Making it in the U.S.A.—a tough proposition in recent years—has gotten a little easier for some young firms, thanks to the spread of crowdfunding.
Many fledgling makers are jumping onto the sites to raise money to make everything from clothing to tech gadgets manufactured in the U.S.
Jake Bronstein is one of them. His six-employee Brooklyn, New York, company, Flint and Tinder, has, since 2013, run four successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter for products that are made in the U.S. He used the site to take preorders for premium men's underwear; a hoodie sweatshirt, where he raised $1 million; a set of blue shoelaces to show support for American manufacturing; and custom jeans.