Social and environmental apparel practices and perceived value of “Made in the USA”

Nokyeon Kim, Elizabeth Bye

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Purpose: This study aims to investigate the relationship between people’s socially and environmentally responsible apparel practices (SERAP) and valuing US made clothing, current perceptions of US made clothing and factors affecting apparel purchases. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was completed by 502 US consumer aged 18-65. Five factors were identified representing responsible apparel practices and US made clothing. Inter-factor correlations were tested. People’s perceptions toward US made clothing were examined through perceived quality, purchase experience and intentions to pay premium prices. Findings: There was a positive correlation between SERAP and valuing US made clothing. Perceived quality of US apparel influenced both actual purchase and intentions to pay higher prices. Availability and affordability were major purchase factors. Practical implications: US apparel companies that produce their products domestically may consider developing specific messaging that resonates with customers, taking advantage of the perception of high quality and being transparent with the cost of producing apparel domestically. Originality/value: This study suggests domestically made apparel purchases as part of a move toward SERAP. Although previous studies have addressed consumer responsibility and sustainable businesses, the connection has been inconclusive. This study provides current data of renewed and growing interest in US made apparel and expands its value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch Journal of Textile and Apparel
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Agriculture Experiment Station [number 58–083].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited.


  • Environmental responsibility
  • Locally made clothing
  • Social responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • US made clothing


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