Spotlight on: Eva Franco

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

One thing about Made in USA clothing is that because cotton is the most popular and widely available fabric to manufacture, most (but not all) items made are variations cotton basics. Some brands are defying that notion, and Eva Franco has been a buzz name I’ve been hearing more about in the fashion world over the last few years.

After graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Franco went to Paris, where she continued her education as a design assistant for Etienne Brunel.
But it was when she moved to Los Angeles that she began crafting clothes for herself. Fueled by positive remarks from passersby, she set up shop at a local flea market, where she was able to learn directly from customers about creating pieces that celebrate the female form.
Today the Eva Franco brand can be found in 800 stores domestically and internationally. All clothing is made in Los Angeles, where her company is based.

I’ll let the clothes speak for themselves – if you love dresses (*raises hand*) you’ll love Eva Franco’s designs!

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Do you currently own any Eva Franco pieces? I can’t wait to save up one day and call one of these pretty dresses my own!

Spotlight on: Amour Vert

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

For this Made in USA spotlight post, I thought it would be fun to post about local favorite, Amour Vert. If you’re ever in San Francisco, you’ll want to head over to their little shop in Hayes Valley that is full of great wardrobe classics.

Their ABOUT US states

Amour Vert means ‘Green Love’ in French, but it also means American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, sustainable fibers, innovative fabrics, a zero waste design philosophy, and above all enduring style.

Amour Vert is the fashion brand for a 21st century consumer. We don’t just care about looking good, we’re committed to doing good.

Just look at this little video they often share

Their story is quite fascinating – I highly recommend reading this profile on them by Fast Company. Ever since I walked into the store, it was fashion love at first sight. But let’s let the clothes do the talking -

Amour Vert

Amour Vert

Amour Vert

Amour Vert

Amour Vert

Amour Vert

Are you familiar with the brand?

Spotlight On: Three Dots

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

It’s a perfect time to bring back this series, it’s fun to discover and explore brands that continue to manufacture in the US! I bought a Three Dots top from Shopbop a while back, and loved the quality so much that I bought another one!

Their about page states

“Three Dots takes pride in creating clothing that is “Made in U.S.A.” The factory and corporate headquarters are based in Garden Grove, CA, inside a 70,000 square foot building. Designing, cutting, sewing, and shipping locally enable Three Dots to meet the demands of a fast-paced market. Our consistently high-quality product has helped the brand to win loyal and satisfied customers for the past 15 years.”

And they’ve definitely won me over. Browsing their lookbook only makes me want to buy more of their non-tshirt pieces. Just look at their dresses!

Three Dots lookbook

Three Dots lookbook

Three Dots lookbook

Three Dots lookbook

Three Dots is the type of brand I am more than happy to support. Do you happen to own any Three Dots?

Spotlight On: Edith A. Miller

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

When I shop thrift stores and second hand now, I always look for Made in USA first! I’ve also been looking for more prints to add to what’s starting to look like a very solid colored wardrobe. So when I came across a top by Robert P. Miller, a brand I hadn’t heard of before but was made in the USA, I was very intrigued. I brought the striped top home with me, and began to research on the internet who Robert P. Miller was – when I came across this interesting article with an equally interesting timeline

//August 12, 2010: Party Foul
Former investment banker Nancy Gibson and fashion designer Jennifer Murrayare at a party on Fire Island, New York—and are both wearing Robert P. Miller shirts from Opening Ceremony. Awkward. Then, opportunity: They stay up all night envisioning a new brand. “When I worked on Wall Street, I specialized in distressed assets,” says Gibson. “So I’m always trying to find overlooked value.”
//August 24, 2010: A New Name 
The women throw together an “inspiration book” for a line named after Robert P. Miller’s imaginary kid sister (whom they name Edith because they like its antique sound). Then they road-trip down to Pennsylvania and get the Mohnton mill on board.
//September 5, 2010: Edith Debuts
Murray’s boss, Maryam Nassirzadeh, runs a showroom for fashion buyers and tells Murray she can show the Edith A. Miller line during Fashion Week if she has samples ready. Furious scrambling ensues. After viewing the collection, 24 stores place orders.
//Fall 2011: Sell, Baby, Sell
Now in its second season, Edith A. Miller can be found in 70 stores, including all 27 Barneys and five J.Crew flagships. “The big stores wanted to see if we could evolve over time,” Murray says. “Now they know we’re a brand they can grow with.”

And so my Robert P. Miller top lead me down a rabbit hole that sent me right to Edith A. Miller, which I then saw stocked at the Steven Alan store, and then popping up on the Shopbop site! I’m falling in love with stripes again!

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Photos by Libby Gray

So many stripes, so little time.

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