Category Archives: Men’s Clothing

All-American Jeans for $59? Meet Dearborn Denim

 When I heard that there was an American-made pair of jeans that sells for $59, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. When I read that the material was a stretch denim from a US mill with US sourced cotton, I was downright incredulous.

So I called the founder of Dearborn Denim and Apparel, Rob McMillan, and, after an hour-long conversation, I started to think, ‘wow this guy is onto something.’The business started out as Four Star Denim  (people kept questioning Rob why it wasn’t ‘Five Star’), then evolved into Dearborn Denim and Apparel. The inspiration came from  Henry Dearborn an influential US Congressman and Secretary of War from the 1800’s.

Dearborn Denim and Apparel is based out of Chicago and employs about 10 people including Robert who is chief, cook, bottle washer and the guy who makes the leather belts by hand.Like many makers we’ve met, Robert had a prior corporate life  – he was a bond trader who felt he needed to do something else. While his home brewing hobby could have made for an interesting business, he felt that going after a high-quality, affordable pair of jeans would be something unique.

So after researching and understanding that the supply chain in the apparel industry can cause pricing to skyrocket, he decided to limit his business to online selling. This eliminates the multiple mark-ups that typically occur as your clothing makes its way to the department stores; mark-ups that would have turned his $59 item into something north of $200.The material is a US-made stretch denim loomed in Georgia from Texas cotton. Like many small manufacturers, Rob had trouble meeting the mill’s minimum order requirements, but he is making it work.He  stressed to me the importance for him to pay his workers a competitive wage. That includes a strong production manager and sewing professionals who can be hard to find due to the slow death of the apparel industry in America. His pattern-maker used to work for Levi’s and while the first pair of jeans took about 9 hours to build, production efficiency has improved significantly.The result: Women can buy a straight leg or skinny high rise that come in light, medium or dark wash.

Men options include a relaxed fit, slim and tailored in a light, medium and dark wash.

The only non-demin offering on the site today is a beautiful hand made belt. Rob explained how his leather tools were acquired through a salvage company and how he works with while Horween leather. One thing that I really appreciate is the use of a Chicago screw to fasten the belt – it also allows you to switch out your favorite buckle.

What’s coming up next? Keep a look out for tees, more leather goods and black denim in the next few weeks. If you want to keep up with the new goods you can sign up on their mailing list.

Regards,

Paul

 

 

Two New Denim Jackets on the Made-in-USA List

‘What’s New Week’ continues with an update to our post “25+ Denim Jackets for Men and Women: Made in USA,” which you can read here.The two jackets we added are from California-based RPMWest, which has been turning out new products at an incredible rate. Available in raw denim and stone-washed denim, this design features two breast pockets, hand warmer pockets, alloy hardware and a leather patch.The RPMWest Denim jacket in a stonewash finish.The denim jacket in raw denim.

If you want to learn a little bit more about RPMWest you can check out the interview we did with them 2 years ago here. They’ve come a long way since then and, having purchased a few items from PRMWest I can tell you that the materials and quality of the product they build is excellent.

Regards,

Paul

Spring comes to Brooks Brothers with New American-Made Ties

Spring neckwear is hitting the stores,with lots of attractive new colors and patterns.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Today we’re visiting the tie department at Brooks Brothers. On the page we’ve linked, the ties are listed with newest first and you can see there are lots of spring-inspired patterns and colors. Below are a few photos of what you’ll find.

What’s New at Todd Snyder (and Made-in-USA)?

It’s New Product Week at the Americanologists and we have lots of USA-Made items to tell you about!

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!

Today, we’re checking out the “What’s New” section at the Todd Snyder store. The men’s Bomber Jackets (top) are part of Snyder’s collaboration with Champion, and they are among the few items in that collection that are Made in America. They join the previously released -and very similar – women’s varsity jackets (bottom).These Selvedge Jeans are new and Made-in-L.A.This beautiful Lotuff Backpack allows you to go hands-free in style.For the Anglophiles in our audience, here’s a British-style briefcase made by Lotuff in the USA.The Triumph Briefcase is a study in minimalist eleganceTwo new designs have been added to the selection of Thorsun Swim trunks.In addition to the newly released products shown, Todd Snyder offers a variety of other American-Made items. Check them out here.

Regards, Kathy

A Stone’s Throw From Edison’s Lab, Made-in-USA Menswear Dominates at City Workshop

Two years ago, Roger Stevens had a great job at Morgan Stanley. Only problem? He didn’t feel so great about the direction his life had taken. Long work days combined with three hours of round-trip commuting took their toll until the day in early 2015 when he sat at his desk and and said to himself, ” I don’t want to do this for the rest of my career.”Within a year, he and his wife Josefina had City Workshop Men’s Supply Company up and running in West Orange, NJ. That was in November of 2015 and he has no regrets about their choice. “This can be hard,” he said of the retail trade, “but I’m happy.
A large percentage of the products at City Workshop are Made in America, including familiar and not-so-familiar names. Above: a nice selection of watches from Shinola.Soaps from Duke Cannon (we picked up a bar), socks from American Trench, gloves from Upstate Stock and solid deodorant from Alfred Lane are just a few of the items displayed above.We  couldn’t resist picking up a long-burning soy candle from Fury Brothers.
Roger showed us clothing from Railcar Fine Goods, which we had not heard of before,  including the Chore Coat above.There’s a nice range of jeans available from brands like The Surplus, Left Field and Kato, which offers a very popular four way stretch fabric, We also spotted Red Wing boots and clothing from Taylor Stitch.

We thought Roger had a great sense of style, and Paul could easily see himself wearing most of the items in the store. Roger also mentioned that he’s always looking to add interesting merchandise, which would certainly draw us back.

So if you have a chance, take a trip to West Orange and check out City Workshop.  Then, wander down to the Edison National Historic Site for a little education and history lesson about one of the great inventors of our time.

Regards,

Paul and Kathy