It’s Made In America Week on BTR, and in honor of our founding fathers, I have the mother of all shows for you! U.S. production is a hot-button issue in manufacturing across the boards, but particularly in the fashion industry. Domestic garment production has seen a 90% rate of decline over the last 50 years, but a growing number of designers, advocates, and journalists are working to spread the word about the implications of this loss, and reverse the tide. On today’s show, I feature clips from interviews with just a handful of these talented, driven individuals, representatives of a new movement to bring fashion production back to the U.S.
You’ll hear perspectives on production from designers Alice Wu of Feral Childe, Samantha Pleet, Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, Bron Heussenstamm of Alex Maine, Jeff Garner of Prophetik, Peter Kallen of Nau, and Anna Zeman and Aja Singer of Alex & Eli. You’ll also hear from Jasmin Malik Chua, Managing Editor of Ecouterre, and Erica Wolf and Anthony Lilore, representatives from New York’s Save The Garment Center, a trade association working to preserve New York City’s garment district.
All that, plus an American-centric playlist, with tracks from Electric Guest, Little Scream, Middle Brother, and Iron & Wine. So put another hot dog on the grill, and dig that American flag back out of the closet – we’re still celebrating the USA here on BTR!
FASHION IN THE USA
Save the Garment Center
(Logo courtesy of STGC)
(Photo courtesy of Alex Maine)
*You can learn more about Bron’s fabulous menswear line on the June 15th broadcast of Sew & Tell!
(Photos courtesy of Feral Childe)
*For more on Alice’s work and the Feral Childe label, check out the full interview here.
Prophetik by Jeff Garner
(Photos by Peter Jensen and Daniel Jolly)
*Listen to Jeff talk in further detail about his incredible process on the June 10th, 2011 broadcast of Sew & Tell.
Ecouterre online publication
(Logo courtesy of Ecouterre)
*Hear what Jasmin has to say about some of the biggest issues facing sustainable fashion production today, on the March 30th show.
Stewart + Brown, by Karen Stewart and Howard Brown
(Photos courtesy of Stewart + Brown)
*Karen and Howard talk in greater depth about the materials they use, and what makes hemp one of their favorites, in the full Stewart + Brown broadcast.
nau Active Wear
(Photos courtesy of nau)
*Learn more about the methodology and practices of this model eco-label, on the Sew & Tell from July 22, 2011.
(Photos courtesy of Samantha Pleet S/S 2012)
*Hear the full story of Samantha’s line in our interview from Fall of 2010.
(Photos courtesy of Alex & Eli)
Alex & Eli, by Anna Zeman and Aja Singer
(Photo by Lucy Carr-Ellison)
*Anna and Aja talk shop about blazers, classic construction, their bespoke collection, and more on this Sew & Tell broadcast from February.
MORE GREAT MADE-IN-THE-US FASHION & RESOURCES
Through my time doing Sew & Tell, I’ve come across a lot of great Made-in-the-US fashion lines. Until recently, though, I was frustrated by the seeming lack of boutiques, sites, and webshops that gather these brands together in one place. However, in the past couple weeks, I’ve come across several resources that are doing just that. So I’ve gathered those here for you, along with links to a few more individual designers and labels, all for your conscientious shopping pleasure!
*An impressively comprehensive list of Made in the USA designers, from STGC
*A thrilling new flash sale webshop called Made Movement
*Of a Kind webshop (apparel, accessories, and gifts)
*Urban Spectacles (eyewear)
(Photo by Downtown Music)
July 15 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
July 17 – The Loft – Lansing, MI
July 18 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
July 20 – Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
July 21 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
July 27 – Spelndour in the Grass Festival – Byron Bay, Australia
July 28 – 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Niigata, Japan
Aug 1 – Northcote Social Club – Northcote, Australia
Aug 8 – Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park – Kansas City, MO
Aug 10 – 12 – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – San Francisco, CA
Sept 14 – 16 – We Love Green – Paris, France
Nov 8 – Festival Les Inrocks – Lille, France
Nov 9 – La Cigale – Paris, France
Nov 12 – Festival Les Inrocks – Ramonville St Agne, France
(Photo by Rachel Granofsky)
July 16 & 17 – Metropolis – Montreal, Quebec
July 19 – Sound Academy – Toronto, Ontario
July 21 – Cabooze Plaza – Minneapolis, MN
July 23 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 25 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
July 26, 27 & 29 – Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Alberta
Iron & Wine
(Photo by Piper Ferguson)
July 6 – 8 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 20 – Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
July 27 – Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center – Northampton, MA
July 28 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
July 29 – Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Alberta
Aug 16 – Pioneer Park – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 12 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 14 – Hideout Block Party – Chicago, IL
Sept 15 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI
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