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.

Spotlight On: Clover Canyon

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 is easy to think that Made in USA items tend to be basics and cotton items – that the more colorful things are made everywhere else, but Clover Canyon breaks that misconception. Their beautiful colors and avant garde designs make them one of the most unique brands out in the fashion world right now – plus, they are designing and fabricating in California, showing that this type of manufacturing can be done here!

Just see their about page:

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, each Clover Canyon collection reflects the eclectic, joyful spirit of California through vivid prints and streamlined silhouettes. The Clover Canyon atelier is unique: Working collaboratively, and drawing on their shared passion for travel and art, the team designs original prints, and hand-engineers them to frame and enhance the body. New technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.

 

Let’s see some of the beautiful designs!

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california
Photos from Clover Canyon lookbook

I for one am in absolute love with this particular long, rose print maxi dress they have! But oh so many more beautiful things to adore as well.

Spotlight On: Fidelity

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 one goal by the end of the month, to buy a quality coat. Not a jacket, not a sweater, but a real coat that will keep me warm. So when I was doing my made in USA shopping rounds last month, this coat by this brand Fidelity caught my eye. You don’t see too much outerwear made here, so I thought I’d look a little more into the brand. What I found was a heritage brand that had been manufacturing coats for the military. Fidelity manages to span from utility to fashion – these are the type of brands we should strive to support!

Their about section states

Fidelity Sportswear was established in 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts as a military supplier to the US Navy. Gerald & Stewart Webber, the present day owners of Fidelity Sportswear, have been involved with the company since their youth. Their father, Edward Webber, was an original partner in the American outerwear company and worked with his sons in the factory in their teenage years. The brothers have maintained a hands-on approach to the family business and remain active in all areas of the company. To this day, all manufacturing takes place in Boston under one roof with the hands-on supervision of brothers, Gerald & Stewart Webber.”

Just look at how awesome their latest lookbook is!

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Photography : Shane Godfrey

The way I see it, there are coats of worse quality out there going for the same price (or for more), one by Fidelity will last you a very long time. It is worth the investment.

PS. I know it’s been a little quiet over here, I’m working on some Halloween costume posts that will be coming soon!

Made in USA in regular retail

In my previous post, I showed you how you can shop Made in USA with second hand style, but you can also shop Made in USA in retail stores with mixed merchandise! It doesn’t just have to be bought online or through thrift stores! I went window shopping recently, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many things that fit the bill (more than I could take pictures of). So look for more features like this here; hopefully soon and ongoing.

The first store I stopped at was Steven Alan – they carry a lot of the S.A. brand obviously, which a lot of (but not all) is made in the USA, but also some other brands worthy of noting!

This pretty floral top has a nice silky feel to it, from the Steven Alan mainline
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, steven alan

Another Steven Alan mainline, the perfect long blouse for work or days off
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, steven alan

I’ve been on the hunt for a good peacoat, and this one by Fidelity sure caught my eye
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, steven alan

A short bus ride later, I found myself at Anthropologie browsing their racks. Surprise, not everything there is made in China! They do carry some USA manufactured items, you just have to look.

This interesting Nanette Lepore top would look great layered
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, anthropologie

This Corey Lynn Calter watercolor/polka dot dress is so beautiful.
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, anthropologie

Now I have this Dolan dress on my mind for workdays!
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, anthropologie

I wish some American brands would start bringing back some of their production to balance out the other stuff – Levi’s tries to do this, but wouldn’t it be great if a brand likethe Gap had a section in its store with some Made in the USA merchandise too?

The one that got away

When there is something I like, I remember it forever until it’s mine. So don’t find it odd that I’ve had this one specific dress in my mind since I saw it in 2008 – I usually don’t pine over things I see on the runway. BUT I could not get this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress out of my mind. I waited, and waited, and waited (for a good sale) until it went away and I never found it. I always had hope I’d see it again. And then I did while browsing the racks at Wasteland. I held onto the dress, walked around the store clutching it – like it was too good to be true, like someone would pull it from my hands and tell me it wasn’t for sale (fears that arise when you find something you really want – I think other thrifters can relate!)

But it fit, and it’s mine! Yahoo!

Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (if you search for Marc by Marc Jacobs Alessandra on ebay you can find several for sale). Tights: Kate Spade. Shoes: Rachel Comey. Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Bare Minerals. Watch: vintage Futura.

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, marc by marc jacobs dress, marc by marc jacobs alessandra dress, marc jacobs bow dress, thrift blog, thrift style

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