Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

Hello December! (and see you soon January!) It’s been a crazy long time, as I’ve been re-energizing my life offline to get reinspired and charging my batteries for 2017. I was drained…aren’t we all?! I’ve become disillusioned with people and things I see online – a wave of sameness, that I’m evaluating how I can be a different voice and continue to march to the beat of my own drum in spite of it all! Let’s jump right into all the links I’ve been saving to share with you all!

Thrift Eye

A picture of a vintage Geoffrey Beene sequined coat I came across at my last trip to the flea market. It was stunning to see in person (but not something I purchased for myself.) It was extremely similar in style to the sequined pieces in the Gucci 2016 Spring line! Again, a reminder that what goes around, comes around!

Kelly Wearstler’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

Since I love flea market shopping for finding inspiration, I thought I’d link to style guru, Kelly Wearstler’s market tips! Some are for furniture, but could be applied to anything!

100% Silk…

…feeling polyester. I came across this photo on Reddit and people were having a hoot about how misleading fashion can be!

The real cost of ASOS’s fast fashion

I don’t personally shop at ASOS because their style is a little too juvenile for my own taste. Similar to other stories about Amazon fulfillment warehouse horror stories, this investigation into ASOS warehouse practices is quite sad. We’ve changed our taste in fashion to be instant, and we want our online orders delivered immediately too – without realizing that it comes at the physical and mental health cost of many people!

MY INTIMATE STORY: WHY MADE IN THE USA IS IMPORTANT

I have been following the chronicles of Madalynne as she moves away from her day job at the Urban Outfitters realm into making her own line of lingerie that is carried in said stores! What a great business jump. The post is short and sophisticated in her sharing why Made in USA is important to her. I like her quote from another person “made in the USA is the next best thing to handmade.”

Unravelling the Myth of ‘Made in America’

The Business of Fashion goes far again, in researching the realities and truths of what it means to manufacture and shop Made in USA. I’ve learned myself to be realistic about what it means and what it could look like. I’m not naive to stating that it all needs to move back. I just believe in supporting companies that do. As I’ve explored here in past Links roundups, some people definitely pander to the phrase and exploit it to its full ability! I also found this statistic shocking “In the 1960s, more than 95 percent of apparel bought in the US was made in the US. But increased free trade with China, starting in the 1980s, pushed that number down significantly. By 1993, just over half of the garments sold here were made here. In 2015, 97 percent of clothes sold in the US were imported, not just from China, but also from other offshore manufacturing centres like Bangladesh, Vietnam, India and Indonesia”