"Made in USA" clothing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by iridium7777, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. kellgy

    kellgy Senior member

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    I have plenty of those. Too bad I can't send them overseas.:dozingoff:
     


  2. Cary Grant

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    Bill's Khaki's?

    True enough but it also gets at what "made in America" really means -for example, they're sewn here... but of "imported cloth". Is the fact that the sewing is done by a US-located machine worth more than the fabric that makes up 99% of the garment?
    It's a bit fascinating to ponder what it would take to be 100% made in America.
     


  3. poorsod

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    My understanding is that you almost have to make from "imported cloth". The fabric mills in the USA are virtually all gone. The only ones left make for the military. There might be some small fabric mills left in the US but I don't know.
     


  4. Gdot

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    Indeed, when it comes to textiles I believe there is precious little still manufactured in the US.

    There is still a fair amount of knit wear made domestically.
     
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  5. james_timothy

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    I personally don't obsess about it being purely made in America- if any part is I feel good.

    Equal parts: fabric and construction; one of two is great with me. They are both manufacturing.
     
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    Touche. If that is the case, you are correct , sir. As if its not hard enough to buy "Made in the USA," now we have to determine the % content made here (like on new car stickers). Twenty years ago I fought this uphill battle and went out of my way to only buy US made shirts, coats, shoes...whatever. By the end of the 90s, it was almost impossible to do so without a lot of hassle---and expense. It is even worse today.

    Its a real shame when you can't get US made Levis 550s.

    And any US made products going forward will be made by small companies who don't have to deal with union labor contracts that basically puts a large domestic manufacturer out of business. Hopefully, we can build some critical mass and reclaim some of this American productivity.
     


  7. james_timothy

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    Looks like Cone Mills is unionized.

    The last of the US denim mills that is. Not that that is a proof of anything, but it surely is interesting.
     


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    Most NB shoes aren't made in the US. They are at least honest about it. They have Made in the USA, Built in the USA, and "Other" shoes. Not all AEs are made in the USA if you don't count places like PR and DR.
     


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    -Russell Moccasin (100% Made in USA)
    -Gitman Bros. Shirts
    -James Perse T-Shirts
    -Aether Apparel (some items)
    -Levis LVC (jeans)
    -Smartwool and Thorlos socks (last I checked they were still made in the US)
    -Schott Leather Jackets (Most of them)
     


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    Curious question regarding this topic (which seems to come up quite frequently). Are there any non-Americans here who actually wanna buy items because they are "Made in USA"?

    I am just asking since after 7 years in the US my feeling is that American manufacturing in general is pretty lousy. Sure some brands (e.g. AE or Alden) are decent, but I buy them despite being "Made in USA" rather than because of this label. By the way this is not supposed to be some silly anti-Americanism: I really really miss (among many other things) quality of SERVICES in the US. Just wanna understand if this is more a question of patriotism or if missed something regarding quality of US manufacturing.
     
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  12. Gdot

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    For me it's economic at the moment.

    In general you can find both good quality and crap from any given country, location.
     


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    :facepalm:
     


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    If anyone's is so inclined, contact these folks and ask for a list.
     


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    As an Adam Smith capitalist I'm not concerned about where something is made, only that it represents a good value for the money I'm spending.

    That being said, I saw a pair of Hickey Freeman pants at Nordstrom's recently that were specifically labeled as being made in the US.

    Can't say if this is the rule or the exception for that brand though.
     
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