Classic All-American Brands To Look For At The Thrift Store
Synonymous with American culture and values, these brands have a rich history that spans decades. They represent the American spirit of innovation and quality. Here's some brands that we look for at the thrift store:
1. Tommy Hilfiger - Easily recognized for its blue, white, and red striped logo, the Tommy Hilfiger brand was started in 1985 in Elmira, New York. Tommy was determined to make it in the fashion industry, and after his genius hangman billboard marketing ploy in Time's Square, his designs quickly became a staple of American fashion. From polos to jeans, Tommy's basics will always be timeless.
2. Ralph Lauren - If you're looking to embody the 'old money' look, keep an eye out for Ralph Lauren while thrifting. When asked about his aristocratic designs, Ralph said, “I’m interested in longevity, timelessness, style—not fashion.” His brand became a household name in the 1990's, and continues to create perfect transitional pieces for the office, casual outings, and formal occasions. Ralph Lauren has stood the test of time and have proven their reliability.
3. Eddie Bauer - Getting his start in the 1920's in Washington State, a young Eddie Bauer started out in sports equipment repair. After getting hypothermia on a winter fishing expedition, he began creating functional and comfortable outdoor wear as an alternative to the simple wool garments of the late 1930's. His brand has grown to provide both warm and cold weather gear, as well as long-lasting everyday wear. Eddie Bauer continues to deliver reliable and durable pieces and will last in your closet for years to come. Snag these pieces at the thrift when you see them!
4. Calvin Klein - Calvin Klein has gone from being known mainly for their jeans in the 90's, to a full-blown fashion house. Recognized for their modern classic designs, think twice before you pass up this brand at the thrift store. From loungewear to wool blazers, anything with the simple lined "Calvin Klein" logo is sure to be two things: Quality, and all-American.
5. Levi Strauss - Another brand with their start in denim, Levi Strauss has undeniably been around the longest. Founded in 1853, Levi's have become a coveted thrift find, especially their vintage jeans & jackets. Similar to Wrangler and Lee, Levi's carry a sense of heritage and tradition. Levi Strauss has built a strong reputation and have become part of the fabric of American life. If you're in the market for some vintage Levi's, you can find them here.
6. J.Crew - Preppy is making a comeback, which is good news for J.Crew. During the rise of gym culture and the subsequent the pandemic of 2020, it seemed that every brand was caving to the athleisure-all-day trend and changing their manufacturing focus to sweatshirts and leggings. But J.Crew stuck with their playful, yet sophisticated style. Now that stripes, sweater vests, and cardigans are back, we suggest keeping your eyes peeled for this brand.
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