Socks

Socks are the gateway drug to buying Made in the USA clothes. There are lots of opportunities, with many companies that manufacture socks in America.

My favorite are Darn Tough from Vermont. They last great. (You can pick up a pair from Brad and the crew at Epic Sports in downtown Bangor.)

Wigwam socks are great, a go-to for a thick warm winter sock, and I think they have lots of other types.

I get cute Goodhew socks from Summer at Valentine Footwear in Bangor.

Another option is Smartwool. I used to see imported Smartwool socks, but lately I have checked and most of the Smartwool I see has “Made in the USA” on the label.

I’ve been wearing Thorlo running socks and they are so comfortable.

For the Baxter hiking trip I purchased two pairs of wicking liner socks from Fox River, but as I recall not all of their socks are made in the USA so be sure to check.

Lamey Wellehan shoe stores across Maine carry many of these brands.

So, it may be hard to get into wearing made in the USA from head to toe, but jumping in feet first is easy.

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Underwear

I could not for the life of me find USA made underwear–everything was imported.  I found a few places, but they were super expensive.

Finally, I found bgreen apparel!

http://bgreenapparel.com/

Love the fit, love the colors. I got classic bikini and bikini with lace. I’ll skip posting photos but you can see them on their website.

I also got some leggings from them which I also really like. Very comfortable.  It’s made from organic cotton, a big bonus.

They also sell men’s clothing.

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2nd option: I also ordered underpants from Uranus Apparel. They make “soyshorts” or soy fiber undies. If you like the boy cut/ short cut style, these are good. It’s not personally my favorite but if you like that style, they are made in the USA.

http://uranusapparel.com/

Gals out there– have you found any made in the USA drawers to suggest?

Fellas– suggestions for the men’s side of things?

Men’s Work Pants

Here’s a find I have been so excited to share!

I was looking high and low for men’s work pants, as my sweetie pie Andy had a birthday coming up and he really wanted some new pants.

He doesn’t wear jeans, he wears duck pants, like Carhartts. But I was struggling to find Made in the USA work pants.  I know most Carhartt products are made overseas these days.

Finally I found that one pair of Men’s Carhartts are Made in the USA, and even better, they’re union made. AWESOME.

They are the Men’s Double-Front Work Dungaree.  Here’s the link: http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=32060&langId=-1

Please note- not all of the Carhartt pants are made in the USA– as far as I can tell, it’s just this pair.

His birthday was yesterday and he opened the box, so I can finally post about it on the blog.carhartts