Fanny packs are a great solution if you are traveling on foot but don’t want or need to use a big shoulder bag or a huge backpack to carry everything with you. We did the research to find all the American-made fanny packs out there. In this article, we also provide information on labeling, material sourcing, and famous brands that manufacture fanny packs in other countries. Let’s begin!
Full List of Fanny Pack Brands Made in the USA
This brand has several different sizes of fanny packs to choose from. Duluth Pack also produces hip pouches. The craftsmanship and hardware of all their products are guaranteed for life.
Their B Lux collection of vegan leather bags includes the B Lux Fanny. They are great for farmer’s markets, festivals, or theme parks.
Artifact makes hip packs that also can be worn cross-body or as fanny packs. Their basic model comes in six different colors. A few styles feature upcycled materials.
It’s not exactly a fanny pack, but we love Beau & Ro’s Clutch + Belt Bag. This 6 x 8-inch bag is sleek rather than bulky, comes in some gorgeous colors, and has an inside pocket big enough to hold your sunglasses.
This brand manufactures a couple of fanny packs styles, including an extra-roomy one that can be worn as a crossbody bag. These durable packs are perfect for a day hike in the woods.
Jenny N currently produces custom traveler bags that can be worn in several ways, including as a fanny pack. These canvas bags come in an amazing variety of colors, and the $65 price is considerably less than other American-made fanny packs we found.
If you really want a luxury fanny pack that can also be worn as a crossbody bag, K. Slade has you covered. They have a fanny pack that currently comes in either cream or black leather and features polished gold hardware and a wipeable lining.
They make only one style of fanny pack, but it is beautiful and stylish. The leather exterior, which comes in three different colors, is high-quality, and the interior fashion fabric is a nice touch.
Lofuff’s line of handmade purses includes the Mini Luna Belt Bag and the American Alligator Mini Luna Belt Bag. This brand is famous for its vegetable-tanned leather. They will even ship you free swatches to check out colors and textures in person before you buy online. However, keep in mind that although their products are crafted in New England, some of their leather is sourced globally.
This brand has several fanny packs that can also be worn as crossbody bags. You will be surprised at how much you can fit in them! In addition to its classic black fanny pack, Molly G recently added a couple of basketweave styles that have a more summery look.
Their half-moon Hopper bags are super-versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways, including as a shoulder bag, cross-body bag, or belt bag. Components are crafted by independent military spouses in their homes around the nation and shipped to R. Riveter’s FabShop to be assembled into a one-of-a-kind product.
This brand, which specializes in leather handbags for women, makes a Half Moon Belt Bag. This bag comes in several different colors and belt lengths, so you can find one that’s just right for you!
Sailbags Maui is based in Hawaii and makes very colorful fanny packs from recycled kitesurfing sails. Everything is handmade and super unique. They also make tote bags and other accessories.
How to Find Fanny Packs Made in the USA
Determining the country where a product was manufactured can be challenging, especially for online shoppers who don’t have a physical tag to look at. Below are our tips for finding fanny packs made in the USA.
For more advice on shopping for domestically manufactured items, check out our Made in the USA labeling explainer guide.
An important step in identifying USA-made products is to look at the materials used to make them. Here are the most common materials used in manufacturing fanny backs and what countries they are sourced from.
Canvas is a fabric often used in making fanny packs because it is sturdy. The good news is the American textile industry frequently uses canvas from the USA. However, Central America and Asia produce a significant share of the canvas sold in the global market, so it’s a good idea to do your due diligence to ensure the fanny pack you are considering buying is not imported.
Many fanny packs are made of heavy-duty polyester. These fanny packs tend to be very affordable. Although China ranks first globally in polyester production, the United States is in third place. This means you can still find domestically made fanny packs using this material.
Some fanny packs are made from leather. Although China is the global leader in producing this material, you can still find products – including fanny packs – manufactured from domestic leather. Your best bet is to narrow your focus and look for cowhide, as that type of leather is more commonly used in U.S. manufacturing.
Nylon is frequently used in the manufacturing of fanny packs. As with so many materials these days, much of the world’s nylon is produced in China. Still, the United States still produces some nylon.
Zippers and hardware on fanny packs are generally made from aluminum and sometimes brass.
China leads the world by a large margin in aluminum production, while the United States ranks only ninth. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The U.S. is the fifth-leading producer of copper and the fourth-leading producer of zinc, meaning a fanny pack with bass zippers and hardware is more likely to be made 100% in the USA.
The United States has some laws that make it easier for consumers to determine where the products they purchase are made. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the U.S. Code mandates that items manufactured outside the USA be labeled as imported, and their country of origin be stated on the product or packaging. In addition, the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and Wool Products Labeling Act require most domestically-produced textile products to be labeled as made in the USA.
Unfortunately, the requirements for being able to label your products as “made in the USA” are about as clear as murky. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that a product be “all or virtually all” made domestically for the manufacturer to market it as “made in the USA.” Furthermore, The FTC also doesn’t require companies to be pre-approved to use the “made in the USA” language. Plus, the commission isn’t always diligent when enforcing this policy.
To make things worse, some manufacturers use vague language that might lead shoppers to believe a product was made domestically when it wasn’t. Consumers should be cautious when they see phrases like “assembled in the USA” or “manufactured in the USA” because they could mean most or all of the materials were sourced from outside the U.S. In addition, some of the production might not have taken place here. Shoppers should also be on the lookout for labels that say “made in America,” as this could indicate the manufacturing took place in Canada or Mexico, which are also part of North America.
Not even the Stars and Stripes usage on a label is a guarantee a product was made here because the government doesn’t protect the use of the image of the American flag in labeling.
Lots of stores sell fanny packs, meaning you can simply look at the physical label to determine the country of origin. However, if you can’t find a USA-made fanny pack while shopping locally and search online instead, it can be more of a challenge to find what you want. Therefore, you might want to call or email the company to see if a particular product was made in the USA.
Fanny Packs Not Made in the USA
- Kate Spade – Their belt bags are manufactured in various Asian countries
- Lilly Pulitzer – This brand’s belt bags are imported.
- FOUNT – All FOUNT belt bags are made of Italian leather.
- J.W. Hulme – They have a Lexi Fanny Pack advertised on their website, but it is made in China. J.W. Hulme does make other products in America.
- Columbia Sportswear – This company makes some hip packs, but since the vast majority of their products are imported, we assume these are as well.
- Osprey – Their waist packs are manufactured overseas.
- North Face – Like pretty much everything else they produce, North Face hip packs are not made in the USA.
- J. Crew – This brand carries a few fanny packs, but none are manufactured here.
- Cabela’s – Their fanny packs are imported.
- Patagonia – This company’s Ultraviolet Black Hole Mini Hip Pack is made in Vietnam.