The designers at Allure Couture Jewelry scour the Earth for fine handcrafted necklaces, lustrous beads, and shimmering crystals. In Allure's showroom, cases glisten with Evil Eye beads from Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey as well as handmade Italian pieces made from sterling silver. Seasoned designers handpick each piece, sifting out imperfect diamonds and fake decoder rings. The showroom also features Austrian Swarovski crystals, which are nickel- and lead-free like the rest of the jewellery on display.
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.