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The AFL-CIO, the leading federation for organized labor in the United States, has sent Unionmade shop owners a cease and desist letter, saying their name implies that their clothing is made by union workers when in fact most of it is not. The loved-by-locals company has locations in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, Larkspur and Santa Monica.
The November 29 letter also accuses Unionmade of using a logo that's a little too similar to the AFL-CIO's handshaking emblem. The brand carries men's merchandise including hard-to-find Japanese worker boots, Scottish tweed bags and New England Shirt Company flannels. The Unionmade folks did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but we're standing by.
· 'Unionmade' clothing maker received cease and desist [Huffington Post]
· Unionmade: Maker of expensive fashions that are not union made [Gawker]
· Unionmade [Official Site]