Matthew and I were the owners of a leather accessories line, and were extremely frustrated by process of finding a factory in the USA to create our product line. We wanted to continue to produce in the USA because–in addition to supporting American workers, creating jobs, and reducing your carbon footprint–working with a manufacturer in the US means that you have lower shipping costs, faster turnaround time, and the ability to find factories with low minimums.
We asked everyone we knew in the industry, and then we literally walked up and down the garment district in Manhattan and knocked on doors. We also purchased expensive handbooks, attended trade shows and searched multiple online directories. It would take months to find the right factory. Access to domestic manufacturing should not be this difficult.
So we applied to the Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp with our idea to create an online resource of American factories; not only to help current designers and companies find the right factory, but to empower those with just an idea to begin creating their own products. And hopefully, to enable those producing in China, to begin producing domestically, and locally. We want to break down the barriers to entry for those who want to manufacture items in the USA.
We were accepted into the Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp (woot!), and found Scott to help us develop and design the site (he’s amazing). With our advisors’ help, we have started the beginning stages of creating a useful tool for entrepreneurs, companies, and designers to find a American factories faster and more efficiently.
We have been working on this for 4 months, day and night, and we know that this is just the beginning. We want every factory on Maker’s Row to have beautiful photography and informative videos, and we are working tirelessly towards our goal to help bring Made in America back.
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