13
Oct
17

Pharmaceutical Television Commercials – Ethical or Unethical

Pharmaceutical Television Advertisements – Ethical or Unethical

What is more American than the pharmaceutical companies? A Mega-company’s Board of Directors tells their shareholders that they are going to spend hundreds of thousands on research to develop a new drug, then spends thousands of dollars and several years on bureaucratic red tape to get their drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. After the approval, there is the initial announcement of their new medicine, with spending of more tens of thousands of dollars to market to physicians, hospitals and directly to consumers. In this way, the pharmaceutical can feel justified in passing their outrageous expenses unto unsuspecting patients. Now, that is a true American success story.

Television As A Way To Market Directly to Patients

I like television commercials as much as the next guy, which means not very much. The exception is during the Super Bowl, in that case, it is the best part of the whole experience. Save this “Hyper Bole”, I would rather record a program, then skip through the commercials. But, some commercials that I do not always skip are the pharmaceutical commercials. Pharmaceutical commercials on television are a relatively new phenomenon. When these direct-to-consumer ads were first approved in 1997, the pharmaceutical companies started slowly and carefully, but, soon the industry exploded. Pharmaceutical companies now spend more than $5 billion per year on television commercials. Only New Zealand and the USA allow direct to consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. I guess the drug companies want us Americans and New Zealanders to make our own diagnosis and pick their treatments based on their advertisements.

 

I do like some of the drug commercials. The ads are professionally done, they are mostly truthful and they announce the possible side effects (they are all said in a bullet-like rapidity and usually ends with “including death”). There are some ads that are actually good. For example, there is one commercial for an asthma medicine which shows a giant bear standing behind a man, squeezing the man’s chest while everyone looks on. The on-lookers seem not to be disturbed by the proximity of this giant bear or for the health of the man that is being bear hugged. Also, the bear releases the man once the aerosol is dispersed. It makes one wonder is this as asthma medicine or a bear spray? Maybe it is both.

The other commercial that is not too obnoxious is an ad for Diabetes. There is this happy, pudgy guy, dancing to an Earth Wind and Fire song, pouring out olive oil on the kitchen floor, trying to pull a lazy bassett hound and mowing a lawn in an oblong circle. They are fun to watch. (It is the music that makes the commercial).

But, then there are commercials that I am not sure how it sells the product. There are multiple examples of these, but the classic example is an erectile dysfunction ad – why are the couples sitting in separate single-person-tubs outdoors? Is that supposed to be sexy? Or relaxing?

How Expensive are these advertised medications?

When you spend thousands of dollars making a commercial and then buy time to show your commercial on television, you know that the medication they are plugging is going to be very expensive. You know it is not a company that is selling generic medications. But how expensive are these medications? Patients, or consumers as the Pharmaceutical companies refer to them, have no idea how much these medications cost and for the vast majority of physicians, also, have no idea either. I, only recently, have been able to find out the price of medications by employing an App called “GoodRx”, they also have a website.

GoodRx gives a list the 6 lowest prices of the medication at local pharmacies. By employing this App, you can instantly get idea how expensive a medicine is – without calling a pharmacist. This App, also, makes one aware that no pharmacy is consistently cheaper than another. Trying to figure out how much something costs and where it is cheapest on your own is a total crap shoot. I would recommend the GoodRX App if you are truly interested in pharmaceutical prices.

Let us go back to an example of eczema, which there is a new TV ad. A medicine that treats this condition – a moderate strength corticosteroid like triamcinolone, a 60 g tube costs less than $20. This will take care of most eczema. But, a newly advertised product, Eucrisa, costs $604 – $628 per month (this is based on having a coupon and polling the lowest-priced 6 local pharmacies – so, the price can be higher). So why get Eucrisa? Who knows. Is it 300 times better?

How prevalent is television pharmaceutical ads? Below is a list of commercials I saw on television in a couple of days. Listed is the product, the condition it treats and the cost per month (based on GOODRx 6 lowest prices with coupon). (Maybe you have seen one of these).

