Buy American, support Americans
Independence Day: a time when we celebrate the birth of our nation with parades and potato salad and…clothing made in America?
We’re glad you brought that up. We know buying American-made anything is hard these days and clothing even harder. But the benefits of supporting homegrown brands–like fair wages, better working conditions and environmental policy–make it a worthwhile mission.
Ahead, our favorite made-in-the-USA fashion brands, which prove you can be ethical and chic.
Amour Vert (San Francisco)
This Gwyneth Paltrow-approved label embodies laid-back California style with soft, relaxed knits and prints. Ethically made in the Bay Area, this label goes above and beyond by using nontoxic dyes and sustainable fabrics.
Reformation (Los Angeles)
The edgy, boho-inspired label checks off all the ethical boxes: Manufacturing takes place in Downtown L.A., the company is committed to reducing waste, and items are made from dead-stock and vintage fabrics. They recently launched a to-die-for wedding collection, too.
3×1 (New York)
Gracing the lower halves of the likes of Heidi Klum and Kendall Jenner, this denim haven takes the sting out of buying jeans by sewing you a custom pair in the store. Pricey bespoke denim not your thing? Their ready-to-wear line is more affordable.
Zady (Texas and North Carolina)
Organic cotton is grown and harvested in Texas and then sent to North Carolina, where it’s spun, knit, cut, sewn and dyed. The result is an ultra-soft, picture-perfect T-shirt you’ll reach for time and again.
Dessu (New York)
Designer Angie Suh studied architecture before jumping ship to work for major labels Yigal Azrouël and Alice + Olivia. It shows in her aesthetic, which features unique proportions and silhouettes.
Erika Schrieber (Washington, D.C.)
Talk about keeping it local: The designer of understated silhouettes and playful prints manufactures her collection in a warehouse just six miles from her D.C. studio.
Steven Alan (New York)
Celebs have long been obsessed with the NYC showroom, which helped pioneer independent designers. When they launched their own label in 1999 (produced right here in the USA), the world went bananas for the now-famous Reverse Seam Shirt.
Upstate (Los Angeles and Brooklyn)
As homegrown as it gets, folks: Designer Kalen Kaminski started shibori dying silk scarves in her bathtub with the help of YouTube videos. Since then, her label has boomed and now includes hand-dying operations in L.A. You can still snag one-of-a-kind pieces at Upstate’s Brooklyn studio, though.
Cozy knits and perfectly draped tees are the stars of this Philly-based label. What’s more, everything is super-affordable, so you can update your entire basics wardrobe without breaking the bank.
MM.Lafleur (New York)
Chic, versatile workwear designed for professionals (who sometimes spill coffee down their blouses), this label makes most garments in NYC from ethical, luxe fabrics sourced from Italy and Japan. Hate shopping? MM’s stylists will select a few pieces for you and send you a “bento box”risk-free.
Trench coat ($345)