American Made Clothing brands
Are you curious to know what it takes to make clothing in the United States?
Ever wonder why more products aren't made right here in America? Well, as the global political-economic theory goes, the progression of American hegemony brings us to a post blah blah blah. Let's talk about what it takes for us to produce quality Signature garments here at home.
Making a product in America is often tricky. It's challenging to find the central hub that creates and manufactures everything you need all in one stop. When you make clothes overseas, you can often deal with one factory to handle every process involved. In America, it is entirely different. For example, our new shirt jacket, the Henry J, the outer organic cotton moleskin, is shipping in from Washington. At the same time, our inside liner is sourced from North Carolina, and the YKK zipper is coming from Canada, rather than Japan, to cut down on our carbon footprint.
When you get further down your supply chain to the sew House, it can become more of a headache; very rarely does a sew House have a pattern maker and first sample maker on-site, but if they do, you're in luck! Then getting to the digitizing and grading the patterns. Putting your design into a digital file and grading means sizing them small - Xl or whatever your preferred sizes are. At Signature, we oversee each step of taking textiles and building the final product into existence. Very rarely will you find Signature just slapping a logo on something. We design and make the goods that go with the logo. Overseeing this process allows us to maintain control over the product. So you know it's made by real OG's.
It's downright hard. But it's worth it, so we put in the effort.
The roots of Signature Innovation Group are found in Fontana, CA. About fifty miles east of Los Angeles. There was a multiple-decade long period where it seems likely Fontana was the toughest suburb in the United States. At one time, Al Capone had kept a hideout house that you make your parents unnecessarily drive past as a kid all the time. Fontana is also the birthplace of the notorious motorcycle club, the Hells Angels. Through the 80s and 90s, if you were a visiting school coming on a bus to play our High School's athletic teams, your bus would have rocks thrown at it on the way out. And a lot of that rock-throwing came from adults. And some of them were showing their children how to hit a bus with rocks.
But the toughness the town was known for was the uncompromising can-do spirit the city displayed in its ability to produce large supplies of steel through Kaiser Steel. Kaiser Steel has long been gone, as evident by the Auto Club Speedway that sits in a location where the memorable ending to Terminator 2 "Judgement Day" was filmed.
Kaiser Steel played a key role during World War II. Providing a large portion of the steel needed to construct America's American made naval fleet. The importance of Kaiser's role in the community dominated the subsequent culture that later shaped Signature Clothing's admiration for American manufacturing capabilities.
To create Signature, we've had to expand our experiences outside of Fontana, to be able to integrate new understandings and experiences, with the sense of purpose that blue-collar neighborhood experiences have to offer. Now we're not able to experience everything life has to offer, so we often borrow through the experiences of others we meet who have the same passion for living the life they've always wanted. The basis for this spectrum's construction is to curate a collection of our experience of growing up in a manufacturing town, with the experiences of other creative and ambitious types. Not only was Fontana manufacturing, but it was also manufacturing something cool, and something everyone knows. So we take the sophistication from a world full of ideas and experience and partner them up with the edginess of a steelworker's kid.
The first goal Signature ever set out for itself was to update and showcase American classics. Another goal has been to redefine classics to mean a more inclusive representation of what America has to offer. To stay authentic, we've been committed to finding the most effective ways of producing high-quality garments here in the United States.
We can maximize quality because we access the talented garment makers in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. Doing so allows us to find talent who have a passion for their work and enjoy the life they chose.
If you ever want to talk shop, hit us up. We'd love to connect.