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.
Austinites love fashion, but they also love fair, sustainable business practices. The sleek, modernist South Congress location of American Apparel appeals to both of these concerns and more, with its well-made, well-designed products. Known for their iconic, sometimes-risqué ads, American Apparel provides simple daily basics for men, women and children, as well as their line of California Select vintage items. Not only does American Apparel manufacture their products in the United States and pay their employees a fair wage, they are one of the few companies able to actually export American-made clothing. Their manufacturing process integrates a number of green and energy-saving aspects, which combine to make them one of the most forward-thinking fashion chains in the nation.
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