Category Archives: Women’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.





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.



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!

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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

Hundreds of USA-Made Products On-Sale for Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is always a good time to get a deal on Made-in-America goods, so we’ve done some searching for you.

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Save 25% off when you buy three of these Polo Button-downs.
Get $50 off some of Allen Edmonds‘ most iconic shoe designs.Save an Extra 25% Off Sale Items at with code PRESIDENTS173D Throughout President’s Day Weekend!As usual, Nordstrom has come through with many American-Made sale items, including menswear…women’s clothingmen’s accessoriesjewelry and women’s accessories

Orvis is offering an additional 20% off items that are already on sale. Through 2/20 . This includes pet enclosures and gates, a classic wool throw, creel hearth baskets and Ultimate Suede Totes.Sundry brand clothing is 25% off at Lou & Gray. Through 2/20.
Assembled -in-USA luggage is also available on eBags.

Take an additional 60% off these Made-in-USA sale items at Rodale’s
Shop the Presidents Day Sitewide sale at Carolyn Pollack and save 20% OFF everything – All orders ship free!

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A Guy’s Guide: 10 Tasteful Lingerie Gifts Made in the USA

With Valentine’s Day approaching, hordes of hopeful men will head out in search of sexy underthings for their girlfriends and wives. Unfortunately, much of what they’ll buy will be tacky “teddies,” chafing thongs and other garments that women hate.

This year, take a different approach and buy something elegant, luxurious and more likely to make her feel good about herself. Better fabrics, modern designs and a little more coverage can go a long way toward making your honey feel beautiful and desirable. Here are some ideas, all made in the USA.
The Flora Nkrooz Showstopper Robe is a perfect example of a grown-up lingerie gift. it’s sensual, luxurious and has the surprise of a sheer back when she turns around.The Showstopper Chemise, also by Flora Nikrooz is just lovely, with flowered coverage on the bodice, a sheer back and a flowing skirt.

Really good lingerie is usually made of silk. It feels great against the skin and looks beautiful. These Arak’s Cadel Slips are available  in black and phthalo ( a blue-green; and no, we never heard that word before either).The Hanky Panky Ariel Lace Bodysuit has plenty of coverage, but its see-through lace shows off her curves.Speaking of curves, don’t hold back on the lingerie just because your woman is plus-size. As long as she enjoys wearing sexy things, there are plenty of gifts available in her size, such as this Signature Lace Bodysuit.A shy girl might appreciate this Magnolia Knit Chemise, from Flora Nikrooz. It’s more pretty than provocative, but still perfect for a romantic evening.
The same goes for this Commando Peacock Black Print Chemise, although it’s color scheme is a little more exotic.The Hanky Panky Shadow Stripe Bodysuit has complete coverage in the front, but the back is all peek-a-boo openings, and the bottom one cuts very low.Another option is the Debutante Maxi-Slip.And finally, Faux Fur and Satin Robes by Giraffe at Home.