Some 98% of clothing worn by Americans is made abroad.
When we were starting U.S. of Awesome, a friend brought to our attention that only 2% of clothes sold in America are actually made in the U.S.A. We took economics classes in school and understand comparative advantages and we are not opposed to free trade, but we do feel that the 98% imports number seems too high.
Sticker prices of American made items are generally higher than comparable products made elsewhere. There is however another price we pay, which is evidenced by the high unemployment figures we have experienced in recent years .
We don’t know what the right answer is in the long run. We certainly are no economists. However, we feel that there are more people like us, who would like to have the option to buy American. And, we are proud knowing that our products are made, sweat shop free, right here in the U.S.A.
There are a number of like-minded large and small businesses that produce their wares domestically. We look forward to featuring some of our favorites on this blog. If you know of any you would like to share with us, please email email@example.com. Keep an eye on our growing Made in the U.S.A. blog category.
We are the 2 percent, and we hope our club becomes less exclusive…