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Top 20 Made in USA Clothing Brands

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Not normally big on New Year's resolutions, Mary has vowed to choose only USA-made, sustainably made and/or secondhand clothing this year

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The Sad Shift From USA-Made to Fast Fashion

Ever brought home a cute top or sweater, scored at an even cuter price, only to see its buttons start falling off within weeks, or a hole open up at the armpit after a couple of washings? If so, what was your next move? Did you try to repair it for a longer life in your closet? Did you pass it on to a charitable organization, hoping against hope that someone in need could benefit from the subpar item? Or did you just give up and (ugh) toss it into the trash?

We’ve all done it. The “easy come, easy go” approach to dressing that’s taken root in many of our households is part of a global trend, whereby a stunning 60% of all clothing now ends up in landfills or incinerators within a year of being produced.

It wasn’t always this way. Clothing used to be a rather special purchase, selected carefully and built to last. In 1960, the typical American bought 25 items of clothing a year at an average cost (in today’s dollars) of $150 per item -- and 95% of that clothing was actually made in the USA.

Today we purchase about 67 apparel items a year—more than one per week—at an average cost of $28. And less than 5% is USA-made. Let that last part sink in: from 95% USA-made to under 5% in just 6 decades.

Why the sad shift? Trade agreements like NAFTA cut tariffs on apparel manufactured outside the U.S., widening a path cut by big companies like J.C. Penney and the Gap, which had already pivoted toward low-cost non-domestic labor to boost profit margins while appealing to U.S. consumers on price. The more brands followed suit, the less feasible it became to produce here at home and still price goods competitively. Who would pay $40 for a t-shirt when an identical-looking one could be snapped up for $20, $10, or even $5?

American-made clothing is slowly coming back. The higher cost of manufacturing here seems to create, understandably, an aversion to fashion risks—so you’ll find many more basic, even bland silhouettes than on-trend outfits. And the prices, in general, will be higher than for non-USA-made clothing, because they need to be. But with a little hunting, you can score genuinely stylish, non-disposable clothing that supports American workers and brings pleasure over years, not weeks or months of wear—at prices still well below what high-end European and U.S. designer labels charge for clothing that is actually made elsewhere.

20 Made-in-USA Clothing Brands

Here is a list of my top 20 favorite clothing brands that are made in the USA. It's a concerted effort to show you that USA-made fashion is alive and well!

Happy tops from CLC

Happy tops from CLC

CLC by Corey Lynn Calter

“Limited edition, sewn in Los Angeles with love” is the inviting descriptor Corey Lynn Calter uses for her firmly feminine pieces, from office-appropriate pleated skirts to playful babydoll dresses. A sense of wanderlust infuses her vibrant prints, and rich, saturated colors are a regular feature. Some shapes are streamlined, with flattering touches like the stretchy collar and cuffs of my CLC “Taylor” tops -- pictured above in mixed-snake-print and solid fuchsia -- while others are more fanciful. If you're a "more is more" type, rest assured this designer is not afraid to deploy ruffles, lace, tulle or sparkles when the mood hits. Favorites from the spring 2021 line: woven cotton shapes in classic white-on-white and navy-on-navy plaids; eye-popping neon yellow pieces in a cool seersucker-like fabric; and an insanely cute, limited-edition floral jacquard mini dress that's selling out fast. Fave summer sale pieces include the Tammy dress in a bright pink floral or evergreen jacquard, the Cassandra ruffled-yoke top in that same floral, and the Harper sundress in a crisply pretty plaid.

Michael Stars

My awakening to the drastically shrinking percentage of American-made clothing came by accident, two decades ago, when — at a small, well-edited clothing and accessories shop — I came across a display of soft cotton Ts in every gorgeous shade of the rainbow. They were by Michael Stars, sized back then in an intriguing “one size fits most” method, and per the care label, made in the USA. The thought hit me that while I hadn’t really noticed it until that moment, this had become a rarity. I went home, started peeking randomly at my clothing labels, and found very little made domestically. I didn’t buy a Michael Stars top that day, but soon after I picked up one that began a small collection, along with another for my mom, who also became a fan. In the years since, this LA brand has helpfully expanded its sizing (truth be told, the “one size” mainly fit small to medium) and range of styles, way beyond the original classic T. The ribbed “shine” fabric pictured here, above and below, is one of my favorites, especially in the flattering elbow-sleeve length. Founded way back in 1986, Michael Stars has stood the test of time. And its sale prices are not so painful for USA-made fashion. Update: The new textured double-gauze tops, pants and dresses in sherbet hues are bound to feel as good as they look. I'm also crazy about the vibrant color choices this year for the classic Michael Stars tanks (the Paloma and Pina tank styles, pictured above, are my personal faves, but they're all great). And as someone neither pregnant nor postpartum, I'm a bit embarrassed that some of my favorite new warm-weather pieces are featured in doula Brandi Sellers-Jackson's edit for "the birthing person" -- but what can I say? She's got great taste! Note: Newer to the made-in-LA beachy brand scene is 9seed -- though I prefer M Stars for its color sense and range of silhouettes to suit all body types :)

Dazey LA

I promise, I’m not obsessed with Los Angeles. It’s just where most of the cute clothes are made! Whether or not you’re looking to break loose of boring workout wear — like I did with the smooth, silky Dazey LA hand-print leggings pictured above — your mood will be boosted by a visit to young artist/designer Dani Nagel’s candy-colored corner of the web. Nagel jumped from designing Ts for fast-fashion players like Urban Outfitters to calling her own shots at this sunny, female-empowering label. Her collections are hand-drawn, handmade in small batches, with sustainable fabrics. Tops, dresses, loungewear & high-quality athletic fabrics are featured, shot throughout with a theme of female empowerment. The shop even lifts up other female designers producing in the USA, from vintage-glam silhouettes by K.S. Garner (made in Arizona) to Lsea Swimwear (made in Hawaii) in sizes 2XS to 2XL. From the spring/summer 2021 "Anew" collection, I predict star status for the slightly cropped, slightly stretchy overalls, offered in three of Nagel's latest art prints and equipped with a deep pocket "to comfortably fit your phone." An even fresher mini collection, released in late June, features rainbow-hued prints on flirty summer silhouettes (the Prismatic Nudes is my favorite, but how can I argue with the sheer joy of the Prismatic Hands print?). And the Proudly Plus section of this online shop is a terrific assortment of items available in sizes 2X+ -- including the collaborative T design shown above, the proceeds from which will help the brand continue to expand it's plus-size made-in-USA offerings.

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LACAUSA

From hipper-than-average basics to pretty party pieces like the satiny tiered dress shown above, clothing from LACAUSA (“the cause” in Spanish) is ethically manufactured in Los Angeles and “dedicated to transparency and giving back to our community.” Fair wages, low waste, and great charitable causes that rotate each quarter are hallmarks of this company, founded in 2013 to blend comfort and style for the modern woman who cares how and where her outfits are made. For spring 2021, I'm coveting the '70s-inspired Bodhi jacket and Bryce trouser. (Down with unflattering trouser-style pockets that all but send your stuff an engraved invitation to fall out every time you take a walk. Patch pockets rule!) The brand's latest eco-innovations include a circular marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned Lacausa pieces -- including some in new-with-tags condition -- and the "Flow" collection of stretchy, sexy workout wear crafted from fabric made from recycled water bottles. Among the sweetest picks for summer: the Juniper maxidress in a subtle butterfly print.

