It was this time last year when my dreams started to come to reality. The idea of Social Dress Shop became no longer a daydream, and more of a 24/7 ball of excitement, work and more work. I wanted to make Social Dress Shop different, and I wanted to be 100% proud of my business because I believe that if you don’t love it, you won’t do it. I sometimes catch myself out of breath when I start talking about how much I LOVE what I do. I wish you could feel it, maybe you can. And if you can, then I couldn’t be more proud.
One of the pillars of the Social Dress Shop plan is to constantly find new designers that make the challenging and passionately driven decision to produce in the USA. These designers deserve to be held to a different standard, above all of the cheaply made “fast fashion” crap that is out there.
Let me tell you why it is SO important to purchase American made goods. Oh I even made a brightly colored info-graphic to entice you! Don’t judge me, it was my first time and took me an embarrassingly long time to do it.
And if that doesn’t convince you, how about this recent tragedy OR this one? Just two examples of workers losing their lives due to unsafe working conditions. Whether or not the companies that are hiring these factories “knew” about these safety violations is a null point. Aldous Huxley wrote: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored ”. Have you ever thought about the effect of the clothing that hangs in your closet?
Here is a list of our designers who proudly manufacture in the US:
*Produces some in the US, and some abroad
So bottom line is, your bottom line. I get it, these US made goods can be pricier. But that money you pay goes to FAIR wages and FAIR treatment of American made workers.
So all I ask is the next time you go into Fast Fashion store or shop with them online, truly understand the reason the items are made so cheaply, aside from the actual product BEING cheap.
The market goes where the consumer goes, so stand up with your dollars and contribute to these American made goods. Your purchases truly do make the difference.