Sliding Scale: Denim Western Shirts

Welcome to the sixth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Denim Western Shirts. Thrown over a tee for an easy summer look, or casually dressed up with a soft-shouldered blazer and tie, a good denim western is as versatile as it gets, and a great addition to any warm weather wardrobe. Here are our nine responsibly-made favorites.
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Seven Questions: Victor Athletics

Victor Athletics wants to save the American garment industry. And they just might do it. Founded by the creators of the artisan jean label Noble Denim, Victor is as much a clothing company as it is a vessel for change. The brand is driven by two goals: to make American-made goods more affordable, and to help domestic manufacturers recover from decades of outsourcing-induced decline. To achieve these ends, Victor is offering a range of vintage-inspired, organic cotton basics, all of which are made in the USA out of American materials, and sold directly to the consumer without a middleman mark-up. And, they’re reinvesting 5% of their after-tax profits back into their factories, so that the factories can recoup, rebuild, restaff, and, ultimately, thrive once again.

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Sliding Scale: Minimalist Sneakers

Welcome to the fifth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up responsibly-made Minimalist Sneakers. With more minimalist sneakers on the market these days than even before, we’ve picked our eight favorite pairs, all of which are high on quality, and low on everything else.
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Seven Questions: Appalatch

The world could use a few more brands like Appalatch. Founded in 2012 by do-gooders Grace Gouin and Mariano deGuzman, the North Carolina based company is defined as much by its ethos as its products. Striving to produce the best garments they can with the least amount of environmental impact possible, the company has developed an entirely domestic supply chain; not only are the clothes manufactured here, but everything from the fabrics to the threads to the trimmings are made in the US as well. Additionally, the brand utilizes a number of production methods that help them to dramatically reduce waist while still maintaining quality. And, best of all, they sell everything consumer-direct, so all of Appalatch’s socially and environmentally responsible goodness comes without a middleman mark-up.

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