My First Experience in Washington D.C: Part 2

Day 2: March 27, 2012


Wake up to get Ready and have breakfast.


Left hotel (Which was only 15 minutes away from downtown D.C.)

Traffic jams were awesome… n0t. I did have a nice laugh with Lawson as we passed every white home on the way shouting, “There it is! It’s the White House!”


After 2 hours of traffic, we finally made it to the National Press Building in downtown D.C.


Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing began.



Lunch Break. Lawson kicked me out for a few hours to go see everything since I had never been to D.C.


Started walking the streets of Washington D.C—called myself the tourist in a suit and went to the following monuments/museums in the following order…

Washington Monument

I started here because that’s the first thing you see when you look up. Such a great centerpiece to highlight George Washington, who is one of the centerpieces to the United States` existence.

WWII Memorial

Once I found myself here, I finally got ‘that feeling’ that I was in D.C. I started to think about the fact that my great grandfather served in WWII and that there`s a part of me here.

Then I started thinking about it on a larger level. There`s a part of every American here because they too have had relatives in the past who have served and protected our freedoms.

I said to myself that I was about to experience the history of the United States of America for the first time—and did it feel good!

I really had a feeling that I was about to witness our country and everything it stands for on a level no one can explain.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Was amazed by the number of Korean families and American families who came together at this memorial.

Jefferson Memorial

Beautiful in the spring with the Cherry trees starting to bloom.

Lincoln Memorial

An amazing feeling you get when standing on top of those steps where so many famous speeches have been given. I kept saying to myself Martin Luther King Jr. has stood exactly where I am standing!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Extremely powerful when you walk along the wall and the names never seem to end.

Discovered a relative of mine (I have never known of) on the wall who served in the war—was amazed that I had never known about him. Called my parents to verify that we were related even though the signs pointed to the fact that we are related–we had the same last name,were the same area, and were related!

Felt proud to have found him and proud to know people today who have served in Vietnam— extremely powerful.

Smithsonian Castle

National Museum of American History

I really enjoyed the exhibit about Francis Scott Key with the flag that he wrote the national anthem about! So cool!!!

National Archives

By far my favorite part! I enjoyed seeing all of Benjamin Franklin`s writings and inventions! It was also neat to see Abraham Lincoln`s telegrams that were handwritten to his generals!

And the best part… The Rotunda—featuring the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.Viewing these documents for the first time gave me chills.

Funny story: So, it`s dark and gloomy in the Rotunda. It is also very quiet and when the security guards tell you not to touch anything or speak loudly, you feel scared and intimidated. So, I am standing in line to wait my turn to see the documents. A reminder that you can`t even hear a pin drop… All of a sudden the man behind me shouts at the top of his lungs, “Tommy! Come here!” Everyone in the Rotunda jumps in reaction to the shout. As for me in being the one standing directly in front of him, I also jumped and took a few steps to run away!  It was one of the scariest moments of my life, but made the experience more memorable!

National Air and Space Museum

This was very cool! I liked seeing all the spacecrafts that have been used!

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

I got lost here—so big!

Out of all the amusing things in there, my favorite part was the dinosaurs—Sorry, had to let the kid in me come out at some point!

U.S. Capital Building

I didn’t go in on account of activists standing around the entrance, but I did enjoy the view of the building!

White House

My last stop!

I enjoyed the walk back to the White House—which was a long ways!

I liked the fact that it was the real one, unlike the white homes Lawson and I were passing by on the way to Washington D.C.

I stood at the gate for a few minutes and wondered if President Obama was home and if he would come outside to play with his dog, but reality set in and the only people I saw was security.


5: 30 PM

Back to the National Press Building

Met and spoke with many leaders in the American Manufacturing Industry.

Had a fun time with independent Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemmer, Ralph Gomory- winner of two Pulitzer prizes and former director of IBM, Buy American Projects` Roger Simmermaker, and All American Clothing Co. Co-Owner Lawson Nickol.

