Made In America: Hackwith Design House
Photos: Canary Grey
It's 2018 and shopping responsibly has never looked and felt this good! Especially when it means supporting the home team.
Outsourcing production overseas, where labor is by and large cheaper, not only contributes to our country's unemployment rate and shrinking garment industry but also helps keep overseas sweatshops and factories with unfair working conditions in business.
Needless to say, the 'made in America' movement is more important than ever--not least because it's helped give way to a bigger, broader-minded movement: Slow fashion.
The term 'slow fashion,' coined in 2008 by sustainable design consultant Kate Fletcher, describes an approach to clothing and fashion that is decidedly at odds with the fast present fashion cycle.
"It's about the consumer becoming aware of the whole process - from design through production through use and through the potential to reuse," Hazel Clark, research chair of fashion at Parsons once said.
Though clothing production generally has a ways to go into terms of ethical practices and sustainable production within the USA, there are a few fashion labels who are on the right path with their various fair trade practices, production ethics, cruelty-free methods, and sustainable materials.
Our new favorite? Hackwith Design House.
Based in Minneapolis, Hackwith Design House was launched in September 2013 carrying only one limited-edition design.
“To this day, we continue to release a limited edition design every week, with no more than 25 of each made. We've grown to offer additional lines including Core Collection, Swim, Basics, Plus, and Intimates.”
In an interview with Coclico, Hackwith Design House founder Lisa Hackworth and her partner and Operations Director, Erin Husted detailed the brands' evolution. A great blueprint to a homegrown, made in America brand:
“In February 2013, I took a few months off to re-work my business model; I re-launched Hackwith Design House in September 2013. The new model centered on my priorities: staying in Minneapolis, manufacturing all the clothing in the U.S., and making sure I love everything with my name on it.
I was a studio art major in college, and I always appreciated those artists that would create unique pieces and number them. I figured I could do the same thing with the clothes I made. Thus the limited-edition model was born: 2-4 designs are released every Monday, no more than 25 pieces of each. (Erin) HDH has grown to include lines that aren't limited edition, HDH Basics and HDH Swim.”
“Everything is made in-house in our Minnesota studio by our talented team of seamstresses. To reduce waste, many of our items are not made until ordered by you. HDH's simple and clean aesthetic, quality fabrics, and impeccable attention to detail have made it a favorite of style-conscious women around the world.”
Not only do home-grown, consciously designed clothing brands positively influence how we shop, it leaves us feeling good about our purchases and inspires other companies to do better.
Hackwith Design House's commitment to quality and transparency is part of the brand’s special ethos of being a responsible, honest, and modern company that continues to inspire and offer women the coolest one-of-a-kind’s.
Shop the new line here.