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Little Black Dresses for the 2017 Holidays: Made in USA

The term “Little Black Dress” is believed to have started with designer Coco Chanel, who, in the 1920’s, changed black from a mourning-only color to an everyday wardrobe look. The term is so often used today that most women know what you’re talking about if you refer to an “LBD.” The LBD is intended to be versatile, able to be accessorized to dress it up or down, and well-designed enough to last through multiple seasons.

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I did a search on Nordstrom.com for “Little black dresses” Made in the U.S.A. and found 567 results. Most of the dresses are manufactured here using foreign-made fabric.

Women’s sizes, petites, plus-sizes and maternity wear are all available. Happy shopping, Ladies!

Regards, Kathy

Comfy Sweats Disguised as Dresses: Made in USA

betsycookWe recently heard from Betsy Cook, designer and owner of the indie clothing brand, National Picnic. She wanted to let us know about the Kickstarter campaign for her best-selling item: a dress that wears like a comfy pair of sweats.dressShe’s calling the project the American-Made Dress Project, because she wants to keep the garment as American as possible. The organic cotton in the cotton/poly sweatshirt fabric comes from Texas, the fabric is from a mill in North Carolina and a Pennsylvania contractor is being looked at to do the sewing.

sweatshirtdress2“Keeping the dress as American-made as possible keeps my customers happy,” Cook says. “Fans of my brand care about where their clothing comes from and how it is made, so my business’s growth should be growth they can feel good about…Besides all that, it’s a ridiculously comfortable dress that many women already love wearing.”

To see Betsy’s existing collection, go to National Picnic.

Regards, Kathy