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.
India. China. Malaysia. Brazil. Peru. Mongolia. Tonsure Hair's inventory showcases human-hair extensions from countless locations. After gathering the strands, staff members transform them into extensions that can be clipped in, clamped on with microrings, or attached to an old broom that’s been feeling sorry for itself since the invention of vacuums. They even style some of the hair in accordance with trends—their shop features wavy, curly, straight, and ombre varieties.