Shopping for Plus Size clothing can be challenging, so adding in American Made Plus Size clothing to the equation makes for an even more difficult task. Luckily, the brands below make things easier for the Plus Size woman to shop. Between Always For Me, Fresh Produce Clothes, Hackwith Design House, IGIGI, Karen Kane, Kiyonna and On The Plus Size, plus sized women can find any clothing item they may need from tops and bottoms, to swimwear and cover ups, to underwear and lingerie to sweaters and outerwear. Below are a list of brands to start your ethical, local shopping for plus size clothing.
Company: Always For Me
Based: Garden City, NJ
Description: Always For Me started in 2000 and curates their favorite stylish, high quality items for voluptuous women. Their athleisure assortment has a number of Made in America items, however you do need to view each item description to determine if your selection is made locally. Other Always For Me categories include swimwear and coverups, but those assortments are not made in the USA at this time. A core value of Always For Me is to offer plus-size clothing at an affordable price.
Available Sizing: 1X-6X (16-38)
Shopping Link: Always For Me
Company: Eileen Fisher
Based: New York, NY
Description: Eileen Fisher is a well known name in the plus size clothing world. Eileen Fisher produces 25% of the brand's apparel line in the United States and has a very easy search mechanism on the site to search for American Made items. Not only are items made in the US, but they aim to source as much material in the US as possible as well. Eileen Fisher is a pioneer in the fashion industry in environmentally friendly practices. Read about Eileen Fisher's vision to use sustainable or recycled textiles; use non-toxic colorants; be carbon positive; and more. Eileen Fisher is a brand known for sustainability, simplicity without sacrificing style.
Available Sizing: 1X-3X (16W-24W)
Shopping Link: Eileen Fisher
Company: Fresh Produce Clothes
Based: Gardena, CA
Description: Fresh Produce Clothes is a brand for plus-size clothing that has a wide array of items including dresses, t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, cardigans, pants, shorts and skirts. What makes Fresh Produce stand out is their love, and use, of color. Fresh Produce believes color can have a positive impact on people and Fresh Produce tends to use coastal-inspired colors that reflect carefree ease. Fresh Produce is passionate about producing in the USA and has been doing so since 1984. They are proud to employ 400 American workers and it also allows for quick product turnarounds.
Available Sizing: 1X-3X (14W-24W)
Shopping Link: Fresh Produce Clothes
Company: Hackwith Design House
Based: Minnesota, MN
Description: Hackwith Design House initially started in 2013 as a small brand offering limited-edition run items that would come out weekly. The production run would cap at 25 items, which was amazing because consumers could be pretty sure no one else would be wearing their same dress and Hackwith Design House could plan very accurately their textile purchasing so as not to have any wasted materials. The brand had a cult following and they eventually expanded into different categories including stocked ready-to-wear items and eventually plus sizes.
Available Sizing: +1 to +4 (14-28)
Shopping Link: Hackwith Design House
Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: IGIGI wants to change the world’s view of plus-size clothing. IGIGI’s namesake is that of an ancient goddess who is known for vitality, intelligence and charm. IGIGI is proud to manufacture clothes with similar attributes, celebrating the curves of their customers. IGIGI uses a myriad of materials, sourced from US family run mills that are especially soft and durable. IGIGI is known for their exclusive prints, which are done at a custom print house. IGIGI values transparency and the ethical production of their goods. All IGIGI’s factory workers must meet fair labor condition laws and their production manager makes daily visits to the IGIGI factories.
Available Sizing: 14-36
Shopping Link: IGIGI
Company: Karen Kane
Based: Los Angeles, California
Description: Karen Kane is a Plus-Size women’s clothing company that was built on the notion that every woman should feel not only comfortable, but beautiful. The Karen Kane brand prides themselves in creating clothing with integrity. It is a family run brand that holds humans and the planet with utmost respect. The Karen Kane brand carries sportswear, athleisure, women's wear all of which is designed and produced in Los Angeles, California. Karen Kane’s ethical practices are top notch and has strict policies against forced labor, child labor and human trafficking. Karen Kane strives to reduce excess packaging and use non-toxic materials.
Available Sizing: 0X-3X (14W-22W)
Shopping Link: Karen Kane
Based: Orange County, CA
Description: Kiyonna started in 1996 and is known for quality, stylish plus-size apparel. Collections are stylish yet affordable. Kiyonna is especially known for their wide variety of dresses. Kiyonna also offers swim, shapers, athleisure, jeans and shapers in plus-sizing, taking into consideration the varying shapes that come with plus-sizing. Kiyonna is proud to keep production in the USA and believes that is what maintains a responsible, connected community.
Available Sizing: 0X-5X (10-32)
Shopping Link: Kiyonna
Company: On the Plus Side
Based: Cotati, CA
Description: On The Plus Side is renowned for producing the widest range of plus-size clothing, with sizing going upwards to 50W. On The Plus Side prides itself on using natural textiles and for producing the majority of their collection in the USA. In addition, On The Plus Side uses fiber reactive dyes that mitigate the amount of harmful output, cognizant of Mother Earth . On The Plus Side has been in business for over 30 years and sells all the basics a plus-size woman could need or want. Tops, sweaters, tunics, dresses, bottoms, outerwear, swimwear and intimates are all a part of The Plus Side assortment. On The Plus Side hosts clothing swaps and donates surplus fabric or clothing to non-profit organizations and schools.
Available Sizing: 0X-8X (18W-50W)
Shopping Link: On The Plus Side
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