Three American Jeans You Can Try On At Home

Deconstructed Todd Shelton Jeans

Nothing says American style like a good old broken-in pair of jeans and, happily, there are now dozens of companies making jeans in the USA. While most make a point of using American denim, there are a few that offer the highly sought-after Japanese selvedge denim. We’ll eventually cover as many companies as we can find but, today, we focus on three firms offering try-at-home services: Todd Shelton, Bluer and RPM West.

Todd Shelton Jeans

Todd Shelton is a New Jersey-based manufacturer of jeans, shirts and sweaters. They send you test-fit jeans featuring two different leg styles. I’ve bought Todd Sheltons and found this to be an inspired idea and a great way to see the jeans with different shoes.
Like many small manufacturers, they offer excellent return and exchange policies and will work with you until you get the fit right. With various weights of denim made in the USA and selvedge from Japan, there is a wide range of styles and materials to choose from. The fact is, for a few dollars more than you would spend on designer jeans you can get a near-custom pair manufactured right here.

Bluer Denim Jeans

We’ve found two other companies with try-at-home programs.

Bluer Denim from Portland, Oregon not only offers try-at-home service for up to three pairs of jeans, but makes them 100% in America. The denim comes from North Carolina, zippers from Georgia and copper rivets from Kentucky. The jeans are cut and sewn in Los Angeles. At present, Bluer has a program where you receive a $5 credit towards your next purchase if you send them an old pair of jeans. They sanitize the jeans and give them to the needy. Take a look at their story here.

Bluer offers both mens and women’s jeans, denim shirts 
and jackets and more, all USA-made
RPMWest got its start on Kickstarter and offers Japanese selvedge denim jeans made in the USA. You can sign up on their web site, select a size and they’ll mail you that pair and the next sizes up and down. Find the perfect fit and send the others back

New Rule: American Flags Must Be 100% American

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Hard to believe this hadn’t been done before, but American flags purchased by the Department of Defense must now be 100% produced and sourced in the United States, according to rules that went into effect Friday.
Although the Defense Department often purchased from American companies, the flags themselves were not necessarily produced in the U.S.A. The Defense Department purchases up to 2,000 American flags annually.
Stay tuned for a post on America’s flag-making industry – maybe on Fourth of July!

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I’ve always loved this cartoon because it reminds me of something very important.  Many of the “people in charge” only get to set the rules because we allow it. Corporate executives are sending jobs overseas because they make more money that way. If we just grumble, but keep on buying their products, what’s their incentive to stay in the USA?. By choosing to look for American-made alternatives to these products, I like to see myself as the person stepping off the plank in the cartoon. I know my lone action won’t cause the change, but if others join it, the decision-makers have no choice but to pay attention.
P.S. I wish I knew the name of the cartoonist so I could give credit. I searched online but couldn’t find anything. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know.

Ten Places to Find Great-Looking Made-in-USA Handbags

What woman doesn’t love a great bag? It’s the level playing field of fashion. Whether you’re young or old, skinny or fat, a beautiful bag looks good on you! Here are some suggestions if you want to join the Shop USA movement and put your fashion dollars into an American-made bag.

Sundance Catalog (some bags only)

One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle