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How do I purchase brand-name apparel at wholesale for my online store?

I am interested in starting an e-commerce business selling brand-name specialty apparel. How does a small reseller develop the relationships necessary to purchase brand-name goods at wholesale? Is this done by going directly to the designers or working with intermediaries? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Mar 26, 2014 - 3 answers

What should I buy at American Apparel?

I was gifted a $40 Groupon-like certificate for spending on the American Apparel online shop. What are some of the best items to buy? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Jan 15, 2014 - 22 answers

Only 4 more boring Sundays!

Can you help me find Washington Redskins apparel that doesn't feature the name Redskins, the visage of an Indian chief, or a reference to any specific players? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Aug 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Fashion Tips For The Clumsy

What do I wear on a job interview in August when my legs are all scabby from an unfortunate injury? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 1, 2013 - 21 answers

Who decides that everyone will be wearing the same color for 3 months?

Everyone is wearing mint green as of spring. EVERYONE. How does this happen? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on May 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Hiking pants for very cold temps

What pants do people wear for very cold (0 °F / -18 °C, and colder) weather hiking? Just rain shell pants and wool long underwear? Surely there are insulated pants suitable for hiking? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Mar 21, 2013 - 28 answers

Medieval Chinese Apparel - Keeping Food in your Sleeves

So I'm reading the 17th-Century Chinese novel "The Plum in the Golden Vase" - which, by the way, is incredibly good - and I'm having trouble picturing something. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Mar 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Hoodie? HoodME!

This snowflake is woefully under-hoodied: I cannot locate a hoodie which meets my specific nitpicky criteria. Can YOU? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Dress for the rest

Looking for clothing lines/companies geared towards women ages 18-35 that cater to non-average sizes (including petite, tall, plus size, etc.) Particularly interested in smaller companies. Bonus points for stuff like sustainability, fair labor practices, natural fibers.
posted by doift on Jul 9, 2012 - 6 answers

shoe fit

I bought a pair of men's leather dress shoes with an elongated, narrow toe box last week, and now they're killing me. Something about the funky shape is causing the leather to "bite" down right beneath my big toes on both feet, leading to painful sores. I probably should've gone for one size smaller for a more natural fit, but I've already worn them for a week so I can't take them back. Any suggestions for how to fix this, or am I stuck just getting rid of them?
posted by decoherence on May 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Hey look a Champion Tee with a Creeper face on it...

Is there any gear out there for Nerds/Geeks/Gamers/Etc who run/cycle/enjoy fitness? [more inside]
posted by snapped on May 11, 2012 - 12 answers

And but so?

I'm looking for examples of novels, other than Infinite Jest, which have spawned this sort of shirt. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Apr 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me break out of my shoe rut!

What shoes should I wear with this dress? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Apr 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Basic apparel of the highest quality

Businesses that make basic apparel (underwear, t-shirts, socks, etc) of the highest quality and where you largely pay for the quality and not the marketing/branding - can you name a few?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 13, 2012 - 37 answers

Apparel purchase reference/consumer site?

Is there a site that approaches (online) purchasing of apparel from a serious and rigorous consumer perspective? I'm thinking of a site where I select, say, t-shirts and get detailed information about the garment, various garment variations (athletic t-shirt, work t-shirt, etc), washing Instructions, which high quality value brands that sell t-shirts, verified quality testing of t-shirts from forementioned brands, etc.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me dress with some personality in intense heat and humidity!

Any suggestions for ways to be a bit more stylish that are comfortable in high humidity, 80-90 degree weather? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt in San Francisco area?

Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt for an 8-year old's First Communion in SF Bay area? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy?

I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
posted by timoni on Jun 1, 2010 - 28 answers

How to get unicolor, gradient t-shirts

How can I get my hands on unicolor, gradient t-shirts? Where to buy, how to dye? [more inside]
posted by oxit on May 28, 2010 - 5 answers

longsleeve shirts for thinner taller guys

I'm a mid-twenties, relatively-tall, relatively-fit (6' 1", 180 lbs...but I run a lot) guy who has a shirt problem. During the colder months I really like wearing long-sleeve cotton shirts as a sort of base layer under other things. My problem? I can't find any brand that fits...either the arms are too short, or the shirt maker seems to presume that I'm going to have a beer belly to go along with my longer than average arms. I.e., what I'm looking for is something like the small size of this, but with longer arms. I realize I could get larger shirts tailored down or go the bespoken route, but both of those options seem kind of overkill for what should really be a pretty standard product. Are there any brands that serve guys in my size by default? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Apr 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Seeking motorsports apparel distributors

Is there a US trade show or exposition that specializes in motorsports clothing and apparel, both those that drivers and the fans, wear? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Apr 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How can a guy dress more sexy?

How can a guy dress more sexy? [more inside]
posted by oxit on Nov 15, 2009 - 42 answers

Best winter boots for an urban teacher?

Best winter boots for a teacher who has to both get around the city without looking like a huge dork, and stand outside on the playground for long stretches with the kids? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Oct 14, 2009 - 29 answers

Cold Weather Running

What should I know about running in cold weather? What should I wear when I run in cold weather? (Specific brand recommendations and places to buy things in New York especially appreciated.) [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Oct 8, 2009 - 18 answers

A classic Michigan tee

I'm looking for a specific University of Michigan shirt, or another sharp looking one if you've got any recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Sep 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Will I turn my fancy suit into a clown suit?

