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Made in the USA Tees

Posted on 25 February 2013

This season we are trying a set a tees with production entirely in America. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do, but the means just haven’t been available. Studies show that around 1980 there were over 1 million workers in the US apparel industry and presently that number is about 350,000. According to the National Council of Textile Organizations, from 1997 to 2010, 1,300 textile mills closed. Some blame the delocalization of production to other countries. Others blame US’s trade policy, but most concur that the Internet boom made most policymakers drop the apparel and textile industries for high-tech driving forces so fashion companies were forced to adjust.

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Another variable that the US textile industry wasn’t prepared for was the expansion of big-box stores like Walmart who had a major influence on consumer prices. Other countries took advantage of these factors based on their free-market or otherwise mindset of business and trade, and created a near-impossible climate for US factories.

 

However, for us, it’s less about the cost of producing the goods and more about the quality. We do very intricate beadwork, embroidery, and other types of handwork that is simply not being done in America. And if it is and you’ve heard of a place…CALL US AND LET US KNOW!

 

Our family has had numerous businesses and with the longevity of Double D Ranch that will hopefully continue, we stand firm on numerous values, one of which is having our customer be less of a customer and more of a friend. So this group in the Austin Music Live collection is for our friends who have been looking for Double D Ranch designs Made in the USA.

               

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9 comments

  • Penny Kling: May 16, 2016

    Bravo to you for the MADE IN THE USA t-shirts!!!

  • Jessica M.: May 16, 2016

    It’s great to hear you are pursuing some Made in the USA items. I agree, the handwork is definitely a difficult or next to impossible thing to source domestically, though. The only company that I know of that is doing this is Alabama Chanin, and they have developed an interesting cottage industry model with local home sewers in Alabama.

  • ivykoehler: May 16, 2016

    Thanks Elaine! We love stuff made here too! Send us a pic show’in off your Made in the USA tee!

  • Jill Guinn: May 16, 2016

    Great job! I’m on LinkedIn for custom sewing and design maybe you can find beadwork on it. I can gather some friends together if you need us for beadwork. It is truly a lost art. Best of luck!
    Jill aka Territory Mom

  • Dianne Streiff: May 16, 2016

    I love DD Ranch.

  • Elaine Love: May 16, 2016

    Thank you for your Made In America contribution. I am fanatical about searching for products made here. I cannot wait to order my tshirt from DoubleD, and will wear it with American pride. I will share this information with my FB friends! See you at the Houston Livestock Show!

  • Katy: May 16, 2016

    Love your commitment to excellence!! These shirts are beautiful and I can’t wait to be able to purchase them!

  • Margaret Thomas: May 16, 2016

    Thank you for the bold step to manufacture made in the USA.
    I’m doing my part ~ looking for those Made in USA labels

  • ivykoehler: May 16, 2016

    Thanks Katy! We do love excellence and these designs!

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