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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.

4401 N Interstate 35
Round Rock,
TX
US

The display cases at Marc Robinson Jewelers - Treasures Custom Jewelry sparkle with gemstones, worked into everything from intricate rings to statement watches and chains. That gleam has attracted clients seeking one-of-a-kind accessories, including professional athletes and famous rappers. Visitors can browse new and pre-owned watches from brands such as Gucci and Rolex, or trade in gold, platinum, and diamonds in exchange for cash or some nice compliments from a jeweler.

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr
Cedar Park,
TX
US

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.

2316 Guadalupe St
Austin,
TX
US

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.

1325 S Congress Ave
Austin,
TX
US

Cach? helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.

Though these looks change from season to season, Cach? is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Cach? also maintains an entire collection of LBDs?little black dresses?that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.

11501 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin,
TX
US

Sweets are elevated to an art form at That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. Bringing together expert bakers and sugar artists from across the country, the two-day event lets visitors stalk through an armada of colorful pastry masterpieces shaped like dragons, cheetahs, or cartoon characters. The competition breaks down its entrants into dozens of divisions and styles, all of which are judged according to creativity, theme, and artistry. A separate tasting competition includes entrants in the categories of time twisted cakes, pastries, canned fruits, cookies, and candies..

Admirers of the sucrose arts can also learn at the feet of celebrity bakers by purchasing one of several group lessons in subjects such as fondant inlay, figure modeling, and how best to conceal a hacksaw inside a bundt cake.

10601 N Lamar Blvd
Austin,
TX
US