Wednesday, November 12, 2014

American-Made Wednesday Links

This month in news from the Made in America Movement: NPR's great series, China's rising wages, why American manufacturing jobs will require more smarts, J.Crew gets in on Made-in-NYC suiting, Martha Stewart's fave fall items made in Brooklyn, a great photo tour of Faribault Woolen Mill, Zady's American-made private label, LA's garment workers, the history of the American t-shirt, how US-made watches are now ubiquitous, and more.

Here are a dozen articles and videos you need to see if you haven't already:
  1. From The Way We Wear (03/13/2014): "Made in the USA T-Shirt" -- a history of the tee from Harry Stedman
  2. From Sourcing Journal (09/15/2014): "American Textile Company to Expand US Operations"
  3. From J.Crew (10/2014): "In the Field: Martin Greenfield for J.Crew Ludlow"
  4. From Martha Stewart (date unknown): "11 Brooklyn-Made Must-Haves for Fall"
  5. From BusinessWeek (10/23/2014): "China's Rising Wages and the 'Made in USA' Revival"
  6. From Cubic Lane (10/23/2014): "'Made in America' is Back"
  7. From NPR's 'Morning Edition' (10/30/2014): "LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers" [+ audio]
  8. From Inc. magazine (11/2014): "The Case for 'Made in America'"
  9. From Elements of Style blog (11/5/2014): "Made in the U.S.A- Faribault Woolen Mill" -- great photos!
  10. From NPR's 'Morning Edition' (11/7/2014): "Future U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Will Require More Brain Than Brawn" [+ audio]
  11. From Newsweek (11/08/2014): "Second Time Around For American-Made Watches"
  12. From TriplePundit (11/11/2014): "Slow Fashion Startup Zady to Launch American-Made Private Label"
A special shout out and thank you to NPR's Morning Edition for nailing it with their special series -- American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape.

(Stock photo.)


  1. I'm excited to see what Zady offers with their private label. I also really enjoyed "The Case for 'Made in America.'" For me, buying American Made isn't about isolationism, it's about taking a step back from a throw-away mentality and instead buying things that will last. I also enjoy supporting businesses who are passionate about their products, not just the bottom line.

    1. I agree, Amy. In my mind, I try to celebrate items made with care, items that will last, and items that I will enjoy using.

  2. some great reading here, about to have a click around. Nice to feature HS!

    Buckets & Spades