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American Made Womenswear

American Made Womenswear

 

Have you ever searched "Made-in-America" on Instagram or the Internet?  The results used to be filled with guns, guitars, knives and leather.  It had been a very male-driven and does not showcase the beautiful, modern, feminine items that are made here.  That is no longer true and we have found that a lot of the brands that make more modern, feminine product don't market themselves as Made-in-America.  We DO like to continue calling and tagging affordable items Made-in-America in hopes that with baby steps we can change the perception that comes along with American Made.  

MIA Project American Made Womenswear

Company: The MiA Project
Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: The Made in America Project was started by two friends in 2012 who believe there is a shift in consumerism. To quote them directly, the MiA Project values "what has steadily diminished since the Golden Era: high-quality, long lasting products, slower consumption, and American job creation within the design and manufacturing sectors." The MiA assortment includes clothes, shoes, accessories and sunglasses.  Their aesthetic is a mixture of glam and hipster, proving that buying American can be cool.
Sources: everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the fabric source disclosed for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Passionate about supporting US business

 

IMBY American Made Womenswear

Company: IMBY
Based: New York
Description: IMBY stands for In My Back Yard, meaning they only sell items made in America. IMBY curates casual, comfortable American made clothes so that conscious consumers do not have to spend a lot of their valuable time sifting through options.  IMBY believes strongly in brick and mortar so follow their blog and/or Instagram for their next Pop Up! 
Sources: Everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the origin of fabric disclosed for each item in addition to material content as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Passionate about supporting US business
Shop: IMBY

 

Shop Ethica American Made Womenswear

Company: Shop Ethica
Based: NYC, NY
Description: Shop Ethica has a lovely assortment of American wears.  When shopping the site, you may shop ethical qualities important to you in addition to Made in the USA such as: Sustainable, Trade not Aid, Handcrafted and/or Vegan.
Sources: large made in America collection with full transparency surrounding origin of materials of each item
Social Responsibility:  Ethica offers eco-friendly packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. They support Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of responsible artisan businesses, and operate out of a LEED certified building.  Shop Ethica sets the bar for transparency.  In addition to a page explaining their ethical criteria, Shop Ethica addresses people, animals, the environment and anything else pertinent in a separate 'ethical' tab for each item.
Shop: Shop Ethica

Bead & Reel American Made Clothing

Company: Bead and Reel
Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Sica Schwartz, founder of Bead and Reel is passionate about changing the way people shop and providing ethical options that are affordable and easy to shop.  Bead and Reel carries a wide assortment of athleisure and casual attire that are either made in the USA, Vegan, Organic, Plant Based, Woman Owned and/or Recycled. 
Sources: everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the fabric source disclosed for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Vegan business. Passionate about supporting US business. Supports numerous charity causes throughout the year.

  

American Apparel American Made Apparel

Company: American Apparel
Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Probably the most well-known name in American clothing manufacturing, Paula Schneider gives hope to a more respectable American Apparel.  She has already successfully taken the company out of Chapter 11 and we can only expect more positive changes coming her way.  American Apparel clothing is all made in California and has a wide assortment that is very accessible.
Sources: everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the fabric source disclosed for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Passionate about supporting US manufacturing

 

Hackwith Design House American Made Womenswear

Company: Hackwith Design House
Based: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Hackwith Design House started in 2013 and is known for their simple, timeless, clean aesthetic.  They believe in using the highest quality fabrics and giving impeccable attention to detail.  Hackwith Design House creates every day dresses, swimwear, bridal wear and a Plus line.   They continue to release and offer limited edition designs in addition to their standard offering as tribute to their beginnings, which was purely a limited edition collection at first.  
Sources: We'd like to see the specific country of origin disclosed for each fabric instead of their blanket statement, "Made in USA with Imported fabrics" 
Social Responsibility: Supports local community

 

Flynn Skye American Made Womenswear

Company: Flynn Skye
Based: California
Description: For the young, fun, conscious consumer, Flynn Skye is a feminine, flowy line that is made that won't cost you an arm and a leg.  Flynn Skye is especially known for their free-spirited dresses.   This line is designed in Venice, California and all made in Los Angeles, California.
Sources: Everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the origin of fabric disclosed for each item in addition to material content as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Supports US business
Shop: Flynn Skye

 

Miranda Bennett Studio American Made Womenswear

Company: Miranda Bennett Studio
Based: Austin, TX
Description: Miranda Bennett Studio is a lovely line for women who care about style, want to look good, but do not necessarily care to follow trends.  Miranda Bennett Studio uses natural dyes for their textiles and makes everything in-house in their Austin, Texas studio.  The line uses one-size-fits-most and uses premium, natural fabrics.  Miranda Bennett believes in creating clothes that can be worn from day to evening and for many seasons. 
Sources: everything is cut, sewn and dyed in America, however we'd like to see the country of origin disclosed on each piece of fabric in addition to materials used. 
Social Responsibility: Plant dyed apparel. Passionate about supporting local artisans.

 

Rachel Comey American Made Womenswear

Company: Rachel Comey
Based: NYC, NY
Description: The Rachel Comey line was launched in 2004 as a mens collection.  The line is known for "artful custom textiles, graceful modern silhouettes, her work is said to be designed for real women, like herself with strong opinions, big aspirations and a view to the world that is at once radical and romantic."  Rachel's online shop can be sorted by Occasion such as: Travel, Night, Work or Summer Friday.
Sources: Everything but the shoes is made in America, however misleading language is being used on the website that should be changed.  "Origin" should be saved for speaking of country of origin on a fabric. Rachel Comey denotes the material type and then states "Origin: USA" on all items, which makes it seem like the fabric comes from USA, when they mean that it was cut and sewn there.  
Social Responsibility: 
Shop: Rachel Comey

 

 

Reformation American Made Womenswear

Company: Reformation
Based: California
Description: American made manufacturing company in California that provides transparency around the environmental footprint of each purchase, or prospective purchase.  They use fabrics that are not as harmful to the environment such as upcycled, vintage, lower impact materials.  Reformation is a direct-to-consumer company, which means they can keep costs down to the end consumer.  
Sources: We'd like to see where each item is made and the country of origin for materials of each piece as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Passionate about protecting the environment
Shop: Reformation

  

The Row American Made Womenswear

Company: The Row
Based: NYC, NY
Description: Although The Row seems like a clothing company that has been around for 20 years, being run by someone whose been in the fashion industry for 40 years, it was actually started in 2006 by Ashly and Mary-Kate Olsen.  By 2012 the Council of Fashion Designers of America named them 'Designers of the Year'.  The brand describes themselves aptly as reflecting, "a sense of relaxed and timeless elegance, focusing on fine fabrics and the perfect fit."  The Row specifically supports high-end manufacturing in the United States.  
Sources: everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the fabric source disclosed for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Supporting US manufacturing
Shop: The Row

 

Zero + Maria Cornejo American Made Womenswear

Company: Zero + Maria Cornejo
Based: NYC, NY
Description: A true trailblazer in the local movement, Zero + Maria Cornejo opened in 1998 with "a commitment to make desirable fashion for real women that lasts beyond a single season and become cherished items in a woman's wardrobe."  Zero + Maria Cornejo is a sophisticated line; that is simple at the same time, sometimes refered to as a modern take on luxury.  Since the start, the company has been dedicated to the local economy and the environment.  
Sources: everything is made in America, however in addition to material content, we'd like to see where the fabric is sourced for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.
Social Responsibility: Everything is made in America, however we'd like to see the fabric source disclosed for each item for sale as an opportunity for improvement.

 

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