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Do You Care Where Your Clothes Come From?

In Episode 12, we talk at length about, the new e-commerce company whose goal is to educate its shoppers about the origins of the products it sells. Here’s a roundup of sites and brands with a similar mission. -LS

Zady: On each product page, there’s a section titled “Why It’s Special”. Underneath, there are badges indicating what makes the product worthy of Badges include “Made in the USA” and “Handmade”. Zady currently stocks clothes and accessories for both men and women including shirts by Steven Alan, bags by Claire Vivier, as well as jeans by Imogene + Willie, plus interesting home goods. 

Everlane: This site, which sales affordable t-shirts and other basics made overseas, takes its customers inside the factories it uses via videos and photo diaries. I’m a big fan of the box-cut tee

Shinola: The brand’s big business is luxury watches made in Detroit and sold for a quarter of what similar-quality timepieces cost. The company also sells leather bags, bikes and notebooks, almost all Made in America. 

Of a Kind: Everyday, Of a Kind introduces one new limited-edition product. And the designer’s backstory is given as much airtime as the product itself. Featured designers include Chiyome, Catbird, and Fleabags. 


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