When you see the words
"Made In The USA" on a garment, there is always a sense of pride-
you know, think, support, shop, act locally...
I think I have an even higher expectation for this concept
when I know a garment is from a local designer or small line.
However, quite often due to prohibitive production
costs and high production quotas,
this is rarely the case.
Enter the Portland Garment Factory
founded and co owned by Britt Howard,
mother, model and designer of her own children's clothing line.
After having trouble finding a local manufacturer for her
'she opened a tiny storefront to sew for Portland's growing legion of independent designers (that includes three competitors and two winners of the reality show Project Runway) and two years, more than a few eighty-hour work weeks, and a business partner (Rosemary Robinson) later, PGF is now a booming enterprise. Today, the upstart completes orders for clients as far-flung as New York and Los Angeles in an airy new warehouse space in Portland's bustling Montavilla neighborhood.'