Beanies, which traditionally have been worn by blue-collar workers, have exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to celebrities and many more wearing them. These round hats that fit close to the skull are not only practical during cold weather but also are available in such a wide variety of options that you can easily find one that suits your personal style.
Luckily for those who are particular about buying products made in the USA as much as possible, there are tons of beanies manufactured here from domestically-sourced materials. Below you will find all the American-made beanies we found during our research, along with info on material sourcing and made-in-the-USA labeling. In addition, we listed some famous apparel brands whose beanies aren’t made in the USA. Here we go!
Full List of Beanie Brands Made in the USA
This company, which specializes in outdoor gear that’s 100% made in the USA, makes a camo softshell beanie that’s ideal for hunting. This hat is made using the company’s Airadigm™ Pulse Plasma windproof fabric technology. The recycled polyester is treated with Polartec® Odor Resistant for advanced scent control, so animals can’t detect you through their sense of smell. This beanie was designed using a bi-component knit fleece that’s lightweight, warm, and breathable. The stretch woven twill ear band won’t obstruct your hearing.
American Giant, which makes all its clothes in New Jersey and sells them directly to the consumer to reduce prices, has shop beanies in a variety of colors. Buyers love these acrylic hats because they are stretchy and keep their shape even after washing. They are also soft, warm, and durable.
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This Ohio company, which partners with made-in-the-USA apparel brands, has several styles of beanies you can order from their website. Their prices are amazing! For example, you can get an acrylic knit beanie for just $15. All American Clothing Co. also sells camouflage beanies. The regular price is $16, but when this article was written it was on sale for only $10.
The American Trench lifestyle brand makes several different kinds of beanies. Their styles are beautiful, but even though the company has the word “American” in its name and its products are manufactured here, some of its beanies are made from imported yarn. We suggest checking the individual product descriptions on their website.
Upstate Stock produces lots of knit caps and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Many of their beanies are made from 100% upcycled eco-cotton, and the yarn is purchased from Hickory Throwing in North Carolina. Another manufacturing partner, Mozaic Organization, handles a lot of the knitting in Waterloo, New York.
Runabout Goods makes beanies (along with a lot of other apparel and accessories) from 100% virgin wool. They have a similar design to the classic WW2-era caps issued by the US Navy. So, if that’s your style, definitely give them a look.
Ginew USA is a Native American owned garment manufacturer that makes beanies, hats, clothing, and other goods in very small batches. Their beanies are 100% merino wool and come in a couple different colors.
In addition to traditional knit beanies, Duckworth makes a beanie from its lightweight, moisture-wicking Vapor fabric that’s 50% American polyester, 38% Mountain Merino wool, and 12% Modal (beach wood pulp). These skull caps fit most head sizes and can be worn under a helmet or just by themselves during intense outdoor exercise. All the wool Duckworth uses for its apparel, which includes shirts, jackets, and vests, comes from sheep raised in Montana.
If you’re looking for a wool beanie, Mountain Meadow Wool is a great place to start. They make five different styles, several of which come in various colors. These beanies are all made with 100% Mountain Merino wool sourced from Wyoming sheep. This material is extra-soft and silky. The company also uses environmentally friendly processes, such as natural, biodegradable soaps, when making their products, which also include hoodies, sweaters, gloves, slippers, and blankets.
We love the acrylic knit beanies Los Angeles Apparel makes because of their designs. They’ve got a tricolor style with five different color combinations available, as well as a Fair Isle beanie. Both these hats have pom poms for a bit of nostalgia. They make a few more beanie styles that are also made in the USA, but they were sold out when we checked.
This brand’s beanies are truly unique. WSI makes a flippy hat that’s basically a beanie with ear flaps that can be flipped up or down. These hats keep you super warm but are lightweight enough to stuff in a pocket. WSI also sells messy bun beanies that allow you to poke your hair bun or ponytail through the top and still keep your head warm.
This family-owned business makes wonderful wool beanies crafted at America’s oldest knitting mill, which was founded nearly a century ago in New Jersey. Their beanies, made from 100% USA-sourced Merino wool, get rave reviews for their warmth and softness.
This American-made clothing brand is probably best known for its jean, but they also make several different types of beanies that have received outstanding views for their quality and durability. These hats are reasonably priced, and members of the military, law enforcement officers, and first responders get an even better deal because they receive a 10% discount on all Origin products.
Shoppers can find both acrylic and wool beanies on the Red Clouds Collective website. They range in price from $19 to $26, which is very reasonable for made-in-the-USA beanies. Red Clouds Collective has a lot of information on its website about its production process and materials sourcing, which is always nice to see. They make all kinds of apparel, as well as leather goods.
Bradley Mountain is mainly known for its leather and canvas goods, but this brand also makes beanies from upcycled wool. They are lightweight yet warm, plus they are machine washable. They’ve also selling a limited-edition Yosemite beanie that’s a wool and cotton blend.
