Ethically produced custom-embroidered ballcaps?
July 15, 2020 11:41 AM   Subscribe

My company currently sells logo hats that are mass-produced in Bangladesh. We would like to support made-in-the-USA, minority-owned businesses with ethical and sustainable labor and materials, and we are willing to pay more for such a product (or as close as we can get). However, I'm not having luck searching for them on my own. Does the hivemind know about any such companies?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total)
Try going hyper local and search for screen printing places in your town/city, frequently they will also do embroidery work as well.
posted by magnetsphere at 11:55 AM on July 15, 2020 [2 favorites]

Sew Loved does machine embroidery, but I am guessing you would have to supply the un-logo'ed hats. They might know of a supplier.
posted by lakeroon at 12:51 PM on July 15, 2020

The Ideal Cap Company is a domestic manufacturer, but I don’t know if they are minority-owned.
posted by mumkin at 12:56 PM on July 15, 2020

The Carter Brand is owned by two black men and apparently produced in the US. It sells baseball caps and may be open to custom logo work. Dunno about ethical production but ask. On my phone but just search to find the company itself. Thank you for wanting to support minority-owned businesses manufacturing in the US that use ethical and sustainable labor and other practices!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:12 PM on July 15, 2020

Awesome Merchandise in Austin might... Fit the bill.
posted by teststrip at 3:08 PM on July 15, 2020

Dehen of Portland does very very good work (with price points to match). They are not minority owned, but employ minorities and pay their employees a pretty fair wage for Portland.

Their hats are made in the USA (but I don't think by them) and they do the embroidery in house. Their hats are also really fuckin nice.
posted by furnace.heart at 4:35 PM on July 15, 2020

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