Globalization and the offshoring of manufacturing can be sensitive topics. In the last 50 years, the United States has lost millions of industrial jobs, leading to heated debates about economic competitiveness and the benefits of free trade. And while this trend has helped lift some countries out of poverty, it can be argued that it has also led to job insecurity and income inequality at home.
Offshoring has long been important to the apparel industry, as manufacturers seek lower costs overseas — and some iconic American brands source almost all their products in other countries, primarily in Asia. Making clothes has become enormously important to the economies of countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, and Vietnam.
However, American consumers don’t shop solely on the basis of price. They have become increasingly concerned about fair trade, child labor, sustainability, and other issues. Patriotism is also an issue for some consumers, who take pride in brands that carry a “Made in America” label. (Here is the most American-made car you can buy.)
Reviewing data from numerous sources, including Consumer Reports, various news outlets, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of 25 clothing brands that still manufacture, in whole or in part, in America. The list is not exhaustive, but includes a range of both well-known mass-market and smaller regional brands.
Some of these proudly proclaim their home country in their names. Our list is headed by All American Clothing Co., which is based in Ohio. Also included are non-heartland companies, like American Giant in San Francisco and American Roots on the other side of the country in Westbrook, Maine. Some have names with very local ties, including Appalatch in Weaverville, North Carolina, and Chippewa in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Regardless of what they’re called, all these brands are doing their part to offset offshoring. (Some non-clothing brands are doing the same thing. Here are some surprising products still made in America.)