Local business enters Martha Stewart American Made Contest

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By Community Editor

When Russell Curry and Germaine Caprio started Majamas in 1999, they committed to making their beautiful line of clothing in the United States. They had no idea just how big their productions would get and now that they are sewing one of the most sought-after, comfortable bras a woman could find, they have a lot of factories overseas contacting them to make these great bras for less.

"We know we could get triple our margins if we sewed our clothing in China or somewhere out of the country, but the health of the economy and the earth depends on companies like us manufacturing here in the States," says Germaine. "We believe manufacturing everything that goes into our garments in the United States won't only save peoples' jobs, but also the environment. Manufacturing in the U.S. means we use less fuel to ship our products to retailers. In addition, we know exactly what is going into every garment because our fabrics are made by mills based in the US too. Even our packaging is US made and after the horrible tragedy in Bangladesh last spring, I'm hoping people will look at how hard we've worked these past 14 years to continue manufacturing our products here, even if we could have done it for less overseas."

Majamas sells directly to the public online and in their Oak Park, Illinois based boutique but the core of their business is wholesaling to retailers like Whole Foods, Amazon, many on line retailers and small boutiques worldwide.

Martha Stewart is hosting a contest featuring companies that believe in making their goods in the United States and Majamas has been nominated as an American Made company. Awards are given to these companies based on the number of votes they receive. Majamas is counting on their loyal customer base, neighbors and anyone who believes manufacturing garments in the U.S. is the right thing to do, to vote for them. You can support them by visiting their web site and clicking on the Made in America link at http://www.majamas.com or gong directly to the Majamas profile on the Martha Stewarts Made in America site at http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/80439

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