Made In USA - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Do you make New Year's resolutions?
The new year rolls around and you hear about how people resolve to lose a few pounds, start exercising more, cut back on the adult beverages or sugar, quit smoking, be nicer to other people, give more to charity, etc. Some of them even keep these resolutions - for a year, or at least for a little while.
I've never been big on making resolutions. But this year, I am.
I'm resolving to choose American-made products when I need to buy something.
We, as a country, need to become more independent, and not rely on other countries to make the stuff we utilize every day. Stuff like tools, clothes, toys, cars, and things our farmers use to put food on our tables. Stuff like everyday items that are in our kitchen drawers, our garages, our gardens, and our bedrooms.
How many of the items in your home came from a foreign country? Have you taken a look around recently? What would happen if that country stopped supplying us with those necessary items?
We used to make a lot more things here, but cutting costs became more important than manufacturing in the U.S.
Let's change that. Let's increase the number of inventors and makers here and support our local people and economy by buying American made, and #MakeItHere.
Thankfully, I'm not the only one who wants to buy local, and buy American. There are many of you out there who feel the same way.
I've already begun to see some positive change in getting things made here again.
Just yesterday, the Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, said in his State of the State speech "we're going to enact a Buy American proposal, giving preference to American made products in all [NY] state procurements over 100,000 [dollars]."
Last month an article from Industry Week stated that "After decades of offshoring, established bicycle brands and entrepreneurs are bringing bicycle manufacturing back to the United States as overseas costs rise and companies realize the value of "local for local" production."
Unfortunately, it's not all positive change. The American-made fashion industry recently took a big hit with the loss of American Apparel, a Los Angeles fashion standard. It was recently bought at auction by Canada's Gilden Activewear due to its second bankruptcy filing. All American Apparel retail outlets are expected to close within months.
This loss affects many of us in the industry, including Cinnia Boutique. The t-shirts I designed are printed on American Apparel t-shirts. I chose them because they were American-made, excellent quality, and offered many style choices. I'm in the process of finding another American-made supplier, but this feels like an upper cut to the jaw and I'm seeing stars (and not the kind from L.A.).
All the clothing, gifts & accessories on our website are made in the USA. The designers and retailers we link to all carry or manufacture American-made items.
We all have choices when we purchase something. Please consider choosing American-made, and help make our country even stronger and more self-reliant.
1/13/17 - An update to yesterday's post. I spoke with my t-shirt supplier and they told me that the wholesale division of American Apparel has apparently not been affected and will continue to provide made-in-the-USA apparel. Also, they have another company, LA Apparel, who still manufactures in the U.S. and will likely be getting more business.