This week I am going to be featuring great American apparel manufacturing firms. When I first found discovered White Dress Shirts, I was ecstatic to find a firm selling dress shirts that were manufactured by members of my extended American family. I wanted to know more about White Dress Shirts, so I called the number on their website. The fella who answered the phone was Jeff Fletcher, the founder and owner of White Dress Shirts. Jeff started in the apparel industry at JP Stevens Co Inc., the largest America Textile company in the world as the time Jeff began to work at the firm. Jeff became a textile designer, designing fabrics for apparel firms such as Liz Claiborne, Oscar De la Renta, and Jones New York.
Jeff founded White Dress Shirts in 2001. Jeff’s focus has been on manufacturing high quality dress shirts in America and delivering those shirts to American consumers like you and me. Jeff’s beautiful dress shirts are available directly from the White Dress Shirts website. Jeff’s motto is “Made for the people; not for the stores.”
Jeff offers his shirts with a choice of French cuffs or rounded cuffs, a variety of collar configurations and a range of colors. Jeff also sells some very stylish tux shirts, a black cumberbund and a classic bow tie. White Dress Shirts also offers monograming in two color choices and two font choices.
Jeff’s commitment to manufacturing his stylish shirts in this Country is refreshing. I will be featuring White Dress Shirts and Jeff in my upcoming book Simply American. If you are in the market for quality dress shirts or tux shirts, you need look no further than White Dress Shirts. I encourage you to support Jeff’s complete commitment to providing shirts made by Americans for Americans.
One last word on apparel manufacturing in this Country. Jeff has a link on his website to what looks like a dynamite documentary done by HBO in 2009: Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags. Schmatta is Yiddish for rag. The film documents the rise then decline of the garment industry in New York. One of the statistics in the film was absolutely shocking: In 1965, 95% of American clothing was made in this Country, by 2009, that figure had declined to 5%.