Autumn Adeigbo

A New Yorker until recently (one guess where she’s moved...yep, it’s LA!),
Autumn Adeigbo is one of the most exciting designers producing clothing in the United States. Look to her for vibrant colors, playful pattern-mixing, gorgeous tailoring, and dramatic figure-flaunting shapes -- plus luxe hair accessories favored by Kerry Washington, Amanda Gorman, Mindy Kaling and other stylish women you may have seen onscreen. Selected a Tory Burch fellow in 2019, Parsons-trained Adeigbo was inspired by her Nigerian mother, who made all of her clothing growing up, and launched her line with a collection of Africa-influenced dresses while working for W magazine as a fashion assistant. While most of her work is (sadly) out of my price range, just browsing her website is a can't-miss act of self-care in and of itself! Each piece is currently made to order, which reduces waste, at female-owned production facilities. And while Adeigbo’s brand will surely grow through the impressive $1.3 million in capital she raised last summer, I’m betting she’ll find a way to grow gracefully, without abandoning the slow-fashion, ethical-production values that make her company so special. Tip: Investing in a luxe hair accessory is a way to access a bit of this high-end designer's magic without -- relatively speaking -- breaking the bank.

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Christy Dawn

Of all the California brands I’m touting here, Christy Dawn may be THE most iconically Californian. From deadstock fabrics, as in the “Paloma” dress pictured above, and eco-friendly original prints -- some born from a truly inspiring, two-year-and-counting "farm-to-closet" initiative that began with regenerating depleted land -- this brand crafts lovely bohemian frocks that wouldn’t look out of place at a Laurel Canyon party circa 1968. My dress came packaged with a high-quality reusable tote bag, a sprig of lavender, a vaguely new-age missive that I’m too Midwestern to feel entirely comfortable with (“May Your Daily Dressing become a Celebration and Reminder of Your Radiant Presence” is, well, aspirational at best...), and a prepaid label for sending gently worn items from my closet to ThredUp, where they can find new homes and earn store credit on my next Christy Dawn purchase. Nice! Also welcome is the online shop’s detailed cost-breakdown graphic, including hourly pay for the person who sewed each limited-edition piece, along with the label’s markup rate compared to industry standard. All of these touches, on top of the irresistible romance of a Christy Dawn dress, have earned the label a loyal fan base and even a page in the February 2021 issue of Vogue. Spring 2021 update: There's a new, and helpful, Christy Dawn Petites line for those of us 5'4" and under, and that's where I exchanged my credit for selling -- get this -- 28 neglected items from my closet to Thredup for just one Christy Dawn dress, pictured below. (Worth it? Absolutely!) And for moms and their minis who dig matching looks -- photo op! -- there's the Mama and Babe capsule collection, "created with ease and movement in mind."

The Brooklyn dress comes in three floral prints including this one, which provides the best possible answer to the question, why do I own yellow sneakers?

The Brooklyn dress comes in three floral prints including this one, which provides the best possible answer to the question, why do I own yellow sneakers?

Karen Kane

This LA-based family business, started by Ms. Kane and her husband as newlyweds out of their garage, produces wearable, size-inclusive pieces that won’t break the bank, especially at their sale prices. The styles at Karen Kane are a little conservative for me overall, but I love the Piper pant (pictured above), this year’s versions of which are offered in sizes XSP to 22W so that virtually everyone can get in on this comfy, flattering piece that can be easily dressed up or down. For spring I like the drapey, feminine Shirred Sleeve Shirttail T -- currently on sale in pale pink, pale yellow and black, and still reasonably priced in the brighter grass, orange, lime and peacock non-sale options.The new paisley prints in warm, happy tones -- sizes XSP to 3X -- are cute too. And I love the dainty star print on a new sweatshirt, in 3 color choices, that combines movement-friendly raglan styling with the refined touch of a blousy, cuffed sleeve.