Taltz (Ixekizumab) Psoriasis $14,713 – $15,953

Stelara (ustekinumab) Psoriasis, Crohn’s Disease $9,739 – $10,196

Cosentyx (Secukinumab Psoriasis $9,036 – $9,460

Entyvio (Vedolizumab) Ulcerative Colitis $5,570 – $5,927

Victoza (Liraglutide) Diabetes Mellitus $836- $870

Eucrisa (Crisaberole) Eczema $604 – $628

Tresiba (Insulin degludec) Diabetes Mellitus $462 – $483

Entresto (Sacubitril/Valsartan) Congestive Heart Failure $453 – $471

Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Arial Fibrillation, Deep Venous Thrombosis $407 – $423

Eliquis (Apixaban) Atrial Fibrillation, Deep Venous Thrombosis $407 – $423

Spiriva Respimat (Tiotropium) Asthma $389 – $402

Myrbetriq (Mirabegron) Urinary Incontinence $340 – $341

 

It is not unethical what the Pharmaceutical companies are doing, right? That is the $5 Billion question.

Unethical Issues

If the Television advertisements marketing directly to consumers isn’t totally unethical, there are some which are unequivocal, like Martin Shrekli increasing the price of Daraprim, the only antibiotic to fight a certain infection by 5,000%, Daraprim used to cost $750, but after Shrekli took over the company it is now according to Good Rx with coupon $45,909 – $48,048 for 60 tablets).

Other issues that are clearly unethical: 1) taking old time generic medications, getting them re-patented and mark up the price by 5,000 times. Examples: 1) colchicine for gout, a medicine as old and cheap as aspirin (todays cost according to Good Rx with coupon $80 – $179 for 30 tablets), 2) tetracycline -used to be one of the oldest and cheapest antibiotics, (Good Rx with coupon $292 – $575 for 60 tablets) and 3) albuterol inhalers used to be $5-$20, now $57 – $62 for one inhaler according to GoodRx with coupon).

The next issue is kind of unethical – it is taking two generic medications and combining them into one pill and giving that a new patent. (It is similar to what pharmaceuticals have been doing for many years: when a branded medicine is about to have its patent expire – pharmaceutical companies tweak something to the medicine – delivery system, changing a drug to extended release, changing to the active molecule, etc, then, they can have a new patent for the same medicine.) The two best examples of combining two generic medicines into one pill and then charging and arm and a leg for it are Duexis and Namzaric (not to be confused with Narnia).

Duexis is a medicine that is a combination of Ibuprofen (the same medicine as Advil), and Famotidine (Pepcid) an old stomach medicine. This “new medicine” will decrease the incidence of ulcers by 50% than by taking Ibuprofen alone. But if you bought each one separately, one can get 90 tablets of 800 mg Ibuprofen for $10 at WalMart and Famotidine 20 mg, 60 tablets at WalMart for $4.00. So how much should you pay for Duexis which is Ibuprofen 800 mg and Famotidine 26.6 mg? $100? $200? How about $2,313 – $2,422 for 90 tablets? If you were an insurance company with drug coverage, would you approve this medicine? Of course not.

Namzaric is an Alzheimers medication. It is a combination of the generic medicines: donepezil (Aricept) and Mematine (Namenda) in one pill. Generic Donepezil 10 mg, 30 tabs can be bought for a low as $9.05 – $54 (GoodRx with coupon), and memantine 10 mg 60 tabs can be bought for $23 – $123 (GoodRx with coupon). For Namzaric 28/10 (Mematine/Donepezil), it costs $405 – $421 for 30 tabs. But, the pharmaceutical company will argue that it is does not contain generic Namenda but its “newer” Namenda XR and that one can buy Namenda XR at exactly the same price as Namzaric. Oh.

American Pharmaceutical companies seem to typify the American business environment: Poor people pay outrageous prices so Mega companies can make millions of dollars in profits every quarter. My message is the next time a pharmaceutical television ad comes on, whip out your smartphone, and check out how much that drug costs on GoodRx.

