Street Style Optimism: Made in the U.S.A.

By Kestrel Jenkins

Tim McDonald, Research Associate at Harvard Kennedy School::

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." -Nicholas Murray Butler

One of the most rewarding aspects of the AWEAR project has been hearing how making more conscious shopping decisions has affected those involved with the AWEAR pledge. I recently caught up with our style icon Tim to hear about how joining AWEAR has impacted his shopping style thus far:

"During this project I have been surprised and pleased to find how mindful American-made retailers are — of quality, style, and ethics. You have to look for it but when you find them there is a whole movement of durable, insightful designers and entrepreneurs. It's fascinating, and I think fundamentally optimistic."

In this look, Tim is sporting Boston-based made in America brands.

Shirt (by Ball and Buck, made in USA)
Canvas Duffle Bag (made for J. Crew by Steele Canvass Basket, made in USA)
Trousers (reused)



Kestrel JenkinsAbout The Author

Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.





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