Clothing made in the United States has an undeniable quality. Here are 25 excellent USA-made clothing brands for men.
There’s no denying that the labels “made in the USA” or “made in America” aren’t as simple as they once were. Today, these phrases can come with xenophobic motives, and they’ve become associated with certain political attitudes.
However, there are a couple of objectively good reasons to seek out American-made goods (assuming you live in the country).
First, US labor laws ensure safe working conditions. Unfortunately, these types of laws don’t exist in every country, which has led to human rights violations and incidents like the Rana Plaza collapse.
In particular, the US protects against slave and child labor, both of which are rampant in other countries.
Second, buying American-made products is generally more sustainable.
This sustainability is the result of a combination of factors. For one, the US is the world’s tenth most energy-efficient country, and that’s in large part due to environmentally conscious practices that have been picked up by more companies in recent years.
Additionally, suppose a product is sourced and made in the US. In that case, the raw goods and finished results don’t have to travel as far, reducing carbon emissions and other types of energy consumption. (By buying locally you can maximize these sustainability benefits).
Is There a Difference Between Made in the USA and Assembled in the USA?
Technically, only the phrase “made in the USA” signifies certified American-made goods, but it’s a little more complex than that.
For a product to be labeled as made in the USA, it must align with the Made in USA standard established by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The standard states that “all or virtually all” of a product has to be made in America.
However, “virtually all” can be as low as 60%, according to the Buy American Act. (That said, this figure is set to increase to 75% by 2029).
If a product is less than 60% domestically sourced or manufactured, it can’t be given the label of made in USA.
When products fail to meet the made in USA standard, they’re sometimes labeled as “assembled in the USA.” Legally speaking, this is known as a qualified made in USA claim.
Products assembled in the USA may use more foreign components than made in the USA products, but their main assembly takes place in the country.
Overall, these regulations leave some wiggle room, and many brands’ manufacturing processes are unclear, so it’s difficult to know if you’re getting a true made in USA product.
I’ve opted for brands clearly stating a made in USA claim for this list. It’s most common for brands to import materials and manufacture their items stateside, and that’s true for most of the brands on this list.
25 Excellent Made in USA Men’s Clothing Brands
Here are my picks for the best American-made menswear in alphabetical order:
In 2012, American Giant founder Bayard Winthrop left his post as head of Chrome Industries to pursue an all-American direct to consumer business.
Since then, American Giant has expanded its menswear range but hasn’t lost sight of its core approach: making wardrobe staples like hoodies and flannels that last.
Based in Philadelphia, American Trench makes reliable garments for everyday wear.
Americana and modern American style directly inspire the brand’s catalog, and you can find everything from rugged pants to office-ready shirts (and, yes, trench coats).
The company is transparent about its manufacturing and states that not every item is made in the USA. Most items are cut and sewn in America using imported materials.
If you frequent online male fashion communities, you’ve probably heard some good things about Bills Khakis. The company’s pants have garnered a cult following thanks to their durability and quality.
Now, Bills offers more than khakis. The full lineup includes 5-pocket pants, shorts, shirts, and more — all cut and sewn in the USA.
Few brands do authentically American gear like Bradley Mountain. The brand’s adventure-ready backpacks, hardy jackets, and rugged accessories take inspiration from the great outdoors and classic American workwear.
From duffles and dopp kits to bandanas and beard oil, nearly every item in Bradley Mountain’s catalog is entirely made in USA. The company has only been around since 2012 but feels like a true heritage brand.
Since 2016, Dearborn Denim has been crafting jeans in its Chicago factory. Everything is designed, cut, sewn, and finished in the USA using mostly Mexican denim.
Though Dearborn is a relative newcomer, its jeans offer excellent value for money, making it a great option for budget-friendly American-made denim. The company’s lineup includes pants, shirts, shorts, and more.
In 1920, German immigrant William Peter Dehen founded the Dehen Knitting Company in Portland, Oregon. Over a hundred years later, his business is still going, and now it’s known simply as Dehen 1920.
Today, Dehen 1920 remains true to its roots, specializing in varsity jackets, overshirts, and sweaters. Everything is still made in Portland to exacting standards that would make Dehen proud.
