Apparel in Milwaukee

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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.

2165 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

A charming boutique with a high-fashion eye, Uncommon Items decks its clientele in an eclectic array of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and distinctive apparel from California designers. Fashion-free fingers can slip into a number of stone-studded vintage rings ($20+), or drape elegant necklaces ($24+) across dreary décolletage and sad-eyed security guards. Twirl-ready dresses ($49+) pair with stylish purses ($35) and scarves ($24) to create an ideal outfit for impressing friends, co-workers, and prissy disco balls. Eye-fetching panoplies of original artwork preside over Uncommon Items' aisles, warming hearts and eyeballs with soul-soothing pastoral landscapes.

1316 E Brady St
Milwaukee,
WI
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.

5344 North Port Washington Road
Milwaukee,
WI
US

In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.

8739 North Port Washington Road
Milwaukee,
WI
US

For 20 years, Sam Hill has worked in the jewelry industry as a goldsmith, a jewelry designer, and a Graduate Gemologist. Since 2000, he's also owned Rohr Jewelers, a Milwaukee fixture since 1933. Hill imports jewelry crafted from high quality pearls, diamonds, and gemstones from all over the world for customers to peruse.

813 N Jefferson St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.

5300 S 76th St
Greendale,
WI
US