Pointer Brand | Work Wear from Tennessee

Who says that all clothing made in American has to be expensive. Having recently been turned onto Pointer Brand, I was shocked to see that my friend Mark ordered two jackets and a pair of painter shorts for less than $100 dollars! The Bristol, Tennessee based company L.C. King Manufacturing Co. has been making classic work wear since 1913. The Pointer website doesn’t have a store locater so the best way to find it is to order from their store online. (A tip, order the pants two sizes up as they run small.) Even work wear Meccas like Dave’s on Sixth Avenue don’t sell this stuff. Pointer is a true diamond in the rough.

The value for money (as the Brits say) for Pointer Brand is extremely good. It is especially good when you consider the prices of the clothing from companies like Carhartt (which I like, don’t get me wrong) and most of those goods are made outside the U.S. More Pointer Brand pictures can be found here.

Comments on “Pointer Brand | Work Wear from Tennessee

    james foxon June 19, 2008 @ 12:22 PM:

    i think i just found my latest “full foam” lambchop style lid

    joanna goddardon June 19, 2008 @ 4:04 PM:

    ps. sale at apc, btw. thought you might want to know if you didn’t already :)

    Michael Williamson June 19, 2008 @ 4:13 PM:

    Your comment makes me think of this:

    at 1:11

    Jack Kingon June 20, 2008 @ 10:30 AM:

    Thanks for the nice comments. We’ve been making Pointer Brand since 1913 in the original factory in downtown Bristol, TN.

    Jack King
    4th generation owner

    Kateon June 21, 2008 @ 11:58 PM:

    I can’t believe it. All of my grandfather’s family is from Bristol (Cowan Bros.) and I’m going there this week! I wonder if they’d let me tour the factory… I could go on an ACL assignment? Let’s talk at dinner on Tuesday.

    nickon June 22, 2008 @ 11:58 AM:

    Great brand. House 33 did some work with them as well.

    jeredon June 22, 2008 @ 3:23 PM:

    i read this post on friday, then yesterday i was flipping through an old gq and read something where Junya Watanabe worked with pointer brand in 2006 for the spring collection. thought that was pretty cool.

    wmcon June 24, 2008 @ 7:19 PM:

    Ah, is there anything more beautiful than a good ol’ solid chore jacket?

    Björnon June 27, 2008 @ 6:33 AM:

    This post must be a sign! I´ve been trying to order Pointer carpenter pants for the last week, but for some reason the site doesnt work for me (the site could use a make over…). Obviously I should keep trying.

    Are you sure the pants run small? Measurements from japanese sites like Jalana and Explorer seem to be true to size.

    The fisher stripe and hickory stripe carpenter pants look outstanding aswell, but are unfortunatly out in normal sizes.

    Con August 8, 2008 @ 1:51 PM:

    The fisher stripe carpenter pants seem to be available in more sizes now.

    Mikeon August 25, 2008 @ 3:59 PM:

    U.S. made workwear is increasingly hard to find. You could try workwear from companies like Union Line. Carhartt does still make some styles in the U.S.A. You would it made here by having a U in front of the style number.

    Mark Schumacheron January 9, 2009 @ 4:29 PM:

    Buy american and keep americans working!

    Leifon October 26, 2009 @ 9:40 PM:

    picking up a year old thread, here…

    Yes, The fisher stripe and hickory stripe carpenter pants are great.
    I purchased a pair of each a few years back.
    Pointer’s denim is a bit on the lighter-weight side… not super sturdy like Carhartt or Levi, but still a good product.
    And in my experience, the sizes are true-to-size… didn’t have any trouble there.
    Have received many compliments on the hickory stripes (like a classic Osh-Kosh engineer stripe)… and the Fisher stripe is a herringbone look.

    Buy American!

    Michael Mon October 28, 2009 @ 3:50 PM:

    I got a denim work apron from them about 6 months back and wear it whenever I am in the kitchen. Impenetrable. Quick and great service as well.

    Mojo Pocketson January 29, 2010 @ 2:42 PM:

    I’ve been buying Pointer since Levi’s left town. Whatever isn’t in stock is worth waiting for, believe me. I have different styles of jeans; denim, duck, fisher stripe, and a duck coat and am satisfied with all. If there is one company that I recommend to folks, It’s Pointer.

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