SEWN IN THE U.S.A.
Everyone wants to support their home team. A Consumer Reports survey found in 2015 that almost 8 in 10 respondents preferred buying American-made products, while more than 60 percent said they were willing to spend as much 10 percent more for them. While the increased globalization of manufacturing makes truly American-made products ever-harder to find, some clothing brands have held out to keep their products part of the fabric of America.
BALDWIN DENIM & COLLECTION
Designer and boutique-owner Matt Baldwin founded this brand in 2009 to provide well-crafted denim apparel designed in Kansas City and produced in the U.S., with each garment marked by a white rivet, Baldwin's own seal of quality. Prices range from around $55 for basic tank tops to $1,000 for high-end coats, with free shipping and returns for domestic orders from its site.
American Giant is a rather exceptional company just for offering American-made clothes at reasonable prices, with free returns to boot. The company foregoes brick-and-mortar stores and instead sells directly to consumers to keep costs low. All of its garments are made from Carolina cotton and other select fabrics, but the brand is most famous for its full-zip hoodies (starting at $48).
The name of this Los Angeles essentials company stands for American Made, Vintage Inspired — an apt way to describe its minimalist garments, including tees for men and women and leggings for women ($55-$80). AMVI sources its fabrics from American mills to make wardrobe additions that are simple but still durable and versatile enough to wear for almost any occasion.
Venice Beach, California, neighbors Erik Allen and Sasha Koehn teamed up in 2013 to create Buck Mason, a brand specializing in minimalist jeans and tees for men who want their clothes to stay relevant for longer than a single season. In collaboration with local fabric mills, it now produces and sells a full line of men's clothing from their online site and stores in Los Angeles; New York; Venice, California; and a bus called The Open Road.
IMOGENE + WILLIE
Married couple Matt and Carrie Eddmenson founded imogene + willie in 2009, at first selling only jeans for women ("imogene" style) or men ("willie") before moving the operation into a Nashville service station. They sell American-made denim and vintage items through their online store and Nashville location.
Almost all the clothes stocking the shelves of this Melrose Avenue boutique come from Reformation's own factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, while the remainder are still made using sustainable practices in the U.S. and occasionally abroad. Reformation sells women's fashions designed to show off one's figure, with uniquely designed dresses, tops, and shirts selling typically for $30-$250.
GROWN & SEWN
Robert Wesley Magness was already a 10-year veteran of Ralph Lauren when he launched Grown & Sewn, his own collection of men's casual pants rooted in American tradition and made in the U.S. Now his flagship store in Tribeca has become one of New York City's best spots for denim and khakis, and spawned two additional stores in Japan.
GENETIC LOS ANGELES
As of 2016, Genetic began manufacturing all its denim in its own Los Angeles factory, reducing its carbon footprint and hiring local talent to assist in designing its collection of stylish women's jeans. The brand also runs its own textile-recycling program, so customers can get $30 off a new pair of Genetic jeans just by sending in an old pair of any brand to be repurposed for tote bags and backpacks.
The flagship store of Welcome Stranger in San Francisco's Hayes Valley boasts hand-selected menswear from international brands as well as its own variety of apparel and accessories — all stylishly minimalist yet drawing on the cultures and landscapes of California, where 100 percent of its designing and manufacturing process takes place.
Joseph Haspel Sr. made his mark on American fashion by creating the world's first seersucker suit, designed to help counteract the summertime heat in New Orleans. The clothing company he founded continues under his family's management today, offering the same American-made seersucker and other fabric garments online and through big-name partners including Nordstrom.
Beyond Clothing makes hardy garments and accessories designed to survive the elements for any outdoorsman, incorporating a layering system that breathes well, dries fast, and provides comfort for a wide-range of temperatures. It relies completely on domestic manufacturers to produce its functional fabrics made for any season, and provides free shipping for all U.S. orders over $150.
Named for designer Amber Farr's daughter, Flynn Skye is a Venice Beach, California, women's clothing collection made in nearby downtown Los Angeles. Fittingly enough, it specializes in styles that combine urban and beachwear for flowy, sunny series of dresses, pants, shirts, jumpers, and bikinis, commonly ranging in price from $50-$150.
HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE
The St. Paul-based Hackwith Design House launched in 2013 with only one limited-edition design, and it's continued to keep its merchandise scarce with a small collection of core items, supplemented by a weekly limited edition of which only 25 are produced. Its comfortable women's clothes are produced in-house by a team of Minnesota seamstresses and are often made-to-order, yet still for a reasonable price.
