I feel it incumbent upon me, with all of the factory videos floating around in the world, to create the Fuck Yeah Made in USA Tumblr. A few of the most recent additions to the world of footwear factories are below in all of their 5D glory! I’m sure I am missing a bunch of stuff here, so submit your favorites in the comments below. [Fuck Yeah Made in USA]
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The Stronghold is my obviously biased favorite…
Esquivel Shoes (Made in California): http://www
Strawfoot Handmade (Made in California): http://www
very cool post. not sure if you’ve seen this yet or not. pretty fascinating look into how a Steinway piano is made. Some great characters: http://www.notebynotethemovie.com/
I’m a drummer, so here’s a few links to stuff that is made in the US:
Ludwig Drums (old school vids):
ok, im done :-)
Nice. Looking forward to watching all these videos. Keep up the good work.
Shameless plug for my small factory/workshop:
Danners whole “Standards” video series.
Granted it’s not in the same ranks as some of these heritage brands, but Lincoln Supply makes great t’s and cotton items all made in the US.
Great videos. Looking forward to the tumblr. I’m not exactly sure why these videos would be any less inspiring had they been shot at shops in Canada or Mexico or Norway.
Great idea! Any chance you can turn the “follow” function on?
Keep up the great work, Michael.
Let’s not overlook the western front: ElPaso and the US cowboy boot industry centered there: Lucchese, JB Hill, Stallion, Tres Outlaws, Rocketbusters and some others, but these are the handmade, high-end makers, all featuring gorgeous custom design and made-to-measure works of art.
Nice idea sir. Roy Denim has a pretty rad one here:
Wonderful and moving.
An invaluable record.
Nice to see such fine people making things with care and consideration.
Great idea, good job
aren’t wolverine boots made in rockford, michigan? not wisconsin as stated here…
Vintage Inspired Signage….. Made right here in the USA.
Luv this post by the way MW…!
That Mr. Williams is some “Important Shit”. Well done sir.
I know Red Wing is a client of yours, but Thorogood also makes their boots and shoes in U.S. (in Wisconsin since 1892). I just bought a pair, and they’re so soft and comfortable right out of the box.
Not to make the process any less interesting or appealing, but any idea what the factory workers’ benefits are like? Health insurance, retirement…probably non-existent. Hand-made, US made, is all cute and stuff, but who/what are we paying for? Just a thought.
This whole “I buy Made in USA because it must be better” thing is kind of stupid (and probably racist). Humans are humans, and if they make something with passion and love, and provide for their families – I couldn’t care less if they’re European, American, Asian, African or whatever. Celebrating Americana and seeing amazing American artisans is fascinating and awesome, but it doesn’t mean Americans are a better “race” of manufacturers just because they are American.
And by the way, there are still sweatshop-like factories in New York City (garment district). That’s not something to celebrate.
Lot’s of great films in here.
@Jonathan you just don’t get it. It’s not about how it’s made or what race makes it. It’s about supporting your community and your community will support you back.
West Coast Shoe Company (Wesco), best boots ever made:
that dude Johnathan is a fool. ever been to China, seen the factories producing as cheaply as inhumanly possible crap quality items? I have. lots of passion and love there.
Jonathan…..I have been making clothing in the USA for the last 30 years. 20 years ago there were many many factories in NYC. the garment center. At that time, most were Union.
You can almost count the factories in the garment center now on one hand…in the 60’s 90% of the clothing sold in the USA was made here. in the 70’s 75%..80’s about 30% so on…now…. less than 10%
There is a connection between unemployment and importing cheaply made products from China…and what richard said..ever been to China…Talk about sweat shops!
(don’t get me started on how china in polluting the earth…even more than us.)
Great idea. A good source for inspiration!
Sweet, you already had the second RD video! Cheers
Am I stupid, or is anyone else having trouble reblogging these tumblr posts?
how could you forget imogene + Willie!
I couldn’t resist this post:
I think you would be interested in looking at some furniture.
Beautiful, gorgeous, woodworking designed originally by George Nakashima. It is what I’d describe as Asian, American, Modern in style.
They re-size antique four poster bed frames. They also do reproductions. Very cool stuff.
Mid Century Modern, manufactured in LA, streamlined furniture that is well built.
Cheers to everyone,
I’m know sweatshops in China are terrible. Of course! That’s not my point. I just say that people who think ‘Made in America’ is necessarily better than other countries are fools.
Great stuff out of Nashville TN
This is such an awesome idea! #USAFTW
Jonathan, Here’s one argument for why a “Made in America” product can be better.
The people in Brunswick and Freeport, Maine who manufacturer the classic L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Boots actually wear the boots they make and have an appreciation for what works and doesn’t work when walking around in typical Maine conditions of rain, snow, and mud. There’s some degree of confidence and trust in knowing that the people who make these boots also wear these boots and would be among the first to know if there were improvements that could be made. Extensive product testing and product improvement within an immediate feedback loop. If you think these workers don’t have incredible pride in their work, a real sense that the iconic products they are making are going out into the world as representatives and ambassadors of Maine, think again. Although it’s not impossible, I have a difficult time believing that typical Chinese factory workers wear or use or would take the pride in maintaining and improving quality in the products they make as much as their Maine counterparts. Also, having a good idea what a Maine winter is like, I have some confidence that a boot made by Mainers to conquer Maine weather will certainly be good enough for a Philadelphian. That’s my argument for why where a product is made/manufactured is important.
O, and a decent L.L. Bean video of the boot factory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZmL8xZyipY
Seconding Mast Brothers chocolate. They’re brothers with beards. And they freaking love chocolate. And sailing.
Come on, how could you not have Nokona on the American list!? These are some of the finest handmade, made-in-America, baseball mitts. They are a testiment to the glove making art!
Seriously, do we need the profanity? It’s not only vulgar, but juvenile as well. You are better than that.
Know your meme.
Rock on City of Red Wing.
Here’s the latest from Red Wing, about their Puritan sewing machines.
They don’t just hire Americans to make their boots, they employ a trio of mechanics just to keep those brilliant 100-year-old-machines running like the day they were made. And to the post that asked about wages and conditions in these factories, just take a look at those faces in the Red Wing films. There’s a reason for all the wrinkles: It’s a job for life that allows Americans to buy a home and raise a family.
Thanks for having such a nice list. Where are all the women’s clothes? There seems to be plenty of things made in the US for guys but I saw very little for women other than jeans. Does anyone know where I can find some nice tailored clothes for women (that don’t look like they are made for old ladies)? Nice pants, button down shirts, sweaters, etc.
Love this post! Here are two more:
calleen cordero shoes:
Forgot about Lyon & Healy harps. Made in Chicago, i pass the factory on the “L” everyday to and from work. Totally fun to look in the windows as i go by. There’s 3 vids here after the first paragraph: http://www.lyonhealy.com/about.htm
Love to see all the American made products. Here’s another video for your list (Aurora Shoe Co. Made in rural, Upstate, NY using American materials):
Filson still makes many of their items here state-side.
Videos were obviously made in relation to the vans collaboration but still give a cool look into the Filson factory especially in part 2 of the video series.
Dusty Signs is nice and simple.
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