Cactus Fashion

{February 21, 2010}   Made in the U.S.A.!

I think we are seeing the regeneration of “Made in the USA” – small steps – but, steps in the right direction for our workers. Since I was born in New England – the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in this country – I grew up in an area where people worked with their hands: shoes, apparel, textiles, etc. I knew many people who worked their whole lives in factories and whose pride in their particular factory job was an important part of their self-esteem. There was a time when factory workers could support their families and developed an extended family with their fellow employees in the mills.

Here are three sites that are striving to bring back a sense of craftsmanship in the apparel industry in our country:

Our first designer is a Catholic Priest in the Bronx –

“Goods of Conscience”

Next is a talented lady in Alabama who is using U.S. local former textile workers to produce her line –

Alabama Chanin

Last, but not least, is a company in Maine –

Rambler’s Way



Gloria says:

I have a copy of Natalie Chanin’s “Alabama Stitch Book”. I hope to try her reverse applique technique on some future project. Very cool.

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