No matter where we shop or what we buy, all of our clothes have that little tag inside that says, "Made in ____." It's there to let us know where that individual piece comes from and where it was stitched together. Most of the time, that little tag will read "Made in China," "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in India." It is rare that your new sweater, jacket, top or pants were manufactured here in the U.S., even though this may be the designer's homebase.
In 1960, 95 percent of all clothing sold in America was made here, according to Save The Garment Center. Now, that number has decreased to about 5 percent, a significant drop in domestic fashion production. While millions of jobs have been lost due to outsourcing, there are still many brands that feel it's important to keep their manufacturing stateside.
In fact, New York City is home to 846 brand headquarters, many of which still reside in the Garment District (where American fashion was truly born). On top of that, L.A. is home to some of the most well-know denim factories in the world.
We've tapped 7 of those homegrown labels to weigh in on why they believe it's important to create garments with little tags that read "Made in The U.S.A." Click through the gallery below to see what they had to say.