Made in the U.S.A.

Shiva Rose, Founder of Local Rose

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Michelle Wahler & Jodi Guber Brufsky, Founders of Beyond Yoga
http://www.beyondyoga.com

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Ellen Bennett, Founder of Hedley & Bennett
http://www.hedleyandbennett.com/blogs/apron-squad-adventures/tagged/ellen-bennett

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Mary Alice Haney, Founder of Haney
http://www.shophaney.com/

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Rachel Pally, Founder of Rachel Pally, Inc
http://www.rachelpally.com/

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Helena Stuart, Founder & Designer of Only Hearts
http://www.onlyhearts.com/

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Shiva Rose, Founder of Local Rose
http://www.thelocalrose.com/

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Greg Hankerson, Founder of Vintage Industrial & Team
http://www.retro.net/

[endimages]As CEO and co-founder of Beyond Yoga, I am proud to say that all of our clothing is designed with love in Southern California and made in the U.S.A. Every hand and eye involved in creating Beyond Yoga garments is employed in our local factories and facilities. This way we can ensure a high quality of product and employ our local community, which is very important to us!

In honor of Independence day, we asked the people behind brands with a similar dedication to their communities to share why it’s important to them and how they celebrate the 4th of July. Their answers make us proud to be made in America!

Ellen Bennett, Co-Founder of Hedley and Bennett

Why is Hedley and Bennett committed to making products in the U.S.A.? 
I’m committed to being made in America because I feel like if enough people do it, one by one, each of us will bring back the industry to the US and people will see that it is possible, it is viable and you can run a business and maintain it here. Why the heck send off all our money to other places when we can support our own country?

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
I usually celebrate with a big giant BBQ, wear red white and blue and watch the fireworks from Dodger Stadium!

Mary Alice Haney, Founder of Haney

Why is Haney committed to making products in the U.S.A.? 
It was important for me that HANEY was made in Los Angeles. I wanted to be a part of supporting the fashion industry here as it grows. It would be much cheaper to make everything oversees but I get to touch and feel every garment as it’s being created and that was important to me.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
I am going to spend the 4th in Malibu! My sweet friend Shannon is giving us her house for the weekend. We live in Manhattan Beach and so we are swapping one amazing beach for another!

Rachel Pally, Founder of Rachel Pally, Inc.

Why is Rachel Pally, Inc. committed to making products in the U.S.A.?
It’s really important to not only support U.S.A. production but also the local Los Angeles community.  We are designed, sourced and produced all within a few blocks of each other in downtown L.A.  It’s important to have the personal relationships with our vendors and the people who are working hard on a daily basis for the same goal—to make beautiful clothing and sustain our local economy.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
Family, food and fireworks—is there any other way?!  This year we will probably have our family and friends over for a backyard BBQ and some daytime swimming in our pool.  My house is up in the hills and overlooks the Valley, so I’m sure we’ll get a great view of some fireworks from up there!

Helena Stuart, Founder & Designer of Only Hearts

Why is Only Hearts committed to making products in the U.S.A.?
We started manufacturing in NYC in 1978 because I believe in community, and working towards fostering strength in communities. We use predominately domestic textiles, many of them made within 200 miles of NYC where our garments are sewn. We’ve built such a close relationship with local factories and mills, most of them we’ve been working with for over 35 years. Producing locally, not just in the US but in my neighborhood, gives me a great advantage in quality control, but also great pleasure to know that I am part of a whole; part of something that’s bigger than just my brand.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
This year I will be in Paris attending a trade show! Not exactly a long holiday weekend, but not to complain about!

Shiva Rose, Founder of Local Rose

Why is Local Rose committed to making products in the U.S.A.? 
My site is called Local Rose because I believe that in order to create harmonious communities, we should support our local artisans. I work very hard to make sure the various pieces that go into my beauty line are all sourced from nearby areas.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
I go to the island of Kauai with my two daughters. It has become a tradition and we all look so forward to swimming in the beautiful blue ocean there. Usually, on the Fourth, we will visit with friends and have a bonfire on the beach. I always like to remind my girls, that holidays like this are about having gratitude. Gratitude for our liberty, this precious earth, our love and health.

Greg Hankerson, Founder of Vintage Industrial

Why is Vintage Industrial committed to making products in the U.S.A.?
We’ve been solicited many times to manufacture in Asia. That’s standard practice for most companies to remain competitive. But what this does, in my opinion, is downgrade the quality of the product. We must think longterm. Pay a little more and it’ll last much longer. It also gives your designs to a factory that will most likely knock your stuff off for less. And manufacturing abroad takes away jobs from Americans.

Our country has come to look down on blue collar work. When I was in school, everybody wanted an office job, me included. It was thought it would make more money, which was the goal of most. And as we outsourced, skilled labor disappeared. We became a country of button pushers, making virtual product. The artisan/craftsman disappeared. But we found some of these people. And they were old timers, but they believed in what we were doing, and were happy to share the knowledge. When you spend money on a locally made product, the money stays local. It helps your area. Spend it for product made abroad, and a good portion goes to that area.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
For me, it’s a reminder of how thankful I am to be born in this country where I am afforded the opportunity of “choice”. My wife was born in Laos during the end of the Vietnam war. Her family fled when her village was burned down by soldiers. And, eventually, she ended up here where we’re living the dream.