Nanette Lepore Womens Couture

Nanette Lepore NYC

Nanette Lepore NYC

Hello Everyone!

Nanette Lepore For as long as I can remember I have been a big fan of the Nanette Lepore clothing line but it wasn’t until I started this blog and researched American made products that I was pleased to find out that Nanette Lepore manufactures over 85% of her clothing in the garment district of New York City employing many of the same couture seamstresses since her inception over 16 years ago!  And her stylish shoe line is made in Los Angeles!  The company is planning to eventually make 100% in this country too!  If you are not familiar with Nanette Lepore she is known for her great colors and bold prints.  Nanette Lepore has become one of the leading names in contemporary American fashion. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette  headed east to New York City with only her talent, tenacity and a $5,000 loan from her father, Nanette launched her label in New York City’s Garment Center.

Inspired by her artsy, bohemian childhood,  Nanette’s designs are worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Abigail Breslin, Blake Lively, Arianna Huffington, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kristin Chenoweth.

Nanette’s outspoken efforts to protect New York City’s Garment Center have helped to raise awareness and demand for American-made clothing.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Flag Ship store in NYC Soho district and chat with the warm and welcoming store manager, Shonda.  If you visit this store for no other reason than to meet Shonda you will be happy.

Miss Shonda

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Nanette Lepore SoHo, Stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore Accessories

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore, Stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com

Nanette Lepore SoHo store

Nanette Lepore

Today, Nanette Lepore has grown into an international brand that offers women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance. Nanette Lepore has shops across the United States, Europe, and Asia—including boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Bal Harbour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, London and Tokyo with openings in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the near future.

Check out her website for store locator or shop online like I do!  Everything comes beautifully wrapped and look at the hand signed card she encloses with each shipment!Stylemadeinusa.wordpress.comUntil next time………. have a happy Spring and happy shopping Made in the USA!

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Attention Ladies! Casual Clothing, Handbags, and Sleepwear to wear right now!

With too many cold, wintery weeks ahead I am ready for a few treats that I can wear now and that will take me into Spring!  Here are four Made in the USA companies offering  great price points and unique pieces for you to enjoy.

EARTH CREATIONS   Made in Alabama – Founders Joy and Martin started their company with organic T shirts dyed with the natural dye in Alabama red clay.   That was over 17 years ago and today they produce a whole line of stylish women’s, men’s and kids clothing still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed.  They have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I especially like their Convertible / Multi-use Garments:

This is all the same piece

This is all the same piece

I have this next piece and wear it year round with tights and boots and then sandals.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Tee Skirts created by Cynthia Niles made in Rhode Island.   All of Cynthia’s designs are handmade, repurposed, and one of a kind.  I love her circle skirts made from recycled or upcycled tee shirts!  These are great to wear now with tights and boots or ballet flats and would look really cute over your yoga or gym attire too.
T SKIRTS

T SKIRTS

SNOA SLEEPWEAR – Designed and manufactured in San Francisco using eco-friendly fabrics.  This sleepwear is dedicated to creating sleepwear that is gorgeous, soft and warm all at the same time!  Now you can have your sleep and be sexy too!

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REBECCA RAY DESIGNS – Made in Ohio (many pieces made by the Amish).  Handbags, totes, and clutches are just a few of the stylish products designed by Rebecca Smith.  If you love animals and the whole riding theme you must check out her website for more inspiration!  Here are some of my favorites from Rebecca’s American Couture line.

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So while we all Spring ahead and look forward to warmer weather remember to buy stylish and buy Made in the USA!  Happy shopping!

 

 

 

Stylish handbags made from recycled newspapers in Massachusetts.

I am super excited to tell you about a unique and stylish line of ladies handbags all designed and made in Massachusetts from recycled newspapers!  Connie Carmen, founder of Couture Planet, who works at the elegant Copley Fairmont Hotel in Boston came up with the idea of making these bags after seeing tons of daily guest room newspapers hauled away.  The ingenious clutches, wristlets, handbags, and totes, utilize choice newspaper print with eye catching graphics, titillating  topics, and interesting advertisements, via publications like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.  Custom bags can be made to order as well.

The lovely ladies from Couture Planet invited me to visit their facility located in the historic Lady Pinkham factory in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Here I was thrilled to see dozens of bags hot off the press!

So they start with newspapers.

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Then newspaper pages are selected and “fabric” sheets are made. Ten layers of newspaper are used and each sheet is laminated and double stitched.

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Fabric sheets sorted for various portions of a bag like front, back or bottom.

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A selection of clutches.

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I love the grommet closure.

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A wine theme clutch. Notice how the ingenious design carries the theme inside the clutch!

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A Coco bag with lucite handles. I always wanted a Louis Vuitton bag!

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An assortment of ever changing clutches, totes, and handbags.

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The boutique at the Copley Fairmont Hotel in Boston.

For more details, prices and store locations check out their website, www.mycoutureplanet.com