I am always on the lookout for American made apparel. As recently as the 1960s, 75% of the apparel that Americans bought was made by members of our extended American family. No more. 95% of the apparel we buy each year is imported. In 2011, we imported more than $75 billion dollars worth of apparel! But you can buy American made apparel if you know where to look. I recently discovered a great online firm selling U.S. made apparel.
All American Clothing Co was founded in 2002 by Lawson Nickol. American made jeans were the first product Nickol and his family produced. Today thousands of pair of All American Clothing Co. jeans are sewn.
I will soon be ordering a pair since my old jeans are starting to sport some rather unfortunately located holes.
I just ordered a great 1/4 zip fleece from All American Clothing Co. and three pairs of Wigwam Work Crew socks.
You often hear that American sewn apparel is too expensive. All American Clothing Co. exposes that canard. Want a T-Shirt made by Americans with American fabric? All American Clothing Co. has them, and they are going to set you back less that a tenner. That’s right, for $8.99 you can get a T-Shirt in one of sixteen colors.
Of course if you want one with a pocket I am afraid it is a buck more.
Now if I wandered down to my local Walmart I could pick up a Hanes Men’s Beefy short sleeve T-Shirt for $5.97. But I don’t plan to do that anytime soon. True, using my $50 annual T-Shirt budget on T-Shirts made by members of my extended American family means that I can only buy five All American Clothing Co. T-Shirts this year as opposed to eight Hanes Men’s Beefy T-Shirts. I think I’ll live. After all, after you have a navy T-shirt, a black T-shirt, a grey T-shirt, a brown T-shirt and an army green T-shirt, do you really need any more T-shirts?
I rest my case.