What You Need Right Now: 7 Made In America Brands For Patriotic Shopping
Styleite are occasionally guilty of opting for a cheaper version when a designer original is out of reach, and have definitely been known to wait in line at sample sales hoping against hope that we’ll snag some last-season standout and never have to tell a soul when we bought it. We value a deal as much as the next style seeker which is, rightly so, less than how much we value human life. In the wake of the in Bangladesh this spring, we’ve slowed our shopping roll and made looking at those “Made In” labels a retail reflex. Rana Plaza factory collapse
In honor of America’s birthday, and in the spirit of adding conscience to our shopping carts, we’ve scoured the 50 states for
Made In America brands we’d actually want to wear. There are twinkly necklaces, those boots you always try on and don’t just splurge on (do it!), Selvedge denim (really!) and way less than you’d think — i.e. none. The best part is, by American Apparel shopping goods designed, sourced and made right here between our country’s sandy shores, you can skip dressing strictly in stars and stripes to show your true colors.
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1.Gypsies and Debutantes
Lana Soussan draws from her mother’s Cherokee Indian background, plus her own desire to blend prep, punk and bohemian vibes into one accessory. Her main collection is a bright and bejeweled friendship bracelet line, but we can’t stop looking at this agate pendant that wants so badly to hang out with our holiday weekend drapey white tee.
Still in its infancy (i.e.
crowdfunding on Kickstarter), BLUER DENIM seeks to bring premium denim to American soil, and to our closets for less money than a weekend at a B&B in Maine. The plan is to source and sew the whole line locally, including shirts made of chambray, which is simply not produced in the States right now. Their site speaks to “denim heads”, and will have a unique try-at-home model with a philanthropy angle. Suffice it to say, this is a true blue American brand we are looking forward to shopping.
There’s nothing more American than wanting to have it all, and the proprietress of this brand is well on her way: she started with a book (
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ex), and was featured on the Tyra Banks Show. In 2010 she launched a jewelry collection that encouraged wearers to “Be Nice” and “Smile”, which lead to her making exclusive accessories for the show Pretty Little Liars. Next stop on her have it all train is vegan handbags, designed to mimic high-fashion animal skins (and on-trend hues like this yellow clutch) using cruelty free and local production. Funny, now we want it all too.
4.Blondes make Better T-Shirts
A great weekend tee is an all-American staple, and
here’s one not made by American Apparel. Since the brand seems to have quippiness handled just as well as casual design, we’ll let them do the writing. Here’s what this silly shirt says:
M = Medium
A medium sized shirt
Not a shirt just for monkeys, mamas, people named Mike or Maggie. But if you are a medium sized monkey, go BAnanAS!
An eco-friendly jeweler based in New York City, Dennis produces
each piece in his line by hand using silver or gold wire, sheet metal, and hardwoods to lend texture. He does it all on machinery that he also made. That’s that American entrepreneurial spirit.
Founded in the 1860s in Marlboro, Massachusetts,
Frye cranks out some of the most iconic, American footwear to this day. A Campus boot is even on display at the Smithsonian institute, chosen to singly represent American fashion of the 1960s. It should be noted that they now source some of their covetable leather from international tanneries -- but many of their shoes still are made in the U.S.A, and all are desireable enough to be included here.
7.La Petite Princesse
Ok, so designer
Carole Le Bris Perez is French, but she lives and casts each of her pieces in New York City, where her urban life, and her artist husband, are sources of inspiration. Her new collection is a spin on the classic friendship bracelet, upgraded and citified using leather and semi-precious stones. No American princess’ arm party is complete without one of these on the guest list.