California-based Freenote Cloth is best known for its denim, but the company isn’t limited to just jeans. Freenote’s contemporary twist on classic workwear has made it an understandably popular brand among men’s style aficionados.
In addition to making some fantastic denim, Freenote offers hard-wearing waxed canvas jackets, nostalgic shirting, and retro knitwear. Each item is cut and sewn in California.
Ginew is more than your average made in America brand — A Native American–owned family business. Founded by husband-and-wife team Amanda Bruegl and Erik Brodt in 2010, Ginew makes heirloom-quality garments infused with the Native spirit.
Ginew partners with artists, creatives, and manufacturers across the country to produce its garments, many of which are made in small batches of fewer than 100. The brand’s lineup includes refreshingly unique denim, jackets, shirts, jewelry, and more that evoke the original American West.
Gitman Bros is nothing short of a titan in American menswear. The company started in 1932 as the Ashland Shirt & Pajama Company and was soon making clothes for some of the biggest haberdashers in the country.
These days, Gitman makes its garments in Lafayette, TN. The company offers ready-to-wear and made-to-order items and a fine selection of ties.
Glenn’s Denim is proof that the American Dream is still alive today. This small brand was founded in 2019 by Trinidadian immigrant Glenn Liburd, a man with a self-proclaimed denim obsession who moved to New York City to make jeans.
Liburd knows his stuff; he apprenticed under a Savile Row–trained tailor and was the lead denim tailor at Levi’s.
As you might expect, he makes honest-to-goodness American jeans made with some of the best denim in the country. And to this day he makes most of the jeans using vintage machinery.
Grown and Sewn
With factories on both coasts, Grown and Sewn makes modern workwear synonymous with American style.
The brand offers sturdy pants, classic shirts, and stylish accessories that effortlessly channel Americana. It’s also worth shouting out Grown and Sewn’s State-side Canvas, which is a 12oz canvas woven in the USA.
Graziano and Gutierrez
Plenty of made in USA brands import their materials, but few look closer to home for their sourcing. In contrast, Graziano and Gutierrez uses hand-woven, sustainable materials from artisanal Mexican communities.
These materials are then transported to Portland, where cofounder Alejandro Gutierrez cuts and sews each garment by hand. The result is a handmade collection of workwear-inspired pieces that blend Mexican and American craftsmanship.
Harvest & Mill
It’s hard to find made in USA clothing that also uses American-grown materials. Harvest & Mill is one notable exception — as the brand puts it, every item of clothing is “exclusively made in the USA from seed to stitch.”
Simply put, Harvest & Mill makes some of the best organic cotton basics available in the country now. The company’s T-shirts and socks are its most popular items but don’t overlook the shorts, pants, and sweatshirts.
imogene + willie
In 2009, Imogene + Willie cofounders Carrie and Matt Eddmenson sent out a single email with the goal of selling 250 pairs of jeans. Since then, Imogene + Willie has become a mainstay in the American denim scene.
Each pair is constructed in the US from a mixture of domestic and imported materials, including selvage denim from Louisiana and cotton canvas from Georgia. While Imogene + Willie specializes in jeans, the brand has expanded to include workwear-inspired shirts, pants, knitwear, and more.
Lady White Co.
Lady White Co. makes a darn good T-shirt — in fact, it retails for $65. That’s because each vintage-fit shirt is cut, sewn, and knit by hand in Los Angeles from American cotton, and the quality of construction is indisputably top tier.
Lady White cut its teeth on shirts, but it offers everything from polos to caps today. Family-owned factories produce everything with care within ten miles of the brand’s HQ.
Formerly known as Pointer Brand, Tennessee-based L.C. King sells some of the best made in USA chore coats. The brand’s Tennessee factory makes these ruggedly handsome jackets from American materials.
And it would be remiss not to mention the work shirts, jeans, and carpenter pants the company offers. The bottom line: If you’re after trusty workwear, give L.C. King a look.
New England Shirt Co.
Founded in 1933, New England Shirt Co. is America’s oldest ready-to-wear shirtmaker still in operation. Since its inception, the company has remained in the same historic factory in Fall River, MA.