Zero Waste Daniel

Finally, we’re moving to the East Coast with this next USA clothing recommendation! As a young sweater designer, NYC 30-something Daniel Silverstein was devastated by the waste involved in bringing his designs to life. He began rescuing pre-consumer fabric scraps to keep them out of landfills, then “re-rolling” them into the coolest one-of-a-kind, made-in-Brooklyn hoodies, sweatshirts, and joggers -- like the gray side-stripe pair (pictured above, along with a more exuberant pink patchwork jogger in ZWD's "all-over reroll" style) that I gifted myself as a reward for wearing my kid’s hand-me-down Old Navy sweatpants until they fell apart! My sweet new Zero Waste Daniel joggers fit great, feel great, and even have decently deep pockets, unlike so many I’ve tried. These unisex-sized pieces come in hues from neutral to bright, and adorable bucket hats, bandanas and scrunchies are available too. Helpfully, the shop offers money-saving multi-piece bundles in several great colors plus a mixed-florals bundle, mixed black-and-white prints, and an attention-grabbing multicolor mixed-print motif. One caveat: True to the slow-fashion ethos, orders can take a long time to fulfill -- which I hope means that word has spread far and wide about this groundbreaking label, driving up demand! So be prepared to delay gratification if you take the plunge on a special handmade ZWD creation, which (truth be told), is not cheap -- but it's a quality-over-quantity choice that can be worth budgeting for, even if that takes a while. To learn more about Daniel's process, check out this CNN clip.

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Correll Correll

Started in Berlin, 2006, by identical twin sisters Daphne and Vera Correll, this wonderful label employs gorgeous saturated color and textile appliques, based largely on their self-professed “lifelong collective play with circles, squares and triangles.” A love of geometry infuses their online shop from start to finish, but above all their signature items: soft cotton Ts and sweatshirts centered around single, shimmering silk-blend velvet circles and squares. When moths eviscerated my sweaters and I vowed to start swapping them out gradually for moth-unfriendly sweatshirts special enough to stand in for sweaters, Correll Correll was my first stop. The cost is no joke, but watch closely for sales, like the one that brought me the purple beauty shown above. Update: New spring colors are out now -- love the coral, cornflower and rose -- for the brand's iconic velvet-circle T. Also check out the cool collection of skirts and dresses -- some in smooth, drapey silk -- putting a hip spin on colorblocking.

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Amour Vert

"We are future vintage" is a slogan for this San Francisco based company that creates, in limited quantities to reduce waste, effortlessly stylish pieces you can plan on handing down to a loved one in 20 years or so, once you've thoroughly enjoyed them yourself. Recognizing that more than half of clothing's environmental impact comes from fiber and fabric manufacturing, Amour Vert (French for "green love") works directly with mills to produce its signature soft, sustainable fabrics. As with my Christy Dawn smocked dress, I used ThredUp's partner-stores option recently to trade some gently used, infrequently worn items from my closet for a couple of Amour Vert tops that I just love: the Monroe pj-style blouse in a rich navy cottonseed cupro fabric that looks and feels just like silk charmeuse (this one cured my skepticism on "vegan silk"!) -- but is much easier to care for -- and the Inverness turtleneck in French-girl-chic striped organic cotton with some modal mixed in for drape and a touch of spandex for shape. I'm also coveting their pretty florals for summer and the variety of sporty new solid-color shapes in AV's Provence Rib fabric, born from sustainably harvested beechwood trees.Hot tip: Watch out for summer-Friday flash sales.

Fe Noel

Mostly too luxe for me personally to go beyond coveting, this terrific eponymous label has been spotted on Beyonce, Gabrielle Union and Michelle Obama, profiled on Oprah’s OWN network, and collaborated with Lebron James and Nike on a fabulous shoe design. Flowing from the vibrant creativity (and admirable work ethic) of Brooklyn-based, first-generation American designer Noel — whose family comes from Grenada — the brand marries proud Caribbean influences with sexy silhouettes like flowy sheer trousers, dramatically ruched crop tops, slinky robes and stretch bodysuits in gorgeous color palettes. For exceptionally feminine takes on the "muscle top" concept, check out the hip Paradise Muscle T -- featuring artist Cristina Martinez's cool sun/flower/face graphics (I'm not doing this justice; please go check it out!) direct-to-garment printed alongside embroidery of her hand-written notes on the art's meaning -- and the slinky, well-priced Morgan Cropped Muscle Tank in cream, sage and cinnamon shades fit for a stunning modern beach cottage.

