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.
Family owned and operated since 1914, Smyth Jewelers lavishes customers with expertly cut gems and attentive service. Fill Valentine's present voids with designer necklaces ($32.50 and up), adorn lonely lobes with earrings ($28 and up), or add panache to foosball matches with sparkling rings ($50 and up). The caring staff will not force shoppers into splurging on baubles, but rather will introduce them to pieces that fit their needs in design and price. Smyth also purveys gifts such as silver platters, wine coasters, crystal decanters, and decorative bowls to fill with fruits, pocket change, or collector edition condiment packets. Perusers of higher-end items may fuse two Groupons to put towards purchases over $300, selecting from shinables such as the 18-karat diamond stud earrings clasped in white gold ($340). Smyth's six certified gemologists ward off showy intruders, admitting only GIA or AGS approved gems with the most refined facets and credible qualities.
Their area of expertise is a ritzy one, but Niland & Company Jewelers have fun at work, curating collections that celebrate the seasons. The shop's baubles are paired with photos and displays that showcase their evocative appeal?in the summer, for instance, a pair of earrings with raspberry-hued rubleite teardrops shimmers beneath a photo of a matching popsicle. When they're not hunting gems to sell in their chandelier-lit, all-white boutique, the jewelers repair, resize, and engrave favorite items. The team also includes designers who customize jewelry to make future heirlooms.
The staff at Monica Jewelers’ locations in Columbia and Annapolis guides clients through a selection of thousands of pieces, helping them to find the ideal wedding rings, anniversary gifts, and accessories. Their watches include those from Citizen, Bulova, and La Vie, and their stock of gold necklaces save wearers the trouble of growing their own gold. The jewelers also sell a vast selection of earrings, bracelets, chains, and colored gems.
Praised in a bevy of national publications including Wired and O, The Oprah Magazine, M-Edge Accessories' covers, lights, and stands enhance e-reader versatility, protection, and panache. A beach-bound Amazon Kindle shields itself from sand and surf in a Leisure Jacket ($34.99), and the Incline Jacket ($49.99) enrobes Apple’s iPad in supple microfiber leather, an extra perk for fingers still rejoicing in freedom from paper cuts. The adjustable e-Luminator Touch Booklight ($19.99) attaches neatly into all M-Edge Accessories jackets, and brightens e-pages on medium intensity for more than 20 hours on a single AAA battery. With custom MyEdge jackets ($40–$50) for iPad, Kindle, and Nook, customers can create their own tech tunics. DIY-ers can upload images and add text, patterns, and colors to craft a one-of-a-kind wrapper declaring "Litterasy iz kewl," or customers can simply select designs from the style library. Each custom casing swaddles screens in a microsuede interior, and the Scotchgard-treated canvas covers prevent damage from liquid, dirt, and debris.
In Business since 1979, family operated. Full interior design services. Workroom on site for upholstery and windw treatments .Largest fabric selection in the area, bed ensembles, etc. Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer for 10 yrs. Also furniture lines: Sherrill, Precedent, Miles Tabott ,Hooker, Rugs, and home accessories.