The most rewarding part of writing my book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back to Work, has been meeting so many wonderful Americans making great products for you and I. Many of the these Americans work for iconic firms like Allen Edmonds, Crane & Co, Lamson & Goodnow or Wigwam Mills who have been making products in this country for more than a century. But I have also had the pleasure of meeting young American business people who have only recently begun making products in this country. Two of these people are Zac and Sara Painter, the creators and owners of Loggerhead Apparel. Loggerhead Apparel’s Hartwell Sunset Orange polo shirt is the eighth item on my top ten Made in America holiday gifts for 2011.
Loggerhead Apparel makes outstanding polo shirts in South Carolina from famous Pima cotton. Both Zac and Sara are natives of South Carolina and founded the firm in early 2009. Two things have always been a part of South Carolina, Loggerhead Turtles and apparel manufacturing. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an endangered species and during the time Zac and Sara were coming of age in South Carolina they came to understand that apparel manufacturing in South Carolina was becoming as endangered as the Loggerhead. Therefore when it came time to provide a name for their new apparel company, they chose the Loggerhead.
Buying a polo from Loggerhead Apparel is a three-fer because three parties benefit from the sale of every Loggerhead Apparel polo. First, you benefit because you get a superb, stylish and durable polo shirt made from the finest Pima cotton. Second, Loggerhead turtles benefit because Zac and Sara donate ten percent of the revenue from the sale of your polo directly to people in South Carolina helping to conserve and protect Loggerhead turtles.
Finally, the workers and suppliers that are responsible for producing Zac and Sara’s wonderful Loggerhead Apparel polos benefit in the form of honorable work.
A patriot is defined as a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. American business people who hire Americans to produce their products are supporting this country and its citizens. Business people of this ilk, like Zac and Sara, are in my mind patriots plain and simple. Please visit the Loggerhead Apparel website, view all their wonderful polos and select a few for people on your holiday gift list. Now get shopping!
P.S. You can see a wonderful video about Loggerhead Apparel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_bF2YIS6f4.