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14
Jul
17

Two Blind Brothers: NYC Clothing

Source: Two Blind Brothers: NYC Clothing

For those who are against charity and helping others, this article is not for you. Two Blind Brothers is about raising money for research to cure blindness by selling made in USA clothing. Plus, the founders take no salary (unlike the Fake President).

About Two Blind Brothers

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The Brothers

At a young age, Bradford and Bryan Manning were both diagnosed with an eye disease that causes blindness over time. This condition has inspired a special vigilance for details, a passion that carries over into the construction of their clothing line. They are both graduates of the University of Virginia and currently live in NYC.

The Apparel

The apparel is sophisticated, noticeable yet understated, expertly tailored, and intricately crafted: all design decisions are informed with a New York influence. The brothers are involved in every step of the creative process, from choosing fabrics to developing the design aesthetic. Their focus is on ensuring the high quality and careful craftsmanship of each article of clothing.

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The Mission

The production is located in the heart of the fashion district in New York City. Despite the first-rate nature of the designs, fabrics, and assembly, the value to the customer is extraordinary compared to other luxury designers because the brothers fund the operation without being paid a salary. All profits are instead donated to life-changing research to cure blindness.

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Fashion With a Perspective
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Over 180 million people worldwide live with vision impairment

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The founders take NO salary. 100% of profits go to supporting research

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The research is directed by a team of experts in biotechnology

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The fabrics, designs, and construction are sourced in the heart of NYC


Editor’s Note – What is Wrong About Charity?

Several years back, 2012, to be specific, I was absolutely floored when I came upon an article from Made in USA Blog entitled “What’s Wrong with Tom’s Shoes”, which decimated a charity program. I had always felt that everybody, and I mean everybody, no matter what religion, no matter what country,  valued doing good for others – charity. But this self-described Libertarian felt that Tom’s Shoes which donates a pair of shoes to extremely poor people with every pair of shoes purchased was a disgrace. I had attempted numerous times to discuss the notion that charity is not bad, but he deleted all of my responses (except this one [linked above] which is sort of frozen in a time capsule). Obviously, Made in USA Blog will think that this company Two Blind Brothers is also a disgrace.

I have found that the more wealthy a nation is, the less charitable, the nation becomes. This is not only true for nations, but, in general, it is also true to individuals as well. Compared to the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world, people of the Old Testament and The New Testament were much more charitable and giving to the downtrodden and poor than our”modern society”. Americans believe charity begins at home, but not at their home and not in their neighborhood. We, Americans have no problem with concept of charity (except for the Libertarians who feel that helping anybody is a sin) but they expect others to do it but not themselves.

We can only theorize why the more wealthy one is, the less charitable one becomes.  Theory #1) Proximity. The closer one is to the poor and downtrodden, the more one can empathize. The poor are actually much more charitable to other poor (than the wealthy), even though they have less they can afford to give away. It is because they know the struggles – the pain, the cold, the hunger, etc. If you never see the poor and the down-trodden, then the poor become more of an abstraction than real, living, breathing humans. They are no longer part of “us”, but they become “them”. And “them” are always the enemy.

2) Politics of the Wealth. The wealthy know they have it good. And, obviously the wealthy want to keep it that way. In order to keep their wealth, they have found creative ways to maintain it. In order to avoid paying “fair wages”, the wealthy have always opposed unions. Then, they opposed Communism and Socialism – movements which  supported fair wages. Their omnipresent message was so persuasive that Americans soon demonized the word Communism, Socialism and Unions. The rich still continue to strive to decrease pay for workers and they do their best to defeat unions. They have been unbelievably successful. In the 1950s and 1960s, about 50% of private companies were union companies. Now, only 7% of private companies have unions. How did they do this? First, the wealthy moved companies out of union entrenched cities and moved them to non union Southern states. Then, they double-crossed these Southern states who had become dependent on these jobs by creating Free Trade treaties and off-shoring American jobs to poor third world countries. The outsourcing of good paying jobs, especially manufacturing jobs has created a downward trend in American salaries. And the salaries are still going nowhere (and The Federal Minimum Wage has not even come close to keeping up with inflation). In 2017, here in the United States, one can work full time at the Federal minimum wage and still not get out of the Poverty line. Ponder that for a moment. Everyone that works at minimum wage is poor. It means millions more each year become poorer and poorer, while the rich get incredibly rich. Today the top 0.1% have as much wealth as the bottom 90%. And the top 5% now own 70% of all the wealth.

