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.
J. West Jewelers is a family owned store that is located in Round Rock and has been in business for over 9 years. We provide any type of jewelry or watch repair on site allowing for swift service. Our store also specialize in custom jewelry using state of the art CAD design allowing you to see your piece before we make.
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.
At Nomadic Notions—a bead shop carrying more than one million types of beads from 20 different countries—teachers lead hands-on workshops on forging your own jewelry. Various teachers helm the Let's Make Earrings class, where they lays out methods for fashioning lobe ornaments using basic techniques. Students learn to wrangle wire and bend the will of beads with techniques including simple loops, wrapped loops, component selection, and adding chain. The instructor also provides design tips to coax earrings into aesthetically pleasing arrangements and aurally pleasing three-part harmonies.
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.