Not my strong suit

I am perhaps the least fashion conscious person on the planet.

There are goat herders in Outer Mongolia who probably dress more fashionably than I do.

Just ask my son.

But I know what I like.

I like clothes made by members of our extended American family.  If you have been reading my blog for long, you know what my favorites are: Hart Schaffner Marx suits, Jack Donnelly Khakis, Loggerhead Apparel polosWhite Dress Shirts and Allen Edmonds Shoes.  But a guy should branch out.  So here are some other great firms making great looking clothes here in the U.S.

Alex Maine

Alex Maine is an apparel firm located in L.A.   According to the Alex Maine website, “Alex” meaning “defender” and “Maine” meaning “homeland.”  Alex Maine produces 100% of its product within the U.S.  Bron Heussenstam founded Alex Maine with the explicit goal of providing jobs to members of our extended American family making great apparel.  The Alex Maine logo is very unique.

The flag in the logo is facing west, just as our American troops wear it on their sleeves in battle. The font for the logo is Georgia, a font developed for the New York Times that would contrast the Times and Times New Roman fonts, which are used by The Times of London.   Having just grown my first beard, I think I might have to get an Alex Maine “Fear the Beard” T-Shirt for the summer.

Zic & Cha Cha

Who doesn’t need boxers?  Well, now you can buy boxers made in L.A. by members of our extended American family that work at Zic & Cha Cha.  They make a great range of boxers for him and her.  I would probably be more likely to buy the basic white boxers,

though the samurai ninja,

and sushi boxers are also pretty cool.

Thousand Mile

I am going to be buying a lot of clothes from Thousand Mile in the next few months.  Thousand Mile makes great shirts, pants, outerwear, swim trunks and hats and scarves.  Chris Huber is the owner of Thousand Mile and Chris is committed to make long lasting, comfortable and good looking garments here in the U.S.  Thousand Mile makes some really nice pullovers

and sweatshirts.

My son Ben and I do a lot of hiking, so I am always on the look out for good hiking shorts.  Thousand Mile’s Quest Cargo Short looks like it will fit the bill for our next hiking expedition.

The Quest Cargo short has 5 large pockets, two of which have Velcro closes, an elastic, drawstring waist and a gusseted crotch for extra room.  The gusseted crotch is probably not necessary in my case.

So, the next time you need t-shirts, jeans, boxers or hiking clothing, please check out Alex Maine, Zic & Cha Cha and Thousand Mile.  You will get the clothing you need, and think how good you will feel knowing that your purchase has provided meaningful work for members of our extended American family.  Now if only I can get my hands on a few of Don Cherry’s blazers!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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