THE WAY I WORK

24 hours with the founder of Amer­i­can Gi­ant

Inc. (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - —AS TOLD TO KEVIN J. RYAN

With on­line ap­parel re­tailer Amer­i­can Gi­ant, Ba­yard Winthrop is try­ing to do what few have done in the past sev­eral decades: pro­duce high-qual­ity cloth­ing en­tirely in the United States. The San Fran­cisco–based com­pany launched in 2011 with hood­ies de­signed to last a life­time; it has since ex­panded into jack­ets, pants, belts, and dresses. Much of the man­u­fac­tur­ing is done at fac­to­ries in North and South Carolina, and Winthrop, a stickler for qual­ity con­trol, is con­stantly check­ing on the var­i­ous links of his sup­ply chain. But his tightly packed schedule leaves plenty of time—or at least some time— for other stuff.

THE ON­COM­ING DAY

Amer­i­can Gi­ant founder Ba­yard Winthrop leaves his home in San Fran­cisco’s Cas­tro District to start his day. At 5:45 a.m., the street­lights on his still-quiet block are shin­ing brightly.

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