Caveat emptor – Buzzfeed investigates “Made in China”

Have any of you been following these Buzzfeed stories about angry buyers who received their merchandise from Chinese wholesale retailers? It’s quite fascinating. It is the ultimate buyer beware moment we dread while shopping online. I think it’s best to say that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Always try to do your research on the retailer before buying anything online.

I wasn’t going to write about this topic – except the week the original Buzzfeed article came out, I was emailed by one of the retailers asking me to run ads for them. They must have missed the whole thing about me being very pro-Made in the USA. I just didn’t respond to them – but I know that other bloggers run ads for these companies and often take free clothes from them.

The original article is about how Facebook heavily advertises and misleads users towards these sketchy online retailers.

Buzzfeed investigates
picture from Facebook group

The people then began to use Facebook itself as a tool to warn other potential buyers – creating forums where people could share their woes and warnings. They were also using the ability to contact Facebook heads via Facebook itself, to shame them for accepting ad money from these retailers. Facebook had no choice but to respond – it looks as if action still hasn’t been taken though.

I found it even more interesting that Buzzfeed followed up for us all by ordering a spread of merchandise from the accused sellers and creating a whole other post about it. Most of the items were not as described, just as the people on Facebook had shown. Items tend to not be of the fabric described and sizing was off.

Buzzfeed
Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

A few of the things were wearable, but not of great quality and just not what the original picture presented. There was no original item, the retailers are stealing pictures from blogs and Instagram to sell items they do not carry in the first place. I haven’t heard much from the story recently – but I’m definitely following these types of stories as they progress.

Be part of the Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution

Do you ever ask yourself, “who made my clothes?” If you haven’t before, you really should now. Three years ago, after the horrible Rana Plaza accident, I couldn’t bear to shop irresponsibly anymore. Was I contributing to the death of these people by wearing cheap clothes?

You may have seen the web already being bombarded by the Fashion Revolution campaign to make consumers begin thinking that a human being just like you made the apparel you’re wearing. We need to humanize fashion more. I admit the campaign is a little commercialized, but they’re bringing attention to something HUGE.

We need to start demanding brands to treat the people at all levels of their production line with the same justice and equality that they would want for themselves and their own families, to start recognizing who makes the clothes (no matter where they are made), provide fair wages, and even urge all online retailers to adequately label where the clothes they sell are made. I’m tired of seeing places label their clothing as coming from “Imported” and you should too. You as a consumer also have to start scaling back the endless consumption that fills garbage dumps with discarded clothing. Read this WGSN article HERE to read a little more on how to shop responsibly within the high street retailers.

Fashion Revolution

Spotlight on: Shoshanna

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 vacation on my mind, I’m overdue for one *but have none planned* so I’ll daydream from the internet instead. Shoshanna is a Made in the USA brand I’ve had my eye on for a while (I currently own one dress by the brand!) So it was pleasant to see that their bathing suits are also manufactured in the US. As someone who follows this industry closely, it’s refreshing to see – many brands that once used to manufacture in US factories have slowly started to move some of their production overseas. First banking on their ethical popularity, and then all of a sudden switch gears to another song when profits outweigh consciousness. So we must continue to encourage brands to be as ethical as possible.

Shoshanna and her brand are known for stylish dresses. So these bathing suits are just as cute. If you can’t tell, I’m a sucker for a one-piece swimsuit! All these photos were borrowed from their 2016 swim lookbook. Click on the images to head on over to their site.

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

And because Shopbop is my favorite online store stocking Made in USA clothing (they’re also one of my ad sponsors you see in my blog sidebar) I wanted to let you know they’re having a big sale until the 7th, which includes Shoshanna merchandise and so many more Made in the USA brands I love!

Shopbop sale

Made in the USA thrifting

This is the feature where I show you all that it’s quite easy to shop Made in the USA second hand!

It is also my challenge to you all out there reading this, to diversify where your clothing comes from. One of the biggest complaints about shopping Made in the USA is that it’s TOO EXPENSIVE! I’ve been taking pictures of some of my thrifting trips, and how I find a variety of Made in the USA items and an incredibly low price! Some items are vintage, from a time when almost all American brands were made in the US. But many of the items are new brands, and sometimes even brand new but still second hand. To me, there is little shame when I thrift, I frequently still buy new! Here is just a small peek.

A simple cut dress with a funky print, by Amanda Uprichard
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

Quirky striped vintage dress with equally quirky name (Cuddle Teen?!)
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

A beautiful blue knit St. John vintage dress
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

A lush velvet top by local brand, Cut Loose
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

Layered cotton and chiffon top by Dolan
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

And the most beautiful silk skirt by Jason Wu (you best believe this skirt came home with me!)
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

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