Saturday, March 15, 2014

American-Made Weekend Links

Some news from the Made in America front over the past few weeks: wool, cars, pottery, microbrews, America's oldest hat maker, how Grand Central is getting in on Made in NY, made-in-USA designer Ernest Alexander opening up a store in NYC, American Apparel's newest newsworthy move, American flags, and more.

Here are a dozen thirteen articles and videos you need to see if you haven't already:

  1. From USA Today (02/19/2014): "Company goes to the mat for 'Made In America'" [+video] about WeatherTech and their Super Bowl commercial
  2. From the Washington Post (02/21/2014): "The Pentagon can now only buy American flags made in the U.S."
  3. From Grist (02/21/2014): "Microscrewed: Why California’s drought could muck up local beers"
  4. From Apartment Therapy (02/25/2014): "Team USA: 10 All-American Textile Manufacturers"
  5. From Elephant Journal (02/26/2014): "Why Does American-Made Clothing Cost More?"
  6. From Crain's NY (02/26/2014): "Grand Central gets a taste of New York"
  7. From Apartment Therapy (02/27/2014): "Made in America: Handmade Pottery"
  8. From Racked NY (03/03/2014): "Ernest Alexander On Building His Soho Store From the Ground Up"
  9. From Broadway World (03/03/2014): "ALL AMERICAN WHEELS: New Book Explains How to Buy USA Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles "
  10. From Maker's Row (03/04/2014): "America’s Oldest Hat Maker" about Bollman Hat Company
  11. From NBC News (03/12/2014): "How One Entrepreneur Is Helping to Revive 'Made in USA' Wool"
  12. From Fashionista (03/13/2014): "American Apparel’s Creative Director Explains the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ Campaign"
  13. From Modestics (03/14/2014): "5 Interesting Statistics About American Manufacturing"

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  1. I must admit I was a bit shocked when I first saw that AA ad but the reasoning behind it does make sense. Though to why she was topless kind of doesn't to me, not that she doesn't look great.

    Buckets & Spades

    1. I agree with you. American Apparel aims to be anything but subtle, however, hence the topless model.

  2. The American Apparel ad is "shocking" to say the least, but I appreciate the sentiment behind it. Also, I thought the Pentagon only being able to buy Flags in the US was kind of interesting-I'm not sure it's newsworthy; probably because I don't think a whole lot of people have really considered where the American Flag is made.


    Erin @

    1. Erin, I disagree. The Pentagon being mandated to buy only American-made flags is quite newsworthy. There are lots of people who cringe (me being one of them) at the notion that people would purchase an American flag made anywhere but the USA.