Today, most popular clothing companies in the U.S. outsource labor. In countries like China, Bangladesh and Indonesia, labor laws are lax and work is cheaper. But this cheap labor comes at a cost: many employees work in deplorable conditions for criminally low wages, and environmental concerns are put on the back burner. Follow the project “Who Made My Clothes” to find actions that you can take to help.
Tags reading “Made in the U.S.A.” have become a rarity. But MADE IN U.S.A. speak to a manufacturing tradition founded on quality and fair working conditions. From jewelry crafted by American artisans to an eco-friendly laundry detergent made right in Brooklyn, we’re excited to carry a variety of U.S.-made products that embraces an artisanal, moral, locavore sensibility.
Katie Fuller lives in Brooklyn and much of Katie's childhood was spent outdoors and with animals. These experiences are the current of joy that run through her still. As a result her jewelry is inspired by the simplicity and perfection of nature. Long flowing strips of leather conjure up whistling winds. Her use of stones make you guess which ones they are. Because labels on the outside shouldn't make the fashion.
ReWilder Co. Totes Handcrafted in Los Angeles from Salvaged materials
“We take materials en route to the landfill and transform them into beautiful things". Talented duo of sustainable designers, Lisa Siedlecki & Jennifer Silbert use salvaged materials that focus on eye catching & sensible designs, but also ensures post industrial waste gets a new lease on life. All you have to do is carry one. See the collection
Based out of Camden, Maine, this company offers eco-friendly, toxin-free alternatives to dryer sheets. These “dryer balls” use wool to reduce drying time and soften clothes. In addition to being manufactured in the U.S., the company sources it’s wool from a historic local farm. So start cleaning up your laundry with simple changes to routine.
What inspires Barbara Colasuonno is her eye for details found in typography, nature and classic cars. All B/C Designs are created and produced by hand in Barbara¹s studio in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York studio. The result is an erotic allure that appeals to strong and confident women.
We’re crazy about cork — and so is American designer Natalie Therese. Made from cork fabric, eco-friendly faux leather and organic cotton, her bags are practical and fun, lightweight, waterproof and strong. As a lifelong seamstress, Natalie handcrafts each piece in her Massachusetts studio having fun with color & patterns. The result? Simple, one-of-a-kind bags you can feel good to carry.
On the subject of laundry, the folks at Simply Co. think it’s time to rethink the ingredients we put in our laundry detergent. Founder Lauren Singer discovered that the average detergent has a ton of chemicals — many of which haven’t been tested for safety. That’s why she created a detergent with ingredients that are, well, simple. Baking soda, washing soda, organic essential oils and organic castile soap. That’s all you really need!