Rachel Pally

Want to look presentable but feel like you’re in pajamas all day? Do yourself a favor and search “jersey” at the Rachel Pally online shop. Pally’s signature drapey, smooth-as-silk, ultra-flattering stretch modal fabric -- you're already a goddess on the inside, so take that outside with the label's bestselling jersey kaftan dresses -- is a dream against the skin. Made in L.A., her classy, versatile pieces look way more put together than they have any right to, given the intense comfort factor. If you share my view that earthy toned animal prints a) never go out of style and b) can work as a neutral with virtually any other color, then check out the ocelot-patterned pieces on sale for spring/summer 2021. Or if 100% cotton is more your style, grab an adorable "Picnic Print" checked top or dress or try the breezy, breathable gauze collection (Pally says she wears the Cecelia dress multiple times a week) in nature-inspired colors like sumac, hazlenut, cedar and persimmon. The super summery Patchwork Willis Dress, on sale but almost gone, deserves special mention not only for its cuteness but because it's crafted from surplus linen blocks to cut down fabric waste.

Warning: the jersey pieces run long, but raw hems allow for easy trimming to desired length -- no tailor needed. And don't be scared by "dryclean only" in this case: In my experience these pieces wash beautifully at home if you set the machine to cool or cold, skip the dryer and hang- or flat-dry instead, and (hot tip!) zip them into a laundry pouch before throwing them into the washer, to protect from snags. I use this multi-size mesh laundry bag set for all special clothing items that can withstand the machine if properly protected. Often called "lingerie bags," these are good for so much more. While the smaller ones in the set are perfect for bras and other intimates (and, in the pandemic era, face masks!), the midsized and larger ones are good for washable-with-care tops, pants, sometimes even sweaters -- just check the label and use extreme discretion if it says "dryclean only." (While my Rachel Pally "dryclean only" jersey items survive a cool wash cycle just fine in mesh bags, my few wool sweaters that survived the moth invasion might shrink to toddler size with this technique!)

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Only Hearts

I thought Michael Stars would be the O.G. of this made-in-America clothing list, but it turns out Helena Stuart launched Only Hearts way back in 1978! To say this label targeted to "the shameless romantic" is the sexiest on the list is an understatement. (Especially the Coucou Lola dotted-swiss line -- whoa.) Bringing indoor clothing – lingerie, that is – to the outside world has been a mission since the get-go. I'm partial to their stretch tulle pieces -- currently available in cute floral and ombre motifs as well as classic solids -- but Only Hearts has something for everyone. The ruffled-neck black mesh top (above) that I layer under jumpers is one of the more conservative items in their collection of wearable confections “ethically manufactured in New York City using local, deadstock, organic, recycled and certified made in green textiles.” You may have seen the brand on Cardi B, Bella Hadid, Charlize Theron or Jennifer Aniston – but, says the shop, “mostly we’re interested in girls like you.” Aww!

Clu

Back west we go for this LA label, founded in 2004 and named after the French word for nail (clou), “a simple and graphic object.” The initial inspiration was reimagining the classic American t-shirt, but over the years the collection has evolved into a diverse and interesting range of sculptural pieces (reminiscent of Rachel Comey's, described below) with cool textile mixes that playfully combine boyish and girly elements without going over the top. Here's your source for numerous pretty-but-hip takes on the iconic crisp white shirt.The first photo above shows a pair of current Clu offerings, while the second is a wispy, silk-paneled dress from an early collection. If you are as reluctant as I am to give up sweatpants just because we're vaccinated and can venture into the world now, consider upgrading your jogger game with the heather-gray, lace-trimmed pair currently on sale at Clu.

