9 startups making clothes in the USA

From New York to San Francisco, these small apparel makers are bringing back the fabled but faded "Made in America" label.

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Jun 7, 2013 8:33PM

This is way overdue....in 1965 when I left army active duty, manufactured goods were over half our economy.  As of 2008 it was 9%.  Orvis, an upscale LL Bean, offers American made menswear--expensive, of course.   Years ago Wal Mart featured an American flag on most of their stuff. 

Jun 8, 2013 1:40AM
This is good to know.  I search for products made in the USA.  Many other people do too.  The problem is finding such products.  So, I will keep a list of these companies.  There are also others.  Victoria Leather is not start up, but it is small and makes all its products in New Jersey.  And I know that there are others.  Right now, I am in the marker for a bathroom rug.  I am having a very hard time finding something that I like that is made in the USA.   But I do feel that it is my civic duty and my pleasure to buy American thereby helping my fellow Americans.
Jun 9, 2013 12:21PM
Yes, bring back Made In America. For example, LLBean touts itself as a backhome American firm but try and find something actually made in America.  Better to support Vietnam and China than the USA.  I think we should take this a step further.  Boycott firms, like LLBean, until they actually sell products made by American labor.  Pricewise it may cost the consumer more in the short term but look what outsourcing has done to our economy, the poor quality of goods we now buy, and our country.
Jun 8, 2013 4:15PM
Right on, Fast Frog.  I try not to buy anything from China, but that is hard to do. You know, so-called  "smart" business people can't seem to think ahead more than one step at a time.  They complain about the U.S. having regulations.  Such regulations, they say, make it more expensive to make products in the USA.  Well, that may be true, but there is another side to this issue.  At least some of these regulations make products safer for the consumer.  I have read that those Chinese that can afford it are clamoring for American made goods BECAUSE AMERICAN MADE GOODS ARE SAFER!  This is particularly true of baby formula.  Remember melanine?  That was the ingredient that was put in our pet food and poisoned our pets.  They also put it in Chinese made baby formula.  In addition, they added into the food for Chinese live stock, including dairy cows.  The result?  They have poisoned Chinese babies.    So now, Chinese parents want American made baby formula because our regulations make the product safer.  They can't do much about the milk, which also poisoned their babies.

I once got sick on Tillapia that was farm raised in China.  I called the FDA and got quite an earful.  Food from America has to conform to regulations.  Food from abroad does not.  However, the agent said, these imports are tested and have to conform to our safety standards.  BUT ONLY 2% OF IMPORTED FOODS ARE TESTED!  I now buy on wild American fish and happily pay a little extra for it.

If business men and women were really smart, they would stop complaining about regulations.  They would brag that their products conform to regulations and are therefore safer.  There is a market out there for safer products not just in this country, but in other countries as well.  Even the Chinese who can afford it want to pay more for a safer product.

Jun 8, 2013 1:06PM
More products need to be made in America. Would you believe a country that lets farmers throw their dead pigs in the river, have produced poison pet food, toothpaste and other tainted products is also  where Johnson and Johnson as well as Curad have their "sterile" gauze for injuries and wounds made - in China.
Jun 8, 2013 5:42PM
Please...this is only a fraction of the companies that left America.  This is media garbage to fool americans....Go to Walmart and see if you can find anything made in the USA.
Jun 8, 2013 4:35PM
I would buy clothes made in the US if I could find them. I would rather pay a little more to do so.  With more jobs created people would have a chance to go back to work and get off welfare. Although welfare does sound better, no time clock, stay up as late as you want.
Jun 10, 2013 9:22AM
There are a lot of people in this country who will never be qualified for more than minimum wage jobs. They just don't have the mental skills to perform complex tasks. However, except for the physically handicapped, these people can be trained to do tasks like sewing and cutting material to make clothes. Why aren't they doing it? They won't work for the wages these jobs pay.

I guess Obama wants to send everyone to college. I notice that there is never any emphasis in this culture for all the mundane jobs that are needed like hanging drywall, painting, cutting grass, cleaning up trash, rough carpentry, roofing, and so on. 

In other cultures, people are damn glad to get these jobs. Here the work ethic has disappeared. 

Jun 10, 2013 10:13AM
This is an awesome article!!  If more Americans could understand what it means to purchase goods and services made here at home we ALL do better financially and our futures are more stable.   What some don't understand is you can still find many items still made in the U.S.  You won't find them at Walmart, Home Depot, Target type stores.   If you are willing to search the net, wait a day or two your made in the USA item will arrive.  Buy American, Demand American goods and services.  It is better for ALL of US.
Jun 10, 2013 10:30AM
Well I can see a lot of the worthless 47% have made their appearance here. They probably just got back from the welfare office. 

