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August 16, 2007
For those who pay attention, the recent recall of toys and news regarding manufacturing practices in Asia are of no surprise. That so many goods are manufactured and even grown abroad really is a problem. Oversight becomes compromised and less than ethical decisions can have free reign. Trade deficits drive imbalances in economies from which few ultimately benefit.

The manufacturing base of the United States was once huge and powerful. Out sourcing has pared this to a shell of its former self. This is not unique to the United States either; other countries are experiencing similar changes. This is not a xenophobic assertion. There are organizations that do oversee ethical and fair business, manufacturing and farming practices. But when one creates or grows a product more “locally”, one can have more control over the result. One can take on a greater shar…

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August 16, 2007
For those who pay attention, the recent recall of toys and news regarding manufacturing practices in Asia are of no surprise. That so many goods are manufactured and even grown abroad really is a problem. Oversight becomes compromised and less than ethical decisions can have free reign. Trade deficits drive imbalances in economies from which few ultimately benefit.

The manufacturing base of the United States was once huge and powerful. Out sourcing has pared this to a shell of its former self. This is not unique to the United States either; other countries are experiencing similar changes. This is not a xenophobic assertion. There are organizations that do oversee ethical and fair business, manufacturing and farming practices. But when one creates or grows a product more “locally”, one can have more control over the result. One can take on a greater share of responsibility.

We are concerned about these issues. At nina and tom, we do everything we can to minimize our role in these issues. Increasingly and especially as we convert our entire line to organic, we are accomplishing this. Presently, with only a few exceptions, everything we produce, from the growing of the cotton to the sewing of the garment to the printing of our totally cute designs is done here, in the United States, in a fair and responsible way. We’re proud of this, because it’s important.



We appreciate your interest in our products and look forward to hearing from you.

We thought you might like to know a little bit about us and how we approach our line of family clothing. (If you would like to read more about us personally, check out our blog: A Monkey On The Roof)

We, nina and tom, believe that our baby, kid’s and adult t-shirts ought to be:

Unique

Like your little one, nina and tom’s t-shirts are just as special and distinctive. Your child is one of a kind; why not have them wear something that is as unique as they are. Much of the clothing is gender neutral to allow the expression of individuality.

Positive

You won’t find street talk here. Our t-shirts are about relating to the everyday pleasures of life and the joys of childhood, parenthood and grandparenthood.

Fun

Our t-shirts are enjoyable to wear and are pleasing to look at. Kids like to wear nina and tom because it is always fun to dress in your favorite color, food or song or tell people how old you are. Little ones have a lot to say. We’re here to help.

Original

With simple and direct design nina and tom family fashion is creative and clever.

Well Crafted

We like the idea of hand me downs. We take great care and pride in producing a product that will last long after your child grows out it.

Eco-Conscious

We do our best to eco-conscious. Most of our designs are available in U.S. grown organic cotton, which is then sewn here, in California. We use water-based inks (more eco-friendly than the industry standard plastisol inks) when we print our designs and when dying our shirts, we use the lowest impact dyes available. Even in the office, we do such things as using 100% recycled paper and recycling everything we can. And of course, we walk and/or bike back and forth from workshop to office, as much as possible.

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
~ Albert Einstein


ninaandtom are a wife and husband, mom and dad and business partner team. nina is a stay at home mom and small business owner. tom is a dad, surgical tech and business owner. Both are parents to two boys, one 16 and one 3.

Check out our online store at:

www.ninaandtom.com

Check out our blog at:

www.amonkeyontheroof.blogspot.com

We thought you might like to know a little bit about us and how we approach our line of family clothing:

We are a solely owned and operated husband and wife business.

We design and screen-print our shirts ourselves as well as, hand-dye our 100% organic cotton colored shirts. Our shirts are manually printed, rather than by an automated press, we can emphasize not only quality but the craft involved in the making of the image.

For us, of equal and parallel importance to craftsmanship is content. We’ve tried to create images and concepts that are not only pleasing to the eye but at the same time are fun, educational and send a positive message.

We use the finest 100% cotton garments we can find. In many cases, we have replaced conventionally grown cotton with organic cotton, a more sustainable, responsible and eco-conscious solution.

We use water-based inks rather than the usual solvent-based plastisol inks that are an industry standard. Our inks afford a softer feel and integrate the pigment and fabric more closely.

We vary the image size relative to the garment size. This is a very non-industry concept but with a background in the fine arts we are conscious of the importance of space and volume and their effects on appearance.


Thank you,

nina and tom

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