Anthro: USA

Anthro: USA

I love Anthropologie as much as the next girl, and their gorgeous catalogs always go on my wall for inspiration.  Since I started my quest for fair trade and ethical clothing, I’ve had to say no to a lot of items I once might have bought without hesitation.  I’m still able to find pieces I love there, but I always check first to make sure they are made in the United States.

Over the weekend, I did a quick search and found quite a few Anthropologie brands that are, in fact, made in the U.S.A. (some are even fair trade!), and I’ve decided to share them with you over the next few weeks.  My research took a bit of detective work, as I started by searching for “Made in the USA” on the site itself.  I jotted down the clothing brands that appeared (I didn’t cover furniture, accessories, or household items), then checked out each brand separately.  Some, I quickly discovered, only had one or two items that fit the category, so I crossed those off my list.  And some brands only had a few items available at the store, so I crossed those off, too.  To meet my criteria, each brand must have at least five pieces currently for sale at Anthropologie, all of which must be made in the United States.

I also realize that the “Made in the USA” label is quite controversial.  My goal is just to show you alternatives to some of Anthropologie’s other lines, and to take some of the guesswork out of shopping there.  I couldn’t find an available list of these brands, so I’m making it myself.

In alphabetical order, here are the first four brands I discovered.

AG: A line of denim made entirely in the United States.  The Stevie Cords are shown on top left.

Bailey 44:  Features comfortable and flattering knitwear that’s also really elegant.  The Pindot Column Dress is shown on the top right.

Citizens of Humanity: A well-known jeans line.  The Racer Skinny Jeans are shown bottom left.

Current/Elliott:  Another denim line that features jackets, as well as jeans.  The Denim Jacket is shown bottom right.

I hope you’ll find this list helpful, and I plan to highlight more next week.  Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions, because I really appreciate them!

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