How to Wear :: Shawl Collar Cardigan

It’s really starting to feel like fall, so we wanted to showcase the different ways you can wear our Shawl Collar Cardigan!

1. Contemporary Classroom

rag & bone boyfriend shirt / C&C California long pants / American Apparel leather shoes FIELD NOTES Shop

2. Trendy Tailgating

Tervis Tumbler Duke University / PFI Western Vintage Cowgirl Boots / AO Eyewear Original Pilot Sunglasses

3. Cultured Coffee Date

rag & bone cream collar / rag & bone  skinny jeans / rag & bone high heel boots / rag & bone knit scarf

Buy our Shawl Collar Cardigan Here

How would you wear our cardigan?

P.S. All the clothing we featured with our collection is also Made in the US!

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Bringing Production back to America

Boston Consulting Group recently published a study titled “Made in America, Again: Why Manufacturing Will Return to the U.S.” In it, authors Harold L. Sirkin, Michael Zinser, and Douglas Hohner draw the conclusion that “rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.” The implications? The U.S. is, once again, becoming an attractive option for manufacturing.

Made in America

As a company that prides ourself on our Made in America story, frankly we’re glad to see such conclusions drawn. At the same time, we understand that many companies that put the bottom line above all else may instead just shift production from China to other low cost countries. However, as Sirkin et al point out, “these nations’ ability to absorb the higher-end manufacturing that would otherwise go to China will be limited by inadequate infrastructure, skilled workers, scale and domestic supply networks, as well as by political and intellectual property risks. Low worker productivity, corruption, and the risk to personal safety are added concerns in some countries.”

The point these authors are making is that not only has American manufacturing not met its demise, as predicted, but the U.S. is in fact becoming an “increasingly attractive option, especially for products consumed in North America.”

We at School House couldn’t agree more, and we are proud to say we are part of that trend bringing production back to America.

Southern Designers Leading the “Made in USA” Charge

Ever since officially joining the “Made in USA” community this Spring, we’ve been overwhelmed and inspired by fashion brands like ours that are committed to creating a better local, regional and national fashion economy. Entrepreneurs and brands making USA fashion are few and far between, and statistics about the clothing we buy here are pretty grim. Journalist Erika Miller sums up the predicament pretty well in a report she did for PBS’s Nightly Business Report:

Like many people, I was well aware of the statistics about the decline of apparel manufacturing in the U.S. just 5% of clothes sold in America are made in America, compared to 95% in the 60’s. The decline, of course, is a reflection of the striking difference in pay for a NYC Garment Center worker (roughly $18 an hour) versus a worker, say, in Burma (roughly 8 cents an hour).

And while we were pleased to find out that some major labels like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s StyleMint and The Row lines are USA made, along with most of Nanette Lepore’s dresses, we are most impressed by small fashion businesses like ours that are doing it, too. So, here’s nod to a couple of our Southern neighbors that proudly wear the made in USA label.

Jolie & Elizabeth // www.jolieandelizabeth.com 

This fashion brand specializes in making the sweetest summer seersucker dresses. Their frocks epitomize Southern style, and are all roughly $200 or under. We love their style, and we’ve included a couple of our favorite pieces, which you can shop here.

Kristin Drohan Collection // www.kristindrohancollection.com

Described as “eco friendly, durable and high style” Kristin Drohan’s furniture collections are stylish and made entirely in Hickory, NC. Her pieces are functional, beautiful and “green” in so many ways. We’ve hand-picked some of our faves, but we encourage you to check out her full collection here.

Kristin Drohan Collection