American Apparel might be sinking, but American-made apparel is rising fast. As the spotlight intensifies on fast fashion’s dark side, domestically made goods are tempting consumers.
In a country where people value their children only slightly higher than their prime rib, it’s no surprise that great leather is plentiful. Billykirk, a bicoastal leather goods company, makes classic leather and canvas accessories with an emphasis on tradition and quality.
The Schott leather jacket has appeared on most teenage bedroom walls, draped over icons from Marlon Brando to Bruce Springsteen and the Ramones. A brand that encapsulates the American dream, Schott began in 1913 when Russian immigrants, Jack and Irving Schott, started selling their unique leathers door-to-door.
Japanese street style meets Cape Cod Kennedys is the signature of NYC-based brand Engineered Garments. Since 2004, designer Daiki Suzuki has rolled out a new take on military and workwear every season, with designs that put a new spin on timeless pieces and silhouettes.
Raleigh Denim refers to itself as an “art project/romantic adventure/punk diy/throwback American enterprise,” but all you have to know is this: Raleigh Denim handmakes all its jeans on vintage machines, relying on experienced jeansmiths, not automation.
The interiors of Alden shoes are modelled after support shoes, but there’s nothing orthopaedic about the exteriors; a mix of classic dress shoe and work boot. Most importantly, its footwear comes Indiana Jones approved.
If you want the best suit in the country and aren’t afraid to drop some real cash, grab a ticket to Chicago. There you’ll find Oxxford Clothes, whose main business is bespoke suits made using methods that exist nowhere else in the US. Its tailors use old school techniques, hand stitching their suits without a machine in sight and fitting them precisely to your proportions.