#FashionRevolution: Made In America!

There’s a lot of talk these days about making America great and bringing jobs back to the good old US of A. But have you looked at the labels lately? Production is still taking place outside of the US (especially by the people who complain the loudest about jobs overseas). But there are those in the fashion industry who are fighting the good fight for sustainable, American made, fashion. From the cotton seed, to shearing sheep, to factories in the Bay Area, our guests have embraced what it means to be “Made In America.” It’s #FashionRevolution week… let’s go!

Guest Profiles

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Joanne Huang, Co-Founder, Alamere Designs

Inspired by her entrepreneurial household and her beloved, childhood Sierra Club calendar, Joanne combined her Materials Science degree and MBA to co-found the technical lifestyle apparel line, Alamere Designs. She describes her everyday work as a mixture of madness and inspiration. Joanne is a strong proponent of local and domestically made goods, and believes that sustainability can be achieved through good, classic design. Some of her fondest memories come from being in the trees with her family, and she hopes that Alamere Designs’ versatile clothing line encourages people to explore somewhere with no buildings or cell service. Joanne continues to return to the trees - camping or backpacking with her dog, Fuzz - to balance entrepreneur life and remember the beauty and perspective of the natural world. Joanne holds a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA, and an MBA from The Wharton School.  

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Andrew Langsdorf, Co-Founder, Alamere Designs

Before coming to San Francisco four years ago, Andrew worked in a variety of roles at Nike and Mt. Hood Meadows while living in Portland, OR. After the familiar existential crisis from working traditional corporate roles, he decided to return to the Bay Area. Here he teamed up with a fellow outdoor enthusiast to start Alamere Designs, combining outdoor technology with streetwear. Trees and mountains have always held a large presence in Andrew’s life and help to inform his sustainable and functional design ideas. Growing up a constant builder and tinkerer and graduating from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Finance & Marketing, Andrew is motivated by creating well-designed, tangible goods that resonate with people and inspire them for their next adventure.

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Episode Notes:

Sponsor messages donated to Fashion Revolution by The Ambassadors Circle

What’s the 411:

Time for some action:
Check out Jon Oliver’s rant on Last Week Tonight on the Fast Fashion Industry

Extras:

  • The Last Word by Jon Oliver Fast Fashion Industry
  • Designer Resources: Makers Row, where you can find ethical and sustainable factories and manufacturers, and AboutSources, where you can find American fabric and trim suppliers, cut and sew contractors, and more.

 

Production: Sound Design by Courtney Grace, Production Assistance by Jen Huynh with Hosts Becca, LT, Christianne Harder and j-

360BayArea Intro Music by Courtney Grace with vocals by ElleT

Featured Music:
Theevs Music “Waves Crashing”, “Tropical Paradise”, & “Selfish
Courtney Grace "Ask Rickey" Theme Music
Mark Tracy “Colorful
Bella Thorne & Zendaya “Fashion Is My Kryptonite
Oliver Michael “Wansui
Ian Post “Wild Cat
The Royal Concept “Fashion

Featured Quick clips:
Mary J Blige “What’s the 411
Drake ft Future “Grammys
Redman “Time 4 sum Aktion

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