Poppy Von Frohlich Red Flannel top

Illuminite – This company makes active wear that reflects light at the night. They make shorts, pants, shirts, long sleeved shirts and jackets, not all are made in the USA.

IllumiNite Portland Cycling Jacket

IllumiNite Portland Cycling Jacket

American Giant – American Giant makes sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, sweat pants and some of the best T shirts that have ever been made. Made for both men and women.

American Giant Essential Pullover

American Giant Essential Pullover

Oliver’s Apparel – Oliver’s started as a Kickstarter project to make activewear shorts for men, they still make these, but, since then, they have added lines such as underwear, active wear pants, and merino pullovers. Only for men.

Oliver's Apparel Boxer briefs

Oliver’s Apparel Boxer briefs

Robeworks – Robeworks makes bathrobes for both men and women. There are multiple styles, even hooded robes.

Robeworks LJ500 Luxury hooded Robe

Robeworks LJ500 Luxury hooded Robe

R. Riveter – R. Riveter started as a Kickstarter project. Military spouses make pouches, purses and handbags out of military remnants.

R. Riveter Bags

R. Riveter Bags

Stock Manufacturing Company – Stock started as a Kickstarter project. It has successfully expanded from just men’s shirts to jackets, pants, sweat shorts, T-shirts, flight pants, sweat pants, ties and several other accessories.

Stock Mfg Company M65 Jacket

Stock Mfg Company M65 Jacket

Hucklebury – Hucklebury started as a Kickstarter project. Hucklebury makes premium dress shirts for around $80. All made in the USA.

Hucklebury Washington Navy Blue Stripes

Hucklebury Washington Navy Blue Stripes

Alamere – Alamere, previously POP Outerwear makes outerwear for both men and women – all made in San Francisco, CA.

Alamere Paige Sotshell Jacket

Alamere Paige Sotshell Jacket

KNO Clothing – KNO Clothing started as a Kickstarter project producing  T-shirts for ethical and socially responsible reasons. KNO, now, makes more than T-shirts and tanks, but also Hoodies and dresses.

KNO Clothing T Shirt

KNO Clothing T Shirt

Footskins – Footskins makes boots, moccasins and deerskin slippers for both mean and women.

Footskins sheepskin slippers

Footskins sheepskin slippers

 

Honorable Mention

Before + Again Ladies clothing by different designers, tops, dresses, skirts. Great selection.

Begin and Again Sonya Orange Dress

Before and Again Sonya Orange Dress

Mortal Trend – Mortal Trend started as a Kickstarter Project. They make quality tops and pullovers for men.

Mortal Trend Clyde Pullover

Mortal Trend Clyde Pullover




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