Independent of what?

So it’s July Fourth and we gather with our friends, family, neighbors, and the random people sitting next to us at the evening fireworks to celebrate our so-called independence.

Yeah I know you learned all about how the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776 yada yada yada, but with everything we import these days can we really call the 50 states independent?

I challenge you to go through your closet and find an item hand-stitched in the USA. Tricky right? My guess is you’re grasping that lace body suit you bought at American Apparel. Anyone who breathes could tell you that AA’s claim to fame is being vertically integrated…and a little racy, but you may not know that these other brands are proud to be an American too.

Oh you remember those personalized backpacks and luggage that you just had to have. L.L Bean is located in Freeport, ME

Bet you didn’t know that those New Balance tennis shoes you’re sporting were made in Boston, MA did you?

J Brand Jeans the high end denim line is also home to the red, white, & blue. Carried in Saks, Bloomingdales, and many other boutique. You can justify splurging for a pair because you’re helping the economy, right?

So you want to smooth out those curves so your dress lay flat? Maybe you want something that will suck you in too? Have no fear, the solution: SPANX, are also a product of the states!

http://www.rag-bone.com/

Yep, that cutting edge label Rag & Bone is made in NY. Although best known for their jeans, you can pick up anything from dresses to shoes.

-Courtney Fishman

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