Shop Local — Made In America

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We’ve spent this past weekend celebrating everything American: from freedom to barbecues and fireworks. So lets keep that national pride going by focusing our efforts to shop for American-made products!

After years of outsourcing for cheap labor, the country as a whole has seen a “small, but growing trend” of locally-made and sourced products, according to Fashionista. There’s a demand for products that are produced nearby, keeping jobs and business within our borders. We’ve found some of our favorite companies across the country that pride themselves on being 100% locally made, so you can feel good about getting great stuff that goes back into American pockets.

 

For Womenswear: Feral Childe
Designed and made in Brooklyn & NYC’s Garment District.

Photo: Alternativeconsumer.com

Photo: Alternativeconsumer.com

While eco-friendly clothing might conjure up images of itchy burlap and happy hippies, it’s time to put those old stereotypes to rest. Quality American-made clothing is experiencing an upswing, and it’s not hard to see why. Feral Childe is a New York City-based design company that produces tailored contemporary clothing based on collaborative drawings its founders dream up. Their standards for each item are impressively strict; each piece must fulfill at least two of their qualifications, including the use of natural fibers, reclaimed or upcycled fabrics, low-impact dyes, and responsible disposal of waste materials. Who knew being so eco-conscious could look this cool?

 

To Lift Your Spirits: Bully Boy Distillers
Made in Boston.

Photo: Courtneysaccophotography.blogspot.com

Photo: Courtneysaccophotography.blogspot.com

No origin story can get more home-grown than “two brothers inspired by their upbringing on a family farm.” Naming the business after a favorite horse (who coincidentally was named by their grandfather’s old roomie, Teddy Roosevelt), Will and Dave Willis of Bully Boy Distillers produce small batch and handcrafted spirits. After rediscovering a Prohibition-era vault at their farmhouse, the brothers were motivated to try their own hand at artisan drinks. The ingredients are certified organic, handmade, and a favorite of any Bostonian who can appreciate taste and quality. If Teddy Roosevelt approves, so do we.

 

For Menswear: Independence
Made in America, located in Chicago.

Photo: Cargocollective.com

Photo: Cargocollective.com

This one’s for the guys, but specifically the well-dressed ones. From beautiful handmade leather shoes to functionally fashionable windbreakers, everything at Independence is made in the USA. Stocking only high-quality items, Independence has everything a man needs to look his best and support local businesses. Aside from clothing and accessories, they also offer authentic vintage rugs, jewelry, and various textiles. Even the lights in the store are from a 1920’s Chicago factory, so you know no matter what you choose you’re only getting an authentic dose of Americana.

 

For a Beauty Boost: Skincando
Designed and made in Washington D.C.

Photo: Groominglounge.com

Photo: Groominglounge.com

Here’s a double whammy of goodness: Washington D.C.’s Skincando is a locally-made beauty line that can benefit both you and our military. All of the products are handmade to order using only fresh and organic ingredients by owner Sara Damelio. Our favorite product has to be the anti-itch balm and “Combat Ready” line Sara designed for US soldiers in Iraq, with a portion of its proceeds going directly to aid them. You can feel good about giving some comforts of home to our soldiers, while also feeling good about yourself (seriously, that myrrh lip balm sounds amazing).

 

For Housewares: Los Angeles County Store
Made in Los Angeles.

Photo: Soulfulabode.com

Photo: Soulfulabode.com

Imagine a carefully curated store with one strict rule: everything they stock must be made in the area. That’s local shopping we can really get behind! The Los Angeles County Store does just that, stocking high-quality goods made from only local producers. Score some original art, glassware, kitchen supplies, and even some eco-friendly tech. Considering the shop itself looks like a stylish home, you can be confident anything they sell will look good in yours.

 

For Your Wheels: Mission Bicycle

Designed by you, made in San Francisco.

Photo: Orontas.com

Photo: Orontas.com

Tired of all the standard bikes you see on the road? Head to Mission Bicycle to create your own one-of-a-kind ride that’s hand-built in San Francisco. You get full control over the design of your bike, choosing between 250 colors and speeds. No matter what combo you choose it’s guaranteed to be high-quality and long-lasting. And if you’re not in SF, the staff is still super helpful with guiding you through the customization process online. Now you have no excuse not to get into summer-mode with your own wheels!

We hope you’re ready to support some American-made shops in your area! If you have a local favorite thats made entirely in your town, let us know in the comments.

 
  • Lauren Hannel

    I totally agree! I just started off doing some major cities, but no doubt that there are gems across the whole country. It could even be broken down into regions or states. If you have any favorites that come to mind, send them our way for a future article! :)

  • jathca

    It would be great to do an expanded article on this topic and find shops in each state that feature American made products. US in the US?