5/05/2006

American Apparel T-Shirts Suck

Posted by Brandon |

I'm sick and tired of all of these cool online t-shirt companies and blogs printing their merchandise on American Apparel shirts. I'm a big dude, I am 6-4, 290 pounds of nerdy man meat, baby, and I don't fit into the faux 2XL's that American Apparel produces for the hipster set. I would love my Big Lebowski Kauro Betto shirt to fit more than once and I would love a First Mate t-shirt from Summer School, but I would prefer that it be a little bit thicker than wax paper and not nearly as clingy as saran wrap.

I know wafer thin is in, even for guys, but come on already. I'm not planning on doing any soft-core porn advertising campaigns, I don't have a shag haircut, I don't wear my collars up on my polos, and I am not in The Strokes. All I want is a solid t-shirt. So drop the American Apparel and give me a Beefy-T. And please, I am begging all of you fine folks who are still printing on nice thick t-shirts, keep up the good work. Us big guys really appreciate it.

Speaking of ill fitting clothing and other bullshit: Old Navy can go fuck themselves. I've always had a love/hate relationship with Old Navy. Some of my favorite clothing items have come from there, but more often than not I am completely frustrated by their lack of consistent sizing on 2XL clothes and the fact that their men's clothes keep getting uglier and uglier by the day.

Right now, there isn't a single item in Old Navy that I would even consider wearing. Why do we need thirty different styles of dirty ass pants? I do my best to keep from falling down in the dirt every day, so why would I purchase a pair of jeans that looks like I rolled around in the mud that morning? And I truly don't want a "broken in" baseball shirt, I usually throw my shirts out when the ringer starts to shred. What's next? Mustard and ketchup stained crewnecks? Yellow underarm t-shirts? Bloody nipple running shirts? Poopy pant cargos?

P.S...Please go visit my new renter, Emails from Jesus. Our Lord and Savior has been kind enough to shed his light on the filth that is Down With Pants! and I would really appreciate it if you went over there and read the good word. Go ahead and ask him a question, I'm sure that he will enlighten and inspire you to do great things.

4 comments:

Dave2 said...

It's a double-edged sword for screen printers.

Hanes Beefy-T's are higher quality shirts and have far, far better support for smaller customers (like myself).

American Apparel has crap quality shirts and poor support for smaller customers (I couldn't even get them to send me a color chart, whereas Hanes sent me everything I asked for and more).

It should be a easy choice, right? Well not really... Hanes T-shirt's are made in sweatshops in poor countries whereas American Apparel T-shirts are made in the USA.

So if I print on Hanes because I can't get quality and support from AA, then I get slammed by people for supporting sweatshops. If I print on AA, then I get slammed by people for having poor quality.

Given all that, Hanes is really the only option I have until AA offers me support and makes better-quality products. Sure there are some people who won't buy from me because of it... but at least those who do will be happy with their purchases.

Hey I wish I could support AA but, until they make some big changes, there's no way I can.

kapgar said...

Being a part-time 2XL person myself (I'm 6'0", 260lbs and can sometimes even get in a well-made, roomy L shirt), I feel your pain. I've had some great shirts go the way of the dodo because of poor quality materials and manufacturing.

And I'm also with you on Old Navy. Go figure that I used to buy shit there all the time. However, when Katie and I get a $75 gift card, we can't find jack. Damned if you do... you know the rest.

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I agree with Dave. It really is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, American Apparel is the main manufacturer of vintage fitting shirts. On the other hand, not everyone wants these types of shirts. I think the best way to handle this as a retailer is to allow your customers to choose between vintage/non-vintage fitting shirts.

Brandon said...

I guess that is true Dave. I had forgotten about the sweatshop issue. Although having done some reading about American Apparel lately, they don't sound to be the golden boys that so many make them out to be. Either way, I still hate American Apparel.

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