The recession must be officially over as a brand new High End Outlet Center has just opened on November 8, 2012 in Livermore, California. It is named The Paragon Outlets. It is the first new Outlet center in California in over a decade. I know that “High End Outlet Center” sounds like an oxymoron, but this place does have many high end stores such as: Barneys, Last Call (NiemanMarcus), Armani, ETRO, Brunello Cucinello, Prada, Coach, Brooks Brothers, Bloomingdales and Off Fifth Avenue. Also, coming soon are Burberry and Dooney Burke. So, if there is such a thing as a high end Outlet, Paragon does a very good job. Not all of the stores are high end though, as some of the familiar not so end high end stores are there as well, like Skechers, Charlotte Russe, Volcom, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, etc.
The Paragon Outlets are located at 2774 Paragon Outlets Drive. Currently, there is only on way in and out, (new exits and entrances are under construction), which can cause some long lines of traffic, and this is off the El Charro exit off I-580. Not only does this Outlet Center cater to Livermore, but, also, to some of the more affluent, nearby communities of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville. It is 40 miles north of San Jose and 40 miles east of San Francisco. This has already impacted the Walnut Creek shopping centers.
The Paragon outlets are basically an outer rectangular perimeter of connected stores with a center strip of stores in between. There are 130 stores, but only one food court, which can be very busy around lunch time. I can only imagine what that will look like on the weekends following Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.
Shopping For Clothing Made In the USA at the Paragon Outlets
Remember that buying American can increase more American jobs. (Thanks to madeinusachallenge.com for the link.) Since there are 130 stores at the Paragon Outlets, I will not list each individual store but will list only the ones that offer you the best opportunity to find clothing made in the USA. For the other stores and how much US made clothing they sell, you may want to check out my link: Rating the Stores for US Made Clothing. Happy shopping and buy American.
Top Choice for US Made Clothing at the Paragon Outlets
Splendid/Ella Moss – Women’s clothing, mostly casual and targeted towards younger women.
New Balance – The only shoe maker in the U.S. that still makes athletic shoes. Look for the boxes with the United States flag on them.
Barneys of New York – The outlet of the high end store Barneys. Many European designers and some high end U.S. makers. For men, they carried brands such as Gitman Vintage, Steven Alan, Friend or Foe, and Todd Snyder.
Last Call – The outlet for Nieman Marcus. High end. Many European designers like Brioni and a few U.S. brands like A/G.
Off Fifth Avenue – The outlet for Saks Fifth Avenue. High end. Many European designers and a few US brands like Rag and Bone.
Charlotte Russe outlet. Mid to lower level outlet. Women’s clothing, mostly casual, targeted towards younger women.
Bloomingdales – Mid level outlet for the department store. Several US brands.
True Religion, 7 for All Mankind, Joe’s Jeans – One may find jeans made in the USA in one of these stores.
Updated February 14, 2013.