On a bright, sunny Saturday last September, two dozen indie fashion brands set up shop in an antiques warehouse in Minneapolis for the first edition of a men’s marketplace called Northern Grade. About 2,000 shoppers browsed the stalls, which showcased wares from labels like Tellason jeans, Taylor Stitch shirts, Fox River socks, Red Wing shoes, Stormy Kromer hats and J.W. Hulme Co. bags. Among the variety of products, there was one common link: They all were manufactured right here in the U.S. of A.
Like the locavore movement in food, there’s been a swelling of interest in fashion brands that make their shirts, jeans and bags close to home. As production costs soar overseas, especially in China, manufacturing goods in the U.S. can make a lot of sense, especially for smaller businesses that need to keep close tabs on their supply chain and can’t afford the minimums that foreign factories require.
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