Category Archives: Men’s Wear

Nice selection!


I came across a great website today.  It’s called Modern Fellows, and it has a really wonderful list of apparel made by members of our extended American family as well as interviews with the makers.  While no one can top the … Continue reading

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Reality check


One of my favorite Monty Python skits involved the Royal Society For Putting Things on top of other Things.  During the skit, John Cleese explains that his chapter of the Society has not put one thing on top of another thing in the … Continue reading

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Soon you’ll need these!


Sure, it was nearly eighty in Minnesota today.  But give it a couple of months and those temperatures will be a distant memory.  Instead, our sisters and brothers in the Twin Cities will be dealing with mountains of snow.  Even here … Continue reading

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The high cost of offshore clothing


You probably heard about the horrible tragedy at the garment factory in Bangladesh last month.  More than a 1000 workers died when the factory they were laboring in collapsed.  Some American brands that source their products from Bangladesh are scrambling to … Continue reading

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A timely article on apparel production in N.Y.


I just came across a great article in Time about the garment district in New York and the struggles people face making apparel in the States.  I urge you to read it.

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We can take care of our own


In 1978, I went to my first Bruce Springsteen concert.  It was at the Arena in Seattle.  I had just gotten back from a trip from Europe and lucked into a second row ticket.  The show was just before Christmas, … Continue reading

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They are slightly older than me


As you know, I had the great good fortune to visit the Allen Edmonds Shoe Company in September during my Mid-West research trip for my soon to be published book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work.  When I … Continue reading

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A little of this, a little of that


I like writing in-depth posts on great firms where members of our extended American family are making useful products we can use. I like writing in-depth posts on subjects like outsourcing. But sometimes I just want to unload a few little … Continue reading

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What well dressed American men have been wearing for more than 100 years!


Chicago is a hell of a town. Amazing buildings, great food. And members of our extended American family making beautiful suits. I flew into Chicago on Monday and spent the afternoon just wandering around town.  I must have walked ten miles … Continue reading

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Four stalwarts of American manufacturing


There are certain products that are quintessentially American. Wigwam socks. Hart Schaffner Marx suits. Allen Edmonds shoes. Subzero Refrierators. Beginning on September 11th, I will be visiting each of these iconic American manufacturing firms in preparation for including them in my … Continue reading

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