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American Giant

Beautifully made basics are the focal point for this San Francisco based company that broke the internet (well, dented it at least) in 2012 with the cult-classic hoodie that many called the greatest ever made. Waitlists were drawn up, happy customers abounded, and American Giant kept expanding, sustainably, to meet the growing demand for American-made staples that are built to last. I picked up the silky heather-gray merino T pictured above to replace a fast-fashion version that had literally fallen apart after one wash. No more disposable fashion! Selling fast for spring is the lightweight full-zip hoodie, which features three of my favorite things: flattering, movement-friendly raglan seaming; soft tri-blend fabric; and non-tiny pockets! Hope they restock this one when it sells out, in both pretty heathered hues plus a neutral or two.Thinking fall? Grab the classic full-zip -- aka "Greatest Hoodie Ever Made" -- in 5 new limited-edition colors along with classic black, gray and navy. Better hustle if you're into rich, saturated hues, as the Blue Spruce and Golden Hour shades are almost gone.

Sundry

The brainchild of a Southern-French guy turned Californian, this brand traffics mainly in colorful, cozy loungewear, sweats and low-key athletic pieces. Shirt slogans, so often cheesy, turn cute in Sundry’s capable hands, with phrases like “Make It Happen,” “Lost Without You,” “Locals Only,” “Almost French” (a makeshift motto for the label itself?), "More Amour" and the currently rather bold-seeming "Optimist." Ultra-soft leggings, Ts and tanks stand out from the crowd with fun touches like stripes and colorblocking (pictured above). For summer, candy-colored tropical prints, updated camo in warm hues, lightning bolts and ombre hearts provide nice alternatives to tie-dye -- though the latter is still available in abundance. Sundry also has super-cute variations on the puff sleeve top, including a twisted style I hadn't seen before. Finding affordable clothing brands made in the USA is a real needle-in-a-haystack search, and I know Sundry's pricing won't qualify as "affordable" for all budgets, but it's on the more reasonable side of the cost spectrum for domestically produced clothing.

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Rachel Comey

A longtime editorial favorite based in NYC, this designer dresses independent thinkers with cool jobs: gallerist, development director for an edgy museum....maybe that brilliant doctor you once had to see for a consult was wearing this label under her lab coat. Comey’s background in sculpture shines through in her arty but not avant-garde designs, which in recent years have featured more organic color palettes than the bright hues in my swingy cropped tank (pictured above). I scored that piece secondhand, as this brand is beyond my budget -- but if your budget is more generous, don't miss the fun, flattering takes on classic gingham seersucker fabrics in Comey's new pre-fall 2021 line. And the new Peach Tapestry Floral print proves pretty does not have to mean tame.

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Eva Franco

Ruffles, stripes and polka dots are at the top of the toolbox for this designer of super feminine styles that are mostly manufactured in the USA. Born in Romania but of Hungarian heritage, Eva Franco began using fashion as a source of creativity and communication after moving to America as a young girl. A former actress, Franco loves to infuse her classic-with-a-twist designs with touches of Old Hollywood glamour. Like Corey Lynn Calter, she doesn't shy away from vibrant prints, like a "Sailboat" map motif; a daisy pattern in the always-fresh color combo of yellow, white and navy; and a picnic-perfect, hand-sketched watermelon print. A fun new offering is the Summer Surprise Box, which lets those who can handle a bit of fashion risk select their personal style profile from the four options Colorful, Classic, Casual and Glamour -- each with a mini mood board to guide decision making -- and receive a handpicked box of wearables, at a deep discount over the cost of purchasing items individually. Self-gifting at its finest!

Hackwith Design House

Made in Minnesota, here's a collection of elevated basics plus truly limited-edition blouses, tunics, jackets, even some smocked floral peasant dresses that could catch a Christy Dawn fan's eye. Their breezy, oversized v-neck and square-neck items (actually, they've tweaked the standard, wide square neck into a more bra-friendly version -- more of a "rectangle neck," if that makes sense -- for numerous pieces, including the aforementioned Christy-Dawn-like dress) are perfect for summer but would also look great layered over fitted tops for fall. Hackwith goes the extra mile with intimates and a swimwear line. To reduce waste, the majority of items are sewn to order, so they are simply not made unless specifically requested. Best of all, this is an inclusive label for all body types, with sizes offered from XS to +4. Update: A bunch of my favorite pieces are on sale for spring, including the Adelaide floral dress, Maren striped top and Double V swimsuit in a hot shade of red, and the crisp and versatile Eloise tank -- deemed "reversible" because it can be worn forward or backward for two different necklines.

