Designed in Vermont, Made in New York
You've heard the arguments for buying American products before. It keeps your dollars local, it employs your neighbors, it’s better for the environment, it’s better for human rights. It’s all of that and more, the list goes on. At Hemetic, we absolutely agree with all of these points. For us, though, we choose to make our products in America for a different reason. We make our products here in America simply because it feels like the right thing to do.
From the start, our dream has been to build a brand that stands apart from the crowd through unique, and authentic products. That’s why our development process for each product starts with a sketch and a prototype in our workshop. Working this way allows us to create products that are unique to our brand and aren’t simply pre-made silhouettes with our logo slapped on. Our process takes time. Each product inevitably goes through multiple revisions as we dial in the size, shape, and function of each piece of fabric.
With so much attention to detail and fussing over prototypes, it would be completely counter-intuitive to then send out carefully designed prototypes overseas where we’d undoubtedly run into numerous problems translating our products into samples for production. By keeping our manufacturing in neighboring New York, we’re able to maintain tight communication with our manufacturer and ensure successful production.
It’s crucial to us that we know how every stitch falls into place. If a change needs to be made to ready our prototype for production, we want to be able to call our manufacturer, understand what they’re saying to us, and make the drive to their facility if need be. But perhaps most importantly, we want to be able to share a smile with those who are making our products, rather than feeling uneasy when we walk down the production line.
So sure, in the grand scheme of things, we could be like the other brands. We could design the American aesthetic that we think would sell, and then pay next to nothing for factories overseas to crank them out in mass quantities. That would be the easy thing to do. Rather than perfect our own prototypes, it would surely be easier to import our “American” products and give them a big ole’ markup, leaving plenty of room for ourselves and our retail partners to get fat off the hard work of oppressed individuals.
Is it more effort to create our own, unique products? Yup.
Is it harder to find manufacturers in America? Absolutely.
But would we try to do it any other way? Hell no.
So, why do we make our products in America? It’s simple. It’s just the right thing to do.