I'd like to buy a new suit. I'd also like to lose a lot of weight. Will the suit still look alright if I lose 60 lbs and have it altered, or should I just wait until I lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Aug 19, 2009 - 23 answers

How can a short but not skinny guy find the right t-shirts?

Where can a short but not super skinny guy get plain soft t-shirts in multiple colors? The smalls are always too small and the mediums too big! [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Jul 21, 2009 - 6 answers

dress to impress... nerds

where can I get a handkerchief and/or bowtie the color of MeFi links in New York City TODAY?
posted by Jon_Evil on Jul 18, 2009 - 5 answers

retail or wholesale?

How does American Apparel make money? [more inside]
posted by abirae on May 27, 2009 - 10 answers

How to not shrink 100% cotton American Apparel T's

I've only found help on how to Shrink stuff, not how to avoid it. So the American Apparel medium t-shirts are too big for me even after a wash, but their small shirts are perfect pre-wash. They are 100% cotton and I'm wondering what I can do to not have them shrink at all. Can I hand wash them gently with detergent and then hang dry? Any experience or anecdotes would be great!
posted by huxley on Feb 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Is the cultural dislike a briefs a factor important enough to make it worth my while to switch to boxers?

I am in my late twenties and like wearing briefs, though this is frowned upon. Is the cultural dislike of briefs a factor important enough to make it worth my while to switch to boxers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 59 answers

I want cool shirts!

Where can I get some cool men's shirts? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Aug 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Just what is with the chefs and the ugly pants?

Why is it that one often sees professional chefs outfitted in pants with ridiculous (some might say ugly) pattern prints such as these or these? Is there some logical explanation that I'm not aware of or do these chefs just have exotic taste in fashion?
posted by iamisaid on Aug 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me find the right laptop bag

I'm in love with these bags but can't find one that fits my needs - help me find something similar to this thats fit for a laptop. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Jun 18, 2008 - 8 answers

What are some good backpacks for petites (women's)?

What are some good backpacks for petites (women's)? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on May 8, 2008 - 10 answers

I'm popular. Just not in North America.

What are some fashion trends that are popular everywhere else but North America? [more inside]
posted by 913 on Mar 25, 2008 - 58 answers

Trying To Find Evidence Of The Wendy's Jazz Cap

I'm looking for a photo of a Wendy's Jazz Cap, or even just first-hand recollections of them. These were apparently some type of multicolored painter's cap sold at Wendy's establishments in the late 80's(possibly 1988ish). There seems to be no trace of their existence online. Phone calls to the Wendy's Customer Service hotline have come back with a "try eBay" response. A few good but ultimately fruitless tries to track one down can be found on the comments to my blog. Any information, photos, or recollections would be very much appreciated.
posted by extraface on Feb 28, 2008 - 13 answers

poppin buttons

Looking for shopping advice in DC for the post-partum body in transition.... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain on Feb 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Find me a hat like Ricky's argyle cap

Where can I get a hat like the argyle cap that Ricky Lizalde wears on Project Runway? It's a kangol-style cap with a black/white/gray argyle pattern. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 14, 2007 - 4 answers

The skinny on shirts for the skinny, please.

Where might one find inexpensive, stylish button-down shirts if one happened to be a very skinny guy? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Need to be restrained...

Anyone know where to find a size xl realistic straightjacket? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Sep 18, 2007 - 11 answers

How do I market and sell cuteness?

I humbly and politely request your input on my forthcoming character-related logo wear apparel marketing. T-shirts, sweatshirts, keychains, hats, etc., featuring a character I created. [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Jul 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Pea Coat advice?

I love the look of the classic Pea Coat; but I have always heard that plus size women should not wear double breasted jackets or coats and all of the Pea coats that I see have the double column of buttons down the front. Does the accentuate the big-boxy look on plus size gals?
posted by sandra194 on Dec 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Miko Seeks Miko-Wear

Can you tell me which Shinto shrine in Kyoto attires the miko in these white coats with cranes printed on them? Here's another image, and another. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 1, 2006 - 10 answers

Help Me Dress Like I'm Hip and Emo

I'm looking for a bunch of really hip and (sorry I have to use this word) indie clothes and apparel stores that have a web presence. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Jun 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Fashion for 18-26 year olds?

Anybody know of any good boutiques/clothing stores in major cities that sell hip, fresh apparel to 18-26 year old men and women? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on May 22, 2006 - 15 answers

The Perfect Hooded Sweatshirt

Help me find the perfect hooded sweatshirt. [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi on Apr 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me buy a winter coat before boxing week ends!

Help me buy a winter coat before boxing week ends! [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Prescription sunglasses for cyclists

For the glasses-wearers out there, who makes good prescription sunglasses geared toward road cycling? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Dec 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Where can I get classic sports fonts?

I'm looking for some free classic baseball jersey fonts to use for mocking up some team apparel ideas. I'd love to have the variety found here
posted by ooklah on Dec 2, 2005 - 6 answers

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