7:00 PM

Left Washington D.C. and headed back home

Just when we thought our traffic troubles were over, D.C. traffic decided to give us more trouble…

Just as our visit to D.C. started with a traffic jam, it also ended with a traffic jam.

7:00- 9:00

Had some fun with Lawson in traffic jams once again sharing my first experience with him… Enjoyed some more laughs on the way home.

The End.


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My Trip to Washington D.C. with All American Owner Lawson Nickol:

Day 1: March 26, 2012

7:00 AM:

  • Departed from All American headquarters.

7:00 AM – 12:00 noon:

  • Talked potential business ideas with Lawson on the way.
  • At the half way point. Stopped at a small diner for lunch to support small business America. Enjoyed a nice pizza sandwich and lunch with Lawson.

12:45 PM:

  • Back on the road again—it was my turn to drive.
  • Fell in love with a Ford F 150.
  • Enjoyed driving through the hills of West Virginia.
  • Caught a glimpse of Antietam and Gettysburg battle grounds—very cool!

5:00 PM:

  • Arrived in Washington D.C.
  • Got lost—
  • Didn’t fall in love with Washington D.C. rush hour traffic…

6:00 PM

  •  Finally Found Hotel
  • Checked in

7:00 PM

  • Dinner with Roger Simmermaker, officer of the Buy American Project and author of How Americans can Buy American. Mr. Simmermaker is also an avid speaker and supporter of American Made Manufacturing—and a very nice guy.
  • Enjoyed dinner at Brasas rotisserie & Grill.
  • Talked about upcoming day at the Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing.

9:00 PM

  • Back to hotel
  • Planned out the next day.
  • Did some work until falling asleep.

Thanks for checking in! Stay tuned for day 2 about my first glimpse of all the monuments and landmarks in the city! There were a few surprises for someone who had never been to Washington D.C. before.

Have an All American Day!


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All American Clothing Co. Attends Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing:

Many manufacturing leaders in the U.S. gathered at The Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing gathered at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. They discussed U.S. trade laws, economic strategy and American jobs. Among the many leaders in attendance was the All American Clothing Co. and its ownership.

On a cool spring morning in Washington D.C. many leaders of American Manufacturing gathered at the National Press Club. They came together from many businesses and geographic areas in the United States to discuss U.S. trade laws, American jobs and the upcoming Presidential election. The committee incorporated speakers from both parties and from the public and private sector, including those representing industries and workers, as well as prominent writers, scholars, trade association executives and economists who focus on manufacturing and trade policy issues. Among the above was a large group of small business owners including the All American Clothing Co.

Speakers at the Renaissance of American Manufacturing included U.S. Senator Jeff Merkely from the state of Oregon, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Scott Paul, Neil Orringer, who was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve in senior national security and economic policy, and former United States congressman Robert L. Ehrlich. All spoke about why we need manufacturing in the United States, what solutions would work best in regards to U.S. trade laws and what has gone wrong in regards to the loss of U.S. jobs. Many manufacturers spoke about China, the decline in U.S. manufacturing and what the upcoming presidential candidates should be planning in regards to American manufacturing. President of the All American Clothing Co, Lawson Nickol strongly felt that progress was made stating, “The attendees were truly interested in the USA jobs and the USA manufacturers and not about individuals and political parties. It was a bi-partisan meeting all the way.”

As for the leadership at the All American Clothing Co, USA manufacturing is one of the most important agendas in this country. A bi-partisan government could create and protect many more jobs in this economy than what they currently do. In the opinion of the management of All American Clothing Co. Mr. Nickol says, “Meetings at this USA administrative level and this type of agenda will help to spread and support the importance of American made manufacturing through many outlets. A specific goal in our company is to continue making clothing in the USA and create viral efforts to educate the public.”

For more information in regards to the Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing you can check out it out at

Have an All American weekend!


