American Flannel: How a Band of Entrepreneurs Are Bringing the Art and Business of Making Clothes Back Home (Hardcover)

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I can confidently say this will be one of my favorite books of 2024.” —Stephen King, bestselling author (and onetime millworker)

American Flannel is a wonderful book--surprising, entertaining, vivid and personal, but also enlightening on the largest questions of America's economic and social future.” —James Fallows, co-author of Our Towns

 
The little-engine-that-could story of how a band of scrappy entrepreneurs are reviving the enterprise of manufacturing clothing in the United States.
 
For decades, clothing manufacture was a pillar of U.S. industry. But beginning in the 1980s, Americans went from wearing 70 percent domestic-made apparel to almost none. Even the very symbol of American freedom and style—blue jeans—got outsourced. With offshoring, the nation lost not only millions of jobs but also crucial expertise and artistry.
 
Dismayed by shoddy imported “fast fashion”—and unable to stop dreaming of re-creating a favorite shirt from his youth—Bayard Winthrop set out to build a new company, American Giant, that would swim against this trend. New York Times reporter Steven Kurutz, in turn, began to follow Winthrop’s journey. He discovered other trailblazers as well, from the “Sock Queen of Alabama” to a pair of father-son shoemakers and a men’s style blogger who almost single-handedly drove a campaign to make “Made in the USA” cool. Eye-opening and inspiring, American Flannel is the story of how a band of visionaries and makers are building a new supply chain on the skeleton of the old and wedding old-fashioned craftsmanship to cutting-edge technology and design to revive an essential American dream.

About the Author


Steven Kurutz has been a features reporter for The New York Times for more than a decade. His magazine article “Fruitland,” about the music of Donnie and Joe Emerson, was adapted for the feature film Dreamin’ Wild. He is also the author of Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, he currently lives in New England with his family.

Praise For…


Advance praise for American Flannel:

“An engrossing cross-country tour of business owners who are working to reinvigorate a flagging industry. In [Kurutz’s] excellent telling, the triumphs and setbacks of this crop of industry pioneers will leave a lasting impact while instilling hope for the future.” —Booklist

“Kurutz’s well-crafted story is one of makers defying the odds, as well as lessons in the many harms of throwaway culture.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[An] encouraging report the efforts of entrepreneurs working to bring clothing manufacturing back to the U.S… The profiles humanize the machinations of the clothing market, finding in the entrepreneurs’ plights an all-American tale of resilience and self-sufficiency in the face of steep odds.”—Publishers Weekly 

“I was hooked from the very first page. Kurutz's writing is tight, vivid, always on point. The story he tells is as important as it is absorbing. First, it's an uplifting tale of good old American inventiveness and stick-to-it-iveness, the best kind of underdog story. It is also a cautionary tale about what happens when a country becomes so rich and complacent that it forgets how to create as well as buy. I can confidently say this will be one of my favorite books of 2024.” —Stephen King, bestselling author (and onetime millworker)
 
American Flannel is a wonderful book--surprising, entertaining, vivid and personal, but also enlightening on the largest questions of America's economic and social future. I envy Steven Kurutz his experience in reporting for this book, and I am grateful that he has shared the results so generously with the rest of us.” —James Fallows, co-author of Our Towns

“Captures the fabric of an essential American experience. Steven Kurutz reminds us that all sustainability and resilience is local, and that we are not just consumers but makers and members of communities.” William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle

“In this heartbreaking and inspiring book, Kurutz explains what we lost by giving away the clothing industry and how some people are trying to get it back, with the dreams, ingenuity, and hard work that built the nation in the first place.” Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York and The Third Coast


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593329610
ISBN-10: 0593329619
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English