Thursday, October 29, 2020

Remember When Kansas City Made Clothes

Our 2nd favorite local magazine remembers the long ago time when manufacturing was local and nearly all of clothes for Americans weren't the product of sketchy Southeast Asian labor. 

Take a look:

The end of the thread for Kansas City's once-bustling Garment District | Kansas City Mag

"Right around the turn of the twentieth century, there were a lot of small shops, dressmakers and tailors, run by immigrants from the various European countries, in the Garment District-from Sixth Street to 11th Street north and south between Washington and Wyandotte.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...


Yes and not only made clothes but there was quality control back then. Now you by clothes and one size is really three different sizes in the same thing. One pair of Levi jeans in the same style is completely different from another pair of the same style depending on what country it's made in. I remember the Sealtest ice cream and milk factory, the kitty clover factory, manor bread factory. Sad we don't have that anymore. They were factory jobs but they were jobs, and they made great places for school field trips.

Anonymous said...

^^^

100% correct.

Anonymous said...


Fucking Joe and Hunter Biden sold out the American clothing manufacturing jobs to the Communist Chinese.

Fucking Biden has been a politician for 47 years selling out American workers to China and with NAFTA.

Anonymous said...

^^^ True.

Anonymous said...

Trump is the best candidate to bring manufacturing back to America. Obama-Biden didn't try because they thought it was impossible. It would help America expand the middle-class and give jobs to a lot of people who don't have college degrees. A financial expert said Wall Street is backing Biden because they think he's going to be glad to let American companies build foreign factories and save on labor costs.

Anonymous said...

It's obvious that Biden has only been in government for 47 years to make sure he and his family get rich, even through illegal means.

MDSF said...

Nelly Donn was in the Corrigan Bldg. for years...now Corrigan Station.

HERE'S WHAT YOU WITH YOU'D HAVE said...

Where was this article found, on the back of a postage stamp?

Kansas City's garment trade was so much more robust than this glorified tweet suggests.

Glossed over, like the brief note about them having dried up in the 1980's. Hmmm, 1980's, what else had been going on? Oh, right, quality American manufacturing was shifting to cheap China production. U.S. garment industry hardest hit.

Frankly why even bother with the story, just to say "yah, we covered it"?

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Ronald Reagan, those jobs went overseas while you "took us in a new direction" toward a "High-tech Economy" and brought on a DepRecession that caused more harm than 1929!

Anonymous said...

wow KC does nostalgia better than anyone.

bittersweet - yeah, why is it ridiculous that we could still have jobs like this in america? why not have some tariffs, support some domestic industry. tired of these free trade dogmatics. this is the vein that trump tapped to win. when he isn't terrible, this is still where he gets my support, when talking about trade agreements that aren't fair to american workers or american environment.