Parker, that is not the point. As Jet pointed out, you can get Uniqlo t-shirts for $6.
GAP T-shirts are marked $44.95 on the card tag, and then coated with sticker after sticker $39.95. $24.95. $12.99. $3.99. Finally $1.99 and yes, then a lot of people pick them up. When you are in the GAP store, the place is overflowing with a tidal wave of thousands upon thousands of t-shirts, all scattered on the floor and piled into that sandbin-like platform in the middle of the store, like a ginormous garbage heap.
Doesn't that bother you a little? Forget the question of GAP quality--just consider the sheer disrespect for clothes, money, and production values that is so blatant in GAP stores.
I have no problems at all with "inexpensive". Some of the best things in life are "inexpensive", because most people don't know about them. But something is wrong with this kind of inexpensive.
Then there is the question of "quality". Going by online "reviews' by "customers" on GAP's website, GAP clothes are the finest things on Earth, worthy of emperors and Mr Burns.
You try it on in store, it fits. You wear it, for 4 days in June 2012. you then throw it into the washer. It says "Machine wash cold, delicate cycle". For cotton?!?! Anywho, follow the instructions.
after the wash, you open the machine. The machine is coated with a fine layer of cotton fibres cluster-mushy thingys. Good thing you didn't put your Yohji black hakama harem whatever weirdo pants in there with the GAP t-shirt, otherwise the black Yohji would be coated with GAP t-shirt lint! The t-shirt also appears to be a different shape. Moving on, you put in the dryer, delicate heat, follow the instructions. You check the lint-trap--there is enough cotton fibre in there that you'd think half of Burkino Faso's production this year is trapped in it.
The t-shirt is now a different shape, and doesn't feel as "soft" as it felt at the store. The collar welt looks like a puppy chewed on it. The colour has faded also. It's 4 days later!
But who cares! If you are using coin-operated laundry, it's $1 for the wash, and $1.25 for the dryer. $2.25 total. THe t-shirt only cost you $1.99. So you reason, next time don't do laundry. Just throw it out and buy another GAP T-shirt. There was a pile of t-shirts the size of Kilimanjaro after all! Is it just me, or is something wrong with this?
@ saludo- why would you laundry a gap t shirt one at a time that will cost you $2.25 like you said. I find gap t shirts and khakis quite a good quality product for their price. Maybe I'm just a better laundrier than you, I don't know
you've got a point about mass manufacturing and the collateral damage it has on the environment, lives of workers, and maybe even on local economies. but to be fair, you could say the same thing about almost any fashion brand - whether high or low - that makes stuff in overseas factories.
ignorning for now the high/low mixing credo (to which I subscribe), there is also the simple issue of wanting a striped tee but not wanting to spend 40x for an equivalent designer version. still, maybe I will try to buy fewer things from the mongo corporate companies in the future.
Blazer was my grandfather's; it's Burberry's from about 1970. I had it tailored, it fits reasonably well, and is in perfect condition, with original buttons and all that. It's too bad the you can't really see anything in the photo.
Anyway, now I'm wearing soccer shorts and a tank top because it's 97 outside
Yes, I have another one - a harris tweed 3 button from about '62 - that I just got re-lined and put back together. No holes in the wool or anything, but both of them are definitely on the short-ish side. The shoulders and chest fit, though - but even after letting the sleeves out to the max, they're a little short. It's really cool to have them around, though. I keep meaning to take pictures of the tweed one, but I haven't really figured out a great way to do it yet.