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Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion (2014)

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Contemporary look at the loss & subsequent re-invigoration of domestic apparel production in the US. Focusing on the NY Garment Center and key fashion cities of Los Angeles & Miami. The ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
J. Alexander
Bob Bland Bob Bland
Mickey Boardman
Simon Collins Simon Collins
Simon Doonan
Tom Florio Tom Florio
Nanette Lepore
Fern Mallis
Andrew Rosen
Jeff Rudes Jeff Rudes
Ron Shimshilashvili Ron Shimshilashvili ... Self
Martha Stewart ... Self
Anna Sui Anna Sui
Robert Verdi


Contemporary look at the loss & subsequent re-invigoration of domestic apparel production in the US. Focusing on the NY Garment Center and key fashion cities of Los Angeles & Miami. The infrastructure of US manufacturing is explored though interviews with the manufacturers, fashion designers, journalists and other members of the fashion industry. Written by Anonymous

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Loved it, watched it twice
22 March 2015 | by dououkateSee all my reviews

An inspiring well-produced documentary on the history and revitalization of textiles and fashion in America. It was exciting for me to feel a part of the bigger movement to bring the textile industry back to the USA. Seeing other designers and new entrepreneurs who are dedicated to grassroots fashion production was encouraging.

Make It in America shows a larger community of textile companies who pay a living wage to workers that have been displaced by the sending their contracts to oversea mills and manufacturers. I really loved this documentary. I was initially interested in watching it because I am a grassroots textile artist who has been fortunate to be able to support my family solely with my sewing for a decade. After watching it, I had my kids watch it too, and everyone found it interesting, so it is not merely limited to textile entrepreneurs, artists or online sellers. It was inspiring to see so many designers committed to supporting local artisans and suppliers, and the movement to keep our American history and economy intact. It gave me renewed hope for America.

I have noticed a growing segment of consumers who are choosing quality over bargain basement prices. The cultural drive towards over-consumption and accumulation of disposable junk; that long ignored "blood apparel" mentality, is thankfully losing its addictive momentum. More and more consumers consider higher level standards with their buying power. They follow their morals and not simply price points when making more discerning choices in the marketplace. Excellence in quality, ethical business practices, earth-friendly manufacturing and supporting real people in small business are all becoming important considerations for consumers in America. What used to be an elite choice is not becoming mainstream for consumers from all walks of life. The more sustainable local businesses we have, the more successful the transition from overseas factories to unemployed and underemployed workers, small businesses, and the local economy. The social benefits are enormous as the gains ripple outward. How wonderful to see the movement gain a big enough faction to merit a documentary! Wonderfully done! Next I will have to purchase my own copy!

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