American Giant: San Francisco-based American Giant claims to make The Perfect Hoodie. I bought one. It is.
Kanan: Los Angeles-based Kanan does more than any wide-distribution clothing designer/manufacture that I’ve found that employs Californians to make California clothes out of California materials. Kanan’s luxury-quality t-shirt fabric is made from California cotton. The zippers for their hoodies are manufactured in Los Angeles. I own an ever-growing collection of Kanan t-shirts – they are my favorite t-shirt brand, by a wide margin. I do not yet own one of Kanan’s hoodies, but I’m betting that they are top shelf.
Patagonia: With Ventura-based Patagonia, you get what you pay for. What you pay is a lot. What you get is exactly what you want. Patagonia’s gear and clothing looks great, it works perfectly, and it is manufactured as ethically and sustainably as reasonably possible. I do not yet own a Patagonia hoodie. But I do own a broad cross-section Patagonia clothing and gear, all of which may very well last me forever.
Espinoza’s Leather Company: Or maybe you'd like a very different kind of hoodie? Rosemead-based Espinoza’s is a family shop that makes custom-tailored clothing for motorcyclists, including leather hoodies.
Mountain Hardwear: Richmond-based Mountain Hardware has been my go-to supplier for camping-and-backpacking clothing and gear for more than a decade. They also make hoodies, which probably are of high quality, and which look nice, in an a-backpacking-company-made-this sort of way.
North Face: Alameda-based North Face makes pretty much everything an outdoors-enthusiast could want. They also make outdoors/urban-hybrid hoodies which – judging by everything I’ve bought from them so far – likely are of high quality, if a bit over-logoed for my taste.
Olivers Apparel: Los Angeles-based Olivers makes shorts, shirts, and sweat clothes for runners and gym-goers. Their thin, structured hoodies also would work well as streetwear.
Volcom: Orange County-based Volcom is a one-stop shop for skater/surfer/snowboarder fashion, from hoodies and sweatshirts to board shorts to two-piece suits. Because they target skaters – who shred clothes quickly, no matter how high quality – I did not expect Volcom to put much effort into the second-thing-to-go elements of clothing construction. After all, why double-stitch a garment that’s going to be rags within weeks regardless? But I was pleasantly surprised. A few years back, I bought a Volcom button-up. It was a good purchase. The shirt had a clean silhouette, but with slightly skewed seams that bent people’s eyes just enough to prevent them from looking past me. And – because I do not lead a tear-through-fabric lifestyle – it lasted for years.