I feel so privileged to live and work in the U.S.
Here at Lily Trotters, we are committed to helping the U.S. economy; it's a huge part of our value system. Still, producing goods in the U.S. isn't easy. The U.S. lost 3 million manufacturing jobs between 1998 and 2006 alone. Factories left our shores, bringing American jobs and businesses with them. On a macro-level, globalization removed many trade barriers and, as a result, today there are fewer factories and mills in the U.S. The few that remain are extremely busy!
I feel great about the North Carolina sock mill with whom we've partnered. I've seen first hand the great working conditions and how well management treats their employees. The trade-off, of course, is that our sock production costs come at a premium. If you ask me, that’s okay. Having Lily Trotters produced in a plant that adheres to our values and doesn’t support poor labor practices in exchange for lower costs, is a decision on which I won’t compromise. I feel so proud that every sock we produce is made in the USA.
The thing is, everything about our product is special. Take our yarn, for instance. We purchase the finest quality micro-nylon, dyed in custom colors. While we choose to source this yarn in U.S., there are only a few yarn production facilities left in this country. This leads to long wait times for orders — our biggest manufacturing hurdle! It's a challenge to get things made in the U.S., but Lily Trotters stands firmly behind the movement to bring manufacturing back to our shores. More jobs for more Americans – wouldn't that be great?
I hope someday to have a line of seasonal socks, including a patriotic sock for Independence Day. Until then, enjoy the July 4th fireworks.
Lily Trotters Founder and Designer
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You see your favorite athletes wearing compression socks, sleeves, shorts, and shirts as they warm up, train, and play. And then you remember the person next to you on your cross-country flight mentioned she was wearing compression socks.
What exactly is compression wear and should you be using it? Or, is it a buzzword the athletic garment industry invented to increase sales? Is all compression wear equal? What is the right amount of compression? What is the correct compression for your needs?
We're off to the races! Woohoo!
Known as one of the best races on the East Coast, The Baltimore Running Festival is holding their 16th annual event which consists of a marathon, half marathon, 5k and more. Many organizations are coming out to show support, including one particularly awesome Baltimore-based high-performance compression sock company... Ahem - yours truly.
Our compression socks have become a favorite among local runners and fitness fanatics, so we just had to cheer on our tribe at this spectacular event. We can't wait to see runners reppin' their Lily Trotters athletic compression socks at the starting line!