Where Are North Face Jackets & Hoodies Made? (With Pie Chart!)
As told, that’s our broad answer, but trust me, if someone says that their North Face Jacket is ‘Made In USA,’ and yours is ‘Made In China,’ then I guarantee you that he is lying even if it has a ‘Made in USA’ label. If you want to know the entire story, then keep reading this article so that next time you can close the mouth of your friend or better can give someone genuine advice buying a Made in USA TNF jacket.
Let’s See Where Are The North Face Jackets & Hoodies Made?
I’ve talked about other jacket brands and where they are made, like Patagonia, Arc’teryx, Columbia, Barbour, Canada Goose, etc. But researching the same for The North Face is a bit complicated for me because the North Face is a brand owned by the VFC (they own several other outdoor brands). Like many other jacket companies, either they source everything from the country of manufacturing or outsource it to overseas suppliers for different parts of the jacket.
You can also find the country of origin on your North Face jacket label as it is needed by EU and US policies for all goods to mention their origin.
But the North Face doesn’t do the same; they go through a supply chain from Farms, Distribution Centers, Factories, Textile Mills, and Material supplies. Each part of the chain is located in a different or the same country. For example, the chain route that the North Face Men’s ThermoBall Eco Hoodie goes before it’s delivered to consumers.
- Materials are Supplied from the USA to China to the manufacturing factories, which for Men’s ThermoBall Eco Hoodie is the Quang Viet (Long An) Co. LTD. China.
- Then other required materials and textiles are sent from Indian Mills and Material supplies to Japan and then sent to a Japanese textile mill for dyeing and finishing.
- Further, other secondary materials are sent from Chinese material suppliers to Chinese factories, where they start the actual garment manufacturing process for Thermoball Eco Hoodie.
- After all the processes, finally, it is shipped to the USA to The North Face Distribution Center, where it gets further distributed to online stores and local shops.
So tell me, is it not a bit complicated to understand for an ordinary person. Still, I think North Face is one of the few jacket brands that break down the entire source map for a particular jacket in a hoodie in front of public eyes, which in my opinion, is one of the main reasons for cultivating the brand’s trust.
Trust me source map of Thermoball Eco Hoodie is a bit simple to understand; what can be more complex than North Face Women’s Denali 2 Jacket sourcing. Do you want to know? Okay, let me be brief yet precise.
- Material suppliers for W’s Denali 2 Jacket:
- Yarn Supplier: Malaysia, China, Taiwan, US (Carolina, Virginia)
- Trim Supplier: China, Colombia,
- Zipper Supplier: South Korea, El Salvador
- Thread Supplier: EL Salvador
- Plastic Supplier: Texas, US
- Fiber Supplier: California US
- Chemical Supplier: South Carolina (US)
Now for all the North Face jackets and hoodies, the manufacturing route goes like this: Plastic supplier to Yarn supplier to Thread supplier to Dyeing and Finishing Mill or Textile Mills to Garment Manufacturer and finally garment manufacturer to Distribution centers.
Forget to mention; that Zippers directly goes to the Garment manufacturer from Zippers supplier, which in most cases is the YKK. And Trim also goes directly to the garment manufacturer.
Okay, what do we usually understand when we say ‘Jackets Made In ?’ It is where the garment manufactures, but consumers should understand that loyalty happens when we also know where the materials are originally coming from to the manufacturing factories.
Though, if we go all around, the North Face Jackets and hoodies are made in Vietnam, China, India, El Salvador, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, and the USA.
Now you may ask why The North Face tells me where their jackets are made. And that’s a no-brainer because they have made available to the public their factories list, not just those that VFC (North Face parent company) own but those where they outsource most of the jackets and hoodies manufacturing work.
You can check the details at VFC.com (factory list). Also, suppose you have the most accessible time. In that case, you can go to VFC Traceability Maps, where you can not only check where some famous North face jackets are sourced but also some of the most popular VFC brand’s outdoor products like shoes, fleece, Altra, Dickies, Icebreaker, Jansport, Smartwool, Timberland, and Vans are source from zipping, trim, plastic sourcing to the distribution.
Are North Face ‘Made In USA’ Jackets Made In USA?
I’ve already described in detail that North Face jackets are not made in the USA specifically because they have contracted with different garment manufacturers in other countries to make their hoodies and jackets.
Though, even if your North Face jacket claims or has a Made In USA label, it is also not entirely true because the majority of materials are still sourced from other countries to USA manufacturing units.
Where Are North Face Jackets Sold?
The North Face is not a small name in the Outerwear industry, and seeing the growing demand; The North Face jackets can be bought in any reputable online clothing store and many local stores near or in your city.
If you’re confused about where to find a trusted store for genuine north face jackets, then go to the TNF store locator where all the online dealers are listed, and a tool is provided where you can insert your street address, city, state, or zip code to get the list of local stores.
Where Are Real North Face Jackets Made?
Unfortunately, there is no accurate and specific location the North Face has disclosed where their genuine jackets are made. But, if you want to buy a real north face jacket, go to their store locator where partnered online dealers and offline stores are listed to buy a legit TNF jacket.
Where Is North Face Located?
The North Face was founded in 1968 in San Francisco, California, US. But its headquarters are now located in Alameda, California, US.
Are North Face Jackets Made In China?
Yes, after Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, a significant percentage of the North Face jackets and hoodies manufacturing is happening in China because of cheap manufacturing rates.
Are North Face Jackets Made In Vietnam?
Yes, Vietnam is one of the few countries where a high percentage of The North Face jackets and Hoodies are manufactured. However, in many instances, a TNF jacket is made in Vietnam; other materials like zippers, trim, plastic, thread, and yarn come from different countries’ suppliers to Vietnam’s Garment Manufacturing factories.
Are North Face Jackets Made In Indonesia?
Yes, I would say a good chunk of North Face jackets is manufactured in Indonesia. Though this doesn’t convey that all jackets are made in Indonesia as there are countries like Vietnam, China, Cambodia, etc., where a large percentage of overall North Face Jackets and Hoodies manufacturing is going on.
Are North Face Jackets Made In Nicaragua?
No North Face jackets are not manufactured in Nicaragua, but some textile and dyeing work is outsourced to third-party Tier1 factories in Nicaragua. Managua, Nicaragua, is one of the places where some part of the VFC, the parent company of the North Face, is outsourced.
Are North Face Jackets Made In Mexico?
Yes, if I look at the factories list published in 2021Q2 by the TNF’s parent company VFC, Mexico is one of the places where The North Face Garments are manufactured. Though I am not damn sure that North Face jackets are manufactured in Mexico, at least some amount of sourcing either yarn, chemical, trim, plastic, or thread is for sure from Mexico, at least for one of the North Face jackets styles.
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