7 Fashion Brands Still Made in USA

The 2012 U.S.

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The 2012 U.S. Olympians aren't the only ones clad in "Made in China" labels. According to a 2011 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 36% of clothing and shoes purchased by U.S. consumers were manufactured in China, while only a quarter were made in the U.S. The silver lining: 55 cents of every dollar spent on products made in China actually goes to U.S. companies and workers. So the patriotic battle cries against Olympic designer Ralph Lauren, who promised to make Team USA's 2014 Opening and Closing Ceremony uniforms in America, should perhaps be tempered.

Still, pushing for a "Made in America" renaissance is admirable. "As much as we'd all love to see our athletes dressed in uniforms made in the U.S., I'd love to see American consumers want to wear American-made clothes, too," says Doug Williams, chief executive of HMX Group, owner of domestically manufactured men's suit brand Hickey Freeman.

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Stacy Rapacon
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for Kiplinger.com in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.