UPDATE January, 2020: What a difference 6 years can make! When this article was originally posted in 2014, Duluth Trading Co. offered a decent selection of made in USA apparel. Now, they carry zilch. All of their jeans, shirts, pants, and outerwear (unless you are looking for hats), are manufactured overseas. Duluth Trading Co. does still offer a small selection of American made accessories and personal care products.
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UPDATE September 2020: Duluth Trading Company has tagged the Made in USA items on their site making them easier to find. It is mostly socks, belts, soaps, and hats, but there are some excellent boots and unique giftable items that are worth a look. Click here to go directly to the Duluth Trading Made in USA Collection. Please be sure to read the item description carefully before purchasing.
The following was originally posted February 19, 2014.
If you're looking for comfortable, hardworking, Made in the USA apparel and accessories, allow me to introduce you to Duluth Trading Co.
Sound familiar? If you've ever watched ESPN or any other sports or outdoor channel, I'm guessing you recognize the name because you've seen one of Duluth Trading Co.'s many amusing commercials.
Duluth Trading Co. was founded in 1991 by two brothers living in Duluth, MN, who sought to find a better way to transport tools from one job site to the next. Since then, their business has evolved into a wide variety of clothing items including underwear, outerwear, and footwear, along with clothing accessories and tools. Best of all, Duluth's website features a Made in the USA section that includes shirts, pants, outerwear, footwear, accessories, and tools – everything you could ever want!
Duluth Trading Co.: American Made Apparel, Accessories, and Tools
After testing out a variety of Duluth's products, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by two things: the quality of the products, and the number of compliments that I received after wearing them. By far, my favorite Duluth Trading Co. products are the men's contractor oxford work shoes. You can tell the quality of the shoes right off the bat – they are heavy! But man, are they comfortable, and I cannot begin to tell you how many people have told me how much they love the look of them.
I am also a BIG fan of Duluth's work belt. I've searched high and low for a belt that will last longer than a couple of months. This one has lasted the better part of a year and still does not show any signs of wear and tear. In fact, this belt is so great that Duluth has dubbed it as their “Gets Better With Age” belt!
One of Duluth Trading Co.'s most popular products are their ballroom jeans. These might not be the most fashionable jeans to wear when you go clubbing, but if you want a durable pair of jeans to wear on the job site or at home on the weekends, I am not sure that you'll find a pair more comfortable than these. I kid you not, these jeans are about as comfortable as wearing a cozy pair of sweatpants!
Be sure to check out Duluth Trading Co.'s full line of Made in the USA products here. You can also visit one of Duluth's brick and mortar stores to see their products in person!
An absolute shameful marketing scam! Made in the U.S.A., my ass! Duluth Trading Co. is nothing more than a glorified label selling clothing/apparel that is manufactured in Asia by child labor sweatshops. Don’t get sucked into their fake advertising narrative. Buy real American made products.
Disappointed to discover Duluth is playing for a foreign company. My limited income stays here in the USA
Very sad you have caved
Thank you so much for this helpful information!
My Husband wanted some items from Duluth for Christmas – so I ordered online. Placed an order totaling $106 (Pending on card)- few days later another charge (20 something), and another (60 something), all charges showed Duluth Trading Co. – Air China. I thought maybe I ordered off a fake website?! After canceling card and reporting additional charges as fraud I was finally able to get up with their customer service from being on hold forever – multiple times. Turns out they send the first charge to see it it will clear – then if the items are coming from different warehouses those are charged separately and the initial total charge is not processed through your account. I have never seen or heard of a company charging this way. One of the main confusions was the charge showing China….. so after looking further into all this I come across this article and as many of you have mentioned – VERY DECEIVING! 1st and last time purchasing from them.
I just had the same thing happen after buying from them for years without the mention of China airlines. I contacted Duluth and they said it was Capital Ones fault. I reported this to theCC card company and they did some research. It turns out that DTC has been bought by a Chinese company. Won’t be buying from them ever again.
No, there are not Made in USA options for Jeans on their Made In USA page. Very disappointed.
Duluth Trading company makes some of the best clothes I have ever worn.
Yeah, you can buy levi’s or wranglers or some wal-mart brand for 2/3rds the price, and then replace them every few years, or you can buy Duluth and replace them once every decade or two…. and they last through anything.
