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.
The Shoe Mill has specialized in snug European footwear for more than two decades, earning the title of Best Comfortable Shoes from the Phoenix New Times in 2010. The store is in historic downtown Tempe, tucked inside the Casa Loma building. More than 100 years old, the structure was once inhabited by a hotel, and before that, a saloon for unaccompanied Keds and miscreant loafers.
With its origins as primarily a Birkenstock store, The Shoe Mill has since grown to stock shoes and handbags in such high-end brands as Mephisto and Ecco. Israeli-made Naot shoes benefit from the wisdom of millennia of sandstorms and leather crafting to protect feet from the elements and clumsy camels, while Baggallini handbags are perfect for travel.
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 five 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.
Ivy boutique is the premiere upscale women's resale clothing and accessories boutique in South Tempe. Ivy is a BUY OUTRIGHT resale store as opposed to consignment. Our customers get instant gratification. Bring in your former favorites and we will pay you 30% of our selling price in CASH on the spot or 50% in TRADE.
Capri Jewelers brings dozens of high-profile designers together beneath gleaming panes of glass at the Arizona Mills Mall and Chandler Fashion Center showrooms. Necklaces, bracelets, and rings from the likes of CoCo Couture Diamonds, Pandora, and Watermelon Tourmaline glint in the lights while a friendly staff remains on-hand to discuss fittings, settings, and ethically sourced gemstones.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.