Now that President Obama is back in for a second term, it’s time to do what we can to support his efforts of bringing the American economy back up. One of the biggest ways to do this is to stop outsourcing jobs and stop buying outsourced products. Buying American used to mean cheap product, but today it means quality and probably slightly pricier products. Using Etsy.com is one great way to shop small, home-based businesses, but let’s take a look at the bigger companies fueling the economy:
As we all know, American Apparel has been the front runner in ‘All American’ products for years now. Even with the scandals, this company does some exceptional things for the fashion world and the economy. From their timeless basics to their iconic trendy must-haves, this company carries about 10,000 employees, with ½ of them doing the handy work from knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, photography, marketing, distribution and design all in the company’s facilities in Los Angeles, California.
Following suit, other brands and companies are starting up ‘All American,’ while existing brands are adding on with ‘homegrown’ lines and insourcing more. Joseph Abboud’s menswear boasts all American-made menswear, while Club Monaco recently released a “Made in America” line of fashionable apparels. There’s also 10thTribe and Bamboosa making quality basics right in our backyards.
But where can you find all these economically friendly brands? There’s the highly informative site AmericansWorking, which offers lists by products of American made items. Fab.com and Etsy carry American made small business products a bunch as well. But one website really stands out above all, Made Collection.
Flash sale sites, like Gilt and Rue La La, are extremely popular, but Made Collection, created by Dave Schiff, is a flash sale site of a new breed. It only sells Made in America products, at a limited time for a limited price, from tee shirts and hoodies to bags and leather goods. What makes it even cooler is that it offers information about the company/brand you’re buying. For example, how many employees they have, where they get their supplies and where the products are made. It’s great to know how many workers you’re aiding. The best part? ‘Boom’ points. The more you buy, the more points you get; kind of like karma!
With these companies, and more coming out, I’d say this is a good start to economic stability, so long as everybody chips in and we don’t keep outsourcing more jobs!
What do you think of Made in America products? If you live in the US, will you make the leap to ‘All American’? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Sahra Schukraft