I'm talking about exclusively buying from shops and online stores that wouldn't risk their reputation by dealing with a shady sort of brand.
give me a specific example of the brands you're describing
all i was saying is that for the people who are strict on buying their hats made in usa/canada/etc, remember that there is a possibility that bigger brands out there can just put made in usa/canada/etc on their hats when theyre actually made in asia. its not just hats, this is very common with printed tshirts/etc.
not naming any brand in specific.
for example, as a brand, i have had beanies made overseas from the same factory who makes burton beanies, theyre warm as hell, and if i wanted to i coulda told em to stitch a label saying made in canada and advertise it as is.
we look up to a lot of brands and some believe what we see but we gotta think of other posibilities that theyre probably just saying its made in their own country when its made in asia. thats why for me as a buyer, i could really care less if it says made in usa/canada/etc as long as its good quality and very durable.