Sailor Rose

Are you a fan of the venerable Liberty of London line of fabrics? If so, check out this Portland, Maine based designer. Having built serious tailoring skills years ago through a practice of hunting down vintage frocks for creative alteration, today she sews lovely popover tops, button-up blouses, wrap dresses and shirt-dresses from scratch in Maine and NYC, using a range of Liberty fabrics -- including my favorite, the Strawberry Thief pattern in classic blue or a newer red version. As a longtime consumer of J Crew Liberty print offerings, I love having a USA made fashion alternative. If you're looking ahead to cooler weather, the Floral Earth print --breaking the classic floral shirt mold in both color palette and graphic elements -- would be great for fall. Sailor Rose offers a kids’ line, too, which is where the flowers-plus-stripes dress pictured above came from. Tip: Don't skip their email signup for seasonal sale invitations. After many years on the list, I can attest that their "no spam" promise is the real deal.

American Apparel made in USA t-shirt

American Apparel made in USA t-shirt

Honorable Mention: American Apparel

Once upon a time this brand was the force for bringing clothing manufacture back to the United States. Its hip, sexy basics captured the hearts of young shoppers in particular, so many were surprised when the company declared bankruptcy in 2015, after a seemingly high-energy 26-year run. Canadian company Gildan swooped in to buy American Apparel in 2017 and still maintains a commitment to "ethically made, sweastshop free" clothing -- but no longer makes it clear which of its items are made in the USA. Luckily the classic AA fine jersey T still is, and you can support additional American jobs by choosing a cute graphic version of this soft, flattering top -- like the one above -- from a US-based print-on-demand shop.

Honorable Mention: Argaman & Defiance

Tie-dye is literally everywhere in fast fashion, but St. Louis area artist Lydia Crespo creates wonderful tie-dye-adjacent Ts, sweatshirts and joggers that leave mass-produced dye jobs in the dust. Argaman & Defiance offers exceptionally fair pricing, considering each piece is a one-a-kind bit of soft, wearable art. (To keep pricing reasonable, I suspect A&D may source unadorned clothing items from non-USA sources to work its creative magic on, hence the Honorable Mention designation for this USA made clothing list.) For spring, summer and warm fall days, check out the cute crop top and raw-silk ringer scarves -- all awesomely hand-printed and sure to draw compliments. And for a head-to-toe "arty sweats" look, how 'bout the new rainbow-brights-on-dark Colorwheel collection, pictured above? Or its steamy-weather cousin, the rainbow tank Crespo created exclusively for Milk Handmade in Chicago?

Want USA-Made Jeans?

At Chicago-based Dearborn Denim you’ll find a variety of women's and men's fits, all proudly designed, cut and sewn in the USA and, for American-made jeans, quite reasonably priced! Colorful tank dresses, Ts and joggers are available too. For more made-in-USA jeans, check out North Carolina's Raleigh Denim Workshop and Tennessee's Imogene + Willie.

Sources

An excellent customer-education insert from American Giant provided some of the background information for the introduction to this article. I also drew info from these sources:

"What It Takes to Make Clothes in the USA" (2020)

"Sold in America: The Human Cost of Fashion" (2019)

"Why America Stopped Making Its Own Clothes" (2013)

© 2021 Mary

Comments

Mary (author) from Chicago area on March 05, 2021:

T.La is a USA-made clothing line that appears to be exclusive to Anthropologie. I'd more or less given up on Anthro in recent years, over quality concerns, but this is a positive sign.

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