As I reported in my previous entry: Unwanted Exposure for Lululemon, many people are swearing off Lululemon for their too sheer Yoga pants. Now, the question becomes, who do I choose for my athletic wear? My suggestion is to try some of the “Made in the USA” brands. On the top of this list would be Clary Sage Organics. Clary Sage Organics is made in San Francisco, California, and the garments are made up of great quality materials, plus, they have a very fine manufacturing process, therefore, the garments will not be too sheer. But, what makes Clary Sage Organic a clear choice for many people is that all of their athletic wear is organic, sometimes sustainable (made of recycled material), and always chemical-free. Just last week, I was at Clary Sage Organics in Santana Row, and they had a pair of yoga pants, made out of recycled water bottles (BPA-free, of course), and it was one of the softest fabrics I have ever felt. They are amazing. Update: Clary Sage Organics is closed for good.
Clary Sage Organic started in 2008 by founders Patti Cazzato (had been with GAP and Levis) and Daniel Kalish (a Natural Health Care Practitioner). Clary Sage Organic is an eco-chic boutique which combines organic clothing and wellness products.
Clary Sage Organic has two stores, one at 2241 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA and one at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, which has been open for about a year. The clothing can, also, be purchased online, on their website.
Other Excellent Choices in Brick and Mortar Stores
Splits 59 is another excellent choice, sometimes found in Nieman Marcus, but, also, found in many small stores in California. Created in 2008 by Jonathon Schwartz, an ironman enthusiast and son of the co-founder of Calvin Klein, Inc. and Keith Peterson, formerly of Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, they make all their athletic wear in Los Angeles.
Their philosophy: Innovative garments using the latest in technically advanced fabrics with sleek silhouettes and a directional attitudes.
Other makers: Nordstroms carries some Made in USA makers of athletic wear/yoga pants such as prAna (link is to the made in USA portion), Hard Tail (can also be found at Bloomingdales), Beyond Yoga, and Soul, Mind, Breathe, Life. And don’t forget American Apparel or my blog entry, Jennifer Lawrence Wears American Apparel.
Athletic Wear Made In The USA via the Internet
In going through my listings off of my blog entry Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA via internet (subset Athletic Wear), I believe the best two of the bunch are Cana Collection and Kos USA. Cana Collection is manufactured in New York City, in the garment district. Cana specializes in activewear lifestyle brand catering to women and men, combining high-performance technology with style. KOS USA has the largest selection. They have been around since 1990 and their clothing is made in Los Angeles, CA. KOS USA specializes in making apparel in all realms of the fitness arena.
I have just been apprised of another internet only company that makes Yoga clothing from recycled bottles made in the USA. Their name is Teeki.
Happy exercising and buy American.