 

 

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10
Oct
17

Free Trade: Evil or Good?

Free Trade Evil or Good

There is a conflict within the struggling Democratic Party as to whether to support Free Trade or to ban it. Traditionally, for the past 150 years, Democrats have been the political party for the working class, to improve worker’s wages and their working conditions. Looking at the issue of whether you are for workers or against them, it is rather simple: you are either for workers or for the employers (you can’t be both). If you are against workers, then you are not called “Anti-worker”,  but “Pro-Business”. And there is nothing more “Pro-Business” than the issue of Free Trade.

What is Free Trade?

To understand “Trade” let us go back to the beginning – the writing of the U.S. Constitution, written mainly by James Madison, but implemented by Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. Part of “Trade” is customs or import taxes (taxes that are levied on products brought in from other countries into the USA). This was one of the first orders of the day. Import taxes did two important things: 1) it brought in a substantial amount of revenue into the US Treasury (in order to pay the back wages of soldiers of the Revolutionary War who had gone unpaid for many years) without individually taxing individuals and 2) it protected fledgling American businesses from being over-run by foreign companies. In fact, Hamilton set the Coast Guard to patrol offshore waters to intercept contraband (untaxed smuggled products).

It was Alexander Hamilton’s vision, as well as George Washington’s, that the United States should encourage manufacturers, especially textiles. This can be best exemplified by the ceremonial outfit worn by George Washington, who, at the first inauguration, wore a plain brown suit of American broadcloth woven at a mill in Hartford. (from Alexander Hamilton p277, by Ron Chernow). At that time, England was a giant manufacturer, holding secrets of manufacturing from competitors. England wanted to keep the US as a natural reserve of raw material and limiting any US manufacturing. It was one of the more important items that American colonists had rebelled against. Funny, the USA is once again becoming less a manufacturing power and more of a reserve of raw material, due to Free Trade.

Now, to more modern times, 1980s, The United States was the disputed king of manufacturing. The beginning of the end was that corporations and big business took over Congress (unfettered lobbying/corruption as it caused in every other country). These big monied business people, in an effort to increase profits while simultaneously decreasing pay for American workers, came up with the concept of “Free Trade”. By eliminating import taxes on products coming from other countries, corporations/big businesses could exploit low wages and decreased standard of living conditions of foreign nations to undercut the price of all products made in the USA, which caused tens of thousands of Americans businesses to fold or to move to  other countries like China or India and millions of Americans to lose their jobs. (7.23 million lost manufacturing jobs since 1979). This has caused the decay of American manufacturing and has hit some areas extremely hard, especially the small rural towns where manufacturing was their main source of revenue.(Globalization when factories close down and towns struggle).

Who is Helped by Free Trade?

Free Trade policies actually do help farmers. It did open more markets for American farmers to send their products. Of course, farmers only make up 1% of the US population. Other winners, CEOs of large companies. More profits, less responsibility. That is why someone like Donald Trump who says “America First”, still keeps his manufacturing plants in China.

The losers: American workers, loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, decrease of US wages. When you open up the job market to the whole rest of the world, it mean the American worker had to compete against the global workforce of 1,12 billion workers. The worker glut has caused a decrease of American wages and benefits (Invisible Influence of China, Robert Samuelson for the Washington Post). Not only are the workers hurt, but so are the families, the towns, cities and communities as well as the associated businesses with manufacturing. Plus, as the World Trade Organization becomes bigger and bigger, the United States can no longer impose its own safety regulations such as on meat because it makes it unfair for countries with less regulation to compete with the US (The Official End to Country of Origin Meat Labels). So, there are a lot of down sides to Free Trade. Let us not forget the loss of all the revenue to the US Treasury by getting rid of all those trillions of dollars by eliminating the import taxes.

But how about the other winners? Well, the countries that the United States has shipped all their jobs to have certainly been helped. For example, China builds skyscrapers and bullet trains at a rate that we can not even comprehend. Rich Chinese businessman come to the United States and buy up American properties. Poverty is less worldwide.

