(Source: Thinkstock, MadeClose; Angelrox The Wrap, $158; Bar Soap Brooklyn Blue & Gold Equilateral Soap Duo, $24; Schwood Eugene Women's Sunglasses, $175)
In the global market we live in, imported goods are readily available with a click of a mouse. MadeClose, an e-tailer of locally made apparel, home and beauty items, aims to shift that shopping trend back toward companies operating here in the USA.
Transparency is key for the company, and unfortunately that's not always prioritized by retailers reliant on overseas production. A shirt from a fast-fashion chain might be cheap, but it can be the result of unethical labor conditions and wasteful practices. If that strikes a chord with you, allow MadeClose to be your solution for shopping more mindfully.
Thanks to the ease of web, you get creations of American entrepreneurs across the country to your doorstep. Currently, there are picks from 36 states from Vermont to Wisconsin. Each independent brand carried has a profile that gives you more background on their small business models. Being part of MadeClose is not only about domestic production, but also focusing on creating jobs and ethical working environments, sourcing materials locally and reducing waste.
(Source: MadeClose; Shana Luther Mini Wallet, $60; Loyalty and Blood Unisex Peace Lion Sweatshirt, $52)
You can shop apparel and accessories for women, men, kids and home as well as outdoor, grooming and kitchen staples. MadeClose is like a curated cousin of Etsy, with offerings that boast high-quality and one-of-a-kind allure. We spotted a wrap dress ($158) that can be worn multiple ways, a backless maxi slip dress ($145) and a sweatshirt with an illustrated lion ($52). The accessories caught our eyes too, with offerings such as handmade wooden sunglasses ($175) and mini leather wallets ($60). In the beauty section, we fell for the mineral-rich triangle soap bars ($24) and organic body oil ($18) from refreshingly lesser-known brands.
MadeClose also has "community guides" that highlight neighborhoods rich in independent businesses. You learn everything about the neighborhood from its economy and food stops to a map of brick-and-mortar stores selling local goods. Right now, the focus is on the New York area, but it's only a matter of time before MadeClose zooms in on your hometown.
Check out the e-tailer for yourself here.