Just dropped off Mandy and Eric from justiceclothing.com off at the airport and I was sad. Not being very comfortable around strangers, especially strangers in my space, these two put me at ease as soon as I opened the door and made my weekend feel full and fun. I think my daughter felt the same way as she didn't want them to go anywhere without her. I also learned quite a bit about why union? It has been a huge internal debate for me on how to go about making my own private label. The options are overseas, AA, a union shop in the
But, I respect AA for its vertical integration and its education of a public. They educated me. I really thought that MADE IN THE USA automatically meant sweatshop free. HA
I flew out to NY to visit with royalapparel.net to see what they could do for me. I wanted to tour their cut and sew factory and find it is out in PN so I rent a car and drive out there. I find when I get there that they contract out to local cut & sew factories and that Tommy Hilfiger is currently in process and so I can't get onto the floor. I wanted to work with them because they could make exactly what I wanted (you can see what I came up with on their site now with their new infant line) but I realized that I could not get any guarantee that the people who actually cut & sew were being treated properly so I backed away. I also realized that the only way I could make sure I was working with a shop who treated their people properly was to buy from a Union Shop unless I wanted to tour a shop, ask to speak to the employees, hang out in a factory for a week and request to see their books. I know there are good non union shops in the
I just read this article at http://www.theglobeandmail.ca/
that mentioned babywit as being in bad taste. It made me laugh because it writes "And like it or not, you are the parent. And, guess what? If you don't treat your child with dignity -- and the very serious job of parenting with the gravitas it requires -- one day, when you're too old and feeble to read the small print, he'll think nothing of walking around with you wearing a shirt that says, "I'm With Stupid."
Parenting a serious job? God. That sounds simply awful. I would hate to think of bringing up my child as a serious job....mainly because working sucks and I have hated every serious job I have ever had. People who think of parenting as a serious job are the same ones who stick their parents into homes instead of walking around the streets with them donning the I am with stupid shirt.
Ava loves her President Poopyhead shirt because she gets so much attention wearing it. She loves running up to those conservatives with frowns on their faces and pointing to the President Poopyhead image and saying "Poopy" and smiling that adorable winning smile.
Peace and Love but mostly love