Based in the Los Angeles’ fashion district, Simplicitie focuses on fun, comfortable everyday wear. Prices are surprisingly low for a company touting goods made in America: An entire section of their website features items under $20.
Organic cotton produced in the U.S.A. is the primary ingredient in all of Brook There's offerings, most of which fall into the realm of lingerie, though it also produces informal women's tops and bottoms. Its undergarments range in style from modest to luxuriant, and in price from $28 to over $100.
Todd Shelton's brand of casual wear for men and women is entirely manufactured at its factory and showroom in New Jersey, and sold direct-to-consumer through its online store. The in-house approach makes it easier to maintain sustainable practices and cater to individual customers with unique size and fit options.
AMERICAN FITNESS WEAR
A veteran-owned company, American Fitness Wear offers free shipping within the U.S. from its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, where it employs some of the city's top designers to produce fashionable yet affordable athletic wear for men and women. Only a select few of its products are not 100 percent American-made, and all are noted in the product descriptions.
Berrydog combines Brazilian beachwear with Southern California style and American manufacturing for its line of skimpy bikinis for women unafraid of showing a little (ahem) extra at the beach. Check its site for sheer and thong bikinis, as well as sarongs and discounted yoga pants.
AMERICAN MADE SUPPLY CO.
Look for the red, white, and blue flag on any article of clothing from this Los Angeles direct-to-consumer retailer, founded on American-made pride and an effort to make the perfect casualwear. Comfortable tops for men and women start at $24 and jogger-style bottoms at $44. Order more than $75 of clothes online for free shipping and returns.
Soul-Flower is a hippie-style brand that follows through in its philosophy. Every headband, necklace, tunic, tie-dye dress, and pair of hemp yoga pants is manufactured, cut and sewn in California using organic cotton and eco-friendly practices, then designed and screen-printed in Minnesota. Check its site's closeout section for all sorts of practical boho-style garments.
ALLEN EDMONDS SHOES
Only 2 percent of shoes sold in America are made here, including Allen Edmonds footwear. The company specializes in painstakingly crafted, hand-stitched men's dress shoes of varying styles and widths. The company's shoes are understandably expensive, but its website includes a clearance section with slippers starting at $57 and moccasins at $77.
ALL AMERICAN CLOTHING CO.
Following through on the promise of its name, the All American Clothing Co. conducts every conceivable part of its business in the U.S.A. Founded in response to a former employer's outsourcing jobs, the company runs an extensive online store for men's wear, plus a smaller ladies selection, with discount and sale sections, and a wealth of denim.
Columbiaknit creates durable garments for men and women through an in-house process at its factory in Portland, Oregon. The company founded in 1921 now runs an online store for its reasonably priced tops in numerous casual styles and knitted hats, plus an extra section devoted to mysterious "grab bags" of limited-quantity shirts.
The offerings are always changing at Emerson Fry, an independent company focused on weekly runs of limited-production clothes produced domestically. It also curates smaller collections of clothes made from elsewhere in the world (currently Rajasthan, India) using traditional techniques. Its core collection is made up mostly of chic women's tops and dresses starting around $80.
FairEnds specializes in hats — mostly straightforward baseball caps made from different fabrics and in different colors, with modern east-meets-west designs nodding to the co-founders' dual Montana-NYC heritage. Its California-made hats are typically one-size-fits-all, sell for $48 apiece, and can be found in stores around the world — or online.
Founded in 1978 but with roots dating back to 1932, Gitman Bros. has been producing American-made clothing for longer than most. They specialize in formal men's shirts (starting at $82), trousers and ties, which can be purchased or made to order at select retailers in Florida and Texas or through their online store.
Hanky Panky uses extra thread and stitches to ensure durability in its line of designer lingerie — garments not typically prized for their hardiness. All of its fabrics -- including its exclusive signature lace — are knitted in the U.S.A. Prices start around $75 for negligees and bodysuits.
The oldest outdoor-wear manufacturer in the nation, Woolrich began business by outfitting troops with heavy-duty woolen blankets during the American Civil War. Today many of its garments are made overseas, but its original Pennsylvania plant remains one of the nation's oldest work plants, warranting a separate section for its U.S.A.-made fabrics on its website.
