I agree that we should do our best to support Alden. Â When you think of all the established apparel companies that have closed up shop in America, supporting the few remaining is in the best interest of anyone who likes clothing. Â Thinking only of Brooks' traditional suppliers, Pincus Brothers Maxwell, the Philadelphia-based tailored clothing company, recently departed for Mexico. Â PBM made many of Brooks' "luxury" sportcoats, camel hair, etc. Â Norman Hilton, the century-old suitmaker in New Jersey, outright folded (though Nick Hilton carries on with some goods made in Italy). Â Majer trousers has moved offshore. Â Hell, you can't buy a pair of Levis that was made in America. Another note on Alden and Brooks: Â The shell cordovan penny loafer sold by Brooks is a design exclusive to Brooks. Â While there is an externally similar penny loafer in the Alden-branded line, it differs in one large and at least one small way. Â Only the Brooks version is unlined. Â In addition, the Brooks version has heel foxing unique to Brooks' shoes. Â It is also found on the tassel loafer.