Kids’ Clothes Made in the USA: 7 Sources Just in time for Back to School!

Back to School Childrens Clothes Made in the USA

I’m here to tell you… it IS possible! But it is not easy. We’re talking American-made school clothes and I’ve done the scouting so you don’t have to.  School is starting soon all over the country and the hunt is on for made in the USA back to school kids clothes. My kiddos and I went on a mission to the Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart in our area to find back to school clothing made in the US.

Shopping the Big Boxes

Our first stop was Kohl’s where we hit both the boys’ and girls’ sections.   We read tags, searching for those elusive words: “Made in the USA”.  We searched, and searched, and… finally,  I spied a rack of boy’s Levi’s and thought excitedly, “Levi’s still makes SOME jeans in the US!!”.  Well, they do make SOME jeans, but definitely not these boys sizes, as all the ones we spied were made in China and Egypt.

It wasn’t until we moved onto the socks and underwear section that we found anything.  We felt like we struck gold when we saw  “Made in the USA” on the labels of a whole section of girls Trimfit brand tights!  We thought were on a roll when we found those magic words on a package of girls Hanes socks. And I do mean A PACKAGE, as all the other labels of the same exact  Hanes sock style were made in other countries. It happened again with the boys Hanes underwear, socks and T-shirts. If we looked hard enough we could find a few manufactured in the US.

We repeated this process next at Walmart, and came across the same results. Some socks and underwear from Hanes and  Walmart’s own brand, Faded Glory, carried “Made in the USA” on the package. We repeated the process one last time at  Target.  Here we found the words “Made in the USA” to again be almost impossible to find…. and we left finding not a single  item of back to school clothing with them on it.

In-store back to school shopping conclusion: You aren’t going to find any USA made kids clothing in box stores except socks and underwear- and even those you have to search for.

Shopping Online

Finding American-made back to school clothing can be just as challenging to do on line also. Checking labels at stores can be time consuming and depressing. Trying to find made in the USA clothes on popular store websites is all of these and also beyond  frustrating! Some stores don’t say where their clothing is made…. some searches bring customers to items decorated in American Flags, yet say made in China. I’ve done the searching so you don’t have to.

Believe it or not, there are great kid’s clothing retailer websites out there that make it easy to find kids clothing specifically made in the USA. And to top it off, the clothing is in style and affordable!

CWD Kids has a “Made in USA” tab at the top of their site for shoppers who are looking specifically for made in America kids clothing- Gotta LOVE this!!  They carry boys and girls clothing sizes 2t-14/16. The boys long sleeve train t-shirt pictured is sold here.

dELiAs is a great site for for tween and teen girl clothing. Enter  “USA” into the search and you get a selection of American made fashionable tops. The lace heart t-shirt pictured is from this site.

Hank Player USA‘s edgy, cool, retro tees for kids are all made in the USA.  These will be the favorite shirts pulled first from the laundry basket and worn year round.

American Apparel manufactures ALL of their clothing in the USA. They have stores all over the world where you can shop in person, or you can order online. They carry clothing for everyone in the family from babies to adults. The fleece zip up hoodie pictured is made by American Apparel.

Nordstrom carries a huge selection of made in the USA brands. In store and online, from toddlers to teens and in between you are sure to find something for your student!

Now,  if your scholar is going to be styling  “organic” or “Eco-friendly” made in the USA clothes in their back to school wardrobe, you are doubly frustrated with your search!  Why is it so hard to find organic, made in the USA clothing for kids that is in sizes larger than toddler?!

Don’t throw in the (organic) towel yet… There are retailers and manufactures that sell kids organic or Eco-friendly clothing sizes 6 and up that are American made.

Garden Kids makes all of their children’s clothes in the US. They carry boys and girls organic clothes sizes 6-12, as well as smaller sizes. Their pajamas are all made with out using flame retardants.

Earth Creations makes and sells unisex organic cotton Ts up to youth size 10. Their T-shirts are dyed with natural clay dyes.

American Apparel, mentioned above, also carries a selection of kid and youth organic cotton clothing up to size 12

Have you found any “Made in the USA” kids clothing items in a big box store near you? Do you have a favorite store or website where you purchase US made children’s clothes? Know of any websites that sell organic American made clothing for older kids? Please share with us!

 

 

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Post by Tracey Hanson

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the great suggestions. It's really, really sad that we have to search so hard for things that are actually made in this country!
    My recent post Which Pantone color trends will you be wearing this Fall?

