Originally Posted by AlexE
Agree 100% - I am not fond of any kind of protectionism.
Where does my site say anything about protectionism? Protectionism is a governmental policy to promote domestic-made goods (usually via punitive taxation or restricting imports).. I am certainly not in favor of that.
My site is just geared towards individuals who choose to spend their own money on American made goods (often for the exact reasons of: quality, and aesthetic).
Let's take the 3/2 hopsack , natural shoulder blazer. An Ivy League classic. Or the oxford cloth button down shirt-- another item originally designed & made in America. If one wants to acquire these items -- you really have a few options but let's take your choice of American made vs. made in China alternatives. The Made in USA items will be (in my opinion) of better quality , and that quality is also reflected in their aesthetic. Moreover, there is the satisfaction some people get, that they're getting "the real deal" or the original. Not a "reinterpretation", lesser-quality, made-overseas item made to look like the American classic it imitates.
It seems a lot of people (including me), take pride in -- and appreciate the workmanship of -- our made in Italy bit loafers, made in Scotland tartan items, or made in Ireland Donegal tweed hats and coats.
My own web site simply takes that same idea but focuses on those items which are made in America (and which can be appreciated for their aesthetic and quality ---- and durability ---- and timelessness in some cases). Again, I understand not everyone will be "into" this. It's a niche!
Definition of 'Protectionism'
Government actions and policies that restrict or restrain international trade, often done with the intent of protecting local businesses and jobs from foreign competition. Typical methods of protectionism are import tariffs, quotas, subsidies or tax cuts to local businesses and direct state intervention.