Menu

Why American-Made?

Being American-made allows us to be collaborators throughout each step of the production process. Take an in-depth look at how this core brand value shapes our products & relationships—from designing & prototyping new product, to supplier sourcing and in-house assembly.

 

By The People

We're proud to call Washington, D.C. home. Our studio in Ivy City has expanded to include production, fulfillment, co-working space, and a brand new flagship store all under one roof. Supporting Appointed means supporting a team of talented individuals right here in our city.

Every product receives careful quality control & attention to detail. Here are a few examples of what you might see on a given day at Appointed:

  • Monograms are foil stamped by hand, one at a time (even for large-volume orders!)
  • All wire-o products are bound & finished right here in-studio
  • Our fulfillment team members triple-check your orders, hand-writing thank you notes along the way

Behind the scenes at Appointed: a close up of our hand-made wire-o binding and applying belly bands to our Notebooks

 

For the People

We're on a constant mission to become as eco-friendly as possible—from locally sourcing materials to reduce our carbon emissions, to choosing 100% curbside recyclable packaging options.

"Being American-made requires us to be thoughtful & purposeful of how and where we source our materials. Sourcing all materials in the U.S., and locally where possible, helps us reduce our carbon footprint."
Suann Song, Founder & CEO

We aim to create products you'll use well and hold on to, and that starts with sustainable choices. In 2021, we rolled out renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials in our products and packaging. Check out the stats below to see how our green commitment adds up.

Appointed sustainable qualities chart outlines how our green commitment adds up

 

Because The People

Appointed is built on relationships—from our customers to our vendors and suppliers. The local connections we've made over the years can be seen in the attention to detail & quality of each product, from start to finish.

Championing and growing job opportunities in the U.S. is a continually evolving pillar of our work. As we continue to grow and expand our product line, we are aiming to bring up our manufacturers too—from our local printing press to our family-owned and operated tote bag supplier.

"When it comes down to it, it's all about people. Being able to support fellow small businesses, as well as American workers and manufacturers is a key pillar of what makes us Appointed."
Suann Song, Founder & CEO

A stack of wire-o notebooks prepare to be packed & shipped : a stack of Appointed-branded boxes in our Ivy City studio

 

Our goal has always been to create beautiful tools that inspire your everyday moments. Whether it's a hardcover journal you'll pass down for generations, or the perfect planner to capture the details of your schedule, you can be confident that your product is not only useful, but created with intention, designed to last, and American-made.

Related Posts

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week With the Appointed Team

As a thank you to those doing the necessary work of educating the next generation, we asked our team to reflect on the teachers that have touched their lives, ignited their curiosity, and passed on lessons they carry with them to this day.

Read more

Materials, Process, & Packaging: How Appointed Created a More Sustainable Notebook

We’ve prioritized more sustainable materials and production practices since the beginning, and have taken strides to extend that care further to our packaging and more. Today we’re walking through what separates the Appointed Notebook from the rest and how to care for and repair your products to extend their life.

Read more

Why Creating a Thoughtful Workspace Matters—A Letter From Our Founder

Wherever your workspace may be—a desk in your bedroom, a traditional office, or a temporary space at a coffee shop—your work area and the tools you surround yourself with have an outsized impact on your creativity, productivity, and more. We believe a thoughtful set-up and the right tools can not only optimize your time, but also improve your overall well-being.

Read more

Things To Do Around D.C. in the Spring

Whether you're planning a trip to the area, or you're a local looking for new recommendations for a weekend exploring your own backyard, we've surveyed the Appointed team for their favorite things to do in D.C. right now. Read on for Appointed-approved tips for your next perfect weekend.

Read more

Appointed's Seven Year Anniversary—A Letter From our Founder

Seven years ago today, I launched the Appointed Kickstarter Campaign. I distinctly remember how I felt that day—nerves about the uncertainty, excitement for what was to come, and confidence in what I had to offer. The idea for Appointed and the kind of products I wanted to create had been brewing in my mind for years leading up to that day, and the months previous were spent designing, planning, and dreaming.

Read more

A Look Back & The Year Ahead—A Letter From Our Founder

Even through the challenges we all faced, 2021 was a momentous year of growth for Appointed. As we reflect on achievements and highlights of the past year, we want to take a moment to say thank you—to our customers, retailers, and local community that have supported us through it all.

Read more

Producing The Perfect Toolkit—A Behind The Scenes Look At Design & Manufacturing

We sat down with our Product Designer, Alex, to talk all things Toolkits—from design inspiration, to materials and prototyping, to manufacturing a finished product. Read on to learn more about what goes into creating an American-made toolbox from start to finish.

Read more

ADS Upcoming Events: Join us for Holiday Workshops in December

Local to the area and looking for some festive fun this December? We've put together a few hands-on events that highlight local makers and artisans. Better yet, each experience comes with a handmade item (made by you!) that you'll be able to take home.

Read more

Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide

The last two years have demonstrated the resiliency and heart of small businesses—through a major shift in the way we shop and the way we work. What better time than now to prioritize shopping small for the holidays? Today we're highlighting a few of our favorite Washington-area shops for all of your holiday gifting needs.

Read more

Designing The Appointed District Shop: A Letter From Suann Song

In expanding our Ivy City headquarters to allow more room for our growing team, we were able to carve out the perfect 300 square foot, light-filled corner space for our first ever retail experience.

Read more

Welcome To The New Appointed.co

Welcome to the new and improved Appointed.co. We'll walk you through our vision for the website, "the good stuff" to look out for, and showcase some of our favorite features. Read on for everything you need to know about our newest updates.

Read more

Comments

write a comment

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Your Bag

{property.name}: {property.value}
Maximum available quantity

Oops... Your bag is empty

Start shopping