Last Updated July, 2018: This post has been updated with new picks for 2018.

Made in America. Those three words carry weight, now more than ever. Our country’s identity was forged and stitched by generations of makers, but over our short history, that identity’ changed. Now, most of us are consumers. The professions that built our nation shipped offshore to fuel our propensity for product. It’s no secret we consume at an alarming pace — imports of foreign goods topped $205.5 billion in November 2017 alone.

The good news is, many Americans still side with the home team, when given the chance. Instead of competing on price, our homegrown goods trumpet craftsmanship, engineering and pride as driving principles behind better products. There’s a sense of pride when reading Made in USA on a shirt tag, branded deep into a wallet or on the inside of a leather boot. Here’s where you can find the best brands still forging and stitching away.

Contribution by Matt Neundorf and John Zientek.

Footwear


Red Wing Shoe Company

Red-Wing-Gear-Patrol Red Wing, MN | Est. 1905 – For over a century, some of the world’s toughest boots have called Red Wing, Minnesota home. Originally designed to handle the harsh conditions of the mining, logging and forestry industries, Red Wing’s boots also offered a comfortable footbed — a rarity in 1905. Today, the Red Wing Heritage collection continues those founding traditions with a line of footwear still made to the same standards, all handcrafted in Minnesota. redwingheritage.com

Yuketen

Hermosa Beach, CA | Est. 1989 – Founded by Yuki Matsuda, Yuketen is the champion of skilled craftsmen. Its American-made boots are crafted in Maine using traditional hand-sewn techniques. The resulting boots show off a heritage process merged with top-quality materials and updated designs. yuketen.com

Wolverine Boots

Wolverine-Gear-Patrol Rockford, MI | Est. 1883 – The shell cordovan (horsehide) leather used to create the original Wolverine 1,000 Mile boot was developed using a tanning process unique to the Rockford, Michigan-based company. Softer and more lissome than the competition of its day, that leather was also incredibly durable. Little has changed. There is a supple joy to sliding your foot into a new Wolverine 1,000 Mile boot, knowing the many miles to come. wolverine.com

Also Notable
Alden | Middleborough, MA | Est. 1884
Danner | Portland, OR | Est. 1932
Maine Mountain Moccasin | Rockport, ME | Est. 2012
New Balance | Boston, MA | Est. 1906
Russell Moccasin Co. | Berlin, WI | Est. 1898
PF Flyers | Boston, MA | Est. 1937
Rancourt & Co. | Lewiston, ME | Est. 1967

Apparel


Filson

Filson-Gear-Patrol Seattle, WA | Est. 1897 – Terms like Tin Cloth and Mackinaw wool may seem alien were it not for Filson. Proudly made in Seattle, Washington, Filson has cemented a reputation for constructing consumer goods that can stand the test of time, almost welcoming punishment and mistreatment. Their clothing, bags and gear continue to exceed expectation whether in the backcountry or being kicked along a TSA lineup. filson.com

Lady White Co.

Los Angeles, CA | Est. 2015 – Phillip Proyce’s Lady White Co. is a California brand, top to bottom. For his vintage-inspired t-shirts, the cotton comes from Northern California, the fabric is milled and woven in Southern California, the recycled paper packaging is screen printed in Southern California and the shirts are cut and sewn in Los Angeles. Lady White’s other products include a range of vintage sportswear-inspired products like crewneck sweatshirts and socks. ladywhiteco.com

Hamilton Shirts

Houston, TX | Est. 1883 – For well over a century, Hamilton has been making some of the best custom shirts available. The brand now offers a range of ready-to-wear products, but still has a core custom business. Dress shirts, sport shirts and western shirts are available in a myriad of fabrics and fits — just contact the brand to get started on your own. hamiltonshirts.com

Also Notable
Schott NYC | New York, NY | Est. 1913
American Giant | San Francisco, CA | Est. 2011
Corridor | New York, NY | Est. 2015
Battenwear | Brooklyn, NY | Est. 2011
Taylor Stitch | San Francisco, CA | Est. 2008
Freemans Sporting Club | New York, NY | Est. 2005
Gitman Vintage | Ashland, PA | Est. 2009

Denim


3×1

New York, NY | Est. 2011 – Before starting 3×1, Scott Morrison founded Paper Denim & Cloth in ‘99 and Earnest Sewn in 2004. The brand’s boutique features a wide range of ready-to-wear denim, but specializes in making custom jeans for its clients. Pick from over 900 selvedge denims and have a pattern made just for you — sure, it’s expensive. But there’s nothing else quite like it. 3×1.us