The main argument for Free Trade is that it brings down costs. While inflation seems to hit everything, in clothing, due to mass production and slave labor, you can buy some clothing at the same price as you could in 1979. But is decreased prices everything? Cheap products have changed people’s philosophy, people now spend terribly unwisely – it has become an uncontrolled spending economy. And overproduction of products is also a bad thing: clothing is manufactured in such an overwhelming volume, 26 billion tons per year to the landfills, that landfills are having troubles taking it all in, while stripping away natural and unnatural resources to make them.

Which Political Party is For Free Trade?

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) an agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico was the first Free Trade Agreement.  This was a Republican plan written up by Republicans, started under the administration of George H.W. Bush, voted on by a majority of Republicans and a minority of Democrats. But, sometimes considered a Democratic bill because George Clinton signed it into law. Almost immediately an infinitely larger Free Trade  deal happened, the World Trade Organization (WTO). It should be noted that all Free Trade bills are Republican bills, and they always will be. Even Donald Trump was Free Trade, still is Free Trade, except when he hypocritically says he is not. Free Trade is the Republican platform. Even Breitbart which is “anti Republican establishment” is Pro Free Trade. The Democratic Party is 85% Against Free Trade. And it is quite possible that if there will be a limitus test for the future Democratic Party, it is whether a Democrat is for Free Trade/Pro-Business/Anti-Worker or Against Free Trade/Pro-Worker. If the Democrats want to win back any part of the Senate, House or Presidency, they should all be Pro-Worker. The Democratic motto should be: “All People deserve the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness with Good Wages and Benefits.

Economic Forecast

Don’t be fooled, the United States and the world has been in the biggest economic boom ever seen. It has been going on the last seven years, but because the United States is not participating in manufacturing, workers have not seen wages increase. Donald Trump had promised 4% Gross Domestic Product (GFP) growth, but that will never happen without manufacturing which has been left behind. (7 Reasons why Trumps promise of 4% GDP growth will never happen in 2017) In reality we are probably close to the end of this economic tech boom. The stock market is way over valued, just like it always happens before the recession happens. Are the Day Traders afraid? NO. The reason, the big boys have super fast computers and lines of communication that allows them to almost instantaneously withdraw their money before they get hurt, while all the workers with their 401Ks will have to see their retirement plans slowly go down the drain. Not a rosy prediction. The path to a more stable future is to invest in manufacturing, especially making the more expensive technical components and to invest in infrastructure. Doubling down on trickledown economics, giving tax breaks to the rich and decreasing revenue to the Treasury is a sure way to continue on the same path we are on.. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class once again becomes the poor class. Final Verdict: Free Trade is a menace to the American working class, but a real boon to the top 1% and other countries.

Remember to buy American, the job you save may be your own.

29
Sep
17

Tori Richard Hawaiian Wear

Source: Tori Richard

Tori Richard

Aloha, Welcome to the largest Hawaiian shirt maker in the United States, Tori Richard. Found in many higher end department stores throughout the USA , plus 11 Tori Richard stores in Hawaii, Tori Richard is well known for its quality-brand textile designs. Well-made with fashionable and new innovative designs every year is what keeps this company chugging along.

The Beginning of the Story

Tori Richard Story Link

In 1953, Mort Feldman, a successful apparel manufacturer from Chicago came to Hawaii to retire. However, Mort couldn’t stay retired and, with his wife to be, Janice Moody and pattern-maker, Mitsue Aka, a seamstress, founded Tori Richard, LTD which was named after their son, Richard. They started with sophisticated women’s resort wear. In the 1960s, Tori Richard expanded with showrooms in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. They were also in the finest retail stores across the USA. n the 1970s, Tori Richard started making men’s shirts. By the 1980’s men’s shirts had eclipsed the women’s dress business. Mort Feldman retired in 1983, followed by some leaner times. Mort Feldman came back to Honolulu in 1994 with his son Josh. They started the company on a new path. Tori Richard re-introduced the engineered men’s shirt featuring front panel matching and whimsical prints. In 2002, Tori Richard re-launched its women’s line. Tori Richard has expanded to 11 stores on four of the Hawaiian islands. With regards to “Made in USA”, Tori Richard does still make a certain amount of its clothing “Made in Hawaii”. Overall, by looking at some of their stores and website, I would estimate that 15% of Tori Richard clothing is Made in Hawaii.