Plus, 100% American made… and they actually encompass the concept of “American quality” that I thought lost.
and I know that the ‘brand tee shirt’ is made by a chinese tee shirt company. I don’t care. I don’t wear their tee shirts… I wear their jeans, which are manufactured by a plant right here.
Yep…another company duping the AMERICAN public….Im a 28 year Vet and will from now on read the fine print on anything I pay good money for. 80-90 percent of DULUTH Trading products come from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and other parts of the world OTHER THAN THE USA. Someone here on this USA LOVE LIST site also got duped and is spreading more false information about GREAT PRODUCTS FROM DULUTH TRADING MADE IN AMERICA! DTA
Deeply saddened and disappointed by your conversion to Chinese communism
I try to buy American made products and am even willing to pay extra for them, when I can afford to. Then I come to find out that the vast majority of Duluth’s products are made overseas, yet they are priced as if they are made here in the USA? No way, José! What a rip-off! I guess they have to pay for all those commercials somehow. Now I know how.
And yet, everyone whining about not being made in the U.S.A are all using computers and smartphones made in Japan to post their complaints, You know, the country that blew Pearl Harbor out of the water! Don’t be hypocrites. Get off the soapbox. Deluth sells great quality stuff!
You are on the wrong website looking stupid with that rant.
And we dont think we can or want to only use American made products, but we sure will when we can.
The only reason we cant buy an American made phone is because we dont have a choice, which is not our fault. We literally dont have a choice even though we want one.
When I have a choice, I try to buy American to support Americans. If you dont care, that is your choice, but you look silly saying that just because we buy some products that arent American made, that we shouldnt care whether any product is American made.
Like most very small amount of there clothes are made in the USA.
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I live in Mexico, so I ordered two pairs of pants from Duluth BECAUSE they say it’s “Made in USA” so I wouldn’t have to pay a lot in import duties. To my surprise when the pants arrived I had to pay $30 USD in import duties alone because the product is Made in VIETNAM, not the USA, I guess I won’t buying from this company again.
Duluthtrading company is Not all Made in USA. False advertisement. Ron explained it very well. I had same experience.
I know and I despise a company that uses “made in the U.S.A. to sell their merchandise but when you order it their jeans say made in India!!! It’s deceptive & traitor like in my opinion!
My first time order from Duluth Trading Co. For those of you thinking of doing business with them. High prices for cheap wage foreign manufacturers. Out of 52 pairs of pants only 1 pair is made in the USA and out of 80 shirts only 1 is made in the USA. They boast USA and wave the flag, over one set of clothes? To suggest your a Made in USA company and give a false representation.
I just got my refunds this week..
To Customer Service:
Just got my Firehose work jeans. I was disgusted to see that I just bought Duluth jean that were made in Vietnam. As a decorated Vietnam Veteran I would NEVER had purchased these and you should list Country of Origin. Vietnam, a country we were at war with and lost 57,000 young men. A Country that is still Communist and we are supporting them with OUR money for clothing you order from them. Duluth Trading will NEVER get another penny from me. I was excited about your line of work pants (especially the Fire Hose line) until I read the Made In Vietnam label when they arrived.
Your site says, and I quote “Wave it loud & proud. USA made jeans, shirts, belts, work boots & shoes let you work in comfort – and tell the world Made In America matters”. How can Duluth stand there and make believe they are a flag waving company? I did search the internet and found 8 jean companies that DO make theirs in the USA and yes, to some of us MADE IN THE USA DOES MATTER.
I will pay the return fee of $6.95 gladly just not to wear a pair of pants made in a country that I fought against and lost friends to.
A disappointed ex-customer,
They lied and said their products r American made!! I received my pants and to my surprise discovered it was actually made in Indonesia !!! WTF
I am just as dumbfounded as everyone else. Good quality, I would rather buy American Made Clothes.
Wow – they have some really cool stuff! I’m both girly girl and like to chop wood and hike. This is for me! And first time I’ve heard of ballroom jeans – cute!
Wow seeing all these replies has made me second guess at buying any of there products. Thanks everyone one for saving my hard earned American money on this deceiving company.