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.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them via 14 stores in the Twin City area and via the 5 stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
For more than 65 years, Ribnick Fur & Leather has outfitted customers with warm, timeless fur coats. The shop began selling fur coats when Isaac Ribnick opened his shop in a building that would eventually be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The shop's collection of new and pre-loved furs line racks of Italian leather gloves, hats, and purses. Ribnick's also carries a variety of accessories, including fur hats, cashmere scarves, and wraps.
The jewelers at Monique of Switzerland Jewelers boast more than 30 years of experience embellishing their patrons' arms, necks, wrists, and fingers with precious metals and gems. Throughout the day, the shop's knowledgeable floor staff guides patrons through an ocean of jewels, and helps them choose a winning piece from an inventory that includes wedding and engagement rings from upscale brands such as Vatché, Romance, and Legacy Bands. In addition to a selection of ready-to-wear baubles, Monique offers custom-designed jewelry, each piece handmade by in-house jewelers. Both customer service and jewelry-making staff work with clients to produce pieces capable of imbuing wearers with a one-of-a-kind sparkle and the ability to summon Captain Planet.
With many items designed and handcrafted by the owner, Oh Baby! stocks a bevy of pint-sized gifts to brighten the lives of planet Earth's newest residents as well as their already weary new parents. A full stock of options for daily baby holding provides a cure for arm fatigue, including the Bundle Me toddler warmer ($49.95) and the Cariboo classic bassinet ($395.95). Though a newborn may not catch regularly scheduled Z's, a cozy bunny soother set maximizes adorableness at any hour ($19.95).