Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hand made in the U.S.A.

     A friend of mine bought 6 pairs of the good ole Levi 501 jeans in the past 2 years.  I found this information amazing.  The jeans were made in 3 different countries and non of them in the U.S.A., and each country made them differently.  They had a different number of belt loops, different number of buttons, the tagging was different, and more than anything the quality and weight of the fabric was different.   I guess this is a reminder to all of us that the only sure thing in purchasing clothing today is that there is absolutely no sure thing.  What was once a product that boasted that it is made in the U.S.A. is now being manufactured or assembled in countries all over the world with varying degrees of quality.

     I understand the reasons that much of the manufacturing is done in other countries.  I also understand that most of the residents of the United States will make a purchase without ever looking at where it comes from.  For myself, if I have the choice of two items of equal quality and similar price, and one comes from the United States and one is an import, I will purchase the one made in the U.S.A..

     That being said, I would like to share a little info with you.

     I Googled 'swimwear made in the U.S.A.' and found a handful of companies listed.  This is not saying that there are not many more than what came up but they are just not large enough to make the list.  Exposure Swimsuits didn't even come up; no wonder since we are a very small company without a lot of 'exposure'.  (sorry, couldn't resist)  Some of the companies that boast that they are U.S. based even had specified that they have 'mostly' product made in the U.S.A., or have product that is only assembled in the U.S.A..

     This is what I would hope that you all would consider doing when looking for a new beach wear.  Look for good quality products and if you have a choice to buy U.S.A., go for it.

     This is a super fun little link, part of a Made in the U.S.A. series done by Diane Sawyer this last summer.  Take a minute if you have it - it is pretty neat. 
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/made-america-country-summer-swimwear         /story?id=13887005#.TvqYqdWGHGs                                                   

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