why do truly vintage t-shirts – those made in the 70’s and 80’s – last so long? is it something in the fabric? or production processes? and in th same vein, why do Gap or urban outfitter ‘vintage style’ t-shirts go dead like 20 minute chewing gum after a few years? the threads walk away, the article compromises all it’s structural integrity. i tried digging up some facts but just got lost in the conspiracy. it’s all about cyclical consumerism. the shirts are designed to go bad after a certain amount of time, because then we buy new ones.
solution = buy old, longer lasting t-shirts. or buy hemp. or grow it. and then smoke it, if that’s your thing.
my sleeping schedule is definitely out of whack. though i don’t think that it’s a good thing if it’s ‘in whack,’ since i don’ really know what that means or what whack is. if you find out, let me know.
we’re having a salsa party on sunday. if you’re in town, you’re invited. say that you’re with the urban eskimo and security will let you in.
UPDATE: (thanks Jessica!) and god bless wikipedia.
Planned obsolescence (also built-in obsolescence (UK)) is the decision on the part of a manufacturer to produce a consumer product that will become obsolete and/or non-functional in a defined time frame. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer in that it means a consumer cannot just buy a product once and never have to buy again – the life of the product’s usefulness or functionality is fixed, so that at some point the consumer must purchase again, whether returning to the original manufacturer for a newer model, or buying from the competition. For an industry, it stimulates demand in the marketplace by ensuring a customer must come back into a buying mode sooner than had the product been built to last longer or indefinitely. It exists in many different products from vehicles to lightbulbs, from buildings to software. There is, however, the potential backlash of consumers that become aware of such obsolescence; such consumers can shed their loyalty and buy from a company that caters to their desire for a more durable product.