My US- and union-made clothes arrived: a brief review

Recently, I mentioned I ordered a pair of khaki slacks, a pair of jeans and two pairs of boxer briefs from Union House, an outfit in Minnesota that specializes in US- and union-made clothing.

The first piece of good news is that the order was correctly filled and everything fits. The carton, for those who care about such things, was a re-use but quite sound.

The boxer briefs looked huge — XL, to be exact — but then again I’m hardly tiny to begin with, and they fit quite nicely, thank you. (The photo on the website doesn’t do them justice.) A good value against other boxer-briefs, too. (The jockey-type briefs weren’t, but at least they offer them.) 50/50 cotton and polyester. Made especially for Union House by a Unite Here! staffed supplier.

The jeans were made of a heavy denim; “relaxed fit” but still butt-flattering. The rise wasn’t too high; the waist came up about an inch and hald under my navel. More “Lee” cut than “Levi” which made me feel a little blue collar/butch when I walked down to the neighborhood bodega for tortillas and a lime. Talk about sailing under a false colors! But Logan Circle is full of civil servants dressed as longshoremen and Marines, so no foul there.

I had mixed feelings about the slacks. (See “Casual Trouser 25175” under the jeans.) Having grown accustomed to Dockers, I had forgotten the canvas-like texture of the khakis of my youth. Here they come again! The waistband was not reinforced and the closure is a snap, not a button. So I’m getting a kind of work pants passing for deck pants vibe. But they fit well, and I like the button-closure detail on the left back pocket better than other slacks I’ve bought.

Jeans and khakis, but made by Union Line (site has no content, forthcoming?) by UFCW workers.

Now go and get something yourself. Comment if you have questions about my shopping experience.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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