made in the usa

homegrown goodies just as awesome as you are.

by steff yotka

Three... two... one... weekend!

OK, so we are jumping the gun a little on this Fourth of July long weekend, but we're stoked to get out in the sun and party. And once our barbecues and beer bellies wear off, we figure the best way to spend the remainder of the four-day weekend is with some retail therapy. There will be heaps of sales online and in stores, but we'd like to add a patriotic twinkle to your shopping frenzy by showcasing the freshest designs that were made right here in the U.S.A.

You'll be proud to learn that brands big and small produce goods in America, from Pendleton's blankets and J. Brand's jeans to the cool skater backpacks from Mer Bags, not to mentionN all of Pamela Love's punk-hippie jewelry. It may raise the price slightly, but paying those extra dollars for U.S.-made goods is totally worth it, especially considering some of the horrible and unsafe working conditions in factories abroad.

There lots of benefits for the brands, too. Los Angeles intimates label Sloane & Tate has been crafting their super-soft, boyish basics in L.A. since day one. Co-founder and designer Eliza Ladensohn told NYLON, "For us it was only natural that we would make the collection in Los Angeles, so we could be involved on a daily basis with our production and ensure that the pieces are made in a positive working environment." Hands-on designers equals better products, and the results show.

Brooklyn-based store Catbird elects to craft their namesake line of dainty jewels just down the road from their store. "One of the many great things about making everything ourselves in Brooklyn is our access to such amazing artisans," Catbird owner Rony Vardi explained. "We have such a talented crew who make all Catbird pieces, and that is partly due to the draw New York has for artists." Turns out Brooklyn is just as artsy IRL as it is on Girls.

Think about it like this: The decision to produce goods in the U.S.A. isn't only cool and patriotic, but it is also keeping the door open for young artists to be able to make and sell their designs in America. Every jewelry designer Catbird hires or blanket patternmaker working at Pendleton could be the next Dannijo or Missoni. We want to do our part to keep the American dream alive for the next group of creators and craftspeople, and if we can do that while looking awesome, well, we like that even more.

Pamela Love Star Hoops Earrings – $70

Sloane & Tate Manchester T-Shirt – $92

J. Brand Cut-Offs – $79

O'Harrow Classic Handmade White Shirt – $98

Mer Bags Flap Backpack – $160

Catbird Silver Star and Moon Studs – $28

Hanky Panky Acid Rainbow Boyshorts – $37

Pendleton Route 66 Blanket – $228