So, what do the rich to deal with the poor. Do they develop a conscious? Do they open up their pocketbooks? Do they $20 out of their $100 million portfolio? No, instead, they create a lie. The Libertarian lie. “If you help people they will all become dependent on it.” That is pure balderdash. Sure there are few scammers, whether they are homeless, or drug addicts or CEOs (Martin Shrkeli or Bernie Madoff),  most non-Republicans, they are honest, see The Charity that gives cash to the Poor from NPR. The wealthy believe their own lies (because they live in their own bubble) and that is why they don’t give to the poor.

 

3) Wealth has become a religion. Being wealthy wasn’t enough, making money has become its own reward. Money has become bigger than the “Golden Calf”. In fact, the worship of money has become bigger than Jehovah, Jesus, Allah and Buddha combined. The United States no longer worship the Bible. “Christian” people say they are “religious”, but never attend church, have never read the Bible don’t know the lessons and certainly do not follow the tenants of Jesus. (But still, somehow, they are still Christian). In the United States, its citizens have been brain-washed into worshiping money. Even poor people, no longer hope of getting into Heaven, but, hope to get rich instead. Actually, the poor, even if they sin frequently, have a better chances of getting into Heaven than they are to get rich, especially, now, with how things are so stacked in blocking people from climbing the ladder to success. With the worship of “$$” comes its philosophy – “Capitalism.” The motto of Capitalism is make money however possible, hook or by crook. Having a conscious will impede you ability to get rich. Leave your principles behind. There is no better examples of this than the Trump family and the modern GOP. Even with the confession of Trump Jr. trying to collude with America’s archenemy, the Russians, to cheat and steal and election, the Trumps see nothing wrong with this. In fact, the GOP is also perfectly fine with this. As long as you win, that is what counts. The Ends justify the means. How Machievellian our society has become. The modern GOP worships money. Take today’s example: the GOP is trying to pass TrumpCare 2.0 wil which end healthcare for over 20 million Americans and severe cut Medicaid – which aids the elderly, the disabled and the Poor. All, so the rich can get a bigger tax break. Is there ever a stronger message about the present Republican Party stands for? The GOP should actually read that Bible they say they hold so dear. Maybe they can learn some lessons. Maybe they can learn some principles? Maybe they can learn the teaching of Jesus. (They should not quote out of context sections of the Old Testament. If they are going to quote from Leviticus, then they should read all of Leviticus and follow all of Leviticus, like thou shall not wear clothing made of mixed fibers). Maybe then they can learn once again about the importance of taking care of the poor. Instead, the GOP worships money and capitalism – which means you should have no principles. That is why the wealthy and their syncophants don’t give to poor and that is why there is a modern and deliberate message to stop charity. This is the modern GOP message:Heil the rich! Ignore the Poor! But here is a message from me to this modern GOP party: expect big political losses soon. People still have principles, it will show up sooner or later. It is taking a little longer than expected.

 

23
Mar
16

Yes Donald, You Can Make Suits in America | Alliance for American Manufacturing

Yes Donald, You Can Make Suits in America

Yes Donald, You Can Make Suits in America | Alliance for American Manufacturing

Joseph Abboud worked with six other Made in America designers to "put together an epic collection" during New York Fashion Week. | Photo via Joseph Abboud on Instagram

Joseph Abboud worked with six other Made in America designers to “put together an epic collection” during New York Fashion Week. | Photo via Joseph Abboud on Instagram

Trump says he doesn’t make his suits here because it’s “very hard.” Here’s proof he’s wrong.

One of the prevailing storylines of the 2016 presidential election has been Donald Trump’s rather combative stance toward companies that offshore their production.

The Donald has threatened Apple. And Ford. And Nabisco. Once he’s president, Trump promises that he will force these companies to bring their production back to American shores.

Here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing, we’d love to see companies like these bring their factories back to the United States. But let’s be real: Trump is a huge hypocrite.

