By  on September 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES — If there were a poster child for the movement to make clothes here, a prime candidate would be Heidi Merrick.

Shortly after starting her namesake contemporary label in 2007, the fashion designer could be seen treading the downtown sidewalks here between her studio and the nearby buildings housing the contract factories that produce her colorful, carefree sportswear. Having inherited her dedication to domestic production from her father, Al, who hired scores of local residents for the Channel Islands Surfboards company he started in Santa Barbara in 1969, she would stick to a one-mile radius for her clothing production.

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