The Birth of All American Clothing Co: Part 2

In this section of how All American Clothing Co. began, I will share with you what owner Lawson Nickol did about the situation from Part 1 that he found himself in.

In the last section, Lawson Nickol found himself in a predicament. After finding out the ‘USA Made’ company he worked for began to outsource, Lawson faced a tough decision between retirement and setting things right. Lawson took some time to weigh his options. Being 50 years old, even with retirement around the corner Lawson wanted to do the right thing. The thought of sending jobs outside our borders didn’t sit well with Lawson. He was certain it would not be acceptable to the USA labor market where he had sold for years. His passion and reputation was built by offering quality USA Made jeans. With the devastating discovery, Lawson turned in his resignation within days.

After turning in his resignation Lawson decided he could not let his employer ruin his reputation or let greed crush his passion for supporting American workers and his family. He decided he must continue to support USA made and the loyal clients that still want to buy USA made clothing, even if he had to make the jeans himself–which was the beginning of All American Clothing Co. The first several years were tough as the company survived on family savings, financial risks, and working long hours. Yet, each year the company continued to grow. Today, All American Clothing Co. continues to grow, producing thousands of jeans a year and continues to provide many Americans with jobs!


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The Birth of All American Clothing Co: Part 1


This is the story of how the All American Clothing Co. began. In this section I will share with you what owner Lawson Nickol gave up and the sacrifices that he made in order to make a difference.

In 2002, Lawson Nickol had a job in the USA Made jeans manufacturing business. He loved his job because he felt he was making a difference, he enjoyed it, and he had an income that supported his family. Looking down the road he saw promise of a comfortable retirement with a lifetime of relaxation filled with beaches, boats, and lemonade. But, little did he know  he would approach a bump in the road.

As a sales manager for a USA jeans manufacturer, he believed he was doing the right thing by selling a product that was ‘American Made’ as mom, apple pie and baseball. One evening while shopping in a retail store, Lawson discovered his company’s label on a pair of jeans in a style he had not seen before. His initial reaction was “great, our retail division has branched into a retail chain and that means healthy growth. This is good! “Wrong…. unfortunately that bump in the road had just arrived. Lawson noticed the label indicated “Made in Mexico”. With a frantic and disappointing call to headquarters he confirmed the tag was accurate. Suddenly there was a disturbing realization; his employer had begun to outsource.

After the surprise of his ‘USA Made’ employer beginning to outsource, Lawson had a difficult decision to make. Would he finish out the next couple years in order to enjoy a promising retirement? Or, would Lawson stand up for everything he believed in and sacrifice his personal gains for making a difference in today`s economy?

Find out what Lawson would base his decision on in Part 2…


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Check Out Our Social Media Sites!

Here is a list of the social media sites we currently carry. Through these social media outlets, we can spread the importance of American Made in many ways. This ultimately allows us to make a difference in making something happen every day! That is our ultimate goal–to make something happen! Check out our sites just by clicking on the pictures below!


Enjoy the sites! Feel free to follow us and share with your friends!


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Feeling Lucky!

Here at All American Clothing Co., we have had the upmost support from YOU, our loyal customers who carry the same USA Made passion as we do! We truly are ‘feeling lucky’ to have such great support from our followers! Thank you for making us the luckiest american made clothing company in the country! Help us spread the ‘Luck’ just in time for St. Patrick`s Day with our new ‘Feeling Lucky’ Tee!


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How To Find out if ‘USA Made’ companies are telling the truth:

For those of you who are American Made supporters, you may be misled by  businesses who say they are 100% USA Made, when in fact they aren’t. Here are a few ways to keep you from being  taken advantage of.

Check to see if the company is  Made in USA Certified:

When companies like All American Clothing Co. are Made in USA Certified, this means that we have been inspected in having 100% of our items as American Made. This means that the material in our product is grown in USA and the products were also manufactured in USA.

