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6 American Made, Sustainable Brands Owned by Badass Women

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Hackwith Design House gave me a Raw Hem Smock Jacket free of charge and this post contains two affiliate links

As a part of my effort to re-center my shopping habits around quality pieces, I've been exploring more indie-made, American brands. When pressed by a very smart friend recently about what system I think is most sustainable, I said, without hesitation, that locally made is the best option. It's something I need to intellectually explore past that initial statement, but it certainly made me reconsider my pro-globalization standpoint a bit.

I was fortunate enough to snag a good deal at the end of last year: a pants grab bag from Nashville-based Elizabeth Suzann containing both

Clyde Pants

and the Clyde Skirt in linen. More recently, Hackwith Design sent me the

Raw Hem Smock Jacket

I'm wearing, and I have to say that, although these brands are certainly pricier than my budget typically allows, I LOVE wearing them. So much so that I'm considering reframing my budget to allow for fewer, better goods from American designers.

But the appeal of woman-owned, close-to-home companies is multi-fold: I appreciate a fit and design perspective from women who know how it is to live and work as a woman; the smaller scale of the business means greater transparency and a better understanding of cost and labor breakdowns; and the process of purchasing feels more intimate, as many of these brands make limited edition or sewn-to-order clothing.

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Plus, I think seeing women in my peer group and within my culture and country live out their dreams is really inspiring. There's a lot


to love about the US, but that makes the good things even more important to celebrate. I'm blown away by the talent of the artisans below.


1. Elizabeth Suzann

Made in small batches in Nashville, Elizabeth Suzann's namesake is a 28 year old (I think?) ingenue with an unstoppable work ethic and a mission to make high quality goods with total transparency. Items are made with natural fabrics and clothing is typically made to order.

Read my Clyde Pants review here


Sizes XXS-XL.

2. Hackwith Design House

Made in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hackwith specializes in simple, modern clothing produced in small batches. Their core collection and seasonal collections are produced thoughtfully, and many products are made to order. I'm wearing the

Raw Finish Smock Jacket

($265) in this post.

Sizes XS-XL and Plus Sizes 14-28.

3. Only Child

Made in Oakland, California, Only Child is run by a small team and specializes in minimalist pieces in fashion forward, figure flattering silhouettes. Everything is made to order with natural textiles. I'm partial to the

Luzon Tie Front Top in Linen

(gimme all the linen!).

Sizes XS-XL.

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Ethical Details:

Tee - thrifted;

Raw Finish Smock Jacket

- c/o Hackwith Design; Jeans - thrifted;

Huarache Sandals

- Nisolo; Earrings -

Hannah Naomi

4. Neo Thread

Based in New Mexico, NeoThread is run by upcycling extraordinaire, Sarah Holley. Neo Thread specializes in detailing, altering, and embroidering used and vintage goods. Everything is one of a kind.

I reviewed a tee by Neo Thread here


Sizes XS-XL with many items free size.

5. Pyne & Smith Clothiers

Made in Southern California, Pyne & Smith is run by British transplant, Joanna McCartney. Specializing in dresses, all pieces are made with flax linen that was grown and spun in Europe before being produced in an ethical factory in California.

I reviewed a Pyne & Smith dress here


Sizes XS-XXL with some customization available.

6. National Picnic

Made in Philadelphia by Betsy Cook and a small team of sewers, National Picnic specializes in dresses, tops, and skirts made in limited edition prints and organic cotton and hemp. The most playful of the handmade bunch (besides Neo Thread), National Picnic's clothes are cut in classic silhouettes with special details.

See my reviews here


Sizes XS-3X.

Do you have any American made favorites? 

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The Moral Wardrobe: Wear Anywhere OESH Shoes, 3-D Printed in Charlottesville

A few weeks ago, I was checking the StyleWise inbox when a familiar name caught my attention. I opened the email to discover that my friend, Maggie, writer of this piece on badass grandmas, had recently started working for a local shoe company called OESH, and that they were interested in doing a collaboration (they provided these sandals for review).

This would have been exciting regardless, but it gets better. Not only does OESH produce the bulk of their shoes less than ten minutes from my house (in a town not known for manufacturing), they 3-D print the soles! They recently won a National Science Foundation grant to perfect their custom printers, which use biodegradable pellets instead of the traditional cording, making the process more efficient and less prone to error. OESH is also a woman owned, woman operated company where employees like Maggie actually fabricate the 3-D printers, design the shoes, and program the printers on site. Basically, it's the coolest!

Maggie and owner, Casey (that's Dr. Kerrigan to you - she was a tenured professor before quitting to start OESH), gave me a tour of the operation one muggy Saturday afternoon, showing me the ins and outs of printer maintenance and design and letting me know why OESH products are superior to traditional footwear, namely because the shape and internal structure of all OESH shoes were designed with 20+ years of studies on gait (the way people walk) in mind.

OESH makes injection-molded sneakers, too, and they're careful to avoid the super toxic glues used in traditional footwear. They're working on developing the right 3-D printed design for flats that won't require glue at all. Almost all base materials are sourced in the US, as well, with many of the sandal strap varieties made in neighboring Waynesboro. The exception is the sneaker tops - they source those from China - because high performance athletic textiles just aren't available in the US.

Ethical Details: Dress - thrifted; Bracelet - c/o Candorra Artisans; Athena Sandals in Snapdragon - c/o OESH

I'm wearing the Athena Sandals in vibrant Snapdragon yellow, but this style comes in lots of other colors. The Athena sandal retails for $135.00. See another way I wore them here

I wore these every day for 7 days when I was out of town a couple weeks ago and my feet have never been happier. I'm serious. It's tempting to wear them every day with everything. And somehow they work with everything, even boho maxi dresses.

OESH just released a new sandal style, the Artemis, and StyleWise readers will have a chance to win a pair in the color of your choice! Stay tuned for tomorrow's giveaway post here and on Instagram!


Shop OESH here.

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