The first pair of jeans I ever bought were a pair of Levis button front jeans. I thought they were very hip, and wore them for years. You can still buy Levis made in this Country if you are willing to shell out at least $175 a pair. A little rich for my blood. So, I am going to introduce you to some jeans that are made by members of our extended American family that are within my budget.
Pointer jeans has probably the coolest website; every time you visit it, a dog barks. Pointer jeans are made by the L.C. King Manufacturing Co. of Bristol Tennessee. L.C. King has been making jeans since 1913. In addition to jeans, Pointer makes denim overalls, carpenter jeans, coveralls, and coats. Pointer jeans cost about $45, or $51 if you are a bigger fella.
All American Clothing Company produces a wide range of denim jeans. All American Clothing Company was founded by Lawson Nickol. Prior to founding his firm in 2002, Mr. Nickol was working for an American jean maker who shall remain unnamed. When Mr. Nickol discovered that his employer was beginning to outsource production, Mr. Nickol resigned from his old firm and founded All American Clothing
Company. Today Mr. Nickol’s firm produces thousands of jeans per year and continues to provide many Americans with jobs at their facility in Arcanum Ohio. All American Clothing Company jeans cost about $44.
Tied for most down home U.S. jeans company are Buddys ® Jeans and Texas Jeans. Buddy’s Jeans were originally brought to the marketplace by Buddy Steverson
of New Hebron, Mississippi. Buddy’s work as a rancher and rodeo cowboy required him to wear jeans that would stand up to his rugged lifestyle. Most of the jeans he encountered failed that test miserably. So Buddy, like countless other members of our extended American family, decided that if he couldn’t find a product that met his needs, he would just have to make it himself. Buddy manufactured Buddy ® Jeans for thirty-nine years.
Today Ms. Jane Little, a life-long friend of Buddy’s, is making Buddy’s ® Jeans. Ms. Little is happy and proud to make Buddy’s ® Jeans in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Buddy’s ® Jeans are made with an American-made 14 oz. denim, which was loomed exclusively
for Buddy’s Jeans. Buddy’s ® Jeans never need ironing, which is good because the only fellas who would ever iron jeans probably don’t live in the U.S. anyway. You can get three styles of Buddy’s ® Jeans: the Original(slim fit), the Cowboy cut and the Relaxed Fit. Buddy’s ® Jeans cost about $30.
Texas Jeans are made, wait for it, in Asheboro North Carolina. This seems a bit odd to me, but you got to admit, Texas Jeans has a bit more oomph than North Carolina Jeans. Texas Jeans are available in many styles. Texas Jeans was founded by Wallace Thompson. Texas Jeans cost about $30.
If Buddy’s ® Jeans and Texas Jeans are down home, Todd Shelton is uptown. Todd Shelton makes two types of jeans in California utilizing American denim and two types of jeans utilizing Japanese denim. Todd Shelton is yet another example of reshoring. Todd Shelton originally made their clothes in China, but decided in 2006 to move their production back to the U.S. Like many American apparel companies, Todd Shelton sells their jeans online rather than in a retail outlet. The jeans look really nice, but are by far the most expensive of my featured U.S. made jeans, selling at $118.
So there you are. You don’t have to buy jeans made overseas. Just buy the ones made here.