Spotlight on: American Apparel

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 might be throwing myself into the sharks here – but as much as controversy loves to swarm around American Apparel like the sky is blue, there is no denying that they do a great good bringing jobs to the US and being so vocal about manufacturing here. In fact, because of their woes – I think it might be a good idea for the company to be sold off to a bigger one that could absorb the larger issues. Wouldn’t it be great if a large retailer like Target carried American Apparel in stores instead? That way a brand/company like Target could diversify their assets (I don’t think any of their Apparel is currently made in the US) and bring in a company with established brand recognition? Imagine the possibilities! But I’m dreaming over here of course.

Their About page states-

Our Garment Workers Are Paid Up To 50 Times More Than The Competition
A garment worker in Bangladesh earns an average of $600 a year. An experienced American Apparel garment worker can earn $30,000+ and receive benefits such as comprehensive health care. American Apparel garments are created by motivated and fairly-paid employees who don’t just have jobs – they have careers. Our culture recognizes outstanding performance and promotes from within. Most importantly, our workers have a voice and influence the direction of the company. At American Apparel we call it Sweatshop-Free, a term we coined in 2002.
Unlike Our Competitors, We Make Our Own Product
The American Apparel factory is the largest sewing facility in North America. We believe that integrating our manufacturing, distribution and creative processes keeps our company more efficient than those who rely on offshore or onshore sub-contracting. By leveraging art, design, and technology at our Downtown LA campus, we are able to pay garment workers fairly AND sell garments profitably so we can sustain our business and grow. Everyone benefits – customers, workers, and shareholders alike.
In spite of the former CEO troubles, troublesome and questionable ads, poorly managed stores sometimes even suspicions of sweatshoplike conditions in the US! – American Apparel is bringing Made in USA clothing back to the forefront of fashion and manufacturing. They’re making it commonplace, we’ve just gotten so used to seeing the labels with Made in ANOTHER COUNTRY. Being a large company gives them the same type issues other large companies face, they’re unfortunately not immune to it (but hey, so do places like Zara and H&M!). Absolutely things could be better. So here’s to hoping their management makes huge strides towards being a better overall company – they’re sitting on potential.

American Apparel

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Disposable fashion

Just watched this very inspiring documentary streaming on Netflix (& a few other places online) called The True Cost. The consumerism of having a fashion blog and living in a time of non-stop consumption is something I have struggled with. I try to consume as little as possible, reuse & restyle my wardrobe, and be conscious of what I buy. It’s not easy when bloggers who buy, buy, buy are soaring to to the top! But I’m happy staying behind if it means I’m setting a responsible model to be mindful of what you put on. I might just be at a stage of my career where I don’t need to shop second hand – but I’m using it as a means to not shop the high street and replace my old cheapy wardrobe with better quality things!

Watching this documentary is eye opening to a global impact that we can make if we change the way we shop.

It’s not something we can fix immediately – but you can choose to tell brands to not pay the bottom line, to pledge better wages and work environments, pledge sustainability and mindfulness over profits in their pockets. This goes beyond shopping Made in USA – but also promoting ecofashion and true fair trade. Our wardrobes don’t have to be disposable – don’t let the high street brainwash you into thinking so!

Let’s go shopping: more made in USA

I’m hoping to make this Made in USA  ‘shop along with me’ a new frequent feature, I’ve created a tag for it to follow those types of posts here. The goal being that you can shop Made in USA all over, be it new, used, or recycled.

I’m going to combine several days of window shopping here, over a range of shops. In hopes to show you that shopping made in USA can be achieved at many different price points and tastes.

Crossroads – trendy resale store, good for basics.

American Apparel skirt
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Splendid shirt dress
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Rag & Bone jacket
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Buffalo Exchange – equally trendy resell chain, I feel like they carry some hard to find items once in a while (I’ve struck gold here).

Corey Lynn Calter dress
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Pink hued JBrand jeans
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Printed Tucker blouse
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Wasteland – my go to place for items that are currently in store but at a fraction of the price. Very gently used.

Steven Alan shirt dress
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Helmut Lang moto jacket
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

3×1 waxed denim jacket
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Goodwill – goodwill hunting will bring you down. I almost gave up this time cause I wasn’t finding anything. You’ll always have to dig.

White House Black Market dress (yes, made in USA!!)
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

C&C top
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

David Meister evening dress
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

as a bonus, this vintage petticoat slip
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Nordstrom Rack – a little more traditional retail.

Trina Turk dress
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Sundry tee
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

Nanette Lepore skirt
shopping made in usa, thrifting made in usa, sustainable shopping

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