Makers in the USA: Best Clothing & Accessories (2017)


Fashion is a natural outlet for expression and creativity. These 10 clothing and accessories makers in the USA, nominated by a panel of maker movement insiders and voted the best in the US by our readers, craft high-quality, design-forward items ranging from knitwear and t-shirts to leather bags and jewelry.

  • Lyonhart Bag Company

    Lyonhart Bag Company
    Leather and Waxed Canvas Bags

    Each leather and waxed canvas bag from Lyonhart Bag Company is handmade from design to the last rivet by Niamh in her East Oakland warehouse. The bags are designed to be repaired and cared for, allowing them to last for many years.
    Photo courtesy of Lyonhart Bag Company



    HAWKHOUSE specializes in raw crystal and electroformed mineral jewelry, including beautiful birthstone pieces for every month of the year.
    Photo courtesy of HAWKHOUSE / Etsy

  • Jamie Bourgeois

    Jamie Bourgeois
    Silk Scarves

    With a background in illustration, designer Jamie Bourgeois takes inspiration from conservation and ecology when hand-dying and screen printing her line of silk scarves.
    Photo courtesy of Jamie Bourgeois

  • Original Hardware

    Original Hardware

    "Be true to who you are and your life will unfold miraculously in front of you." That's the mantra behind Original Hardware's contemporary, handcrafted jewelry made from ethically sourced materials and 100-percent recycled sterling silver.
    Photo courtesy of Original Hardware

  • Boldfoot Socks

    Boldfoot Socks
    Socks for Men

    Boldfoot Socks, 100-percent made in the USA from American-grown materials, donates 5-percent of their proceeds to U.S. military and veterans in need.
    Photo courtesy of Boldfoot Socks

  • Woolly

    Leather Accessories

    Minimal, simple and precise – these are three words that define the vegetable tanned leather goods and accessories made in the USA by Woolly. This Portland-based maker specializes in wallets, fobs and coasters for the modern consumer.
    Photo courtesy of WOOLLY

  • Responsive Textiles

    Responsive Textiles

    Maker Kristine Rodriguez believes clothes should be your second skin. Responsive Textiles is a line of handmade knitwear meant to be polished, intentional and human – as unique as you are.
    Photo courtesy of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES

  • HFS Collective

    HFS Collective
    Belt Bags

    Short for Hipsters for Sisters, HFS Collective celebrates the freedom of hands-free living with a line of belt bags made from animal and earth-friendly materials. Two percent of the purchase price of every bag goes toward organizations that empower women and protect the planet.
    Photo courtesy of Hipsters for Sisters Collective

  • Ezra Arthur

    Ezra Arthur
    Lifestyle Accessories

    Owned by four brothers and named after their grandfather, Ezra Arthur crafts high-quality mens keepsakes, meant to be passed from father to son. The line includes pocket combs, razor strops and cases, straight razors, wallets, pouches, belts and bracelets.
    Photo courtesy of Ezra Arthur

  • Buck Mason

    Buck Mason

    Founded in 2013 by two neighbors in Venice, California, Buck Mason designs modern American menswear – classic pieces with updated design details, meant for daily wear.
    Photo courtesy of Buck Mason


The top 10 winners in the category Best Clothing & Accessories Maker are as follows:

  1. Lyonhart Bag Company - Leather and Waxed Canvas Bags
  2. HAWKHOUSE - Jewelry
  3. Jamie Bourgeois - Silk Scarves
  4. Original Hardware - Jewelry
  5. Boldfoot Socks - Socks for Men
  6. Woolly - Leather Accessories
  7. Responsive Textiles - Knitwear
  8. HFS Collective - Belt Bags
  9. Ezra Arthur - Lifestyle Accessories
  10. Buck Mason - Menswear

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts AmyAnn Cadwell (The Good Trade), Suzy Ekman (Makers Market) and Erin Godbey (Makers Collective) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of maker movement in the USA.

Congratulations to all these winning American makers!

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