Didn't hurt that they were incentivized with over $100m in our taxpayer monies.
Manufacturing within the sales region also hedges against currency fluctuations, in addition to tariffs or similar protectionism.
However, there is a small, but growing shift towards corporate insourcing due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, increasing wages abroad and better automation and QC domestically. Also, shorter time-to-market and better holistic designs given centralized development and manufacturing bases.
As much as I support the UAW and Ford and GM, I can't fault people for buying foreign based on product offering. Drawing parallels between cars and shoes, the Meermins/Carmina's and Honda/Toyota's of the world help AE/Alden and Ford/GM step-up their game with external factors like products, price, quality, and drive internal efficacy.
Competition only serves consumers.
It's really interesting to read that there was significant consumer backlash towards Filson and AE because of offshoring. There are very few other brands this would happen to and demonstrates how much of their brand identity is derived from "Made in USA".
All things equal (price, design, quality), would you still buy AE's if they weren't made-in-USA, or would you shop elsewhere? (It'd be easier still, if some of the foreign makes were picked up by Zappos or other B&M or E-retailers.)
That $100m is a drop in the bucket compared to the revenue that BMW created in the local region. Many in NC were upset because SC got them by allowing Corp. tax exemption for a few years. You would think NC would have learned by all the manufacturing in the Greenville area already. I was fine with it living in Asheville as Greenville was closer than the NC location they were offering. I picked up some consulting work from them and some of the hundreds of other companies that sprang up to supply them. Every German manager that I talked to said they were amazed at the productivity of the American worker. Then they would defend the German work force but say that because of the German union influence they didn't get near the amount of work from them.
I've been burnt hard by lack of support and service by the American Auto Industry over the years and have tried them all. My current vehicle is made in Tn. I may go back one more time and try again and if I do it will be a Ford because they didn't participate in the gov't bail out. But they also burnt me the worst with the POS V6 head leaks and all 3 times while I was deployed overseas and the wife was left back home alone to take care of it. And Ford didn't even acknowledge it was an issue until a class action lawsuit. That is lack of customer service at its worst.
Pendleton is also a highly American defined brand, and the shirts are hard to beat, I owned my first one in Washington State more than 30 years ago. And picked up a few more over the years. Henry Fonda wore a Pendleton shirt every day in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion for a reason. In January I was in Old Town Scottsdale in Az. being dragged through the shops and saw a Pendleton store so I dragged her through it as soon as I saw it. And was shocked at how little was made in the US any more, but the prices were still typical Pendleton prices. I'm afraid they are headed the way of Woolrich which is a shadow of its former self, as is the town of Woolrich, Pa. because of it.
All things are not equal between AE and other shoe manufactures that I have dealt with. AE customer service is second to none and one of the reasons I am loyal to them. That and they are the only higher end shoe company to work with the military system. I have spent more on other shoes and don't feel they have the same value. In my mind there is no other shoe company to even compare them to, no one else even comes close price or not.
Men - Thanks very much for your support of Allen Edmonds. Just to clear things up as April Fool's Day comes to a close -- this time NO JOKE -- we are exporting our USA production shoes FROM Wisconsin TO Shanghai. It's the Authentic American Styling and Production that our Chinese partners are looking for. They love our "Since 1922" heritage as well as the relationship we've had with famous Americans, such as the Presidents, as well as American leaders in all walks of life. There is no desire on our part to produce shoes in China for ANY market -- there or here -- and no desire on their part to sell local production under our banner.
Good joke, though. It made its way through to me in pretty fast time after one of our lurking store managers discovered it (pre-joke acknowledgement).
Thanks again for all the support of AE we receive from StyleForum members!
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So today my new AE Shell Cordovan Shell Strands arrived. The AE website calls these Brown. Item number 1645. The website pic is shown below.
Here is a pic of the shoes prior to any care or attention, straight out of the box.
So i used Venetian Creme on them, and was amazed at the color that came off of the shoe onto the white cloth I was using. I then horse hair brushed them, and buffed them with a clean flannel cloth. I then used melatonin cleaner and conditioner. Horse hair brushed them, and buffed with the flannel cloth. Then I did the Mac Method, wiping them down with a damp rag, allowing them to dry, and horse hair brushing the you know what out of them. Then buffed with the flannel cloth. I then applied a think coat of brown polish. I used dabs of water and buffed the polish off with small curls, as I do every time I polish my shoes. Then buffed them once again with the flannel cloth.
I am very happy with the finished product, but am a bit disappointed in the color. They almost have a merlot/burgundy color to them. When ordering brown, I figured they would in fact be brown. They are more of a brownish burgundy. So, I am hopeful over time they will fade and get a nice brown patina. Does anyone have any experience with this pair in this color? And what do you think of these and their color?
My shell Strands are walnut so I don't have that same exact color Strand. But I do have brown shell Patriot and Dundee which are no where near that color. Personally I like the color of your Stands, a lot. You can always exchange them if you are not happy with the color and should if it bothers you. But I'd think hard about it as those are the most unique color I think I have ever seen. Shell is not ever exact and the use of aniline dyes allows the shell color to come through. Good looking shoe IMO.