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05
May
17

BGREEN | ORGANIC. FAIR TRADE. MADE IN USA.

BGreen

B Green has been at the top of the list when anybody asks: Where can I buy under garments made in the USA? 98% of underwear is made in the USA, and over the years many US companies have off-shored their operations to China. B Green is great in many ways: 1) It is organic – better for the planet and better for your own heath – that is if you believe that foreign made factories put chemicals into your clothing which is absorbed by your body; 2) is very high quality – which means it will last for years; and 3) B Green is not an over-producer that floods the planet with over supplied products that eventually fill our landfills. B Green are great looking and the most comfortable  underwear I have ever owned. They make under garments for both men and women.

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Organic, Fair Trade, Made in the USA apparel made with your comfort and our planet in mind, inhouse the first and only Fair Trade Certified factory.

Source: BGREEN | ORGANIC. FAIR TRADE. MADE IN USA.

We believe that there’s no better reflection of our true selves than the way that we interact with the world. In short, we Are what we Do.

Our design aesthetics are governed by the belief that simplicity, elegance and comfort are beautiful, in fact timeless. we use sustainable fibers and eco-friendly production processes to reduce our impact on the environment.

We also believe that you can only get to a good-end, through good-means. We are proud to produce our garments at America’s First Fair Trade Certified factory. The men and women who make our clothes are a vital part of our team. By treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve, we strive to empower them and be a positive force in our community—local, national, and global alike.

We want our products to reflect our company’s values and we work hard to make sure these values are aligned with the conscious consumers we proudly call Our Customers.

We believe that there’s no better reflection of our true selves than the way that we interact with the world. In short, we Are what we Do.

Our design aesthetics are governed by the belief that simplicity, elegance and comfort are beautiful, in fact timeless. we use sustainable fibers and eco-friendly production processes to reduce our impact on the environment.

We also believe that you can only get to a good-end, through good-means. We are proud to produce our garments at America’s First Fair Trade Certified factory. The men and women who make our clothes are a vital part of our team. By treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve, we strive to empower them and be a positive force in our community—local, national, and global alike.

We want our products to reflect our company’s values and we work hard to make sure these values are aligned with the conscious consumers we proudly call Our Customers.

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30
Dec
16

Tuckerman and Co. – Great Dress Shirts Made in the USA

NEW HAVEN — A startup launched by a couple of Yale grads is quietly making a name for itself in the fast-growing business of premium organic work clothing made in the USA. A couple of Yale grads are finding success with a $145 work shirt made in the USA from organic cotton.

Source: Making Great Clothing That’s Also Organic And Made In The USA – Hartford Courant

by Sujata Srinivasan

Making Great Clothing That’s Also Organic and Made In The USA

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NEW HAVEN — A startup launched by a couple of Yale grads is quietly making a name for itself in the fast-growing business of premium organic work clothing made in the USA.

“You had Patagonia for the weekend but nothing if you needed a suit to wear to work,” said Amanda Rinderle, who along with her husband Jonas Clark began Tuckerman & Co. from a start-up incubator at Yale last year.

“Everything’s fast fashion, so it’s not made to last. We looked into it and realized that there was a huge environmental problem, particularly for cotton. It’s one of the most chemically-intensive crops in the world,” said Rinderle.

Rinderle, 30, and Clark, 34, are tapping into a growing consumer class driven to make purchases that are in line with both fashion and personal values. The couple – who met in Cambridge, Mass., before moving to Connecticut to attend Yale – began their entrepreneurial venture because they were frustrated at not being able to find ethically sourced, high-quality work clothing that was made to last.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, cotton covers just 2.4 percent of the world’s crop land but accounts for 24 percent of the global sales of insecticide and 11 percent of pesticides sales.

“We’re outdoorsy people and have been big fans of Patagonia and their approach to their supply chain,” said Clark. “They switched to organic cotton long before it became cool. We thought – ‘gosh, where’s a Patagonia for the office?’ That kind of got us off and running.”

As luck would have it, Patagonia’s Chief Storyteller Vincent Stanley was giving a talk at the Yale School of Management where Rinderle and Clark, then students, cornered him with the pitch for Tuckerman & Co., named after their favorite hiking trail in New Hampshire.

Stanley not only liked the idea, he got onboard as an advisor. “I was encouraged by the impeccable quality of the final product,” he said.

The men’s dress shirts – single line stitching, raised hems, buttons from tree nuts in Panama, interfacing stitched in to avoid chemicals – are made from organic cotton grown in Israel and woven in Italy by suppliers who hold the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certification. The material is cut and sewn at a factory in Fall River, Mass., where workers are second and third generation unionized shirt-makers with healthcare coverage, earning an average hourly pay of $12. The company has no employees besides Rinderle and Clark.

Launched in New Haven from a start-up incubator at Yale last year, Tuckerman has raised close to $100,000 in grants, including $30,267 from 255 donors on Kickstarter in 2014, when the duo was in their second year. Clark said the online start-up quickly became profitable but he declined to divulge revenue. The company is test-marketing a line of women’s shirts.

