US Blanks has set out to craft the best made essentials, upgraded basics and apparel staples that look and feel amazing.
Kevin Kelly is focused on building a company that uses socially responsible practices and ethically produced apparel that’s “Made In LA”.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
US Blanks was born out of a love for everything L.A. Our founder, Kevin Kelly, came from a long line of apparel companies. He believed that the best products could be made right here in the USA, so he set out to do just that. Kevin gathered a group of industry experts (our employees) and crafted US Blanks clothing to be your go-to favorites. We offer classic apparel pieces made right here in downtown L.A. using sustainable practices – that’s something we are very proud of.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE BRAND NAME?
Our passion to make the highest quality American made clothing is right in our name. Made in the US, specializing in blanks (or basics, as most people call them): “US Blanks” represents just that. We like to get creative with our name – it often gets confused with “us” instead of “U.S.”. We’ve embraced it: just last year, we created a leg of our company called “Project US” (pronounced “us”). While Kevin set out to build an environmentally conscious company from the beginning, Project US represents our initiative to support businesses in our community that give back and support those in need through their efforts. Through Project US, we hope to give back to people, the planet, and animals – all of us.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET STARTED?
Producing sustainable apparel in the USA was no easy task! Kevin, our founder, spent years seeking not just any factory or sources, but the right ones. Today, our office is located right in the factory, which means the life-cycle of each garment happens here. This ensures that we can keep a close eye on the production and quality of US Blanks.
WHAT WAS THAT “JUST DO IT” MOMENT FOR YOU TO GET STARTED?
The “Just Do It” moment stemmed from a realization that after years in the industry, Kevin had become a true apparel craftsman. He continues to follow the story of our garments from start to finish to ensure his vision is maintained in each piece – all a part of his passion to ensure the best quality USA-made apparel arrives to our customers.
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