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American-made, made in USA products: my personal list

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This page is my personal, curated list of good American products and/or their vendors.

I've spent a long, long time trying to buy more and more of my various goods, particularly clothing, from American producers. I've found that some American-made items either just aren't that great (sadly), or - especially with clothing! - aren't to my taste. You can get a lot of good American-made work apparel, but it's not stylish or fashionable. Here, I'll list what I'm willing to wear, and label it as to whether it's stylish or utilitarian.

And please, if you can't go American, go thrift shopping. Go ebaying. Don't support slavery - buy secondhand. I know sometimes you need that special thing for an outfit (even guys do, but I should've said "getup," not "outfit"). Please don't buy it new - there's so much used to choose from, piles of it. You'll save money, and not contribute to slavery and the waste of resources.

Made in USA footwear

Mine. u want?

Wesco

I currently wear 10-inch Wesco Jobmasters, which, when cared for, look great with boot-cut jeans and will literally last you 30 years. Yeah, I paid $330 for them in 2011. That's a total cost of ownership of like $15 a year if you factor in the cost of getting them resoled every decade. Wesco boots are made in Scappoose, Oregon - just outside the town I call home - and if 10-inch loggers ain't yer style, they have others.

PS, my boots are custom, with Wesco black leather laces, and I had a tailor alter the false tongue so it didn't stick out quite so much - more of a "city look" that goes great under jeans - especially for rainy Portland winters. Puddles? lol.

Danners

Double-check to see that what you buy is not imported. Danner boots and shoes are made both in the USA and overseas, but again, some manufacturing is in Portland, Oregon.

Made in USA jeans and denim

There is only one go-to source for American made jeans and denim products than All-American Clothing. Because I'm a city slicker, I can really only vouch for a couple jean cuts, but they also make utilitarian jeans and the prices are fair, especially considering the durability. Also, most or all All-American jeans come with a [w:gusset], a fabric insert to reduce stress at the crotch, typically the place many pants wear out or need repair.

Note that All-American Clothing sells a bunch of other products. They're reselling some suppliers especially in T-shirts, American suppliers like (Bay Clothing???), a union supplier of T-shirts. Those aren't stylish, but they'll last 8 million years. The point is, the quality of the clothing varies on All-American's site, from basic to nice - but always sturdy, no matter what.

  • Stylish American-made jeans cut:
  • Stylish American-made jeans cut:
  • Utilitarian American-made jeans cut:
  • 8 million year t-shirt, durable made in USA:

Made in USA non-denim pants - khakis, work pants

I order from DeMoulin Brothers, and the only thing I can vouch for is the work pant I buy (in black, grey and dark green): well-made, worth the $44 in durability, and stylish, at least in Portland and I suspect Brooklyn and maybe also anywhere else a man might wear work pants and still look like a man that'd turn somebody's head. They're a good cut.

Made in USA shirts, tops, and hoodies

First, forget American Apparel if you can. The guy who runs the company is an asshole and there are better American suppliers.

Stylish or casual American made shirts

  • Royal Apparel
    • Triblend tanks and Ts for layering
    • Cotton-poly thermals for layering
    • T-shirts for printing, for the love of god DO YOUR T-SHIRT PRINTING ON THESE not the others you can find here.

Utilitarian American made shirts

  • (??? Bay Clothing) or whoever.

Made in USA socks

  • Wigwam!!! Oh my god the selection.
  • Fox River Mills Socks are also great.

Made in USA men's underwear

City Boxer of Maine. Yes, they're worth it, though watch the flannel - by nature not as durable as their best shirting fabrics.

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