Made In USA
MADE IN USA
Responsibility begins at home. That is why we work with local businesses whenever possible. Our products are all cut and sewn in the USA. Sewing is the most expensive part of our product development, and requires very high quality, and specialized skills. Due to the technical nature of our products, we use both USA and imported materials.
Manufacturing in the USA creates jobs. Sewing is by far the most expensive component of our products. We believe in the benefits of paying an honest wage. We do not get special tax breaks, or other government incentives. We enjoy no sneaky corporate loopholes. If you know of any, let us know.
By keeping our manufacturing in the USA, we are able to work closely with everybody in the factory. We're in there virtually every day during production delivering supplies, providing guidance on garment construction, counting parts, fixing problems, packing boxes and more.
Large companies that sew their garments overseas can find themselves surprised by the conditions in which their products are made. Even during well-intentioned visits, factory brokers will have been known to intentionally mis-represent the nature of the working environment, or even the factory itself. The biggest apparel companies in the world have at some time found themselves caught up working with overseas factories that are exploiting their workers, community, and their government itself.
Our factories are all here in the USA. The factories, power plants, trucks, cars, and planes, the air we breathe and the water we drink are protected and regulated by the government of the United States of America. We'd love for them to do more to protect the environment, but they do more than many countries can.
Overseas factories can lack even basic oversight to ensure a safe work environment. Our factory is a bike ride away, right here in New York City's Garment District. Overseas factories can be dangerously maintained and managed. NYC has been a center for garment manufacturing for over 200 years. In that time, laws, and inspections have developed to protect it's factory workers. Developing nations do not always have the ability to guarantee basic physical safety for it's workers. The tragic 2013 Bangledesh Factory Collapse in which over 1,000 people died, and over 2,500 people were injured is a reminder of what can happen when companies are unaware of, or don't care about the places where their garments are made.
The closer to home your factory is, the better you can make sure that everything is done right. Our factory is five miles from our office, and we can be there in minutes. We're hands on with every single step of our production from concept, to pattermaking, to fittings, revisions, fabric sourcing, cutting, and sewing.
A NOTE ON OVERSEAS MANUFACTURING
There are potentially huge benefits to manufacturing overseas, especially in highly technical constructions that factories here are unwilling or unable to attempt. Much of what is made in our tiny corner of the industry is made the same way it was 50 or 100 years ago. The lightest, most technologically advanced clothing pieces are not, and cannot be currently manufactured in the USA, at least not by us. Responsible manufacturing overseas has brought huge economic benefits to parts of the world that has brought millions of people out of poverty. Beware simple answers, there’s nothing simple about this world.