Welcome to: Our New Office!

OK, so we know we’ve been bragging about our new office to you for the past 2 months and you have yet to see anything than maybe a leopard chair. But honestly, we’ve been busy this summer! In fact, we’ve been too busy to even have time to decorate, but, this week we finally decided to get organized and bring out our interior decorator skills.

We only moved about 2 blocks away from our old offices in Durham, NC, but it has really made quite the difference! Although we loved the big, 1 room studio we used to work in- we needed a place where we could hold meetings without having our interns in the background sorting through our racks of clothes. So, take a look at what we’re working with now!

We’re located on the 2nd floor of our building. As soon as you walk upstairs all of our offices our located off this main hallway. We each have our own office now! Plus a room for our interns to work

The first people you meet when you walk upstairs? Our two lovely manikins, decked out in our favorite Fall Collection items (Oxford shirt dress and the shawl collar cardigan!)

All of the offices have one big wall painted in a bright color. Other than that though, they aren’t too decorated, with the exception being our CEO Rachel Weeks. She’s a little crazy obsessed with leopard print (hence the chairs) and has plenty of Made in USA inspiration around the room.

This is where the magic happens! One big room houses our WIP, design area, and everything else that goes in to making our collections.

 

We just had to include some of the quirky decorations we found for the place. We love the retro feel they give to the office, which go perfectly with the bright colored walls.

What do you guys think of the office? Do you love it as much as we do?

Athletes Made In USA, Uniforms not

In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Olympic team recently released their uniforms for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, and the release has left a lot of critics in its wake. The uniforms were designed by none other than Ralph Lauren- a brand bred out of the American legacy of tradition and craftsmanship. However, despite the origins of the brand, like the other products of the company, the actual uniforms were made in China. Wide-spread speculation has crossed throughout the country, and Congress, that the U.S. uniforms should  in fact be made in the U.S.A. 4 years ago this same debate was brought to attention when Ralph Lauren created uniforms that were once again made in China. So the question is, is it the responsibility of our Olympic team to represent our country through  American-made uniforms?

Many Congressman think so. In recent years, companies (like us) have been moving their manufacturing factories back to the U.S. There’s a sense of pride to say that your products are 100% Made In USA- the labor, the craftsmanship, and the high quality all reflect what our country has to offer. And people are looking, and need, these textile/manufacturing jobs in the country. If the U.S. is so proud of what our manufacturing has to offer, why would the U.S. Olympic team wear China made products? That is the question being raised. Some Congressmen went so far as to say that the “uniforms should be “put in a pile and burned.”

But the Olympic team has a different view. In a response to the heightened criticism, a U.S. Olympic committee representative said, “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.” ( L.A. Times)

The question is, how far is too far? When does International manufacturing begin to tear away at American pride? When would we ever think that the Olympics could cut down our patriotism- instead of elevate it? Our uniforms is the answer.

What is your opinion? Do you think that our uniforms should be Made in USA- or is everyone making a big deal out of nothing? Tell us what you think!