View Point shirt

Casbah Karley Dress

Marquises shirt

Paisley Palace Sadie Dress

Boat Day Aloha shirt

Shady Lady Lady Dress Pant

Quiet Village shirt

Fish Bowl Dress

Lei Maker Shirt (based on the 1989 design)

Oceanside Beachside Cardigan

Camelot shirt

 

07
Sep
17

Brave New Look

Source: Brave New Look

Brave New Look

I have found this new on-line company that makes some cute stuff in the USA: Leggings, scrubs, T-shirts, mugs and jewelry. But before you buy, remember buyer beware. When you look at their clothing that is being modeled – please note that they are all photo-shopped – which means they will look different on real people. The leggings are thin and can be see-through with light colors, but then this is pretty much true for all leggings. And lastly, the reviews are less than sparkling. The typical complaint goes like this: “I ordered something, I was charged immediately and then it took many weeks to get the merchandise or I didn’t get it at all.” Maybe if the company was upfront and said: Once you order a product, we will start making it, and it will take 4-6 weeks before you will receive it.

About US (From their website)

The things we wear, own, and do make a statement about who we are to the rest of the world. Your look makes a statement, but whose statement?

At Brave New Look, we believe the message you share with the world should be yours, truly. Our team works everyday, and sometimes on the weekend, to bring you the look that’s perfect for you so the rest of your tribe can find you.

It’s time to be Brave. Take back control of how the world looks at you. You’re not alone.

Blue Paw Leggings

Chakra Leggings

Peek a Boo Boston Terrier Scrubs

Detroit Baseball Stitching Leggings

Bright Butterfly Leggings

Wine Now Run Later Leggings

Dental Hygienist Ugly Christmas Sweater

04
Sep
17

Best Boots Made in the USA for 2017 – AMERICAN GEAR GUIDE

Source: Best Boots Made in the USA for 2017 – AMERICAN GEAR GUIDE

I was thinking of writing about hiking boots made in  the USA but before I did I had found that somebody had already beat me to the punch. This is an excellent article from American Gear Guide from June 13, 2017. If you wanted a broader look at other boots made in the USA, then I would suggest USA Love List from 2015. Each year the choice of hiking boots gets smaller and smaller. Danner is the number one maker of American hiking boots, however, now more than 70% of their boots are imported.

Best American Made Hiking Boots

By Matt Mullins   June 13, 2017
The following are top quality boots made in the USA. However, everyone’s feet are unique and each boot fits differently. The best boots won’t do you much good if they don’t fit your particular foot shape. I recommend trying on boots to find the proper size. With this in mind, I have chosen retailers with a stellar return policy, competitive pricing, and affordable or free expedited shipping.

Chippewa Apache Rugged Boot – Men’s

​The Chippewa Apache Boot (model 20080) is a hidden gem. For such a high quality American made boot it’s surprising that it often sells for well less than $200. This isn’t your typical modern hiking boot, think of it as an ultra comfortable throwback to the hiking/work boot of the early 1900’s outdoorsman. These Chippewa’s come with supple leather, classy waxed laces, and beefy Vibram soles. Chippewa also makes an 8″ upper version and models with different soles.
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Danner Women’s Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot

​The iconic Women’s Mountain Light is a stylish yet very capable hiking boot. These premium leather boots have a waterproof and breathable liner, Vibram soles, and offer solid ankle support. This is the same boot as worn in the film and found on the cover of the best selling book, “Wild“.

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Danner Men’s Mountain Light II Boot

Classic boots built with premium leather uppers, Gore-Tex liners, and durable Vibram soles, these will last you through countless trail miles. Like the women’s Mountain Lights, they of course provide great ankle support.

