Spotlight on: Reformation

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I found out about Reformation in the oddest way possible – at the thrift store!

What I thought was a typical weekend for me at the thrift store, going from rack to rack like I normally do, turned out not as typical. I noticed tons of brand new dresses from this brand Reformation! All made in the USA! I called up a very fashionable friend of mine who works in the industry (but has since moved out of San Francisco) and she let me know they had just had a sample sale in SF. So it looks like the loot I had come across were sample sale leftovers. I scooped up armloads of these items to try on. Sadly, the sample sale sizes were way too tiny for me, other pieces were true samples (aka garments that were not finished.) None of it came home with me, but petite industry friend was able to go back later and get lots of things for herself! And the more that I looked into the brand, the better I liked them for their sustainability endeavors.

“Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, we design and manufacture the majority of our limited-edition collections in our factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. We source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout our supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion. It is our mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable.”

The brand is aiming to make transparency and sustainability of buying, caring for, and reusing fabrics a larger part of the fashion conversation (similar to how Everlane does.) I like their washing tips on their website! *especially since I hate laundry*
1. Only wash when needed
2. When you can, skip the dryer
3. Wash cold
4. Spot clean if you can, instead of washing the whole thing
5. Freeze your denim instead of washing

Oh yeah, their clothes are pretty darn cute too

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling
All photos from thereformation.com

Spotlight on: Shoshanna

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I have vacation on my mind, I’m overdue for one *but have none planned* so I’ll daydream from the internet instead. Shoshanna is a Made in the USA brand I’ve had my eye on for a while (I currently own one dress by the brand!) So it was pleasant to see that their bathing suits are also manufactured in the US. As someone who follows this industry closely, it’s refreshing to see – many brands that once used to manufacture in US factories have slowly started to move some of their production overseas. First banking on their ethical popularity, and then all of a sudden switch gears to another song when profits outweigh consciousness. So we must continue to encourage brands to be as ethical as possible.

Shoshanna and her brand are known for stylish dresses. So these bathing suits are just as cute. If you can’t tell, I’m a sucker for a one-piece swimsuit! All these photos were borrowed from their 2016 swim lookbook. Click on the images to head on over to their site.

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

And because Shopbop is my favorite online store stocking Made in USA clothing (they’re also one of my ad sponsors you see in my blog sidebar) I wanted to let you know they’re having a big sale until the 7th, which includes Shoshanna merchandise and so many more Made in the USA brands I love!

Shopbop sale

Spotlight On: Black Halo

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I learned about the brand Black Halo a while back when I was researching my list of brands for my Made in USA page. Back then I had never heard of them, but now, I see Black Halo everywhere! I would consider it one of those go-to classy brands for formal wear. They should be official ambassadors for guests looking for a wedding outfit! I have my own Black Halo dress that’s my go-to for weddings. It has a sexy silhouette in a bright color, which seems to be their signature look! Oddly, they don’t seem to highlight that they’re making their clothing in the US!

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Black Halo clothing, made in USA brands, Black Halo Made in USA

Luckily, Shopbop is having another tiered sale – they are my go-to online store for Made in the USA clothing! Don’t miss out!
Shopbop Sale

These are some of my favorite Black Halo pieces available at Shopbop!

Spotlight On: Velvet

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

Happy Friday! I love highlighting brands for the Spotlight, especially when they’re brands I support through my own wardrobe. I have been lucky enough to replace old crappy tees with some awesomely soft and durable Velvet ones! They’re one of those brands I love to support! Their about page states

It began in 1997 as an aspiration to create fashion forward tee shirts that embodied the laid-back luxe of LA style. Today it has evolved into full collections recognized for their meticulously crafted, clean elevated staples. Helmed by Creative Directors Jenny Graham & Toni Spencer, the collections are created using only the finest fabrics and are manufactured primarily in the United States.

So I noted, as the quote does, they seem to be making more items overseas. Mainly synthetic knits in China and woven pieces in India, where those items are primarily made now (where cotton items typically USA made, hence why you see more cotton basics and denim made here.) I guess it’s a bummer, but just the way it is. This is why I always reiterate to check your tags before purchase, because the brands you know as hardcore Made in USA just don’t seem to be sticking to that 100% anymore.

P.S. You may also know Velvet by their other name, Graham & Spencer! Here are some images from their resort collection!
Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA

Velvet Tees, Graham and Spencer, made in USA brands, velvet tees made in USA
All images from Velvet Tees

Hoping I can get this brand on your radar if it wasn’t already!

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