Independent Style: 4 Made in America Brands You Need to Know About
America, land of the free, home of the brave, cool, independent fashion brand – if you know the right places to look. Finding a “Made in the USA” tag when shopping nowadays is almost as difficult as getting your hands on an infamous Birkin bag. But fear not, my friends, in honor of Independence Day I’ve scouted out four brands (from a luxe jeweler in Kentucky to an indie label in Illinois) who design, manufacture and sell their products right here in the United States. I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to putting together an outfit, I feel much better (and I admit, slightly patriotic) wearing pieces that were made with integrity on my own home turf. So why not opt for an alternative to the traditional red, white and blue this 4th of July and support a fellow American? One that happens to make some pretty stylish stuff as well…
Maybe I’m a little biased because Thomas IV is from my adopted hometown of New York City, but talk about a quality handbag. From Hawaiian flowers, to zig zags and colorblocking, this label strikes the perfect balance between forward-thinking patterns and classic silhouettes. The passion for construction is clearly there too, considering designer, Lia Cinquegrano, started experimenting with the bags out of a rented elementary school classroom in Brooklyn.
Pricing for Chicago-based fashion by Hound may seem steep, but let me present my argument as to why you should buy from this label. To begin, the first collection debuted in 2010, so chances are you’re going to be the only chick rocking a really cool polka-dotted dress the next time you go out. Also, according to this interview, designer, Jennifer Beeman, seems to put her blood, sweat and tears into producing these clothes – so you can bet they come packaged and produced with lots of love, which is a rarity these days.
To be honest, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Kentucky isn’t exactly super-luxe jewelry, but Elva Fields has me switching my connotation – fast. The playful baubles, designed by Emily Wheat, are sure to brighten up any ensemble. And the best part? A portion of every online purchase is donated to Backpack Buddies, a program that provides local kids with nutritious meals and snacks for weekends during the school year.
Gorjana is one half of the husband/wife accessory duo, Gorjana & Griffin, hailing from Laguna Beach, California. This East meets West label is almost too good to be true, housing stellar designs, affordable pricing, local manufacturing and a good conscious (a key aspect of the Gorjana & Griffin business model is giving back to charity). It seems as if designer, Gorjana Reidel, really does understand the meaning of the American Dream.
So what is everyone waiting for? Get out there and celebrate your freedom to shop some awesome American brands! And don’t forget to head to Oh That’s You to share your own outfits incorporating your favorite “Made in the USA” labels.