“Most people who are paying $100 for a shirt at a retailer – that shirt cost $25 to make,” said Clark. “Because we are direct to consumer, we cut out some of those mark-ups along the way.”‘

Tuckerman’s dress shirt is priced at $145. Brooks Brothers non-organic cotton Herringbone French Cuff dress shirt, for example, woven in Italy, is priced at $325.

“The concern about the environment is spreading. However, when the price is high, such concerns matter less,” said Narasimhan Srinivasan, professor of marketing at the University of Connecticut. “But obviously Tuckerman is catering to an upscale market. It’s economically viable.”

For artisanal clothing makers, a small group of loyal customers is all it takes to sustain sales. “The market segment for longer lasting versus cheap throw-away clothes is growing,” said Anne MacDonald, former chief marketing officer at Macy’s and an advisor to Tuckerman. “The shopper who buys only on discount and in price promotion department stores such as Macy’s and H&M is not the primary customer Tuckerman is targeting.”

Tuckerman sees its core customers as consumers willing to spend on brands that value people and the planet. These consumers choose to support retailers who help build sustainable supplier communities abroad and the buy local movement at home. Nearly 20 percent of Tuckerman’s sales are accrued in Connecticut as buyers spend dollars in support of local craftspeople and retailers.

Demand for Made in USA wedding gowns is driving sales at Modern Trousseau in Woodbridge, which sells across the U.S. and also in the U.K. and Japan at an average wholesale price of around $1,800 per gown. In Ridgefield, Fox-Rich Textiles Inc., a fabric converter, supplies material for hunting and theatrical accessories.

At the Hartford Denim Company LLC, launched in 2010, Dave Marcoux, 32, co-founder, said sales continues to grow locally. Priced at $235 each, the jeans are made in Hartford on antique sewing machines and a Connecticut logo goes on every pair sold in the U.S., Sweden and Japan. The thread is sourced from New Bedford, Mass., and the denim from North Carolina. “We want to support the domestic economy as well as avoid child labor,” said Marcoux.

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The demand for small online stores selling handcrafted work including clothing has spurred the phenomenal success of marketplaces like Etsy, which has 24 million active buyers and gross merchandise sales of $2.39 billion in 2015.

“Young entrepreneurs are bringing back a fashion-forward spirit in America,” said Jacob Harrison Long, CEO of the American Woolen Company, which manufacturers fabric for J. Crew and Jos. A Banks in Stafford Springs. In the last 18 months, his firm has aligned with 22 garment start-ups. “We’re tapping into a new Made in America phenomenon brought on by online apparel start-ups. Five years ago they were making nothing. Now they’re doing upward of $20 million in revenue.”

Much of that growth rests on support from a small but fierce band of loyalists who buy well, buy less, and derive satisfaction from an aesthetic wardrobe that’s gentle on the planet.

Tuckerman & Co. does not advertise online and relies on word-of-mouth and repeat customers. Reorder rates are more than 60 percent and the startup ranks high on Internet searches for men’s dress shirts alongside small artisanal companies such as Rawganique and Solne in the U.S. and Culturata in Canada. Clark views Brooks Brothers as the closest competitor, despite the disparity in pricing

“The purpose of Tuckerman is to make great clothing but to do it in a way that does right by those involved,” said Rinderle. “For us, that means working with partners who use fair labor practices and safe working conditions. It’s a real point of pride for us to make our shirts here.”

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Editor’s Comment
It is great to see another maker of dress shirts made in the USA. Check out their website: Tuckerman & Co. And don’t forget they are organic. Tuckerman and Co. was a Kickstarter project like another dress shirt maker Hucklebury.
13
Mar
14

KNO Clothing: Use Fashion For Good — Kickstarter

KNO Clothing: Bringing the T-Shirt Back to America by KNO Clothing — Kickstarter. Here is a new Kickstarter Project that I feel is worth funding. It is called KNO Clothing (pronounced No).  KNO is promising to make an ultra-premium T-shirt at a reasonable price.

KNO Clothing

KNO Clothing-No harmful chemicals used

Use Fashion For Good

For the T-shirt, not only is the material made here in the United States with the finest cotton in Texas and manufactured in North Carolina, but, in addition, KNO clothing will donate articles of clothing to the poor and needy, which they have been doing for the past three years. It is kind of like Tom’s Shoes. This appeals to just about everybody (except to the extreme Libertarians who feel that any charity is a waste and causes more problems than completely ignoring them – I am not making this part up, see the discussion about Tom’s Shoes on Made in USA Blog.com, [if you will note my comments have been deleted in that discussion]). KNO Clothing’s motto is Use Fashion For Good. Now, that is a good reason to fund this venture. We have had enough of “Fast Fashion” – the purchasing of disposable clothing. We have had enough of wearing clothing impregnated with toxic chemicals. We have had enough of purchasing clothing made by workers who are exploited due to their severe poverty, often being victims of human trafficking. It would be nice to buy clothing with a clear conscience. KNO Clothing aims to be one of those companies that you can trust.

KNO Clothing

KNO Clothing

The Kickstarter funding period will end it 22 days. KNO clothing hopes to raise $10,00 by this date. They are almost half way there already, which is a great start. Don’t forget to check out their website: KNO clothing, and click the top link which will get you to the Kickstarter website.




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