His own line of suits and ties are made outside the United States in places like China and Mexico. Trump’s daughter Ivanka also outsources production of her popular fashion line, which includes shoes, dresses, and handbags. Trump owns up to this, saying that it’s “very, very hard to have anything in apparel made in this country.

But if Trump really wanted to manufacture his clothing line in America, he could. Below are just a handful of the (very successful!) suit and tie makers who make their products in the United States.

Joseph Abboud

The popular suits — sold at the Men’s Wearhouse chain — are made in the designer’s home state of Massachusetts. Abboud takes pride in keeping it Made in America, and even gave Gov. Charlie Baker a tour of his factory this week.

“The workforce is a highly skilled workforce,” Abboud told the Boston Globe. “When you have 700 to 800 people in your factory, they aren’t individual people, they’re families… I always say it’s great to be made in America, but our distinction is that we’re made well in America.”

Brooks Brothers

Every retail tie produced by the classic chain has at least some of it made by hand in Long Island City, just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. Some of the chain’s clothing and accessories also are made in the United States, including suits, jeans, loafers, and cuff links.

Hardwick

Founded in 1880 in Tennessee, Hardwick bills itself as “America’s Oldest Tailor Made Clothing Company.” The company’s Italian Super 150’s Navy Blazer was named a 2015 Made in the South Awards winner by Garden and Gun magazine.

Read Wall

Launched in Washington’s preppy Georgetown neighborhood, Read Wall calls itself a purveyor of “great, American tailored clothing.” Suits are made to order, and the company also prides itself on sourcing fabric from American mills whenever possible.

Hart Schaffner Marx

While Read Wall began just a few years ago, Hart Schaffner Marx traces its roots way back to 1887, when immigrant brothers Harry and Max Hart opened up a men’s store in downtown Chicago. The brand continues to thrive, as its American-made men’s suits are available at retailers such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Hickey Freeman

Dillards and Nordstrom are among the retailers that sell suits from this New York company, whose motto is “Keep the Quality Up.” Since 1899, the retailer has made its suits in a factory in Rochester dubbed “The Temple.”

Ratio Clothing

Looking for an American-made dress or tuxedo shirt? Eric Powell founded Ratio in 2009 because he couldn’t find a quality shirt that fit well. Ratio manufactures all of its custom-made shirts in the United States, and has been featured in men’s style magazines like Esquire and Details.

Todd Shelton

Like Ratio, this New Jersey-based menswear brand is dedicated to manufacturing dress shirts that fit well. The company also offers jeans, pants and T-shirts, all of which is made at the company’s factory in East Rutherford.

This article is from The Alliance for American Manufacturing website.

20
Mar
16

Men’s American-Made PF Flyers – Made in America

American Made PF Flyers

Link: PFFlyers

PF Flyers is an iconic brand that disappeared from sight for a number of years, but just this past year, one line of PF Flyers, called Center Hi, is now made in the USA. New Balance had bought the brand name in 2001, but because some “Made in USA”  products have found a niche market (especially the retro products), they have brought back this one model to be made in the USA. New Balance is the only maker of athletic shoes in the USA.

Description

You can’t replace a classic, but you can bring it back, bettered. Merging retro 1960s athletic styling with the comfort of a contemporary running shoe, the new USA-made PF is fitted with a leather toe cap and full pigskin lining, and features a performance insert and high-tech midsole for exceptional cushioning. The colors available: White, black, blue, burgundy, grey and leather.

Guideboat company link: Men’s American-Made PF Flyers – Men’s Footwear

PF Flyers black

PF Flyers Center Hi – black

The Story of PF Flyers

At the turn of the century, innovative tire manufacturers discovered a new use for their vulcanized rubber and canvas techniques: casual footwear.

One such pioneer was BF Goodrich, who manufactured several lines of vulcanized athletic shoes, oxfords, heels and boots. In 1933, Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole. This early innovation in comfort forever changed the sneaker landscape and quickly became immensely popular. In 1937, Goodrich brought several of their footwear lines under the brand name “P-F.”

The PF brand grew throughout the ’50s and ’60s,becoming one of the most popular brands in America “for work, relaxation and play.” Women could buy outfits designed to match their PFs, basketball’s first superstar, Bob Cousy, wore PF, and PF was standard issue in the US Army.

