Brands

Spotlight Series: Spring Creek Manufacturing

We were introduced to the wonderful folks at Spring Creek Manufacturing through our friends at Duluth Pack (one of our favorite American made bags), and we’re super glad that they made the introduction. Spring Creek Manufacturing makes some amazing American made paddle sports accessories and industrial truck racks out of their facility in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Here is our conversation with the Spring Creek Manufacturing team. Our questions are marked with “AAR” and their responses …

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Spotlight Series: Duluth Pack

We first came across Duluth Pack when we were researching the best bags and backpacks made in the USA. Once we tried their double shell bag and learned a little bit more about their company, we knew these people were doing things the right way. So, being naturally inquisitive, we reached out to them to learn even more about their company and people that are making bags that will last a lifetime out of their …

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Is LL Bean Made in the USA?

LL Bean is an American manufacturer of clothing and outdoor equipment. It was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean in the town of Freeport, Maine where the company is still headquartered today. LL Bean is a household name in the world of boots. After all, it’s the product that started it all. When the company started, Bean was a one-room operation making a single product – the iconic Maine Hunting Shoe, or duck boots …

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Are Buck Knives Made in the USA?

Buck Knives has a storied history of American knife making. They were founded in 1902 in San Diego, California by the Buck family and it remains a family owned and operated business to this day, although their headquarters is in Post Falls, Idaho these days (they moved there in 2005). They produce a wide variety of knives ranging from simple everyday carries to large survival knives and fishing knives. Buck Knives has long been synonymous …

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Spotlight Series: Amerisleep

We first came across Amerisleep while doing the research for our list of the best American made mattresses. We featured their versatile AS3 mattress (more on that in a bit) and wanted to reach out to the company to learn more about them. Our questions are marked with “AAR” in front of them and the Amerisleep responses are marked as “AS”. We really enjoyed getting to know Amerisleep and hope you do too. History of …

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Spotlight Series: Malpaca Pillows

We first got introduced to Malpaca when we were searching for the best pillows made in the USA. They really stood out because of the unique filler they use for their pillows: alpaca wool. We had to know more, so we tested out their pillows and were blown away by their comfort and natural, non-toxic materials. So, we reached out to Mary Anderle, their founder and only full-time employee, to learn more about how she …

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Spotlight Series: Co-Motion Cycles

Co-Motion Cycles came across our radar when we were looking for the best bikes made in the USA, and they stood out almost immediately as a step ahead of the competition. Since then, we’ve kept in contact with Dwan Shepard, the owner, and learned a lot more about Co-Motion and some of the other great bikes that they make in their Eugene, Oregon facility every day. Soon after, we knew we had to get the …

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Is American Apparel Made in the USA?

American Apparel is a clothing retailer based in Los Angeles, California. Despite the name, they are actually Canadian founded, in 1989 by Dov Charney. They are a staple clothing designer and manufacturer in young American culture and are also known for their provocative (and sometimes controversial) ads. In 1997, American Apparel moved their headquarters and all of their clothing manufacturing to Los Angeles, but is it still made there today? The company has gone through …

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Is Hanes Made in the USA?

Hanes is a clothing company with deep roots in America. It was founded in 1900 by John Hanes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is where the company is still headquartered to this day. They are primarily known for their innerwear (underwear, socks, undershirts), which they make for men, women, and children. More recently however, they’ve gotten into more casualwear and activewear t-shirts and shorts. Hanes is actually just one brand under the Hanesbrands parent company …

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Spotlight Series: Kámen Road

We came across Kámen Road for the first time when we were searching for the best handbags made in the USA and were super impressed by their American made Weekender Bag. Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak with Kathleen Murphy, their founder, on more than one occasion, who has been an absolute inspiration to talk to about her journey with Kámen Road. We talked with Kathleen about their history, production process, popular products, the future …

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