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Who Manufactured It Best? A Tale of Two Blouses.

The lavender’s in bloom, the air’s sweet and warm. It’s late spring.   Yesterday, after more than a year blogging and hunting for products made here in our little 3.79 million square-mile neighborhood, I found myself hankering (now there’s a word I’ve never used before) for a new blouse. Something feminine and pretty, something toContinue Reading “Who Manufactured It Best? A Tale of Two Blouses.”

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Pedaling Toward the “Made in America” Quality Principle

A couple of days ago (before the latest rainstorm arrived) I spotted a red, yellow and blue tricycle on display out in front of a children’s store. I’m always on high alert for toys and such that Grandpa Don and I can keep at our place for our year-old grandson to enjoy. This tricycle lookedContinue Reading “Pedaling Toward the “Made in America” Quality Principle”

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Adore La Vie: Children’s Clothing Made in the USA

Amanda Boyd, talented San Francisco-based children’s clothing designer, exudes energy. She’s passionate about her family, her work and–lucky for us–her country. It’s easy to see why she chose to call her clothing line “Adore La Vie.” Translation: Love Life. This upbeat message truly reflects the philosophy of the entrepreneur behind the brand. On Adore La Vie’s website, Amanda describes her boutique clothing (sizesContinue Reading “Adore La Vie: Children’s Clothing Made in the USA”

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69.6 Percent

Bet you thought I’d forgotten all about China Ate My Jeans. Never. I’ve been shopping, studying, interviewing experts, learning about skilled and unskilled manufacturing. My desk (a 1940s-era drop leaf table I found at a second hand store) overflows with information. On this Good Friday, I’ve been thinking about the poorest amongst us. And I’ve been wondering,Continue Reading “69.6 Percent”