Made in the U.S.A. Monday – The “Flint and Trader” 10 Year Hoodie

For almost as long as I can remember I have worn hooded sweat shirts. Trends may change, fashions will come and go, but for me the hoodie is staple of my wardrobe. A nice transition piece for the fall and spring that shows up before the jacket and can be worn with it for some extra warmth. I own five hoodies and only one is Made in America. With the introduction of the “10 year hoodie” that number might change. 

Flint and Tinder is a start up, established in 2011 they are a new player to the clothing business. It’s exciting to see new companies popping up that are embracing the “Made in the USA” business model.  They are another example that the tide is turning and that people are starting to realize the importance of buying American. According to Flint and Tinder’s own website, for every 1000 pairs of underwear sold one full time job at their factory is sustained. Imagine if 1,000,000 pairs were sold.

The Flint and Tinder website is very well made and very easy to navigate. They offer a wide range of very good looking clothing. Some of their items are a bit pricey, but to be fair, they are a start up. To offset the higher cost they have embraced one of the cornerstone of “American made” products, quality. You may pay more, but you also get more. 

hoodieThis appears to be the case with their “10 year hoodie”. Made of 100% domestically produced 18 ounce cotton, this hoodie redefines the term, built to last. So many of the products we buy are disposable, made for one or two years of ownership at best. As the name suggests the “10 year hoodie” comes with a ten year warranty . If it rips or tears send it back and they will mend it for free. 

As the warranty clearly indicates, this sweat shirt is made for the long haul. You can buy it and year it for years, as time passes it will get more comfortable with age. This hoodie sells for $89, this is a pre-sale price. When it retails, the 10 year hoodie will cost $125. It may seem high, but for such a premium made item, $89 is a deal. 

“Flint and Tinder” just completed a Kickstarter campaign and managed to raise over $1,000,000 worth of sweatshirts. It’s clear that people are rallying around this new “American made” company and I believe that you should as well. 

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