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Fortt Knox is a digital show produced by CNBC that brings you rich ideas and powerful people. Guests include Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, AMD CEO Lisa Su, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, Ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, and Broadway veteran Rory O'Malley (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon). Listen in on my conversations with power brokers on how they made it, what they value, and what makes them tick.
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15: Clothes Made in the U.S.A.: American Giant founder Bayard Winthrop
2 days ago
Bayard Winthrop got his inspiration from Silicon Valley. If we could put a touch-screen computer in the palm of everyone's hand, why couldn't we actually make the next great American clothing brand … in America?
So five years ago, Winthrop shipped his first American Giant sweatshirt, made in the U.S.A. from domestic cotton. Now he's producing thousands of shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and sweatpants for men and women every month. And it's not all lounge gear: he's just introduced the brand's first cotton dress.
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There's lots of talk about bringing manufacturing jobs back to America these days. American Giant is actually doing it, and doing it the hard way. The company owns its factories in North Carolina where Winthrop says he employs hundreds of workers sewing clothes.