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Levi's were introduced as functional work pants in the 1870s. What made Levi's different from the traditional work pants of the time were the metal rivets that held the denim work pants together. Today, Levi Strauss is one the most iconic brands in American fashion….but are Levi's made in the USA?
ARE LEVI'S MADE IN THE USA?
The first Levi Strauss manufacturing facility opened in San Francisco, California in 1873. In the early 1980s, the Levi Strauss company had 63 manufacturing plants in the USA. In 2002, six of the last remaining eight facilities in the USA were closed. The last Levi Strauss factories, which were both located in San Antonio, Texas, closed their doors in 2003. The company sourced out production of a limited edition American-made line to a local denim factory for a brief time in the 2010s. Currently, there are no Levi clothing items manufactured in the USA.
The demand for cheap and mass produced clothing has led to the outsourcing of Levi's.
Made in USA Alternatives to Levi's
Levi's aren't made in the USA any more, but we found these made in the USA alternatives.
Founded in 2002, Todd Shelton is an American menswear brand headquartered ten miles outside of NYC, in East Rutherford, NJ. All products are manufactured in-house in the company’s NJ headquarters. Todd Shelton does not wholesale and is not sold in stores.
Todd Shelton's Pro Original jeans are all cotton with a zip fly. The salvage denim is sourced from Japan and the jeans are cut and sewn in the USA.
USA Love List has reached out to various makers and scoured the Internet to find over 40 sources of men’s jeans made in the USA. The list includes men’s denim jeans of various weights, colors, cuts, and styles. We’ll help you choose the best fit for you.
If you want flattering, stylish jeans that look and feel amazing, shop only for the best women’s jeans made in the USA. American makers work with detail and design to bring you eye-catching styles and a fit that will have others saying, “Those jeans look great on you!”
This news is upsetting.
I had no idea that Levi’s aren’t made in the USA any more. Sad. They’ve been a go-to for years.