Post # 1
Isn’t ANYTHING that one would put on a registry made in this country anymore?
Even Lenox is making their flatware in Vietnam now. Their whole website screams about being “Made In America” and yet…
“Most Lenox fine china tableware is crafted in our U.S. facilities in North Carolina. Most casual tableware, crystal products, sculptures, and figurines are crafted throughout the world under the direction and supervision of our artists, who create these original works. Whether a collectible is produced here or abroad, you can rest assured that it is a Lenox original and that it is crafted by highly skilled artisans from the finest materials. Only then is each Lenox issue deserving of the Lenox hallmark, your assurance of exceptional beauty and quality.”
I got that by googling “Where is Lenox Flatware Made?” and guess what? It’s a cached Lenox site page, which you can’t navigate to from their website anymore! The new FAQ they have posted doesn’t address location at all. Everything on the current page that is about manufacturing is about it being made in America.
But there’s this tiny stamp on the back of my new flatware. Vietnam.
I feel kind of duped. And I’m especially annoyed because even if I sent it back, where would I get American-made stainless flatware? Nowhere, apparently.
What American companies make small kitchen electrics or nice linens?
(At this point I’ll settle for Canada… I just don’t really want my registry to read like the declarations list at a loading dock in Taipei.)
Post # 3
I’ve noticed some of the higher end shops seem to carry more made in North America products but you will pay for it. It’s like Canadian diamonds expect the price to double or triple. Linens can be really hard as well however if you can find a company online that sells even yardage and then have it sewn up or if you want really nice have a local weaver make something custom. Check local Fibre mills they should be a wealth of information. There is a mil near me who makes beautiful woven throws from local sheep’s fleece. Best of luck on your hunt. This isn’t quite as important to us however we understand since my FI was in manufacturing for years before we met.
Post # 4
@naturalysam: It was a bit of a rant… I wouldn’t say it’s HUGELY important to me, but it’s disappointing that there don’t even seem to be OPTIONS beyond what you’ve described: custom and/or super-expensive. I can’t register for those things, sadly.
My fiance is a very Made-in-America sort of guy and gets a little heated about the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs. I think his points are valid, and when he said he wants our registry items to be US products, I started doing my research. I already knew that any American-made china we liked was above our price point (and we don’t have rich friends), but I was so happy to find my Lenox flatware because I knew he’d be pleased. I’m just bummed about it now.
And small kitchen electrics – are there no toasters made here anymore? No coffeemakers? How am I supposed to BLEND things without patronizing countries with questionable (if any) labor laws?
Post # 5
Flatware made in USA:
http://www.silversuperstore.com/stainless-steel-flatware-made-in-the-usa.html (Of course the one I adore – pineapple, no longer is, but others are)
Great article giving different housewares, made in USA, including dishes:
An entire website, devoted to USA made products, this is specifically kitchen items:
It will cost you, but here’s your toaster:
Interesting topic. People SHOULD have choices.
Post # 6
Post # 6
Made in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc., etc.. it all looks just as good as the stuff made in USA, England, Germany, etc., etc.. Why let a little mercury get in the way of profit margins? Besides, most of it comes out in the smelting process anyway.
Post # 7
Oneida has a factory in Oneida, New York near Utica. It employs a good portion of the locals.
Whoops!! Did NOT realize this is a 5 year old thread. My mistake