We are putting a spotlight on Los Angeles Apparel, an up and coming brand that is based right here in the heart of Los Angeles! This amazing brand takes fashion back to it’s basics, while still keeping the look fresh and trendy. There are so many reasons why we love this brand, like the fact that they practice sustainable methods or how they choose to use domestic fabrics from right here in the USA! The best part about Los Angeles Apparel is that that they produce their garments locally and focus on creating jobs in the area to help better their community.
Many companies are choosing to make their goods overseas, so they can sell their products for less. Factory workers in China are paid on average $0.5 - $3 dollars an hour. While Los Angeles Apparel employs over 300 garment workers that are paid fair, living wages. Their workers get paid $12 - $20 an hour to produce high quality, American made clothing. How amazing is that!
The United States has already lost over 7 million jobs in the manufacturing industry since 2000. As a whole, consumers want to pay less for their goods, but in order for companies to price their products for lower cost, they have to send their jobs overseas. Fast fashion brands and retailers like Forever 21 fuel this vicious cycle. Los Angeles Apparel is working their way to becoming the leading clothing manufacturer in the United States.
The steps it takes to dye and finish fabrics is one of the most toxic processes in any industry. Fabric dyes can contain harsh chemicals and even heavy metals that have been known to contaminate local water sources around the factories. Los Angeles Apparel follows California’s strict environmental protection laws for dying, which means that their fabric dying process is eco friendly!
The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters worldwide. The industry’s carbon footprint extends from the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing, and the landfills full of discarded clothing. Los Angeles Apparel is doing their part by keeping the company waste free. They set a goal to recycle almost 100 percent of their waste by 2018! Some of their methods include recycling fabric scraps, using recycled or reclaimed cotton, and choosing to do business domestically to decreases their carbon footprint.
Now you know why we are such big fans of Los Angeles Apparel. If you would like to check out their clothing in person, stop by Tattered on August 12,2018. We will be hosting a sample sale for Los Angeles Apparel! Just in time for back to school shopping.