In my Social Problems class we've been learning all about the downfall of American manufacturers because they just can't compete with the foreign import prices. (American Workers average wage is 14.83 an hour, while in China the average wage is the equivalent of 68 cents an hour, thus it's a lot cheaper to have workers in foreign countries make products). As much as I love my bargains at Forever 21, Target, etc. our lecture has really got me thinking about where the clothing I buy is manufactured. It's important to buy American made products to support the struggling companies trying to compete in an unfair market.
American Apparel has taken this all into account and created a purely American made, sweatshop free label. Although I don't necessarily always feel like paying almost 20 dollars for a plain t-shirt, I know fully understand where my money is going and who it is supporting. I don't expect myself or anyone to buy purely American made products (that's nearly impossible in today's society), but I definitely would like to start paying more attention to where my clothing is manufactured as it will have a great affect on the quality and treatment of laborers.