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.
Undergarments have come a long way from the days of mammoth wool bloomers and palm-frond panties, and Underwear's selection of designer and boutique sensual sub-clothing shows that humankind is currently living in the Golden (and White and Black and Meshed) Age of Underthings. Lend yourself support with a light-pink Stella McCartney Daisy Dreaming organic soft-cup bra ($110), or ignite intimacy with an Eberjey Prima Ballerina Vintage V camisole ($66). Bid for boudoir items such as panties ($18–$175), gowns ($161–$325), or loungewear ($52–$325), or prepare for post-ceremony passion with Underwear's collection of bridal specialties.