For your information, Mr Brucey, my manservant, makes all of my clothes by hand. He is busy right now cobbling a fine pair of shoes for me out of rich Corinthian leather.

Har har har me poor mateys!
Jun 10, 2013 12:06PM
I'll be more impressed when companies use American body form factors for clothing design and we can get rid of "vintage look" and "modern fit" which are just marketing terms for cheaper and using less fabric.
Jun 10, 2013 10:59AM
Mr Fat Cat, what percentage of Americans have pirate fantasies.
Nov 9, 2013 6:35AM

Its about time!!  I will certainly buy products made here in the USA!!!


Jun 10, 2013 11:20AM
This fantasy of made in America is complete joke and fact less.
What is being "made in America", right now , is the crap requiring no skilled labor , or start ups. If anything.
OR , the clothing factories in CA that are using non union , illegal alien laborers. No one pays a dime in taxes, either !. LOTS of those "factories" around
You're going to open a factory here , have the unions strong arm you ?
Now your product needs 10-15% more margin just to cover bloated union thugs benefits ?
"Obuma care" - No one has a clue what that will add. But, your STILL going to open your factory!
Lets add another 10% more margin, just for knowing that it will certainly cost more than before ! Of that we can be 1000% sure !
Now your widget costs 30% higher than you thought simply because of the "benefits"
Then , of course , you need to pay these unskilled , step n fetch it's,  fresh off the bus from Detroit. at LEAST $20.00 hours.
Minimum wage is SLAVE labor, right ?

So, now you have a product that uses high labor costs AND outrageous benefits.  $20.00 hour = another 15%
So, before you make widget one , you must add 45% to the margins just to cover your costs, not the product costs just overhead..
THEN , after you are lucky enough to overcome that roadblock , you if you are real, real, lucky and actually sell enough to make a profit , it (the company) then needs to pay the highest corporate tax rates in the world !
The highest corp. tax rate in the world
more profit left on the table or stolen.

So, now after this huge investment, risk and long hours, you get to give your self a six figure salary and some perks. You created a few jobs, paid your corporate taxes, now you must pay your personal taxes and surprise the left thinks THAT's not enough either !
You should pay 70% of your income, like France!

After a few years of this nonsense, you say , I can lower my costs 40%, import my product, do without a large staff, benefits, no unions, make more money , less hassle.
Real tough choice !
This is the Obuma /lefty formula. Community organizers , professional students and /or failures in life/career dictating what the successful must do. A sad joke.
There is no recovery , no manufacturing jobs, plants being created, no real estate boom.
It's all hype and pink smoke. Fantasy for his lemmings to tell themselves how good everyone ELSE is doing , because they themselves are unemployed !

Nov 9, 2013 11:57AM
one great way to stop OBAMA CARE buy AMERICAN let the working class make there own choices
Nov 9, 2013 7:44AM
Jun 10, 2013 11:41AM
Soetoro- You want to blame Obama for everything. Factories have been moving out for 25 years.
He has been in office for 4 so maybe you should look at some other variables. Maybe you should also look at what role CONGRESS has played in the last 25 years...Bush had a very poor private sector job creation record and a lot of Gov. jobs. You also seem to think Obama has more power than his office gives him.
Jun 10, 2013 11:49AM
in the U.S. having a product tested by UL and others cost to much money now days. For a new company making an old product would cost to much.and we're stuck with high prices and monopoly.
Jun 10, 2013 11:32AM
ABS, if the dollar is worth what you think it is? you would be right.
Jun 10, 2013 8:28AM
I like how so many are saying they'd pay more for US made clothing. 

What's funny. Most of the prices for decent clothing isn't that cheap to begin with.

This outsourcing textiles was a cash cow gravy train for all the textile owners.  Get lower production and the prices can stay the same. Slap some silly goofy designer name on it and sell it for even bigger bucks-- all with production cost at artificially extremely low.

I've started buying my clothes straight from the source.  Can get a nice pair of jeans for 10.00 USA from Blue Navy to several other brands or even a 3 piece suite with coat and jacket and vest for $20.00 USA from direct clothing locations.  F them all is my philosophy. 

They want to make money off arbitrage and the rest of our government thinks its some how fluffy doo, some sort of economic advantage, and ethical--  I'll ensure I'm paying the fair correct price for this trade and get my short run economic advantage.  Because long run of this type of trade wages here in the US will make $10.00 feel and look like $100.00.

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