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My premium crew T: It’s the cotton and the American made.

There’s nothing better than ordering something online and being pleasantly surprised by the quality, is there? So often we find ourselves in the opposite situation.

Lucky for me, buying mostly made in USA, my latest purchases have all been grand. That Tradlands’ flannel this winter, all the US-made cloth diapers for baby, and now, a green, cotton tee from American Giant.

I got this t-shirt on a bit of impulse, adding it to the cart as my husband was ordering two more of American Giant’s 100% cotton “fleece” workman’s jackets ($89). He had one and wanted another two (in other colors) simply because they fit great, work great, and look great. Though they call it fleece, which traditionally is made of polyester, these are made with a long fiber cotton that holds up during the yarning and knitting process with minimal breakage and produces a heavyweight, durable fabric. (And no plastic microfibers to worry about like with plastic fleece!)

My Premium Crew T is made from 100% slub cotton, sourced in the USA. “Slub” was originally considered a defect, caused by knotting in the yarn during the knitting process resulting in a uniquely textured look and feel. Slubs tend to be flimsy and transparent but the fabric used here is thicker than regular slub and not see-thru at all (yay!). At the same time it allows the shirt to actually be quite form fitted. I love it. It’s well made.

There’s also a surprise seam on the back that adds a bit of interest.

Made in USA high quality cotton t-shirt
Made in USA American Giant t-shirt

I envision wearing this tee with my beige blazer, black skinnies, Oka-B black flats and a necklace when I head back to work. For now, I am wearing it casually, out and about with baby. I wore it to the Overland Expo in Flagstaff a couple of weekends ago, and got some cute pictures of it.

Yes, I am holding an unsustainable one-time-use Sprite bottle (thirsty!), but I’m making up for it with my all US-made clothes and baby’s fashion is all second-hand. We did recycle that bottle at least! ;)

This comfy classic sells for $36.50 at AmericanGiant.com and they’ve got free returns! (I’m wearing a size S, I’m 5′ 8.5″, 140 lbs.)

How my dad ended up on the blog… and why he is rocking it

When my dad first heard about me blogging, his first question was not “why?” but “are there any pictures of me on it?” Erm, no dad, it’s about eco-living, product origin and shopping consciously.

But come to think of it, he is right, he does deserve to be on the blog! Why? Because he is an excellent role model for sustainability.

He never buys anything he doesn’t need, rarely shops for clothes, buys good quality items so he rarely needs to replace anything, gives us gifts we want and need, eats mostly organic and locally grown foods (his wife helps on that part), recycles everything, reuses his coffee mug over and over (the so called dish-saving-program that sometimes drives us a little crazy), and always bikes to work; rain or shine.

It so happens, that he has just gotten a new t-shirt which is perfect for his first blog photo. (A gift from my sister – he did NOT go shopping.) It has glasses and a mustache, just like him. So he gets to be on the blog in a not made in China, but El Salvador, t-shirt. It’s looking pretty cool, I must say.

Go dad!

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As if my husband needed more reasons to shop… (Made in USA menswear: #lumbersexual)

I was excited to read this week, that Target is joining the made in America trend by adding some locally made collections to their ginormous offering of products.

Unfortunately 1. It seems the collection will be online only. Call me old-fashioned but I like trying clothes on before I buy them, touching the fabric and feeling the fit.

And 2. It’s all menswear! (at least for now) But whenever the hashtag is lumbersexual, I’m definitely interested.

But, hey, wait a minute. So far, throughout being on a not made in China challenge, I’ve actually stumbled across a lot more trendy and modern menswear made in USA, than I have women’s.

This challenge was not about making my husband look hotter and me looking standstill-ish at all (believe me), but it seems the industry is kind of working against me. Want proof? Just check out the rugged, sexy (spend-lots-of-money) websites of Iron & Resin, Tellason and 3sixteen.

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One of the latest purchases we made for hubby was a red brushed flannel twill shirt from Pendleton Woolen Mills, which we picked up at The Reserve Supply Co. in Houston for around $100. Great quality, perfect fit, American-made.

It even inspired his young nephew to jump on the “lumbersexual” trend! Well, thankfully, more like #lumbercute.

Guys, you’ve got it good.

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Check out my full list of awesome men’s wear and goods at my Made in USA Products page! Link here.