"When Hurricaine Katrina devastated their city and manufacturing facility, the owners of Kenneth Gordon could have cut and run- taking the opportunity to move to cheap, exploitive, overseas labor. But they took the higher path. Keeping all their employees on the payroll and benefits plan, they got back into their plant as soon as possible and brought anyone back who wanted to return... Now that's responsible business!"
"Big Changes Bad and Good:
The Bad: Kenneth Gordon could not make it post-Katrina New Orleans, and, after 2 years back, they sold themselves. The Good: Gitman Bros. bought KG- a unionmanufacturer in Pennsylvania, so we can continue to offer their products. The Conclusion: A slightly smaller line of fabulous Union-Made in the US dress shirts, with an entire 2nd in-stock line, as well as custom line, to be added soon from Gitman."
I recently bought a navy cotton casual coat from www.americansuitstore.com, coat was made by Hardwick Clothes, a manufacturer in Tennessee that is still owned by the original family. Interesting history of Hardwick on the web page, https://bit.ly/ltxVW4
Stopped into Rush Wilson, the local "trad" shop today, and discovered a new Made-in-USA brand of socks. They're called Boardroom Socks (https://www.boardroomsocks.com/default.aspx) and are manufactured in North Carolina. The website only has black right now, but the store was carrying the midnight blue (darker than Brooks' navy socks) and the gray.
Cardinals5 mentioned Boardroom Socks a while back. I bought some and they are excellent. Well made of a good blend of wool and nylon with a firm and not-too-fuzzy finish (what I don't like about Pantherella). They feel a lot like J Press socks and may be their manufacturer. They washed well, though can't say about shrinkage since I don't put socks in the dryer. Great price, free shipping and arrived about 72 hours after I ordered. I will get more as needed.
Accesories/luggage: Mulholland Brothers Galco from Phoenix (mostly military and law enforcement holsters, etc, but does do some sport shooting stuff (warning - may be hazardous to the blood pressure of lefties!) Filson luggage - my garment bag and fishing vest are top notch and indestuctible, does wallets, etc. too - but most "clothing" other than the purer sporting stuff is made overseas, sadly T Anthony from NYC is no longer US Made (and French is out of business).
Shoes: glad Rancourt finally got a nod (Brooks now carries a few, and Polo Ralph Lauren has them make a few of theirs), and I'd add (at the very high end) Perry Ercolino from the Philadelphia area (full bespoke; Andy did a whole write up a while back)
Socks: just got some US Made Gold Toes for Christmas, but you'll probably need to check label by label
love my first pair of Corbin trousers - bought at Wright & Simon in Wilmington, DE - a great old school men's store with great service, tailoring, and carries several brands mentioned earlier - H Freeman, Hickey Freeman, Bill's Khakis, etc.
Happy new year - and let's make it a better one for US manufacturers!
2nd update: I forgot Epaulet and Left Field! Both make fantastic pants, and a wide range of shirts, and both companies do their production in NYC (Brooklyn, I believe).
Buying from this thread - and only this thread - would make a pretty great New Year's resolution, eh? Look at this variety. Other than the cost, it wouldn't really be that much of a hassle. I'm going to give it some serious thought. If I decided to go for it, would anyone else be interested in joining me?