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BF Goodrich posted an impressive $29 million in shoe sales in 1971, but they soon decided to quit the shoe business altogether and sold PF to Converse’s parent company. For a handful of years, PF shoes by Converse were produced; however, the merger was ruled a monopoly and PF was sold once again,trading hands several times.The brand slowly drifted into obscurity, but it was far from forgotten. PF gained a permanent place in American mythology, appearing heroically in movies such as the 1993 classic film,“The Sandlot.”

In 2001, New Balance purchased PF Flyers, viewing it as a great match to their high-performance American brand. With pride in the heritage of PF and a determination not to rely solely on past success, PF designers modernized Posture Foundation and New Balance re-launched the PF brand in 2003. The brand has been regaining momentum since then, and remains true to its original mission of creating premium, classic sneakers rooted in authentic American style.

PF Flyers Center Hi - Blue

PF Flyers Center Hi – Blue

New Balance has just done a joint product with Tanner Goods of Portland, Oregon and have developed an all leather PF Flyers.

PF Flyers - Leather

PF Flyers – Leather

You can shop for all of these models at pfflyers.com.

 

18
Jan
16

Made in USA Clothing via Internet

Over the past couple of years, I have bought various clothing items, made in America, through companies that sell only through the Internet. I wanted to highlight some of those companies. All of them are high quality products, designed to last for years.

Poppy Von Frohlich – Poppy Von Frolich makes clothing for women. There is a limited number of clothing made for each style and it is almost made to measure. Coats, blouses.

Poppy Von Frolich

Poppy Von Frohlich Red Flannel top

Illuminite – This company makes active wear that reflects light at the night. They make shorts, pants, shirts, long sleeved shirts and jackets, not all are made in the USA.

IllumiNite Portland Cycling Jacket

IllumiNite Portland Cycling Jacket

American Giant – American Giant makes sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, sweat pants and some of the best T shirts that have ever been made. Made for both men and women.

American Giant Essential Pullover

American Giant Essential Pullover

Oliver’s Apparel – Oliver’s started as a Kickstarter project to make activewear shorts for men, they still make these, but, since then, they have added lines such as underwear, active wear pants, and merino pullovers. Only for men.

Oliver's Apparel Boxer briefs

Oliver’s Apparel Boxer briefs

Robeworks – Robeworks makes bathrobes for both men and women. There are multiple styles, even hooded robes.

Robeworks LJ500 Luxury hooded Robe

Robeworks LJ500 Luxury hooded Robe

R. Riveter – R. Riveter started as a Kickstarter project. Military spouses make pouches, purses and handbags out of military remnants.

R. Riveter Bags

R. Riveter Bags

Stock Manufacturing Company – Stock started as a Kickstarter project. It has successfully expanded from just men’s shirts to jackets, pants, sweat shorts, T-shirts, flight pants, sweat pants, ties and several other accessories.

Stock Mfg Company M65 Jacket

Stock Mfg Company M65 Jacket

Hucklebury – Hucklebury started as a Kickstarter project. Hucklebury makes premium dress shirts for around $80. All made in the USA.

Hucklebury Washington Navy Blue Stripes

Hucklebury Washington Navy Blue Stripes

Alamere – Alamere, previously POP Outerwear makes outerwear for both men and women – all made in San Francisco, CA.

Alamere Paige Sotshell Jacket

Alamere Paige Sotshell Jacket

KNO Clothing – KNO Clothing started as a Kickstarter project producing  T-shirts for ethical and socially responsible reasons. KNO, now, makes more than T-shirts and tanks, but also Hoodies and dresses.

KNO Clothing T Shirt

KNO Clothing T Shirt

Footskins – Footskins makes boots, moccasins and deerskin slippers for both mean and women.

Footskins sheepskin slippers

Footskins sheepskin slippers

 

Honorable Mention

Before + Again Ladies clothing by different designers, tops, dresses, skirts. Great selection.

Begin and Again Sonya Orange Dress

Before and Again Sonya Orange Dress

Mortal Trend – Mortal Trend started as a Kickstarter Project. They make quality tops and pullovers for men.

Mortal Trend Clyde Pullover

Mortal Trend Clyde Pullover

01
Jul
15

Fourth of July Apparel

Independence Day is just around the corner. Here are a few ideas for the Fourth of July, items all made in the USA.

