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.
Christened as one of the best wedding-tuxedo and formalwear vendors in the Chicago suburbs by the editors of The Knot, Black Tie Formalwear outfits gents in dapper threads from acclaimed designers such as Perry Ellis, Jean Yves, and Calvin Klein. Its staffers procure each visitor's individual measurements, then meticulously tailor a snug fit for tuxedos and Italian-style suits. A full collection of formalwear staples, such as jackets, shirts, shoes, pimped-out tuxedo hoodies, and silk ties, enhances the extensive range of suit styles and colors. Equipped with such accoutrement, the staff frequently furnishes wedding parties, striving to precisely match or complement the colors of the groomsmen's suits with the bridesmaids' dresses.
Patrons strolling Chicago’s Magnificent Mile can steal into Mali Jewelry—an upscale boutique with handcrafted accessories bedecked with semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals. Dangling earrings employ the sparkle of Swarovski to temporarily blind and debilitate jewelry-box thieves, and single- and multi-strand necklaces adorn the scapula with turquoise and crystal, wrangled by silk thread, memory wire, and waxed cord. To supplement gem-lined bracelets and rings, Mali’s wide variety of leather purses offers arm candy capable of containing even smaller pieces of candy or steak.