Clothes may make the man, but man makes clothes dance in embarrassing Congo lines, roll in the mud, and snuggle with shedding golden retrievers according to his omnipotent whims. Exert control over sartorial charges in style with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of in-store merchandise at the American Apparel outlet store at Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead.
At its massive garment works in downtown Los Angeles, American Apparel designs, knits, cuts, dyes, and sews an eclectic lineup of stylish, well-fitting fashion basics. Feed a hungry closet with a chic cornucopia of comfortable classics, such as the stalwart 2X1 rib tank ($10.50) or mid-length T ($15.50). Meshwear will introduce fashionable femmes to familiar pieces recast in new fabrics and colors, such as a micro-mesh bodysuit ($18) or micro-mesh capri legging ($21).
For the winter months or long summer staring contests with obstinate air conditioners, American Apparel also packs outerwear, such as the men's polka-dot flex fleece zip hoodie ($31).
A socially responsible vertically integrated production model and a systematic aversion to waste allow American Apparel to staff its sweatshop-free facility with thousands of smile-wearing workers while keeping its prices low and its environmental impact to a minimum.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.