The resurgence of “Made in America” has been a rising trend, just check out how #madeinamerica is trending on Twitter. But in all serious, it is literally what our country was built on. The early, young American economy was replete with artisans—we created our own clothing, machines, tools, and grew our own food. And why wouldn’t we? We had just recently fought for our independence, and by-golly we were going to be independent! Plus, the other world powers did not want much to do with a bunch of colonial whippersnappers, so if we wanted it, we had to make it.
I have always loved studying early American history for that very reason, but it has been a bittersweet study as I see how far the US strayed from that self-sufficient mindset. Buying American-made is more than just a hipster statement, it is a step toward reclaiming who we are and what we value as Americans. Americans still have stories to tell through their craft, and buying American-made products shows that we still value those stories.
I am proud to fall in line with America’s heritage and handcraft my pocket squares right here in Nashville, TN.