Based: NY, NY
Description: With a downtown sensibility, signature clean silhouettes and an inherent integrity, rag & bone has become synonymous with wearable clothing that melds classic tailoring. rag & bone has a big assortment, much of which is not made locally. Their jeans, however, are made in the USA. Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, rag & bone prides itself in the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. The importance of quality, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail resonated deeply, informing the brand’s core philosophy.
Sources: rag & bone does list the materials used and at times from where each was sourced. An improvement in transparency would be to list the origin of fabric on every item and/or the addition of it's origin.
Social Responsibility: rag & bone is committed to supporting local manufacturing.
Denim brands are widely known for using chemical dyes. A compelling reason to buy American made jeans is that the United States has regulations around the use and discarding of toxic chemicals. This is not to say that U.S. workers are not exposed to toxins, but the probability is less. You will lower the probability even more if you do a little research into the brands from which you buy.
There is hope in the greening of jean manufacturing. Denim companies started slowly realizing that their processes were actually killing people. While many still ignore the facts, there are now many companies changing old ways.
While it is ultimately the responsibility of denim manufacturers, the consumer also has a critical part in this transformation. When consumers demand change as a collective, companies often change their ways out of necessity, not necessarily by choice. The fact is that today it is possible to create the same product at the same price using more eco-friendly processes. Consumers and brands need to be educated on the outcome of not moving to new processes.