Baldwin Denim

Baldwin-Gear-Patrol Kansas City, MO | Est. 2009 – Founded by one of GQ‘s top menswear designers of 2013, Matt Baldwin’s Baldwin Denim has concentrated on a tailored approach to their Kansas City cut-and-sewn clothing. While their interests have expanded, their roots lie in jeans. With four cuts available in both raw and washed finishes, Baldwin has developed a loyal following of fashion-forward customers. baldwin.co

Raleigh Denim Workshop

Raleigh, NC | Est. 2007 – Based in its namesake city of Raleigh, North Carolina, Raleigh Denim has been making waves in jeans since its inception in 2007. The products are cut and stitched without the aid of automated assistance — the old-school way, as they should be, by a hard-working team of expert American jean smiths. raleighdenimworkshop.com

Also Notable
Tellason | San Francisco, CA | Est. 2009
Shockoe Atelier | Richmond, VA | Est. 2012
Dr. Collectors | Los Angeles,CA| Est. 2010
Buck Mason | Los Angeles, CA | Est. 2013
Freenote | San Juan Capistrano, CA | Est. 2012
Imogene and Willie | Nashville, TN | Est. 2009
Jean Shop | New York, NY | Est. 2004

Bags


Lotuff Leather

Lotuff-Gear-Patrol Providence, RI | Est. 2009 – “Perfection” is a term that gets tossed around far too often these days. But for the men and women working in Lotuff Leather’s New England workshops, perfection is the ultimate goal. The vegetable-tanned, natural and uncorrected hides are cut and prepared by hand to deliver an exquisitely crafted, luxurious legacy product — which Lotuff backs with a lifetime warranty. lotuffleather.com

Korchmar

Naples, FL | Est. 1917 – Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1917 by Russian immigrant Max Korchmar, the company started with visors for automotive headlights before it shifted to briefcases and luggage. It made products for the Army and Air Force during both WWI and WWII, and, more recently, has contract manufactured for some of the world’s best luggage brands. To put it plainly, its in-house line of bags offers one of the best values in the industry. korchmar.com

Joshu + Vela

San Francisco, CA | Est. 2010 – With Joshu + Vela, Noah Guy offers a range of minimalist bags crafted from durable canvas and leather. Inspired by classic designs, the bags are made to stand up to daily use, getting better with every passing year. The brand’s backpacks and totes are standout pieces that could be incorporated into anyones weekly rotation. joshuvela.com

Also Notable
Billykirk | Los Angeles, CA | Est. 1999
Duluth Pack | Duluth, MN | Est. 1882
Goruck | Jacksonville Beach, FL | Est. 2008
Ghurka | Norwalk, CT | Est. 1975
DSPTCH | San Francisco, CA | Est. 2010
Mission Workshop | San Francisco, CA | Est. 2009
Kletterwerks | Bozeman, MT | Est. 1975

EDC


Grovemade

Portland, OR | Est. 2009 – Grovemade makes a wide range of functional well-designed pieces for the home and everyday use. Standout EDC pieces include a minimalist folding knife, a compact bifold wallet and an understated key ring. If you love understated design and quality materials, this is the brand for you. grovemade.com

Randolph Engineering

Randolph-Gear-Patrol Randolph, MA | Est. 1972 – The story behind Randolph Engineering is a fine example of the American dream still coming true in the later part of the 20th century. Founded by newly landed Polish immigrants in 1972 in Randolph, Massachusetts, the Waszkiewicz and Zaleski families continue to produce incredibly crafted eyewear that exudes iconic American style; just ask any flyboy. randolphusa.com

Shinola

Shinola-Gear-Patrol Detroit, MI | Est. 2012 – Few companies, if asked today, would suggest Detroit, Michigan, as an ideal place to set up up shop. But Shinola isn’t your average company. Shinola prides itself on being a beacon of rebirth in Motown, and their timepieces are hand assembled in the Argonaut building; their bicycles, whose frames are manufactured in Wisconsin, are also built in the rear of their flagship store, just off of famed Woodward Avenue. shinola.com

Also Notable
Tanner Goods | Portland, OR | Est. 2006
Dom Vetro | Los Angeles, CA | Est. 2012
Case | Bradford, PA | Est. 1889
The James Brand | Portland, OR | Est. 2012
Kika NY | Brooklyn, NY | Est. 2009
Poglia & Co. | Brooklyn, NY | Est. 2008
Craighill | New York, NY | Est. 2015