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
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Who says you have to sacrifice delicious for nutritious? Not us! We’re here to tell you, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. Skip the guilt while still making your tastebuds happy this Memorial Day. These tasty AND healthy versions of the traditional barbecue dishes so many of us look forward to this time of year won’t let you down!
Lily Trotters ambassador, Nona Hillock, talks about all the awesomeness that can be found in Flagstaff, Arizona. If you're looking to disconnect and breathe in fresh pine-scented air, take a retreat to this mountain town (elevation 7,000 ft!) with unlimited options for outdoor fun, good food and local brews!
If you're going to San Francisco...be sure to pack your running shoes! This city has SO MUCH TO OFFER both within and just outside the city's limits. From dense forests to sandstone peaks, iconic architecture to ocean views, we've got it all! Spend some time in San Fran and you'll soon discover why it's the healthiest city in the nation.
In this article, Lily Trotters Ambassador, Casey, dishes on the best places to work up a sweat, disconnect and grab a bite to eat in San Francisco.