Gawker article on Unionmade and it's "non-union made" products

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  1. strangedream

    strangedream Well-Known Member

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    I recently read this article on Gawker reporting the majority of products carried by Unionmade are in fact, non-union made.

    Quote: I personally have no experience with Unionmade because it's little over my usual price range, but I always admired quality items that they handle. Other than that, no other thoughts really, although there was this one time that offended even me when they were selling a $500 rip-off of Bill Cunningham's signature blue jacket.

    After reading this article, however, I do agree with the arguments made by the author. I have no problem with items that they sell with prices they ask for--if there are people who would pay for such price, fine, it's their money.

    But when they name their shop and design their logo as "Unionmade", you do get the impression of false advertising. I have no doubt of great quality of items that they carry, and I don't know the way Unionmade market themselves, but it's just weird to see such irony.

    Any thoughts? Now, I don't really want to get any political argument about American labor, unions, etc. I've heard enough of those during the election time. I just like to share this story to those who haven't read it yet, and like read some thoughts of other SF members.

    P.S. Salon also has an interesting followup column to the original article:


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  2. johnnyhandsome

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    I live three blocks away from this place. I love it. Since it's so crazy expensive, I can only shop there once a year during their annual sale, but they have really, really nice stuff.

    As far as the name? 7-11 isn't really open from 7 to 11. Much ado about nothing, I say.
     


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    strangedream Well-Known Member

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    I would love visit the shop too if I ever get to visit San Francisco which I originally planned for this Thanksgiving but had to cancel.

    And good point on 7-11. But they did open from 7am to 11pm back in 40s according to wikipedia...
     


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    strangedream Well-Known Member

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    I would also like to point out that a great deal of items at Unionmade are in fact, made in USA by small brands that are different from the corporate infrastructure.

    I also know the fact that majority of garment factories in U.S. are non-union and that unions might not be sustainable option in competitive global market for most businesses.
     
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    JesseJB Senior member

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    I always took "Union" in their name as a reference to the USA. Like "Not Confederate Made."
     


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    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Amusing. I like how their website doesn't show you the price until you checkout. :happy:
     


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    Kai Senior member

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    I visited their store last month when I was in San Fran. Lots of beautiful clothing and (more rare) sales people who are knowledgeable about the stuff they sell. Was hoping to buy a pair of their 2-tone Alden Longwings, but they didn't have my size.
     


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    Wait, what? The price is right there...
     


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    The AFL-CIO even getting on their case now:

    http://gawker.com/5964644/afl+cio-tells-non+union-store-unionmade-to-stop-with-the-unionmade-crap

     


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