Hickey Freeman is an American clothing manufacturer devoted to craftsmanship, as embodied by its 225,000 square-foot Rochester, New York, factory dubbed "The Temple." The craftsmanship comes at a high cost, however, as its high-end tuxedos and suit separates are sold for prices well into the hundreds and thousands, even when on sale.
HART SCHAFFNER MARX
From humble beginnings as a downtown Chicago storefront in 1887, Hart Schaffner Marx has grown into one of the world's largest suit manufacturers, producing American-made formal clothing for men with once-innovative features like zipper trousers and three different suit models designed for different styles and body types. Look for the company's suits at Nordstrom or Dillard's locations throughout the nation.
LEFT FIELD NYC
Built up from an apartment-set operation in Brooklyn, Left Field NYC makes casual men's clothing in America to bridge the gap in quality between vintage hand-sewn and modern mass-produced clothing. It also offers chainstitch hemming and other garment repair services for Left Field and non-Left Field jeans, starting at $20 including shipping.
Oxxford Clothes celebrated its centennial two years ago, marking a century of tailoring fine handmade apparel for celebrities, politicians, executives, and ordinary folks alike. Its suits are individually cut, stitched, and pressed by hand in Chicago, though its natural fabrics are often selections from European mills. Its suits and separates are found at its Chicago showroom, the New York flagship store, and in specialty retailers throughout the nation.
Michael Stars sells a full roster of luxury apparel for men and women, and devotes much of the proceeds to a foundation focused on things like reducing gender-based violence and advocating global education. With an aesthetic indebted to its California origins, it sells clothes made in the U.S. and (usually) cut and sewn in Los Angeles through its online store, with updates to reflect its seasonal style guides.
Pendleton has been weaving American-made woolen blankets and garments for more than 150 years now, but it continues to improve its designs and offer new options in minimalist and Native American-inspired styles. Check out the National Parks series for blankets and other accessories, with colors designed to match the scenery of individual American national parks such as the Grand Canyon.
Landon Clayton King pivoted from raising champion bird dogs to designing durable workwear clothes in January of 1913. Ever since, the company he founded has made its clothes in the U.S. and sold them at its factory store in Bristol, Tennessee, and more recently expanded its product line to include streetwear in addition to the classic barn coats, overalls, denim caps, and heavy-duty jeans.
Loggerhead uses the proceeds from its sales to benefit two causes — the preservation of the sea turtle for which it's named and the preservation of American textile manufacturing. The South Carolina company makes American-grown-and-sewn garments like tees, tank tops, hats, and dresses with cool colors to match its maritime theme.
SportPort aims to make it a little easier for women to take a more active role in their personal health with its line of American-made athletic apparel. Its workout pants and tops are produced using lightweight fabrics and a patented compression design that increases the clothing's longevity also while protecting the wearer from potentially harmful cell phone radiation.
Schott NYC reinvented American outerwear at least twice, first by creating the first zippered jacket and then the first leather motorcycle jacket in 1928. Today, the company once associated with '50s teen rebelliousness remains family-owned and predominantly American-made. Its premium leather and bomber jackets are still its flagship products, but its online store includes a much broader selection of shirts, coats, shoes and accessories.
A Texas company founded at the tail end of the Civil War, Stetson is now the only company to produce cowboy hats entirely in the U.S.A., and it is also one of the largest hat manufacturers in the nation. Still a cornerstone of Western lore, millions of Stetson hats are produced each year in the company's 9-acre Philadelphia plant.
GOODWEAR USA CLOTHING
Every step of the manufacturing and supply process is all-American at Goodwear USA, a domestic clothing brand known for high-quality, lightweight shirts and sweatshirts for men and women. The cotton the company uses is verified to be American-grown. Products typically start around $30 and don't exceed $100.
Polarmax specializes in providing comfortable base-layer clothing for any condition, and they devote considerable resources to developing breathable, moisture-proof performance fabrics. Their vertical business structure means all their manufacturing and shipping activities take place within a 30-mile radius of their headquarters in West End and Candor, North Carolina, partnering with numerous outdoor retailers to sell their products across the nation.
NEW BALANCE SHOES
No other brand manufactures as much athletic footwear in the USA as New Balance. Each year the company makes more than 4 million pairs with at least 70 percent domestic materials. Look for shoes labeled "made in USA," which are often more-durable but priced higher, starting at $150 on the company's website. The company faced a class action over the claim that was settled this year, which was good enough for the U.S. military to sign a $17.3 million contract to buy sneakers for basic training.