Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Last-minute tips for a 'Made in the USA' holiday

High fashion may not want to admit it.

Last-minute tips for a 'Made in the USA' holiday

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High fashion may not want to admit it. 

And the luxury world continues to thumb its nose up at the idea. But the Made In America movement is gaining ground in the apparel world - especially this holiday season.

I've been writing about this issue all year.  But the industry really started to take notice when Women's Wear Daily released a survey based on NPD Group research that found 82 percent of American consumers are starting to pay attention where things are made. It also found  76 percent of shoppers say made in America is extremely or somewhat important.

Then the National Retail Federation announced last month the average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion. If all that money was spent on U.S. made products, that would create 4.6 million jobs. And if we spent at least  $64 on items made here during our holiday shopping sprees, we would create 200,000 more jobs .

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I like the sound of that.

But it's not easy to find cool - and affordable - fashion items designed and assembled on American soil. So let me help you out: here are a few web sites and local boutiques where you can find, fashionable, locally-made items.

1. The Philadelphia Inquirer's 2012 gift guide featuring 42 locally made gifts from $20 to $200.

2. Esquire magazine's 45 American made products all certified by Esquire's editorial team. Want to buy the item quickly? Get the Netpage app for your smart phone.

3. The American Manufacturing Alliance's weekly Fashion Friday blog features items made in America every week. Scroll back. We are sure you will find an item for someone special.

4. Looking for jewelry? Troll Etsy.com for American baubles. Also check out Evine.com where The Accessories Council USA Made Jewelry is featured

5. Take advantage of local boutiques. Some of my favorite that carry American made brands are Scarlett Fiorella located at 113 South 13th Street,  Vagabond at 37 North Third Street, and Arcadia Boutique with two locations: 819 North Second Street in Northern Liberties and 265 South 20th Street in Rittenhouse Square.

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