American Made Since 2008
The Academy started off as a gallery and retail space. We quickly became interested in designing products for our local community. The bikers next door, the people who walk to the train to get to work in Los Angeles, everyone who makes First Street and Downtown Long Beach what it is. Now we design jeans, shirts, ties, speakers, bags, and we produce everything here in the USA. We now are approaching a critical mass where we need to take our production out there in order to survive.
What makes your business unique?While our trade is fashion, we place function at the top. All of our designs are created thoughtfully and contain many secrets that you'll notice once you put the garment on or to use. Sustainability and practicality in everyday use. For instance, our jeans have a unique feature: a cell phone pocket that rides on your hip so you never sit on your phone and can get to it when sitting down.
What's the best business advice you've received?I'm not sure this counts as strictly business advice but every single moment is an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile. Make sure you are doing something that is worthy of such high stakes!
Mark Your Calendar
Voting for Category WinnersAug. 26 - Sept. 22, 2013
Vote for your favorite makers in crafts, food, and more.
Category Winners AnnouncedSeptember 23, 2013
Discover our 2013 American Made winners.
Voting for Grand Prize WinnerSeptember 23 - 30, 2013
Which maker receives $10,000? You decide.
Grand Prize Winner AnnouncedOctober 1, 2013
Find out who our 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner is.