You are what you wear

dog sweater

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.

all american jeans

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.

All american fleece

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.

All American T shirt

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.


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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2 Responses to You are what you wear

  1. Great post John. Thank you for the USA Made support. Do you have time to schedule a call this week? Please email me at and we can schedule.

    Thanks again.


  2. kathryn says:

    Have you contacted Walmart to see if they would allow you to sell your products there?
    It’s always great when a person can try clothing on, opposed to buying it online.

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