Spotlight On: J Brand

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 am a dedicated follower to J Brand jeans! A few years ago, all of my denim decided to fall apart at the exact same time. I had been wearing jeans from a store I used to work at, because I had gotten them for free – but when I moved to San Francisco, they deteriorated at the same time, but also quickly went out of style. I had to replace all my denim in one swoop, but didn’t really know much about anything besides Levi’s!

I can no longer remember who did it, but I was pushed towards checking out J Brand. And the funny thing is, this is before I even knew they were made in the USA! Luckily, I have a few resale stores nearby, and was able to visit a Wasteland & Buffalo Exchange to find the right pair – I didn’t even know what size I was, so I didn’t want to risk buying the wrong size and dealing with online returns. I can now say, when you find a pair that fits, it’s very flattering and an easy style to keep coming back to.

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Their About page is very clear about their practices – but still, even as a disclaimer, their denim is made in the USA, their mainline clothing for the most part is not. Save for an old hand me down pair of Gap jeans, my denim has exclusively been J Brand as of late. I’ve had some good luck finding them at good prices online, and thrift stores, and at resale stores!

A dress off the bucket list

There are just some things a woman who thrifts wants to find (I speak for myself clearly). I always dreamt that I would find a vintage Pucci dress, in all its 60′s swirly goodness. But I’ve never, ever, had the luck of finding anything. Like, even remotely close. I could find a new Herve Leger dress and Yves Saint Laurent heels, but yet I couldn’t find this one thing!

So when my sister called me, and asked if I wanted a Pucci dress, I was sure that it was either a) really expensive or b) she was joking. But here she was, handing me my one impossible find (thank you Diana!). It really is the perfect summer dress. Now I need a real vacation to use it! So that’s one more tick off the fashion bucket list!

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Do you have that one fashion find that you hope to get one day?

Spotlight On: Enza Costa

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

A few months ago I bought a very beautiful and delicate silk top that I’ve worn for work, it’s by Enza Costa. It’s just so eye catching, I’ll have to take a picture wearing it soon. I instantly knew I would have to feature her on one of my Made in USA spotlight posts! The brand seems to focus on making quality pieces (both basics and special items) out of really fine fabrics. Their About page states

Designed to transform everyday basics into luxury essentials, Enza Costa’s unique brand of minimalist, modern clothing is crafted with featherweight blends of sumptuous supima cotton, cashmere and silk.
Enza Costa’s visionary and illusory style accentuates the silhouette with cool formalism and casual expression. The classic line is guided by transparency, layering, femininity and sensuality.

Established in 2007, designer Enza Costa set out to create the perfect T-shirt; one that was impeccably cut, made from the most touchable fabrics, with great attention to detail. Her first collection became a cult favorite and caught the eye of the most discerning stores worldwide. Since then, Enza Costa has evolved into a full range that is built around effortlessly chic, never-take-off essentials: silk blend t-shirts, gauzy cashmere knits and gossamer tanks. Each piece of Enza Costa is handmade in Los Angeles with the finest fabrics from Italy, Japan and California. Enza Costa is sold around the globe.

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Photos from the Enza Costa Facebook, shot by Carolina Palmgren

Well, I’m sold! This lookbook is a little bit old, but the idea and thought behind the clothing is the same. You can’t shop their website, but Shopbop is one of their online stockists and carries quite a bit! Can’t wait to one day bring a little more of the brand into my closet.

True cost of fashion

Im mad, and really upset. I’ve tried so hard the last year to make some big strides in reconstructing my wardrobe, and continuing to learn what really happens when our clothes are made. I stripped my entire wardrobe of anything from Forever 21 (I donated it all), and have kept my promise that when I buy new clothing, it will only be US made. Then I read something like this, Forever 21 will be opening more stores with cheaper clothes, and I think how?? WHY??

These F12 Red stores, as they’re calling them, will focus on selling the cheapest basics already carried at Forever 21 in one separate store. It just seems they’re going the absolute opposite way. A few of the comments on that post were so cringe worthy too -

“Regular F21 shoppers like myself understand that these aren’t items made to last a lifetime–they’re fad items for a reason…Seriously, I love this company. It’s impressively on-trend (like, right there with the designers…) and I’ve gotten some amazing pieces from the store. Long live F21!!!”

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“I love F21 but some of their stuff is way over priced”

It just proves how unaware people are at the severity of this issue

This video is almost a year old, but still rings so true.

The video is absolutely right in saying there is a complete disconnect between how the item is made and the consumer. It’s an unsustainable business model, and completely irresponsible. I wasn’t going to publish this post at first…for many reasons – I’m not perfect, I don’t have a solution for everyone, and it’s hard to write and read such words on a blog. But you know what, people are dying to make stupid fucking tshirts and we want to pretend like nothing is going on?

I’d love to hear your guys’ opinions on this – good and bad. It’s a conversation we need to start having more.

 

Spotlight on: Marine Layer

Move over American Apparel, Marine Layer is the new kid in town making waves. You may be familiar with this image below, it’s the head image at my Shop Made in the USA page, and makes a subtle but important statement. So I knew Marine Layer would be the perfect brand to feature in my next Spotlight series, where I feature great brands manufacturing in the USA.

I love the short and sweet story on their website

Everyone has a few perfect shirts. The ones that fit you just right; broken in over years of washing.

THE DAY HIS GIRLFRIEND THREW AWAY HIS FAVORITE SHIRT, MIKE NATENSHON STARTED WORKING ON MARINE LAYER

…that was perfectly soft and great fitting right out of the gates. It took a couple of big credit card bills and over a year of development to make the first run of shirts, but they were worth the wait.Mike set up “shop” in his living room in San Francisco and sold the first hundred shirts in just a few weeks.

Mike set up “shop” in his living room in San Francisco and sold the first hundred shirts in just a few weeks. Every step of our production process happens in California. This minimizes our environmental footprint and supports three American factories that have been in business for over 25 years.

Our custom fabric is a blend of two yarns, Pima Cotton and MicroModal, produced by Lensiz AG. Modal is a bio-based fabric that comes from recycled Beech Wood

In a perfect world, couldn’t all brands envision themselves like that? It’s SO bizarre that they don’t already (because for most, it’s not a labor of love, but of money).

I’m lucky to have discovered the brand a year ago when I was researching brands that are Made in the USA, but also because we have a store here in San Francisco (where they’re still centralized!). But I see they are growing, so lets support small brands like these that are making strides! I’m saving up to bring home an awesome coat I saw in their store! But also have an eye on their crazy soft tshirts and cute button up shirts (PLUS, it’s not just women’s clothes, LOTS of things for men too!)

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Let’s show Marine Layer some love :)