  2. Michelle F. says:

    What a great list thanks!

  3. Lisa in NH says:

    I love Earth Creations t-shirts…very comfy! The sizing is a bit off on their pants, so be careful on that.

    I'm still trying to find a girls raincoat Made in USA…no luck yet…hello US manufacturers? There's a gap that needs filling!

  4. Hi, it's depressingly difficult to find affordable, simple clothes for kids that are made in the USA. I went to American Apparel and they kept showing cardigans to me. For kids. Ugh. I just want some well made t-shirt, and pants, maybe a few coats. Anyway, thanks for your links! They were informative, and exactly what I was looking for.

  5. Jennifer D. says:

    I found a great brand of girls clothing made in the USA called Lavender Alley. Unfortunately I bought a shirt used and am unable to find anywhere that sells this brand!

    • Hi Jennifer! Of course I can’t resist the search for a made in the USA item, so I did a little poking around. It seems that Lavender Alley brand was sold at Nordstrom. I am unsure if they still carry the brand in store, but they don’t have it online. I did see a lot of pieces available on Ebay and in online consignment boutique clothing shops. I also saw that Nordstrom now carries a brand of girls clothing called Mignone that is made in the USA. Hope that helps you some!

  6. Thanks so much for this great and up-to-date list. I’ve been ordering clothing for my kids and now grandkids for years from a manufacturer that recently changed from Made in U.S. to Made in China—so this site is just what I’ve been looking for!

  7. So nikki is a girls clothing line based out of ny that still makes 99% of there clothes in the usa.

  8. NIKKI MCDANIEL says:

    Chasing Fireflies carries a lot of made in the USA clothing!

  9. michelle e says:

    I have found a few items from Mignone and Lavender Alley at Nordstroms Last Chance stores..they are extremely well made-some of my favorite baby clothes I have purchased!

  10. Another fabulous clothing site (they sell newborn – Adult) is Splendid. They are sold online or Nordstrom carries their line. They also have some free standing shops.

  11. Thanks for the tips- I did not know about Hank Player, and just ordered some tees for my son and hubby! We love American Apparel and Splendid, but I recently scoured the Internet and found some other great American made brands (and I have ordered from all!) Mini and Maximus is out of California and make pretty fantastic children’s clothes. Unique, soft and fun. Lettuce turnip the beet is a brand out of manhattan, they make adorable tees. Our all time favorite though- Aviator Nation. Pricey, but super fantastic tees, shorts and sweatshirts. My teenage daughter and husband both love their sweatshirts- amazingly cozy and feel like they’ve been worn and loved forever. I have also found that Bebe makes about half of their stuff in the USA, and at a pretty fair price point. Again, I appreciate your suggestions. Happy school shopping, but in the meantime have an outstanding summer!

  12. Tina Hughes says:

    This is wonderful , thanks for sharing :) I have been working on a project for making a clothes line Made in the USA and trying to build a brand from it check out my link :) https://www.fundable.com/tina-marie

  13. Unfortunately by buying from a company that makes only some of their goods in the US you are still supporting a company that has shipped part of their operation elsewhere. I’m almost positive that the sku on the made in America hanes package is no different than the made elsewhere one. You are still potentially supporting human rights and environmental abuses. Depending on your values and reasons for choosing american made products, it’s best to look for brands committed completly to American manufacturing.

  14. Tim Terrillion says:

    I’ve been searching all over the web for toddler suits for my grandson that are made in the USA, but can’t find any. could you or anyone help.

  15. twocrowsforjoy another small scale usa made organic company for littles up to 6 or so.

  16. Betty Southerland says:

    I went to RUUM after a Google search for “American made kids clothing” showed me a paid search result. I also check out this article. However, RUUM American Kids clothing is NOT made in America. I bought several items and ALL of them had Made in China labels on them. I called RUUM and they assured me that their stuff used to be made overseas when they were “part of American Eagle” but all the new stuff (not clearance) was made in America. I posted on their Facebook about it weeks ago and finally got a response today. They admitted that their clothing is made overseas and that “American” is just part of their name. I can’t stand it when a company purposely misleads consumers. Shame on RUUM.

  17. Sespetitesmains.com is an online store that has lovely girl dresses and girl clothing designed by a San Francisco Mom and made in the USA.
    I think it is important to support small scale local products because as the more we buy from sweatshops around the world and not locally, the more price difference there will be in between them and the more likely that only mass produced items will exist in the future

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