Printing on American Apparel Vs. Hanes or other cotton T's
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I never had an issue with AA shrinking. it was just that they were too damn small in the first place. when I sold my very first shirt the customer emailed me telling me that the shirt would only fit a toddler. their sizing is absolutely ridiculous. I'm super skinny and I can hardly fit in a medium.
Posted at 3:35 pm Dec 24, 2007 EST
American Apparel's owner is a misogynist and I avoid purchasing American Apparel as much as possible because of how he treats his employees and his general attitude towards women.
Alternative Apparel DOES NOT TREAT WORKERS RIGHT, at least according to their website. They don't pay a living wage -- they promise to adhere to the lowest possible standards in the countries in which they operate. Their labor standards are far below what I would consider adequate. According to what they write here: www.alternativeapparel.com/default.aspx?id=283, they only pay overtime if mandated by local laws. I've emailed them trying to find out more, but they've never responded.
I'm currently trying to find a tshirt manufacturing company that meets basic human rights standards since Apparel Agents folded, but I'm having very little success.
Posted at 5:09 pm Dec 24, 2007 EST
My favorite source for sweatshop free t-shirts is www.nosweatapparel.com. They do wholesale orders, carry organic cotton tees, and they also make sneakers. They are also the only place I know of that has a list of where all of their produces are made and working conditions and pay rates at each facility.
Posted at 5:19 pm Dec 24, 2007 EST
In defense of American Apparel's sizing -- I'm not a super-small girl (short, but busty) and American Apparel's shirts are sized so that I can find ones that actually fit me (I'm a small in their sizing).
I'm pissed that no tshirt company finds it necessary yet to offer sizes for small and large women and all those inbetween.
Posted at 5:21 pm Dec 24, 2007 EST