If you want a company that champions the ideals of slow commerce, look no further than Los Angeles-based clothing and design studio Industry Of All Nations. Founded in 2010 by brothers Fernando, Juan Diego and Patricio Gerscovich, IOAN aims to relocate the manufacturing of basic goods back to the regions where the products and materials originate.
You’ve seen the documentaries. The way our food is grown and processed today is far from the ideal we hold in our heads. The things done in the name of rising quarterly profits are enough to make your stomach churn. Our food supply has been hijacked by Big Food, and we’re the ones paying for it.
Less than a decade ago, American manufacturing had been left for dead. The 80’s and 90’s saw jobs slowly trickle overseas until the new century served up a final death blow: 6 million jobs gone between 2000 and 2009. 35% of the manufacturing sector wiped away in the blink of an eye.