Update to shopping in San Francisco

As a blogger, it’s always a good idea to periodically check your pages and make sure everything is updated and correct. I had recently  redone and updated my Blog Roll, then updated the Made in USA list – now the last component was updating my Shopping in San Francisco Map. I took a peek at it a few days ago and was kind of flabbergasted at how many SF shops had closed! Yikes, I apologize.

So I went through the map and got rid of a bunch of old places and added SO many new ones. San Francisco is an innovative fashion capital and many brands have headquarters here. Take a look around and bookmark it for when you want to visit or know someone who is coming and would like to explore more shopping!

This post will eventually get pushed down, but it will always be pinned as a page up top for me! (see SHOP SF above)

Spolight on: Rachel Pally

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

While looking up information for my previous post, about one of my swim separates, I realized Rachel Pally, her style and brand are exactly the kinds of labels I need to feature more on here! What’s really awesome, and unique too, is that if you browse the site, you will see dedicated collections for maternity, plus size, bridal on top of the regular collections. That is an amazing feat!! As her website states ‘to follow women through all stages of their lives.’

RACHEL PALLY’S STYLE HAS BEEN DISTINGUISHED BY HER ABILITY TO BLEND THE “EASY AND ELEGANT” WITH THE “CHIC AND CLASSIC.” FROM THE INFAMOUS CROPPED GAUCHO TO THE COVETED CAFTAN DRESS, RACHEL PALLY’S DESIGNS HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THE WORLD OF WOMEN’S WEAR. HER ABILITY TO FUSE SIMPLICITY WITH GLAMOUR HAS CONSISTENTLY RESULTED IN A COLLECTION THAT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL ON EVERYONE. 

Here are some of the beautiful images of this awesome Made in LOS ANGELES brand!

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Rachel Pally, made in USA, made in Los Angeles, sustainable fashion

Is this a brand that has been on your radar or do you have a piece in your wardrobe?

Shopping responsibly and conciously links

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The previous links post like this made me realize that I need to dedicate a space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and conciously.

H&M EXPANDS PROGRAM TO INCREASE PAY FOR ASIAN FACTORY WORKERS

High Street favorite ‘is introducing a “fair wage method” to 68 factories in China, Cambodia and Bangladesh this year, a plan that seeks to boost workers’ pay, provide some discretionary income, and allow representation through trade unions.’ I’m not sure if we should applaud them or facepalm that they’re BARELY figuring this out!

FABRIC OF INDIA: TIE AND DYE

Susie always has some amazing posts, but I really enjoyed these photos she shared of the actual intensive dyeing process by artisans in India.

THE CASE FOR EXPENSIVE CLOTHES

An interesting and slightly controversial topic that speaks the opposite of what most people like to do – and making a case for…spending more $$$ on clothes of which the quality will pay off over time, as opposed to something cheap that deteriorates quickly. I’m torn on the subject, because I know better quality typically costs more, as does buying made in USA. BUT not always, I shop inexpensively and of quality (AND made in USA) by thrifting and buying second hand. Although I know plenty of people don’t like thrifting or buying used…to each their own. I can also say, that buying more expensive doesn’t always guarantee you better quality – a few years ago I jumped on the Alexander Wang Tee bandwagon and they were the worst shirts ever. Got holey, shrank, and got boxy after a few washes. Not worth the money spent – thankfully I’ve found much better brands to replace those items.

NEED-TO-KNOW TIPS ON THE PROPER CARE AND STORAGE OF YOUR SWEATERS

Part of being concious of your wardrobe is taking care of what you have so you don’t have to replace it often. I always read the comments in AT posts, because people sometimes have better suggestions than the actual post!

THE FASHION CLEANSE FOR THE FASHION BORED

An honest and open post by Olga at 12:04 – this quote spoke to me “The problem is that having everything and anything I always wanted didn’t make me happier, but instead made me feel more and more like I’m was on an island of fucking stuff, wondering what the point of it all was.”

WALMART SUDDENLY REMOVED “MADE IN USA” LABELS FROM ITS WEBSITE

Walmart…that’s all we really need to say. But it looks like they were pandering to people devoted to shopping Made in USA (like it’s a bandwagon akin to gluten free) and falsely labeling things made in USA. They were caught red handed and it’s making buyers more aware of being concious about where their merchandise is truly coming from. Let’s begin this conversation!!

Passing along the info – Shopbop sale!

As noted, Shopbop is one of my site sponsors, but I thought I’d let you all also know that they’re having a pretty big sale right now! They are my go-to online retailer for buying new Made in USA things! You only have until the 15th, but just enter INTHEFAM25 at the end and get 25% off your whole order!

Shopbop sale

These are just a few of my favorite Made in USA brands sold on Shopbop!

Three Dots
Splendid
J Brand jeans
Clu
Edith A. Miller
Enza Costa

So I celebrate any business that goes above and beyond to stock so many Made in USA brands! The sale is just a bonus :)

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