The United States now makes only TWO PERCENT of the apparel its consumers purchase.
Did your jaw just drop? I hope I have your attention.
Our nation has chosen low-priced clothing made in other countries, and the loss of trades has contributed to a decline in domestic wages, the loss of the middle class, and increase in unemployment.
With lower price-points often comes a difference in quality. Trends have been evolving so quickly, that consumers choose to purchase from stores like Forever 21 and Target, but many don’t understand how that affects our economy here in the U.S.
Consider yourself informed. In today’s economy it’s crucial to work together and buy local when possible. This will help create and keep American jobs, and help the economy.
As a buyer for Bonnie & Clyde, the core of our independent business and PERSONALIZED fashion drives me. To me, that beats driving to a mall and buying predetermined styles owned by thousands of others. Not everything we stock, is made in the USA, BUT, we carry OVER TWENTY lines made here! The story of the United States garment and textile trades and the high-quality, well-made clothing available is a beautiful thing that I appreciate as a hard working citizen myself!
Though it's not practical to shop ONLY domestic, making an effort to change the ratio, helps.
Support Small. XO AJ
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