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Merrell Wilderness USA Backpacking Boot – Men’s

A solid backpacking boot with lines reminiscent of the good mountaineering days of old. These Merrell’s have premium waterproof leather uppers and super grippy Vibram Roccia soles. They also offer superb ankle support.

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(This is Merrell’s first foray into Made in the USA. The Men’s Wilderness boot is made in Michigan. Made-in-the-USA with our most premium materials, this durable leather boot with iconic Norwegian welt construction may take time to break in, but it’s built to last a lifetime. JLA)


​Danner Mt. Adams Hiking Boot – Men’s

The Mt. Adams are a lighter weight, waterproof hiking boot utilizing a leather and nylon upper paired with a Gore-Tex liner. They’re equipped with durable vibram soles and abrasion resistant toe caps.

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KEEN Durand Mid Waterproof Hiking  & Work Boot – Men’s and Women’s

A great choice for a waterproof and breathable hiking boot. This one’s ultra comfortable from the get go (little break-in required). If you like a wider toe box, KEENs are a go to.

Men’s
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(I had purchased a pair of Keen low cut Durand’s excellent quality, but they definitely run at least a half size smaller than it says. JLA)


Danner Light II Boot – Men’s & Women’s

Another classic Danner boot made to last. The Mountain Light II is crafted in Portland, Oregon with nubuck leather, a Gore-Tex liner, and Vibram soles. This is another good choice for those looking for ankle support.

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Danner Crater Rim Hiking Boot –
​Men’s & Women’s

The Crater Rim is a rugged waterproof backpacking boot crafted with high quality leather and a Gore-Tex liner. These boots have 6″ uppers and Vibram soles that meet US Forest Service field requirements. Perhaps most impressively, these are boots issued to US Special Forces.

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Peter Limmer Custom Hiking Boots


When it comes to hiking boots, Peter Limmers are the crème de la crème. Handmade in New Hampshire, there is simply no substitute for having your boots custom made for the shape of your foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22
Jul
17

14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

Source: 14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

14 American-Made Clothing Brands You Can Wear With Pride

Here is a great list from Good Trade

Made in USA

In our search for ethical products, we’re constantly looking for brands that value transparency and quality and reject the practices that surround cheaply made fast-fashion. We’ve found that buying for quality is one of the keys to simple and sustainable living. When we purchase something that lasts, we consume less and live a simpler life. Additionally, transparency allows us to understand where our products came from and the impact they have had on people and planet along every step of the supply chain. American-made clothing brands make a persistent bet on long-lasting quality and radical transparency.

We’ve searched for our favorite men’s & women’s American-made clothing brands making high quality basics like denim, tees, sweatshirts right here in the USA. Beyond just the basics, we’ve added a few brands that make formalwear, bridal wear and lingerie. Check out these brands keeping their design and manufacturing in the USA.


Baldwin Denim & Collection

Based In | Kansas City, MO
Best For | Raw denim
Product Range | Denim, tees, hats, dresses, knitwear, outerwear
Price Range | $18-$50

Founded and designed by Matt Baldwin, Baldwin Denim & Collection is a Kansas City-based clothing and lifestyle brand, founded on modern design, quality textiles, and American manufacturing. Baldwin is an all-time favorite of ours, not just because of our love for Kansas City, but because each design stems from both East and West Coast influences put through a modern filter of the Middle of the country. Their men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections capture a timeless modernism.

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American Giant

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Best For | Comfortable sweatshirts
Product Range | Sweatshirts, shirts, polos, bottoms
Price Range | $24-$119

Often referred to as the company that made “the greatest hoodie ever,” American Giant believes in exceptional quality materials and customer service. Typically, 80% of what we pay to traditional retailers has nothing to do with the production of the garment; American Giant ensures that 100% of your purchase supports their USA-made and 100% cotton apparel. They shy away from traditional marketing methods like billboards and the appeal of brick-and-mortar stores, and instead invest in selling directly to American consumers and providing them with outstanding service. With cotton grown and sewn in the Carolinas, relentless attention to detail, top-of-the-line fabrics, and custom hardware, you’ll feel super comfy and proud to wear one of their sweatshirts.

