The Fabric of Our Lives

When your birthday week is a stressful mess and your mood is swinging violently from abject misery to manic panic, it isn’t time for Fantasy Shopping. It’s time for actual Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Shopping. So off I went for a long lunch and in the course of helping the economy out, discovered the new American Apparel store downtown, on F Street between 11th and 10th.

The store opened last month, and is so unlike the usual downtown shopping experience that I was caught like a newbie supermodel in paparazzi flashlights upon entering – cement floors, bright lighting, loud music – and perfectly ordered racks upon racks of lightweight cotton clothing in a rainbow of delicious colors. This is “LA style” (so they say, I’ll have to take their word for it) – causal yet sexy. I went mad for the scoop back tees. They even have tees for baby and poochy. Bikinis, capris, skirts, hoodies – all cotton and all in the $15-35 range.

I’m not sure about the quality or the longevity, but with that kind of selection I don’t think I care. There’s nothing like soft gentle sexy cotton to improve my mood tremendously.

4 Comments so far

  1. Steph (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    Jenn, your scoop back tees are not only soft and sexy, they’re good for the world! American Apparel has pledged to make all of its clothing in the US instead of sweatshops in the developing world and offer a fair wage for its workforce. American Apparel is a real standout in an otherwise crappy apparel industry.

    According to their website: “We offer the following benefits to all of our employees, sewers and administrators alike, as a matter of policy: paid time off, affordable healthcare for them and their families, company-subsidized lunches, bus passes, free ESL classes, on-site masseurs, free parking, proper lighting and ventilation, and the most up-to-date equipment (be it the latest cutting machine or software).
    There is a ton more information about the company’s Mission: http://www.americanapparel.net/mission/workers.html

    So continue to buy my dear — and feel good about it!


  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    Wow – I had no idea – no wonder the guy working there was so nice! This is great to know, thanks Steph!


  3. wayan (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    Yeah, and then there is the dark underbelly. To quote the Businessweek article:
    In May, [the Amaerican Apparel CEO] was sued by three women — all former American Apparel employees — who claim they were sexually harassed by him at work. He denies that he has harassed anyone. He attributes the lawsuits to disgruntled former employees. In addition, he denies that he has ever pressured employees into a sexual relationship.
    [snip]
    The suits follow a bizarre article last year in the women’s magazine Jane. Charney was described as engaging in oral sex with a female employee and masturbating in front of the reporter. Charney doesn’t deny taking part in any of the activities described in the article.


  4. Steph (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 8:25 am

    wow… my dreams of “fair” clothing are dashed. There was an equally bizarre article about the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch in Salon.com last week. What’s up with these fashion folks???



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