The garment district was once booming in the U.S.A., but it’s been a while since the days when “Made in America” labels were ubiquitous in our apparel. Luckily, the trend seems to picking up again, with more and more non-niche labels producing in the U.S. of A. We’re not just talking eco-friendly labels here (which profit from stricter guidelines) or heritage labels; big fashion labels are also pushing the trend forward. Check out these favorites:
1. Prabal Gurung
This Nepalese world traveler has set up shop in New York City — he beautifully thanked the city that allowed him to get his fashion start by saying, “For me it’s a very conscious decision to make in New York. It’s been a commitment from me as a designer, as a brand and it’s my way of giving back to this country that gave me this dream.”
Gaby Basora’s brand is the cool-girl favorite, featuring fun, floral prints and geometric patterns. Basora got her start as a stylist, and after traveling and taking the fashion world by storm, opened up shop to give back to the fashion world what it had given her.
This celeb-approved label out of L.A. was started by the Mulleavy sisters to bring light to darkness. Check it out for complex ethereal designs and excellent workmanship.
4. The Row
The Olsen twins have sealed another project with the kiss of success. The winners of multiple CFDA awards and all around respect from the fashion sphere, the two have set out to bolster the high-fashion manufacturing world in the U.S. Thanks girls!
5. Rag & Bone
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the masterminds behind this quality brand, produce much of their product stateside. They work with curated talents such as Martin Greenfield Tailors of Brooklyn and the oldest button manufacturer in the US, Waterbury Button. Respect.
6. Rachel Comey
Interestingly enough, this label began as menswear. The styles were too chic for women to resist, as they started buying up the menswear in extra-small sizes. The brand refocused to give their clientele what they wanted, and their womenswear was born. Check out the new Rachel Comey Store in downtown New York — perfect for the downtown look the brand sports.
7. Jason Wu
Wu famously once said, “I hope I am the antithesis of disposable fashion.” His focus on timeless pieces and excellent quality go hand-in-hand — his New York sewn pieces are sure to last.
8. Anna Sui
Sui is famous for spearheading the campaign to “Save the Garment District.” Her playful prints and fantasy-world focus make her brand good ol’ fashioned fun. After all, she did once say, “Clothes have to be fun; otherwise, who wants to bother?”
9. American Apparel
This champion of fair wages and L.A. production has the highest earning apparel workers in the world. Cheers to that!
10. AG Jeans
The AG brand focuses on mixing a vintage feel with modern notes, a blend that strikes the perfect balance with the history of American clothing manufacture and the current state of fashion design. Grab a pair to look like you truly bought your jeans during the golden days.