The selection includes good old American staples like Oxford cloth button downs, flannels, and classic fit chinos. You can also find a selection of more modern takes on traditional menswear (check out the chambray popover).
Railcar Fine Goods
If your style leans heavily into vintage and industrial, Railcar Fine Goods might be your new favorite brand. This wonderfully blue-collar brand was started in 2010 by Steven Dang, a Los Angeles Metro mechanic who wanted to make better workwear.
At heart, Railcar is a denim brand, but it also offers hard-wearing jackets and shirts, many of which are made after they’re ordered to reduce waste. Each Railcar item is crafted by hand in El Monte, CA.
Any conversation about US-made denim has to include Raleigh Workshop. Known for its excellent raw denim, Raleigh offers other jean options like selvage, stretch, and pre-washed.
The workshop’s editioned jeans are all made in Raleigh, while the brand outsources their stretch jeans, shirts to other American manufacturers. The result is a collection of lasting, timeless jeans that age gracefully and easily outlast any department store pair.
New England prep style wouldn’t be what it is without the camp moccasin — a style that Quoddy helped make popular. While Quoddy is best known for its mocs and bluchers, it also makes slippers, boots, and sandals.
All of Quoddy’s made-to-order products are handmade in Lewiston, Maine. According to the FAQ page, not all inventory is made in the US, but Quoddy buys materials domestically when possible.
Rancourt & Co.
Like Quoddy, Rancourt & Co. is a Lewiston-based moccasin maker. The company began selling handmade moccasins in 1967, and to this day, all Rancourt shoes are made in the same Maine factory.
Featuring genuine Blake construction, Rancourt’s footwear is famously superb. The lineup includes classics like mocs and boat shoes, as well as chukkas, Oxfords, penny loafers, and more.
Save Khaki United
Save Khaki’s comfy apparel is unquestionably contemporary but with a timeless appeal — in other words, these clothes won’t go out of fashion. All items are made in the US using American materials when possible.
In 2009, when most companies were still reeling from the Great Recession, Tellason was born. Founders (and best friends) Tony Patella and Pete Searson came together to create a denim brand that would stand the test of time.
Tellason still offers its very first fit (a slim-straight called the John Graham Mellor), but the company has expanded to offer everything from fatigue pants to ripstop shirts.
Looking for office wear that doesn’t fall apart? Todd Shelton has you covered. These well-made wardrobe staples are ideal for business casual dress codes.
All Todd Shelton products are manufactured in New Jersey from imported fabrics, and the company also has solid sustainability initiatives in place. These garments are investment pieces, but it’s hard to argue with the quality.
If you’ve ever wanted a custom shirt that will last a lifetime, you might want to pull the trigger on a bespoke piece by tailor Tony Parrotti.
Along with his wife, Laura Fraser, Parrotti runs Tony Shirtmakers in the small coastal Maine town of Damariscotta. Every Tony Shirtmakers garment is a buy-it-for-life purchase that reflects some of the best craftsmanship the US has to offer.
Most of Parrotti’s business consists of designing shirts completely from scratch for his customers — he then cuts and sews each item by hand. (There’s also a curated made-to-order collection made in a small NYC factory).
The Vermont Flannel Co.
If you’re in the market for a trusty flannel shirt, The Vermont Flannel Co. should be on your radar. This family-owned business has been handcrafting flannels in the US since 1991.
The brand’s shirts are available in all kinds of classic flannel patterns, from the iconic red buffalo check to vibrant patchwork. Even better, each flannel is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Here are a few common questions about American-made clothing:
Where are most of the clothes in the US made?
It really depends on the specific type of clothing. However, Southern California is a hotbed for American clothing manufacturing.
Are made-in-USA clothes better?
Made-in-America clothes aren’t necessarily better than clothes produced in other countries. However, many Americans prefer to buy clothing made in the USA to support local industry.
Also, since the US has stricter labor laws than many other countries consumers may feel more assurance that workers aren’t being grievously mistreated. .
Consider Buying American Made
Buying made in USA clothing is about more than patriotism — buying more ethically and sustainably. If you live in the States, you owe it to yourself to check out these brands.
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