Posts Tagged ‘IllumiNite

05
Jan
17

Activewear for the 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a time when there is an excess of goodies, chocolates and many carb-rich foods. They can be found both at work and at home. It is the lucky ones who don’t put on any weight during this time. But, now that it is January and the New Year has already started, it is common for many to make a resolution to exercise and lose weight. If you happen to have made one of these crazy resolutions: Good Luck. And I will help you. I will steer you in the direction of finding exercise clothes made in the USA. Hurray.

To start with, let us start with shoes. And when we talk about athletic shoes, there really is only one company still making athletic shoes in the USA: New Balance.

New Balance 997

New Balance 997

 

A classic silhouette gets its newest update just in time for winter with the 997 New Balance sneaker. ENCAP® midsole technology provides support for wear-anywhere comfort and the durable, premium suede/mesh upper helps protect your feet from the elements. Finished with cool color combinations inspired by lower temps and you have a quality sneaker, made for daily wear.

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

New Balance Pink Ribbon 990v4

This is American craftsmanship. The 990 continues its 30-year legacy of great performance and iconic style with the new women’s 990v4 featuring reflective details that catch the light at night. It’s the perfect combination of cushioning and stability, wrapped up in a look that will last forever.

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

New Balance 1700 Age of Exploration

Made in USA craftsmanship meets wanderlust inspiration in the 1700 Age of Exploration. Designed and crafted in New England from premium materials, the men’s sneaker pays tribute to the desire for adventure with bold color combinations and a timeless look.

Next – Activewear. Below is from Yogasmoga

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

Yogasmoga U and Me Move Bra and Pants

The U & Me Yoga Bra is our low support, strappy racer back bra. Lined in custom mesh for breathability. Made out of our exclusive AURUM®+ Augusta printed fabric.

Below is from SQN Sport– Luxury Active Wear for Women.

SQN Sports Leggings

SQN Sports Leggings

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

Splits59 Austin Hoodie

For men: Oliver’s Apparel has a great pair of work out shorts – great for running or working out. It comes in 6 different colors.

Oliver's Apparel All Over Shorts

Oliver’s Apparel All Over Shorts

From Go Athletic Apparel – layering is very important when exercising in the cold.

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Go Athletic Apparel Cold Base Layer Shirt

Exercising at Night

Face it, the days (daylight hours) during wintertime are frightfully short, which means if you are going to be working outdoors there is a good chance that it will be when it is dark. And when it is dark, it can be dangerous. There is a company that specializes in clothing that can be seen at night. Its name is Illuminite. Below are two examples from Illuminite.

Illuminite Bristol Women's reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight

Illuminite Bristol Women’s reflective jacket Lilac and Blacklight (This picture is under blacklight)

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Illuminite Pullover in Flo Lime and Black

Exercising Where It is Extremely Cold

I have not forgotten my friends in the great Northern states. Of course, most enlighted people stay indoors once it is less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. But for those of you who are diehards – whether it is skiing, (cross-country or downhill) or just snow-shoeing in the blinding snow, here are some clothes to keep you warm from Wintergreen Northern Wear.

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women's)

Wintergreen Boundary Waters Shell Pants (Women’s)

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Nordic Ventile Cotton Anorak

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Wintergreen Polartec Powerstretch Balaclava

Other Companies that Make Active Wear in the USA

(From Listing of American Clothing Manufacturers – Retail)

Athletic Wear

  1. ALO (Yoga)
  2. Anue (Yoga)
  3. Beyond Yoga (Yoga)
  4. Castelli (bicycle clothing) (rare)
  5. Hard Tail (tops, sweatpants)
  6. Lucy (Yoga pants) rare
  7. LVR (yoga wear)
  8. Lysse (running pants, yoga tops, leggings)
  9. Nation LTD (sweatpants)
  10. New Balance (running shirts and shorts) rare
  11. Pink Lotus (yoga)
  12. pRana (yoga)
  13. Pure Karma (yoga)
  14. SODO (sweats pants, tops)
  15. Solow (Yoga, running)
  16. Soul, Mind, Breath, Life (yoga)
  17. Soul Flower (yoga)
  18. Splits59 (workout clothing, sport bra)
  19. SQN (workout clothing)
  20. Voler (bicycle clothing)
  21. UnderArmour (tops) rare
  22. Yogasmoga (Yoga, tops, bras, yoga pants) All med in USA.

From Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA – Internet

Athletic/Active Wear

  1. Adho Mukha Athletica (yoga and fitness)
  2. Aerotech (bicycle clothing)
  3. Aether (outdoor wear, leggings)
  4. AKWA (sweat pants)
  5. AST Sportswear (golf shirts, Yoga Pants)
  6. Blue Canoe (tops and leggings)
  7. Campbellsville
  8. Cana Collection
  9. Go Athletic Appeal (compression shorts and shirts)
  10. Handful – Sports Bra
  11. Hard Tail (Nordstrom’s, also)
  12. Hooked Production (Hiking)
  13. Ice Time Apparel (Hockey % Figure Skating)
  14. IllumiNite (Reflective Athletic Wear)
  15. Impact Fitness Wear (rare)
  16. Kos.USA
  17. My Boxercraft
  18. Nesh NYC (Ladies Yoga wear)
  19. OBX Outfitters (Ladies athletic tank)
  20. Oliver’s Apparel (Mens athletic shorts)
  21. Omgirl (yoga clothing)
  22. Physique (weightlifter & work out clothing)
  23. Pink Lotus (yoga wear, not all US made)
  24. Pistol Pete ( Men’s athletic area)
  25. Pure Karma
  26. SQN Sport (luxurious active wear)
  27. S.O.A.R.K. (Running Wear)
  28. Teeki (Yoga Clothing)
  29. Terrybicycles (bicycle apparel for women
  30. Swami (sweatshirts, mens shorts, women’s leggings)
  31. Voler (Bicycle apparel)
  32. Wild Things (Outdoor high tech clothing)
  33. WSI (usa2bc.com) – Microtech Long sleeve shirt
  34. 3:16 Athletic Wear (Running and biking clothes)

Have a Happy New Year and may the odds ever be in your favor.

 

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

24
Nov
15

illumiNITE Reflective Safety Clothing

Source: illumiNITE Reflective Safety Clothing

The days are getting shorter each day. Had you noticed that when you get out of work, it is totally dark? What this all means is that if you work during the day and want to exercise outdoors, you will have to be out there in total darkness. The solution to exercising in the dark is either: reflective clothing (or blinking lights).

Portland II Softshell Jacket Blue and Flo Yellow - IllumiNite

Portland II Softshell Jacket Electric Blue and Flo Yellow – IllumiNite

I would like to highlight the reflective clothing option as the blinking lights can be very irritating. As you may (or may not know), the clothing made in the United States constitutes only 2% of clothing that is sold in the U.S., and when you take the subset of athletic clothing, the percentage is even smaller. And then when you take reflective athletic clothing, you are talking about a rare oddity.

But, I was surprised when I came across this post from a company called Illuminate. (Note IllumiNite thinks the the US makes 3% of our clothing).

MADE IN THE USA!

We are the 3%!

According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, 97% of apparel bought in the U.S. is made overseas. Not illumiNITE. Our company is one of the few apparel manufacturers (just 3% of all companies nationwide) that still produce clothing in the good ole’ US of A.

Many of our competitors contract out the manufacturing of their products to overseas companies. Workers subsist on pennies a day in substandard factories with poor safety records, so we can buy $2.00 tube socks (remember tube socks?).

When BackAtcha Apparel started running illumiNITE we inherited a ton of product made overseas. Since that day we’ve worked hard to move our production back to the States. Today 80% of our new gear is made locally, and we continue to make progress towards our goal – 100% of our products made in the U.S.A.

Portlands

Portland Womens Cycle WPX Jacket Coral Flo and Black

Most of our gear is made in small batches, because specialty clothing can’t be mass-produced. Your favorite illumiNITE jacket, shirt, or pants was probably made right here in Fall River, MA by an actual seamstress in our factory. A hands-on approach means we know every stitch and seam and won’t let a sub-par product leave our warehouse.

As more Americans seek out and buy goods made in the USA, companies that work with overseas manufacturers will be forced to change. That’s good news for the 3 million U.S. apparel industry workers (also from AAFA) and good news for the U.S. economy.

Luckily, illumiNITE already calls Massachusetts home.

This weekend we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As a small, woman-owned business, we’re grateful for the opportunities provided by a free and democratic nation.

Shopping local may not seem like a patriotic act. But every time you buy products made in the USA, a local family earns a living, and companies that exploit workers overseas must reconsider business as usual. Together, we can make a difference.

 

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While the above report from IllumiNite is very, very hopeful and optimistic, when you actually visit their website, you will find out that 80% of their products are made in China. However, I am willing to give IllumiNite the benefit of the doubt – that it will take time to transform a 100%-foreign- made-product-company to become an American made company. I am hoping to see that in every future season, we will see a higher percentage of US made products. But, most importantly, THEY MAKE REFLECTIVE ATHLETIC CLOTHING MADE IN THE USA!

Women's Bling Vigor Singlet in Charcoal

Women’s Bling Vigor Singlet in Charcoal

IllumiNite offers cycling and running jackets, tops, bottoms, and shorts for both men and women. Make sure you check as to whether they are made in the USA or China before you make your purchase.

Check out the website at IllumiNite.myshopify.com.

Also check out their Facebook page: Facebook.com/Illuminateyourlife.




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