WeatherWool makes only one style of beanie, and as of early February 2023, it was sold out. It would be worth checking their website to see if they’ve got more in stock because these beanies are quite special. These reversible, 100% worsted American Merino wool hats are seamless and don’t have a label sewn onto them (they do have labels, but they are easily removed). All the ranches where the sheep produce wool for WeatherWool are in the United States.
WiesMade makes premium knitwear and denim apparel, including a wide selection of beanies made from wool that is 100% farmed, milled, and sewn in the USA. The beanies have great texture to them and come in a variety of colors.
BlackStrap is known for their fast-drying performance clothing, and they also make great beanies from 100% acrylic in their Bend, Oregon, factory.
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How to Find Beanies Made in the USA
For us, it’s not enough to just list which brands make their products in the USA. We also explain how to do your own research. Here are some tips for discovering whether a beanie is made here based on its materials, labeling, and more.
Shopping for beanies made in the USA requires some basic info on their materials. Pay special attention to the countries the materials originate from, as some are more likely to be sourced from the USA than others.
Wool is a natural fabric that repels water, so beanies from this material keep your head warm and dry even during rain and snow.
Sadly, not nearly as much wool is produced in the USA today as in years past. Australia is currently the biggest wool-producing nation with its huge sheep ranches. Still, around 17% of the world’s wool is sourced from US sheep, meaning you can still get 100%-USA made wool beanies.
Beanies made from acrylic, a synthetic fiber, can be found almost everywhere and often at a bargain price compared to wool. Acrylic garments are easier to care for than natural fibers, hold their shape, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Unfortunately, acrylic apparel is so inexpensive because so much of it comes from overseas. Although it was first produced in the United States, these days, 30% of all acrylic fabric comes from China. South America is another common source of this fabric, and India is gaining ground rapidly in acrylic production. You can still find US-sourced acrylic, but it may not be easy.
Cashmere, which gets its name from the Kashmir region in India with furry goats, is synonymous with luxury. It’s super soft but is also expensive.
Despite its name, most cashmere these days is sourced from goats in China. Although some cashmere-producing goats were introduced in the US in the 1980s, it is still unlikely you will find a beanie made in the USA.
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
The words “Made in the USA” should only be used in advertising if an item is “all or virtually all” made in the United States, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In other words, it’s not enough that the product is manufactured in the US; the raw materials also must be sourced from here.
For further info, see our “made in the USA” labeling guide.
The federal government also has guidelines on product labeling. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US code says an item’s country of origin has to be listed on the label or packaging. This means when shopping for beanies made here, you should be on the lookout for the phrase “Made in the USA.”
Unfortunately, not all companies believe in another common phrase, “honesty is the best policy.” These brands might use misleading language such as “Manufactured in the USA,” “Designed in the USA,” or “Made in America.” These phrases are warning signs that a product wasn’t completely made here. Other companies are a bit more transparent and use the phrase “Made in the USA with imported materials.”
Another important thing to remember is that our government doesn’t require brands to go through any pre-approval process to use the “Made in the USA” label. The result? Companies are responsible for policing themselves, which can lead to abuse of the labeling system. If you discover a brand misusing the “Made in the USA” label, we recommend you report it so other shoppers won’t be fooled.
Similar to the phrase “Made in the USA,” the use of the Stars and Stripes on a product provides no guarantee that it was made here. Unfortunately, US law doesn’t protect the image of the American flag.
The easiest way to make sure what you buy is American-made is to visit a store so you can check product labels for the country of origin. However, the rise of e-commerce means many items are only available through online ordering.
But even if you are forced to shop online, you’re not necessarily out of luck. After all, US companies that make their products here are proud of that fact and use it in their marketing. Just go to the “About Us” page on a brand’s website. Some companies will have tons of information on their production process and materials sourcing there. Another good idea is to take the time to read the full descriptions for individual products. Although some brands don’t list an actual country of origin there, they will sometimes tell you if an item is imported or made in the USA of imported materials.
Even after all this, you still may be unsure if the item you want was made here. When in doubt, contact the company on the phone, send them an email, or use their online chat feature. Hopefully, a customer service rep can clear things up for you.
Beanies Not Made in the USA
Below we’ve listed some famous brands that don’t produce their beanies domestically. We are constantly researching product manufacturers, so this list will be updated continually as we find more beanies not made here.
- Boathouse – Boathouse makes knit beanies from an acrylic and polyester blend. However, these fleece-lined hats are imported.
- SITKA Gear – None of their products, including beanies, are made in the USA.
- Columbia – Their beanies are not made here.
- Vineyard Vines – Their beanies are manufactured overseas.
- Duluth Trading Co. – This brand’s beanies are imported.
- American Eagle Outfitters – The beanies from this company are not made in the USA.
- The North Face – Their beanies are made overseas.
- J. Crew – J. Crew’s beanies are imported.
- Ralph Lauren – Their beanies are not made here.
- Patagonia – Patagonia’s beanies are not made in the USA.
- L.L. Bean – This brand’s beanies are imported.