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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.
170 University Ave
Palo Alto,
CA
US
JB&B Jewelers' owner, Cynthia Zirpolo, greets customers as they walk through the double doors before showing off her more than 10 sparkling display cases teeming with a diverse collection of locally and internationally crafted adornments. Silver jewelry ($50–$200) decorates earlobes, wrists, and second-best athletes' necks in modern swoops and abstract shapes, such as the silver drop earrings culminating in balls made from intricate swirls that resemble wrapped wire. Gold marries semiprecious stones such as pink opal, green onyx, rainbow tourmalines, and mother of pearl ($270+). Friendly and helpful, Cynthia or her colleague Gina gladly show shoppers their simple gold and diamond pieces ($360+) and gladly answer biographical questions about the inventor of the diamond, Neil Diamond.
239 State St
Los Altos,
CA
US
What started out as a simple consignment shop quickly evolved into something more. Today, more than 15 years later, Ricochet echoes some of its initial framework, as owner Jill Pillot specializes in selling "up-cycled" clothing that has been repurposed and reimagined. Inside the store, she also leads sewing classes to share her knowledge?bolstered by a degree in costume and fashion design?suited for all ages and abilities. Ricochet is also a proud supporter of local artists, frequently showcasing and selling wearable works of art made nearby at the local Art Factory.
1610 S El Camino Real
San Mateo,
CA
US
Lauded by style magazines, Chinese Laundry’s array of footwear frames feet in styles ranging from elegant to everyday using eye-catching lines and innovative materials. Complement cocktail dresses by slipping toes into a choice of evening items, such as angelic, gold Willy Shimmer heels ($49.95) and dark and racy Haughty suede heels ($29.95), or wear one of each to engage gams in existential debates about good and evil. A range of daytime togs such as wedges ($29.99–$170), flats ($14.99–$89.95), and sandals ($14.95–$150) pair with jeans, shorts, and sundresses effortlessly, and sleek stiletto Faith boots ($59.95) drape legs in luxury while keeping out wind, rain, and subliminal messages instructing feet to do the mashed-potato.
39488 Stevenson Place
Fremont,
CA
US
Baker's Chem-Dry's carpet-cleaning solution has been formulated to specifically exclude one thing: harsh chemicals. Instead of chemical solvents, Baker's Chem-Dry's cleaning process relies entirely on the grime-loosening powers of microscopic bubbles, much like cleaning a shirt stain with sloshes of club soda or Dom Pérignon. When combined with hot water, the bubbles help loosen dirt embedded deep within fibers before being sucked away in the vortex of the company's PowerHead unit. Because no soaps or detergents touch the carpet, it leaves no residue, requires no extra rinsing, and dries to a foot-pampering finish within six hours.
1514 Newlands Ave
Burlingame,
CA
US
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1565 Winchester Blvd
Campbell,
CA
US