Happy early weekend-ing! If you follow on Instagram, you know that last week I chatted products made in America on WGN-TV (you can check out the segment here). For this particular conversation we kept it to beauty and entertaining essentials to enhance your 4th of July celebrations. However, in researching brands made here at home, I couldn't help but wander over to the fashion aisle...
I'll be honest, my research wasn't easy, in fact little to no surprise, much of the product in my closet is made abroad. However, my denim has some proud american roots!
As to be expected, this premium denim comes at a cost, but after reading up on the maufacturing process, I'm much more apt to make the plunge.
Jerome Dahan is the founder and chief exec. at Citizens of Humanity, and the first to bring the concept of "luxury designer denim" to the marketplace. Dahan is also the original founder of 7 for all Mankind. Dahan believes that it is impossible to manufacture to his specifications anywhere other then right here at home, and it's precicely this dedication that makes his denim the best in the market.
Michael Geller, CEO of Paige Denim agrees, stating "There will be a day in any given week when something [in the production process] doesn't connect just right, and that's when you can get in your car and drive over to the wash house or wherever and make it right. You can't do that if you're making them anywhere else."
Were Dahan or Geller to produce their designs else where they could save 30% to 40% on productin, but trust me, their dedication makes a difference, because Citizens and 7s are undoubtably some of the most comfortable & best fit denim in my closet. If you own any yourself, you know what I mean...
But that's not all, LA. is America's denim hub producing around 80% of America's premium denim. Citizens of Humanity alone, produces over a million pairs of denim a year, "directly employing 375 people and working with an additional 400 to 500 people employed by contractors who do things like add waistband embroidery and belt loops".
Doesn't get better than that, am I right?!...
Shop some of my favorite American made denim below!
Who remembers this skort from last summer? Lucky for us, it's still around and just as likable!...
This week is hectic to say the least, and I want to appologize for slacking here on the blog. Lot's of exciting things happening tomorrow, so be sure to tag along via Instagram!
As for the rest of you, it's not to late to get tickets. Remember, this event will benefit Bright Pink, so make a girls' night out of it and enjoy some live music and vino while shopping for a great cause ;)
Last Wednesday was Cheeky Chicago's Real People of Style Show. This is one of my favorite events because it highlights Chicago's most stylish everyday men & women– not celebrities, not models, but your friends! It's the best concept & the evening was full of celebrating in cheeky style, including moscow mules & a video app to document the fun in fast-mo (hard to explain, but here's our example).
Since this year's show was held at Chop Shop in Wicker Park, it was only natural to end the evening at Big Star with friends. If you're not a Chicagoan, this is our hottest taco joint where the margaritas run on tap– literally.
Needless to say, it was a great Wednesday night, and this little tribal maxi was up for the adventure!
To view more from Cheeky's 5th Annual Real People of Style event, click here.
Today's post is one of my favorites simply because it so true to myself. Don't get me wrong, I'll take any chance I can get to dress up, but most days it's just jeans & a tee. Easy. Practical. Chic.
The pieces in this post are my go-to selections for a day of working from home and running errands, though I have to admit, I can't wait to trade these pants in for some denim shorts.
My favorite way to dress up a tee is with layers of dainty jewelery (gorjana-griffin is a great source for this).
This is the first suede jacket I've ever owned, and I have to say it's gaining a special place in my heart & at the front of my closet, particularly because it's so easy to throw over a tee or tank & will seemlessly transition me into next fall.
What's your go-to look for everyday life? Would love to hear from you...