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.