Bandanas are incredibly versatile. They make great fashion accessories because they come in all kinds of colors and patterns and can be worn as scarves, headbands, hair ties, and belts. These square pieces of thin cotton cloth also can be used as handkerchiefs or napkins. In addition, bandanas are popular with campers, hunters, and survivalists because of all their practical applications, such as marking a trail or making a makeshift bandage or sling.
Fortunately, plenty of companies produce bandanas right here in the USA. Read on to learn about the bands we found that make bandanas here with domestically sourced materials. We’ve also included information on materials and labeling and listed well-known brands that don’t make their bandanas in the USA. Let’s go!
Full List of Bandana Brands Made in the USA
Bradley Mountain specializes in making bags, apparel, and other products for those who live adventurously. This brand produces a few bandanas cut, sewn, and printed in the USA from Japanese selvedge cotton.
This Native American owned company has a wonderful selection of 100% cotton bandanas handmade in Oregon. In addition to traditionally sized bandanas, Ginew USA makes some extra-large ones that measure 43” x 43,” nearly twice the size of traditional bandanas. The brand partners with Native American small businesses and artisans to create its products. The symbolism of the design elements, including colors and patterns, are explained in detail on the Ginew USA website.
Benchmark FR makes fire-resistant clothing and accessories, including a few bandanas ideal for welders or other workers exposed to flames or electric arcs. This company tries to keep its supply chain in the United States, and everything is sewn at its California facility.
Unlike some apparel brands, Imogene + Willie’s products can be found in popular department stores. They can also be ordered online. Their 100% cotton bandanas have a vintage look and can be personalized with custom embroidery.
This brand is best known for its cowboy hats, but since cowboys and cowgirls love bandanas, it’s not surprising Jackson Hole Hat Co. sells some of them as well. These 100% cotton bandanas come in an amazing array of colors for only $7.25 each. At that price, you can buy enough to go with everything in your wardrobe!
Did you know bibs are just one of the many things a bandana can be used for? Kira Kids, which specializes in apparel and accessories for babies, toddlers, and older children, produces some bandana bibs and regular bandanas that are made in the USA.
Despite its name, this women’s workwear company makes a lot more than just pants. It also produces accessories, including custom-designed (crosscut saw, ant, or Montana grasses) bandanas that can be ordered in either red or blue.
Red Clouds Collective, another workwear company, also produces some bandanas. They come in four different colors, feature an overlock stitch edge, and are made entirely in the USA.
This family-owned company, which is known for treating its workers right, specializes in hats but also makes bandanas in the USA. However, you should know that some of the materials for those bandanas are imported.
WSI, which is famous for its athletic wear, produces some bandanas. Styles include camo and a red, white, and blue Star-Spangled Bandana. Some materials may be sourced from outside the USA.
How to Find Bandanas Made in the USA
We try hard to find every company making bandanas domestically, but we also want to train you how to do your own research. Below are some tips for determining whether a bandana was produced domestically based on its materials, labeling, and other factors.
The first step in your search for any made in the USA products should be looking at the materials an item is made of, as some are more likely to be sourced domestically than others.
The vast majority of bandanas are made from 100% cotton because this fabric is lightweight, comfy, and versatile. And since it is a natural fiber, it dyes well.
Happily, the U.S. is one of the world’s biggest cotton producers, alongside China and India. Therefore, it’s not difficult to find American made bandanas.
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says products can only be advertised as “Made in the USA” if they are “all or virtually all” made domestically. This means the item must be manufactured in the United States AND use raw materials sourced from here.
For more information, check out Mike’s guide on finding made in the USA products.
When shopping for bandanas or any other product, be on the lookout for the “Made in the USA” label. According to Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US code, an item’s country of origin has to be listed on the label or packaging.
However, some companies use misleading language such as “Manufactured in the USA,” “Designed in the USA,” or “Made in America.” These phrases are red flags that a product wasn’t completely made here. Other brands are more honest and use the phrase, “Made in the USA with imported materials.”
You also should be aware that the federal government doesn’t require companies to be pre-approved to use the “Made in the USA” label. This means brands are responsible for policing themselves – and they don’t always do a great job with that. Should you discover abuse of the “Made in the USA” label, we recommend reporting it so the government can put a stop to it.
You would think that the appearance of the American flag sticker on a label would mean a product was made in the USA. Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee because the US code doesn’t protect the image of the Stars and Stripes.
The simplest method to ensure you buy made in the USA is to shop in brick-and-mortar stores, which allows you to look at the physical labels. However, many goods that are American-made can only be purchased online.
The good news is companies that do make products in the USA know it’s a great selling point and feature that fact prominently in their advertising. Some brands have that info on their website’s main page or their “About Us” page. If they make some products in the USA, but not others, product descriptions may list the country of origin, whether it is the United States or another nation. However, companies are not required to state any of this information online. This means if you don’t see anything indicating where a product was made, it’s best to assume it was not manufactured here.
Still in doubt about where an item came from? Try giving the company a call. Hopefully, a customer service rep will give you the info you need.
Bandanas Not Made in the USA
Here are some popular brands that don’t make their bandanas here. We will add to this list when we find more companies that import bandanas.
- Polo Ralph Lauren – Made in Japan
- J. Crew – Imported
- Gap – Imported
- Madewell – Imported
- Duluth Trading Co. – Made in Japan
- Filson – Imported
- Cabela’s – Imported
- Patagonia -Made in China and Sri Lanka
- L.L. Bean – Imported
- Dickies – Imported