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Michelle Vale

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The List: Innovative, Under the Radar American Made Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 9:43 AM

During the holiday season is when I am most acutely aware of the gross imbalance of imports versus exports, that is the current situation here at home. 60 years ago, America was known as an innovator globally, where 78 percent of the world's apparel manufacturing alone, was being done right...

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Stay at Home/Working Mom

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Since my son was a little over 1.5 years old, I have been a working, stay at home mom.

I have built a global luxury handbag business, manufactured right here in Manhattan, which I started out of my 2 bedroom NYC apartment in 2006. Since then, my bags have...

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Building the Lifestyle of Maine into the Soak Brand

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:22 AM

As small business owners, we pride ourselves on delivering a product that is second to none. However, there are many more facets to our brand than product alone. From customer service, visuals, merchandising and beyond, we are building a brand that encompasses all of this and more. In addition, we...

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40 is the new 20

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:25 PM

After spending the last several weeks gearing up for my big 40... I have to say, I have never felt better.

I decided a couple months ago, as my birthday began quickly approaching, to challenge myself and get my body into better shape.

Launching our new line of sandals, Soak,...

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Bliss in the Sunshine State

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Our Kickstarter campaign ended on a high note, as we marked the last day by exceeding our $25,000 funding goal. We finished in the last hours with $26,555 raised.

Blood sweat and tears sent us into exhaustion. Fortunately, both my business partner and I have children and so we had...

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First Detroit, Now Portland

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 2:22 PM

As many of you know, I had been working on a documentary for the last three years to spread the word on the importance of bringing jobs and innovation back to America; something I feel extremely passionate about, as it affects every one of us.

I am excited to...

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A Grieving Community and the Healing Power Of Giving Back

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 11:14 AM

(Update: If it is raining Saturday morning in NYC, the rain date will be Sunday, January 25th at 8:30 AM.)

Over the holidays, I spent time purely relaxing with my family... something I cherish, live and long for. I shut off to work, almost completely, for the first time in...

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American-Made Chic Holiday Gift Ideas

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Those following on the American-made bandwagon know my commitment to this idea.

A year or so ago, Diane Sawyer reported that if every American spent a mere $64 on domestically produced items, the results would be an astonishing $200,000 jobs! It would also start the engine to creating...

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When You Can't Get to Turks and Caicos...

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:14 PM

Being the owner of a fashion company, producer of a documentary, mom of two and a wife, is no small feat. The most simple accomplishments, like having a five-minute conversation with your spouse, happen nearly never.

With all this being said, it must happen, but time is precious and the...

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Balancing It All...

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 6:37 PM

As the creative director of a fashion company, living and working in New York City with 2 kids and a husband, my hours are long and I am always firing on all cylinders.

My days and nights are filled with textiles, travel hockey, collaborations, creating healthy meals and putting voluntary...

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American Ingenuity Returns

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:01 PM

I am always on the prowl to see what is new and exciting in the accessories world.

Being the creative director of an American made handbag line, I can appreciate what others are doing in the market and particularly pay attention to brands that are made in America.

A few...

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The Importance of How Its Made

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:59 PM

With the hype and chaos of Black Friday still smoldering in the rear view mirror, I have once again found myself bewildered at the state of our nation's consumer market. Fights for deals have turned Black Friday from an amusing race for die-hard shoppers to a free-for-all where aggression and...

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Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance: Who Was She Wearing?

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 10:24 PM

Just moments ago, with the Super Bowl in full swing, we were all eagerly anticipating the big half-time show! Not only to hear the great singing, but also to see what she would be wearing... I feel fortunate to have known ahead of time that it would be, up and...

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Making a Difference to Reinvigorate the American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 10:52 AM

In the aftermath of Sandy and with the election behind us, it's time to get to work.

It is now more important than ever to focus on job creation in America. The first step is to recommit ourselves to producing quality products using American labor.

While there are a handful...

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Outsourcing National Pride: The Olympic Uniform Scandal

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 4:29 PM

This week's political focus on presidential candidate Mitt Romney's alleged involvement in Bain Capital's pioneering practices of outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico, collided with headlines that revealed Team USA's Ralph Lauren uniforms were produced in China. The overlapping themes of the Olympics, which Romney left Bain to run...

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Golden Globes Designers

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Excitedly, yesterday evening, I rushed home and turned on the tube at five minutes past seven. A tad late for the start, I quickly settled in for the 2012 Golden Globes. Feeling extremely confident, I patiently watched to see if the great fresh wave of New York Designers, who are...

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Let's Produce Something Meaningful Here

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 8:32 PM

As a fashion designer there are few things more important to me than seeing my designs come to life, consumer confidence, and industry recognition. The process of having a creative idea and turning it into an actual handbag provides me with my most personal sense of fulfillment. Having customers purchase...

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America's Shareholders

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 4:17 PM

As the unemployment rate in the US continues to hover around 9.2%, I am reminded of a recent article by Derek Thompson of The Atlantic entitled, "How Much Would the iPad 2 Cost If It Were Made in the US?." The article considered what the consumer impact might...

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Bringing the Caché of "Made in NY"... Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 6:22 PM

As a designer, I am inspired by the global cultural tapestry our planet offers. There are so many beautiful things to draw on as I look to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and here in the Americas. When I am not traveling, I always feel fortunate to live in New...

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