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?

On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed
and over 2,500 were injured when the
Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. We believe that’s too many
people to lose on one day.

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

Shopping responsibly and conciously links

Links post are a dedicated 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 consciously.

This video is a good reminder to not be wasteful

Watch us explain why your $8 shirt is a huge problem

“We’re offering you the easiest option imaginable to cut down on your carbon footprint. Watch our video above to learn more.” Need they say more?

American Textiles

A fascinating look into the world of one of the last few remaining US based textile companies. Aren’t the colors so beautiful and rich?

Martha Stewart American Made Shop Launches on Handmade at Amazon

Martha Stewart has been giving her seal of approval to some Made in USA goods – which is great considering she put her name brand on so much junk for years!

WHAT’S IN A TOOL? A CASE FOR MADE IN USA.

While this is about buying tools, the case applies for other things as well. They bring up idea “Is the person who designed the product involved in making the product?” to make the case that the less the designer is involved in the production, the worse the product will be. Whether this happens over years time when the company grows old or when the production gets moved overseas, it’s an interesting concept.

Inaugural Trade Compliance Flash: “Made in USA” and Environmental Goods Tariffs

This link is literally a law that was passed. And was NEWS to me! I always wondered why you would see Made in California labels, and just thought it was cool to say that instead of Made in USA. Little did I know ‘Up until this year, California prohibited the use of the label “Made in USA” unless 100 percent of a product’s components were manufactured or produced in the United States.’ Read about some of the regulations that were changed.

Lands’ End Says Deal Is Imminent In ‘Made In USA’ Suit

Looks like Land’s End was caught red handed mislabeling some of their products as Made in the USA and now are paying up for it!

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