If you're in the market for handkerchiefs, you might be surprised to learn that it's actually quite difficult to find ones made in the USA. In fact, one of the reasons we started making handkerchiefs in America was because we found it so hard to find them ourselves.
So are handkerchiefs an item that you should insist on being made in the United States? We believe the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Simply put, not all handkerchiefs are created equal. Many people don't realize that there are significant differences between handkerchiefs made in the United States and those made overseas, so we thought we'd share some of the most important ones with you.
- Craftsmanship & Durability
- Customer Service
- Supporting America
Craftsmanship & Durability
If you find yourself buying new handkerchiefs every year because your old ones have fallen apart, then it's time to consider investing in properly made handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs manufactured overseas are typically woven of cheap fabrics and are made in such volume that little care is given to their construction. The combination of these factors leads to them needing to be replaced often.
Meanwhile handkerchiefs made in America are cut and sewn with quality in mind. Workers are paid well and are not pressed by high quotas so they can adequately focus on making sure each and every stitch is perfect and the final handkerchief is worthy of the "made in the USA" name.
Of course, you must also prioritize the handkerchief's fabric if you want them to last, because even if they are made well, the fabric might not be able to hold up to the ware and tare of daily use. It is our belief that Irish linen is the best handkerchief material. Irish linen is one of the world's most durable, yet beautiful fabrics, that along with other high performance properties, make it the best handkerchief material.
We believe handkerchiefs should be made to last for years, not weeks or months. That's why our handkerchiefs are backed by a 2 year guarantee. We are lucky to partner with our manufacturers in Connecticut who make this possible because they genuinely care about making great products.
Likewise, you'll receive a higher level of customer service when you buy American made handkerchiefs because you are purchasing from a business that, again, cares about providing you with quality.
This means when searching online you'll be able to find out more about the company, their mission and why they chose to make handkerchiefs. Additionally, when reaching out, you'll be able to talk to someone who is knowledgeable about the product. The ability to ask questions and receive answers from an actual human being can give you additional peace of mind when ordering your handkerchiefs made in the USA.
The desire to be more sustainable is one of the main reasons people choose to use handkerchiefs. Therefore, it makes sense that sustainability should be considered long before the handkerchiefs ever get to the user.
Most handkerchiefs are made from fibers that are grown in one region of the world that are then collected and flown to another location to be spun and woven into fabric which is then shipped to a third location where it is cut and sewn into handkerchiefs, until finally being shipped across the world again, to be sold in the United States. That is a significant amount of travel (and its associated emissions) for something that is supposed to make you more eco-friendly.
The way handkerchiefs made in the USA, specifically those made of Irish Linen, are made is from 100% European origin flax that is harvested and spun into thread nearly onsite that is then shipped across the channel to Northern Ireland where it is woven in to Irish Linen that is then shipped to the United States to be cut and sewn into handkerchiefs. Overall, handkerchiefs made in the USA of Irish linen have a significantly reduced travel footprint and a streamlined process - we call it straight-line sourcing.
And this does not even take into account the large environmental impact differences between the cultivation of typical handkerchief fabrics like cotton as compared with European grown flax.
Additionally, overseas manufacturers and their energy suppliers are not held to as high of a standard as those in the United States and are often powered by carbon-intensive sources. Whereas, handkerchiefs manufactured in the USA and their energy suppliers are subject to the high standards of the EPA.
To ensure that your handkerchiefs are safe and environmentally friendly from start to finish, make sure to get them made in the USA of 100% Irish linen.
Not only the wealth; but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply.
—Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures, 1791
Purchasing American-made products has always had a large impact on the livelihoods of its citizens. As one person's spending is another person's income, support for American businesses and manufacturers helps keep and create jobs here in the USA. And not only are you helping keep jobs in this country, but you are also not outsourcing them to other countries where workers may not have as many protections against exploitations or abuse by their employers.
When you buy American-made goods, you can rest assured that they were made by individuals who are respected and appreciated. You can know that when you hold your handkerchiefs in your hands, they will be infused with the hard work of every single person involved in its creation. That's something we're proud to stand behind as a company.
This post has explored the many reasons why it is important to get your handkerchiefs made in the USA. We have shown that American-made handkerchiefs are better for our environment, better for our local economy, and ultimately better for you as they will reliably perform their function for years.
In short, if you are tired of your handkerchiefs not lasting, consider getting your next ones made in the USA from a high quality fabric. Handkerchiefs made in the USA may cost a little more upfront, but they'll last much longer, which means they'll save you money in the long run. Plus, handkerchiefs are something that you will use every day, so investing in high quality handkerchiefs is a reward that you experience the benefits of every day.
So yes, it is hard to find handkerchiefs made in the USA. We think that is because many people do not seek to make great handkerchiefs, we do. While all handkerchiefs made in the USA are made with great care, we can assure you that no handkerchiefs are given as much care from plant to finished handkerchief as ours.
It is our mission to make the best handkerchiefs possible, and that means there's no better place to manufacturer them than right here at home.