Ask for proof:

When making a purchase, another way to make sure companies are telling the truth is to ask for proof. Through programs such as ‘Made in USA Certified’ and ‘Traceability’ programs, companies can prove to customers that our products are 100% Made in USA. If you feel like a company is acting fishy, you can call their number and ask someone for more details!

Check product details:

This is where some companies who say they are ‘Made in USA’ will take advantage of you the most. Sometimes they will claim to be ‘100% Made in USA’, when actually their materials came from foreign lands. Also, businesses will say they`re ’100% USA Made’ when only offering a few American Made items on their site, while the majority of their items are manufactured overseas.  Be careful of these types of companies when shopping! This is where many ‘USA Made’ shoppers are misled!

So How Does All American Clothing Co. Prove it?

Being Made in USA Certified and one of the first companies in the world to feature ‘traceability’ allows us to prove to YOU that we are 100% Made in USA.

On behalf of everyone here at All American Clothing Co, I encourage all of you to continue your support in USA Made products, but I advise you to keep an eye out and shop with caution! I hope that this will help you in your efforts. If you have any more ideas on how to keep an eye out, please share!



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Made in USA, The 30 Day Journey:

               Here is an upcoming documentary film about someone who cares about their country and wants to make a difference! That person is Josh Miller. Together with his crew at Made in USA Productions LCC, Josh will set out on a journey throughout the country in which he will live off of USA Made products for 30 days. During Josh`s journey he will talk with locals to find out if “Made in the USA” really means anything anymore. Also, he and his team will explore the rise and fall of USA Made in attempting to find out what has caused our ongoing recession. Josh will interview many business owners, experts, and locals for their opinions on Made in USA as he and his team travel the country.

With the economy being what it is today, All American Clothing Co. would like to invite ALL of you to get involved in helping raise awareness on the importance of American Made with this film! If you would like to make a difference in helping Josh and his team on their journey, please consider making a contribution as small as $10 to the film. Josh and his team want to reach experts and locals from all ends of the USA. Your funds will allow them to reach a larger audience during their journey and to travel to more areas throughout the USA. In order for Josh and his crew to make a high-quality, thought-provoking film, they need our support! Please consider following the link at to make a donation. Your contributions matter! Let`s make a difference in spreading the word on the importance of American Made!

After speaking with Josh personally, I found out quickly that he is a person who deeply cares about his country and wants to make a difference.  As a USA Made company, All American Clothing Co. would like to commend Josh for what he is doing.  We will be following Josh and his crew throughout their journey and supporting them in whatever shape or form we can! Please join us in support for this great cause that will raise awareness to more Americans across the country! Also, dont hesitate to spread the word! For more information on Josh and updates on his Made in USA 30 Day Journey, you can check out their website at

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5 Items that will show YOUR Patriotism!

In light of Presidents Day, here are a few items we recommend will show your patriotism!

All American Revolution Jean:

Enjoy a night out in our most decorated premium style of jean, the All American ‘Revolution.’ With these jeans, you will feel good with their signature comfort and look good with their premium style! You will also feel great knowing they are made right here in the USA!!!

Freedom Tee:

This 100% Made in USA tee shirt will have you feeling good about showing your patriotism and supporting USA Made! A fan favorite, our Freedom Tee!

All American Ladies Phoenix Jean:

Our newest premium fashion in our Ladies` selection of clothing! The All American Ladies ‘Phoenix’ jean has its own unique style and durability made in the USA!

 I Love USA Tee:

One of our newest additions of clothing that is 100% Made in USA! This shirt literally shows the support and love you have for USA!

All American Cargo Shorts:

With Spring around the corner, these shorts will have you feeling good and looking good supporting USA Made!

Hope you enjoy these items of ours and continue to support USA Made during the course of the year!

Today you can enjoy ALL of these fan favorites with a discount of 15% off during our Presidents Day Sale! The sale is today only so hurry up and start shopping with us at!!!

Have a nice day!


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