One industry where it is increasingly difficult to buy
American made is the apparel industry. Popular high-quality shirt makers
such as Ralph Lauren make none of their shirts in the United States.
Others, such as Land's End, make some of their shirts in the U.S., but
can no longer guarantee your order will be filled with an American-made
shirt even if you request one since both domestic and foreign factories
make the same identical styles. It is solely for this reason that I
don't order from Land's End anymore.
Luckily I found PattonShirts.com so that I can start replacing
my fading casual dress shirts. I have already placed and received my
first order, and I can tell without a doubt that these shirts are the
finest you'll find anywhere.
All Patton shirts are made in North Carolina at the Pine
Island plant with fabric from 100% American-grown cotton. You just can't
get any more American than that. Once I held one of their 100% cotton
shirts in my hands, I knew I was about to be wear the most comfortable
shirt I had ever put on.
Owner Ed Patton (no relation to the colorful and historical
General Patton) has designed his shirts for the "Man in Command," and
each shirt comes with an attractive and intricately designed tank logo.
The tank logos, as well as the shirts themselves, are available in
several colors. A woman's line of shirts is on the way so the "Woman in
Command" can have her own collection of these wonderful American-made
With many larger companies, American and foreign-owned alike,
moving their manufacturing offshore, it is increasingly becoming
apparent that smaller companies that value American patriotism are going
to save the day in many of these hard-hit industries. Although we don't
like seeing American workers at larger companies being laid off, it
doesn't mean that we can't support other American workers who often work
for smaller companies. These are the companies that enjoy going against
the tide of what many free-trade economists tell us is a logical
progression of the global economy.
The hardest part is finding these smaller companies since they
are usually web-based and don't have the financial clout of a Ralph
Lauren or Tommy Hilfiger. What they do have is a greater appreciation of
what America is all about and the desire to keep America prosperous and
independent by producing in America so the consumer can buy American
That is certainly true of the people at PattonShirts.com, and
is all the more reason why they deserve our support as patriotic
consumers. As Charley Reese titled one of his many great nationally
syndicated columns, endorsing this author's book, "The best way to keep
America's ship sailing is to buy American." He also said "America is our
ship, and we need to work together to keep her sailing." So let's all
work together to support the products of companies like PattonShirts.com
and leave all those foreign-made shirts to rot on the store shelves. If
we do that, there isn't a trade policy any government can devise that
can defeat such a united consumer strategy, and America's ship will keep
sailing for many years to come.