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AMVI

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Basic essentials
Product Range | Tees, knit tops, bottoms
Price Range | $48-$80

AMVI stands for American Made, Vintage Inspired, and you can see the American influence in all of their apparel. Their high-quality basic essentials will be the ideal foundation for your wardrobe in no time, from their richly colored dolman tees to their comfort leggings you’ll want to wear every day. Designed and produced in Los Angeles, AMVI works only with local vendors to avoid traditional retail markups, and to help support jobs and the US economy, a core value that we love and admire.

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Imogene + Willie

Based In | Nashville, TN
Best For | Signature denim
Product Range | Jeans, textiles, jewelry
Price Range | $50-$350

Friends for 20 years and ultimately lifelong partners, Matt and Carrie Eddmenson yearned to make long-lasting denim right here in the states. Imogene + Willie first started through one email campaign to friends and family with the hopes of selling 250 pairs in 2009, and now they are a staple in the USA-made denim industry. Their rich coloring, tailored fits, and woodsy inspiration make each pair of jeans a piece of signature denim you’ll cherish forever. (Not into denim? I+W also sells everything from towels to toothbrushes in their “Objects” section!)

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Reformation

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Bridal wear
Product Range | Dresses, bridal wear, outerwear, jumpsuits
Price Range | $98-$278 {Bridal wear ranges from $198-$588}

Sustainability is something we should all care about when it comes to our clothes, and Reformation makes sure each of their pieces are as sustainable as possible. Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, they design and manufacture limited-edition collections in their own sewing factory in downtown Los Angeles. This B Corp utilizes a heat reflecting roof, sources renewable energy, has recycled hangers in their stores, and uses 100% recycled packaging for every order shipped. Their lacy dresses, sheer tops, and statement skirts will be sure to turn heads no matter where you go. They also carry a bridal wear collection with the most elegant dresses we’ve ever seen, which will flow perfectly when you’re walking down the aisle. Fashion has never looked or felt better.

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Buck Mason

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Effortless style, minimum-decision apparel
Product Range | Henleys, pants, classic tees, belts
Price Range | $25-$175

Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn began Buck Mason, in an effort to craft designs that would be timeless, durable, and true-to-character for the everyday American man. From sand chinos ideal for the workday, to their rockstar-inspired dark wash jeans, this look is perfect for the guy who wants to look good without too much effort. They even offer pre-made packages of well-matched tops and bottoms to try, ideal for effortless style and you only pay for what you keep. Using cotton from North Carolina and produced in Los Angeles, they provide a step-by-step look at the production process. You’ll always feel calm, cool, and collected in their apparel.

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Grown & Sewn

Based In | New York City, NY
Best For | Pants
Product Range | Bottoms, boots, tops
Price Range | $50-$275

Former Men’s Design Director for Ralph Lauren, Rob Magness created Grown & Sewn as a tribute to American history and culture. They feature handmade pants, Thorogood boots, and knit v-necks that feel as broken in and comfortable as they do stylish. The painted patterns and patches are applied by hand by an artist, one at a time, so you know you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind straight from the USA every time. Their vintage and artisan pieces will only get better over time.

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Welcome Stranger

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Best For | Rugged apparel
Product Range | Vests, pants, jackets, and shirts
Price Range | $55-$250

For the outdoorsy man in your life, Welcome Stranger produces apparel that is both rugged and stylish. Designed and crafted in San Francisco since 2010, their collection draws inspiration from nature, west of the Bay Area. For a more tailored fit, they also create handmade trousers, coats, and jackets. If you’re in the area, they have storefronts in San Francisco and Berkeley where you can try on their reversible coats, lined vests, knit caps, and ¾-sleeved shirts. Clothes so comfortable, you’ll never feel like a stranger in them.

