Radiant orchid strikes again

I’d been excitedly waiting for my Planet Money seed-to-shirt t-shirt to arrive, and it did, yesterday!

Yep, it's a squirrel holding a martini. The graphic is meant to refer to Keynes' "animal spirits" but Juno described it less cynically as "a squirrel with a ice cream."

Yep, it’s a squirrel holding a martini. The graphic is meant to refer to Keynes’ “animal spirits” but Juno described it less cynically as “a squirrel with a ice cream.”

I ordered the shirt back in May, but not after some considerable hemming and hawing.  Shipping to Canada was — as it always is — expensive.  I mean, $15 on top of the cost of the shirt … that’s 3.67 grande lattes, NOT THAT I’M COUNTING.

More to the point, I can go to Target and get a plain t-shirt for less than the cost of shipping and I’ll have it today.  The Planet Money t-shirt was seven months in the making.  Why the delay?

The short version is that the cotton for my t-shirt was grown in the Mississippi Delta; then spun into yarn, knitted into fabric, dyed and sewn in Colombia (the men’s shirt was “processed” in Indonesia and Bangladesh).  Finally, it was printed in Brooklyn … then sent to me.  And all along the way, buyers received regular updates about the shirts’ progress.  That’s more than I can say for my amortized-over-a-year dollar-a-month Target tee.

The longer version of my t-shirt’s story has been curated into a five-chapter web series that is really well done and honestly worth a few minutes of your life to view: Planet Money makes a t-shirt.

And before you ask, yes, it’s eerily similar in colour to radiant orchid (or as I’ve been referring to it all day, depending on my degree of forgetfulness: righteous orchid, really orchid, random orchid).

Fortunately, I know that it’s not actually rabid orchid, just plain old pink.

Right.  Right?  Riiiiiight.

Comments

  1. LOL Whatever you have to tell yourself to sleep better at night. ;-)

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I think we can all agree that life is but one ceaseless test and that I am single-handedly responsible for pulling down the average.

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