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… only a small fraction of American consumers are willing to pay premium prices for US-made apparel. The majority of consumers think of fast fashion, discount retailers, dollar stores and coupons when it comes to purchasing clothing. Country of origin is simply not top of mind.

- Edward Hertzman, publisher of  Sourcing Journal, an apparel and textiles supply chain trade journal.

This quote is taken from Mr. Hertzman’s Op-Ed – Made in America is More Hype than Reality published in The Business of Fashion.

Well, I am one consumer that is willing to pay more for American made fashions as well as other products. But my whole approach to shopping for fashion has shifted – I buy less, often it’s vintage, and I sometimes have my clothes made. I believe a lot of people are considering the origins of what they wear and buy, but perhaps not enough.

 

 

 

 

 

untitledHow people look is crucial to how they are perceived.

- Nina McLemore, CEO and designer at Nina McLemore women’s apparel.

This quote is so true! And yet, no one seems to get it anymore.

Ms. McLemore designs for professional corporate women. Her client list includes Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.

 

tot15I actually love the idea that this dress has lived more of a life than I have.

- Dawn O’Porter, British television presenter and host of the new show This Old Thing.

Vintage fashion is a huge trend in the UK. There are vintage fairs all around the country, a vintage lifestyle magazine called Vintage Life and now a television show. This Old Thing is a how-to in the world of vintage – how to choose, how to repair, and how to wear. There’s also a lot of talk about sewing.

What I have been able to see of This Old Thing looks entertaining and informative. Unfortunately it’s not distributed in the US, but you can find a few segments on YouTube.

 

untitledChic is when you see a woman walking in the street who looks fabulous and you do not know why.

Valentina Ilardi Martin, editor of Grey magazine.

imagesYankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony. He stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni. Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle Dandy …

- British nursery rhyme, circa 1750.

Actually, it’s a lot more than that. This is part of a little ditty the Brits sung around the American colonials to insult them. There’s a lot of history to this song and many different versions but the use of the word “macaroni” is specific.

 

 

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A Macaroni.

In England during the mid-1700s there was a certain type of gentleman commonly and disdainfully referred to as a Macaroni. These young fellas were influenced by their European travels, particularly Italy, and they were known for overdoing the fop look – super high wigs, face makeup, tightly cut trousers and jackets, bows on their garters, etc.

So, singing the Yankee Doodle song was a double dis – the Yanks were Macaronies and they didn’t even do that right. Ha!

Happy Fourth of July, dear readers.

Keep it fashionable in your red, white, and blue … and keep it safe, too.

People will stare. Make it worth their while.

- Harry Winston, American jeweler (1896-1978)

I would add – make it worth their while but always in good taste. (You don’t want people to stare for the wrong reasons.)

 

untitledIt’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.

- Monica Lewinsky, Former Clinton White House intern.

When the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal caught our attention in 1998 and photos of Ms. Lewinsky sporting a black beret were plastered just about everywhere, I thought: “Well, that’s it for the beret. No one is ever going to want to be seen in one of those again.” But not so.

After maybe a year, the simple chapeau returned completely unscathed. I’m impressed with its resilience and I’m also thoroughly convinced it’s here to stay. I know I love mine for its chic factor and versatility. Milliner Stephen Jones once said, “The beret is the t-shirt of hats.”

Ms. Lewinsky you go ahead and burn that beret, who can blame you? But the rest of us will continue to don ours, thank you.

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