“Made in America” has become a hot topic in today’s political sphere, but are products that carry the Made in USA seal truly all they’re cracked up to be? Labor rights violations are occurring every day in the United States, and fair wages are still not being paid out to many clothing makers in Los Angeles, California, and around the country. It’s time to look deeply at American manufacturing and push past the smoke and mirrors to see what is really going on in our own backyards.
When we think of fast fashion production, the United States might not be the first country to come to mind. However, the truth is that even in America, garment makers are being thrust into vulnerable situations and being taken advantage of on a daily basis. In Made in America, watch as Remake takes you into multiple Los Angeles clothing factories and talks to local garment makers, designers, and a labor conditions inspector about what is really happening in the land of the free. Yeni, from Indonesia, shares her story with Remake about the challenges she faces working as a maker in L.A., where upwards of 50,000 mostly immigrant women work in clothing production, and 85% of factories find themselves in violation of labor laws.