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.
Somewhat random, and somewhat off topic – but I found this INSANELY expensive nail polish at Sephora the other day. Could be nice…but I find the price tag extremely wasteful unfortunately!
The Power of Manufacturers Using ‘Made in the USA’ in Marketing
“…manufacturers are discovering that home-grown production has increasing financial benefits, especially compared to China, whose competitiveness has dimmed significantly.” You don’t say! Consumers crave local products.
H & M’s Ongoing High-Fashion Experiment
A fascinating read about the beginnings of designer collaborations, and what those early stages looked like for H&M. It has been met with open arms, but this wasn’t always the case in fashion’s past – “In 1983, Halston, famous for his minimalist seventies party clothes, created a collection for J.C. Penney, featuring cut-price takes on his signature Ultrasuede disco wear. But the collaboration was ahead of its time, and the purveyors of high fashion were not yet prepared to see a luxury designer close the gap between couture and the masses. Bergdorf Goodman promptly dropped Halston…”
Cleaning out Your Closet for Fall: What to Keep, What to Sell, What to Donate
Local blogging pals share some awesome tips to declutter your wardrobe. In case you needed a gentle reminder “you are not going to wear it. It is going to sit in the back of your closet collecting lint.”
Clothes should be treasured, not bought and discarded like fast food
The title says it all. It really brings home how I have felt about shopping the last few years. When you shop absentmindedly at trendy cheap places you not caring too much about the quality of how you dress, nor think much of the people making those clothes. So I like how this article is challenging designers to create a system that lets people shop sustainably and think of the clothing they buy as long term investments (no matter the price point.)
H&M’s Cambodian Garment Workers Are Only Asking for $177 per Month: Why Can’t They Get It?
Wow, the headline for this feels like a punch to the stomach. Still feel good about those $10 pants you bought at H&M or that collaboration piece mentioned a few lines above? But boycotting these brands isn’t the solution that will fix their issues. It is urging and demanding these brands to increase wages and working conditions ASAP! Sign their petition HERE.