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Haspel

Based In | New Orleans, LA
Best For | Formalwear
Product Range | Trousers, Jackets, Suit Separates, Ties
Price Range | $135-$695

For over a century, Haspel has embodied Southern hospitality and charm through their wash-and-wear trousers, jackets, ties, and formalwear. From Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird, to President Calvin Coolidge, you’ve seen Haspel on every true gentleman since 1909, and we love the clean, simple aesthetic in every piece. Made exclusively in America, Haspel uses seersucker cloth that can withstand New Orleans heat and provide a stylish look for all.

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Beyond Clothing

Based In | Seattle, WA
Best For | Outdoor wear
Product Range | Undergarments, pullovers, jackets
Price Range | $65-$335

If you spend more time in the great outdoors than anywhere else, Beyond Clothing has a custom wardrobe just for you. Their mission is to create durable apparel through a layering system, optimized for survival in temperatures from -40℉ to more moderate temps above 45℉. From design to creation, the entire process stays within the states, to ensure higher quality, more efficient production, and innovation. Whether you’re wearing their parka made for frigid conditions, or a simple pullover while hiking, we think you’ll be poised for comfort in any environment.

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Flynn Skye

Based In | Venice Beach, CA
Best For | Boho chic
Product Range | Dresses, tops, jumpers, bottoms
Price Range | $85-$205

Inspired by her daughter’s free spirit, Amber Farr combined rockstar edginess and femininity for Flynn Skye. Their gorgeous, flowy, and light dresses are perfect for a day at the beach or a night out on the town. American-made in Venice Beach and Los Angeles, and inspired by cities like London, Tahoe, and Malibu, you’ll be able to rock this look for any event without having to think twice.

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Hackwith Design House

Based In | St. Paul, MN
Best For | One-of-a-kind staples
Product Range | Dresses, jumpers, jackets, plus sizes
Price Range | $85-$325

Looking for apparel that’s both comfortable and stylish can be tough, and finding unique designs is even tougher: that’s where Minnesota-based Hackwith Design House comes in. Their apparel lines include simple and clean basics, swim, and plus-size pieces, where everyone can find a piece they’ll wear forever. We most love their comfort capes and ultra-soft tunics. Plus, every Monday, they release a limited edition piece available for only a short time – if you’re looking for staple pieces that no one else will have, Hackwith Design House is for you!

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Fibre Athletics

Based In | Chicago, IL
Best For | Workout gear
Product Range | Zip-up hoodies, tops/tees, hats
Price Range | $60-$149

If you’re always looking for the newest trend in clothes and love a good workout, Fibre Athletics may be your one-stop shop! Fibre Athletics aims to create apparel that comforts your lifestyle, shelters your body, and supports the world around us, through 100% organic and recycled fabrics. Their pieces are produced in the USA, where all employees earn living wages in safe working conditions. And, your impact is even bigger than in just the USA alone: with every purchase you make, they donate to environmental restoration and poverty alleviation projects around the globe.

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Brook There

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Best For | Lingerie
Product Range | Undergarments, apparel, scarves, eye masks
Price Range | $32-$118

For your most intimate moments, you’ll love Brook There. They sort lingerie by size, price, and ethics. Want vegan-made undergarments? Want a pair of undies cut and sewn in Maine? How about a US-milled organic cotton slip? You’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted here, and we love their wireless bras and breathable chemises. Since 2007, designer Brook DeLorme has prioritized comfort and health in each of these pieces handmade in Portland, Maine. Feeling comfortable in your own skin will be effortlessly easy.

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About The Good Trade

Launched in Los Angeles in 2014 as a community for ethically-minded consumers, The Good Trade is an online publication featuring brands, products & ideas creating positive social change. 

The Good Trade was built on the fundamental idea consumers are collectively powerful and capable of driving significant social change through their everyday purchases, consumer preferences and lifestyle choices.

Our team envisions a world where ethically minded consumers vote with their everyday purchases for a world that is sustainable and free from forced labor.


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