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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.

2301 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

We are a women's handbag and accessories boutique that focuses on high quality, high fashion products, at affordable prices! We strive to provide a luxury shopping experience through our product quality, ambiance, and service without breaking the bank!

1885 Solano Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

The affable and capable instructors at Baubles and Beads expertly guide students along the path of successful stringmanship in three-hour classes. Students in the Basic Stringing class acquire the introductory skills of bead stringing, learning material selection, design basics, and finishing techniques, and leaving the course with a newly-fashioned bracelet and a firmer understanding of string theory. The Basic Wire Work class imparts the fundamentals of wire wielding with lessons in loop-making techniques such as earring construction, simple loops, and wire-wrapped loops. All necessary materials, including beads, wires, strings, and ornament-ready floss, are included in both classes.

1104 4th St
San Rafael,
CA
US

In 2004, husband-and-wife team Jamie and Dana Finegold brought ?West-coast cool with a dose of poolside glamour? to the fashion world. Their laid-back inspiration is evident in the ability of each article of their clothing to easily transition from day to night. Their clothing is also designed to flatter a woman?s natural curves through elegant draping and thoughtful construction. Because of the care put into every piece, celebrities including Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, and Alessandra Ambrosio are oft photographed in their dresses, fitted jackets, and modern knitwear. The clothing line has been featured in fashion publications the world over, and has caught the attention of the powerful fashion editors at Harper?s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

179 Mason Cir
Concord,
CA
US

When Vicki Lapp first started her business in 2003, she taught beading classes out of her home, selling accessories, tools, and beads. Strongly rooted in the philosophy that every person can tap into their creativity, she eventually transformed her small business into a legitimate brick and mortar store: Bead Inspirations. There, in addition to jewelry classes, visitors will find pre-assembled kits to craft necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, or a variety of beads, clasps, and other materials for creating beautiful, hand-made wearables. Fun classes foster a positive, welcoming vibe for crafters to express themselves.

1544 Park Street
Alameda,
CA
US

Almost anything could happen to a chicken wing in PS Eatery’s kitchen. The culinary team could crisply fry it and dunk it in buffalo spices, or prepare it Asian-style, tossing it in fish sauce. The eatery specializes in comfort food with a twist, adding flavorful touches and Asian influences to its classic platters. The mac and cheese, for instance, comes crowned in Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs and mixed with spicy tuna. Grilled pork loins arrive sided with tasty tangles of spaghetti chow mein, and even the humble veggie burger is reinvented with six layers of yellow squash, eggplant, and zucchini, rather than the standard autumn leaves.

1330 Park St
Alameda,
CA
US