Help me source the perfect grungy t-shirt that's made in USA (as close to VA as possible) so that when my company prints "shop local" on it, they're actually shopping local.
My local company has differentiated itself from its competition by walking the talk. We put substantial resources into the local community - not just money but tons of time, expertise, leveraging other resources, etc. Sustainable change, one project/person/nonprofit at a time. We've been recognized nationally and locally for our efforts.
So we're planning to print t-shirts with a variation of the "shop local" theme. Our staff will wear them, we'll give them away at events, etc. CEO has a very specific design he wants, and it's the sort of mottled/faded red seen here
. However, our regular vendor is sourcing shirts from Guatemala, Honduras, etc., and everyone is ok with them. I said WAIT, guys: this matters! let me source some U.S.-made shirts first!
. I am the only one bothered by this but our target market is made up of people like me, who will look at the tag to see if we are walking the talk! And they're the ones who will be vocal about it.
So there are plenty of USA-made shirts but I can only find blanks as your standard solid-color shirts, not the casual faded look CEO wants. Please hope me keep my company from making an expensive public mistake.