Classics Floral American Flag Cropped Top

Classics Floral American Flag Cropped Top

 

The above picture is from Love The Classics.

 

July 4th T shirt from American Giant

July 4th T shirt from American Giant

The above picture is from American Giant.

Chaser American Flaf T shirt from Nordstroms

Chaser American Flag T shirt from Nordstroms

Don’t forget to check out Nordstroms.

American Flag Thong by Bodyzone Apparel

American Flag Thong by Bodyzone Apparel

This thong can be bought through Amazon.com, suit by Bodyzone apparel.

Fleece jackets by Fleece corner

Fleece jackets by Fleece corner

Then there is the Elvis look – a fleece jacket with the American Flag and USA on it. It looks like it was made somewhere else, but no, it is made here in the USA by Fleece corner. Buy American for this Fourth of July.

22
May
15

Lumina Clothing Sale Items | Lumina Clothing – American Made Menswear

Lumina Clothing Sale Items | Lumina Clothing – American Made Menswear.

The Lumina Clothing Company is a classic modern American story. In the “About Us” section, Lumina started making neckware in the midst of the Great Recession. The company, then, became a maker of ties made in the USA. In 2012, Lumina wanted to become a full wardrobe maker of men’s clothing and went to Kickstarter – a crowd funding organization – to fund their ambition. And through Kickstarter, Lumina got their financial backing to make trousers and shirts as well as open a store in Raleigh, North Carolina. The clothes are quite reasonably priced (unless you are one of those people who only buy their clothing when it is on clearance).

Lumina Chadbourn Chino pants

Lumina Chadbourn Chino pants

Lumina Connor Poplin Graham button down shirt

Lumina Connor Poplin Graham button down shirt

Thanks to Carol Flynn Ireland for pointing out this company. Check out the Lumina clothing website.

17
Apr
15

“Classic” Clothing Company – Made in the USA

Online Clothes Shopping Site | Lovetheclassic.

I found this clothing label “The Classics” as I was going through an apparel shop in Sausalito, California. What I noted was that they were all made in the USA and they were all selling for $10. As I did a little more research I found that “Classic” also makes clothing for men and children. One last interesting tidbit is that this company was acquired by Amazon.com in 2006.

Coca cola T-shirt - made in USA "The Classics"

Coca cola T-shirt – made in USA “The Classics”

Below is an excerpt from their website: lovetheclassic.com

About US (The Classic Brand)

Since its launch in 2000 as a modestly sized online boutique specializing in hard-to-find denim lines, The Classic Brand has grown to become one of the leading fashion retailers in the world. Curated with a chic, modern woman in mind, The Classic Brand offers a comprehensive collection of designer apparel and accessories to suit every style and occasion.

USA Flag Design by The Classics

USA Flag Design by The Classics

Called “the editors of what’s cool” by Daily Candy, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as having “the best customer service,” The Classic Brand’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve and providing a personalized shopping experience continue to be driving forces behind the company’s success. A champion of new design talent and a pioneer in the magazine-meets-boutique approach to online shopping, The Classic Brand showcases its fashion-forward point of view in editorial lookbook features and receives frequent mention in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. The Classic Brand’s Exclusives section features limited-edition pieces from top designers available only at The Classic Brand.

Hot Lady Leggings

Hot Lady Leggings

In 2006, The Classic Brand was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc., the world’s largest internet retailer, enabling The Classic Brand to expand its services to enhance the customer experience. A trusted, globally recognized fashion merchant, The Classic Brand sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. The Classic Brand is part of the Amazon.com Inc. group of companies.

New York Cotton Shorts

New York Cotton Shorts

Editor’s Note

The Classics has apparel for women, girls and men. For women they have T-shirts, blouses, sweaters, shorts and leggings. For men, they offer T-shirts, tanks and sweaters. Please note that not all “Classics” are “Made in the USA”. Before you purchase, make sure it says “Made in USA” and not “Imported”. This may be a great niche for people who want “Made in USA” clothing without spending a lot. Also, it is a way for some retailers to put add inexpensive “Made in USA” clothing to their inventory. Buy American and save your neighbor’s job.

USA Flag Print Shorts

USA Flag Print Shorts




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