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AA alternative: Alternative Apparel

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dusty, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    I saw this linked on Cool Hunting, thought maybe some of you guys would be interested.

    http://alternativeapparel.com/

    From CH:

    "Our product testers report that the material is softer than AA and of seemingly finer quality."

    Unfortunately their product images aren't as overtly sexual as AA's.
     


  2. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've ordered from them. I set up a commercial account - the prices are very cheap. The shirts are also extremely soft and well made. I've had a hard time with fit though. The M is smallish, the L is a tad large. Both kinda work, but the american apparel M fits me perfectly.
     


  3. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    How would you compare the two AA's, quality-wise?
     


  4. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    Never tried Alt A, but I overheard gossip in a boutique that Dov and the man behind Alt A were buddies in NC, but had some falling out, then POW: AA and Alt A were born.
     


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    seen Senior member

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    Looks like the sole purposed of Alt A is to be around and piss off AA. With that said, there's no innovation, lots of copying - even the name. And 'seemingly better quality' sounds pretty subjective. And their web site is always out of stock.

    Baron, how cheap are the stuff?
     


  6. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    ha! AA is for people concerned about labor exploitation. Alt A is for folks concerned about sexual exploitation!
     


  7. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The quality is better than American. Almost every shirt I have from American has seam issues. The prices are very low: basic t-shirts are $4. The crewneck fleece sweatshirt (my favorite item from them - lightweight, soft, great cut) is only $10.75. They're worth a try, especially at that price. You can get a sweatshirt a and a couple t's for $20 and see if you like them.
     


  8. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I've had seam issues with American Apparel too. That Alternative Apparel doesn't appear to support perverted activity is even better.
     


  9. gusgusterson

    gusgusterson Senior member

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    The quality is better than American. Almost every shirt I have from American has seam issues. The prices are very low: basic t-shirts are $4. The crewneck fleece sweatshirt (my favorite item from them - lightweight, soft, great cut) is only $10.75. They're worth a try, especially at that price. You can get a sweatshirt a and a couple t's for $20 and see if you like them.

    The retail prices for most t-shirts appear to be in the $18 to $24 range on the Alt. App. website. Is there a wholesale price source for people without resale numbers? A $4 t-shirt sounds really attractive to me!
     


  10. seen

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    Yea, hook us up. $4 sounds fan-friggin-tastic.
     


  11. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I created a commercial account on the site. I used the name of my company (which is a property manangement company, by the way) and used my home address. They didn't ask for a resale#. I suppose one could by commercially for corporate give-aways, employee t-shirts, etc. I don't think a resale # is necessary.
     


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    Horace Senior member

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    What other t-shirt makers are there in the US who manufacture strictly in the US? And make high-end stuff.

    (Currently I'm on a Sunspel kick -- though they're made in England) because I find the quality of the cotton and the sewing to be superlative.
     


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    Metal Circus Senior member

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    They do ask for a tax ID number.
     


  14. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I have an Alternative Apparel supplier. Their fits are extremely hit or miss. The heathered shirts are amazing, their standard t-shirts are pretty good - better quality than AA but not a better fit. I find their shirts a bit too long for me, and I'm a relatively tall person. They are not nearly as fitted as American Apparel. My original plan was to do all my printing on Alternative shirts, but they're just not worth the money, for the most part.

    I do suggest that you guys all buy one of their heathered t-shirts, and a thermal. Both of those items are great. Best thermal I've ever worn. I'd say better than Spruce.
     


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    What kinds of stuff do you print on your shirts?
     


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