Buy American

032609_buy_americanAt GENTRY, we try as much as possible to keep all of our production domestic. Not only is this decision steeped in the respect for the quality craftsmanship that the American garment industry was known for in the mid twentieth century, the era that informs much of the classic aesthetic of GENTRY. But it is also in response to a growing demand for authenticity.

Our friends Ali Paul and Michael Williams of PR firm Paul + Williams (also the prolific author of A Continuous Lean, summed up the reasoning for such patriotic sartorial pride on Valet Mag:

“In Japan, consumers want English things to be from England, French things to be from France and American things to be made in America. It’s a quality that I believe is derived from a devotion to authenticity. Portland, Oregan-based Danner is a perfect example of the type of company the Japanese love to support. Danner, which is often over-looked by the newly minted throngs of Red Wing admirers, has been making quality boots in America since the early 1930s. It’s about time we as Americans hold companies that shun domestic manufacturing to as high of standards as our Japanese friends.” – Michael Williams

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