Dish Shirts: 100% Cotton Tees Are Here!

by Chris Bodenner

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We are sold out of the screen-printed tri-blend t-shirts we launched last month, but Dish polos are still available – in navy blue and white. When we released our premium tri-blends, a reader wrote:

Shirts do look beautiful, congratulations and hope you sell a lot because I am a big fan of your blog.  I will unfortunately be abstaining because I am allergic to polyester and can only buy all natural fibers – cotton, all linen or rayon mix, etc.

Another had a similar concern:

Please consider finding a really soft 100% cotton shirt (for purists as well as those of us with sensory issues).

We took those considerations to heart and are now offering a 100% cotton version of both t-shirt designs – the Howler (seen above) and the Logo, seen below next to the navy Polo:

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Both the Logo and Howler versions of our 100% cotton t-shirts come in nine different colors: White, Navy Blue, Light Blue, Royal Blue, Red, Kelly Green, Asphalt, Teal, and Brown. So go here if you’d like to purchase a Howler shirt in one of those colors or go here for a Logo version. And both designs still come in men’s sizes and women’s sizes – no unisex.

Another big thanks to Jerzy Shustin and everyone else at BustedTees for hosting our shirts. As always, we welcome your feedback in the inbox: dish@andrewsullivan.com.

New Shirts: A Big Response From Readers, Ctd

Heads up that we will soon discontinue the highest-quality tri-blend version of the t-shirts, so if you are planning to get one, order now before it’s too late! Full details on all of our shirts here. More satisfied customers keep sounding off:

I bought the lone Howler t-shirt as I agreed with your take on the insider-ness of it … plus it avoids the potential awkwardness of a “secret Dish-shake”, that would logically involve either rubbing noses or sniffing each other’s rear ends.

A very reluctant reader:

I won’t be buying a t-shirt. I need you to know that it’s not you. I do this with just about every online T-shirt merchant these days. We fat people, we exist. I ain’t saying this to get sympathy. I run on the treadmill three times a week and look over and say to myself, damn, I’m a sexy man. Thank God for mirrors at the gym! Suits my inner narcissist, so suppressed everywhere else. And I can rock the Growlr/Scruff circuit with the best of them.

Anyway, us fat people, we exist, and we white-polosometimes like to buy clothing. Shocking, I know, that fat people might want to put on clothes, given how fantastically sexy we are as a collective. Yet for some reason, merchandisers don’t like to provide clothes for us. That “Haters Gonna Hate” t-shirt from BustedTees? I bought the 3X, super excited, only to get a shirt that from other merchandisers would have only been an XL and I now only get to where on Bear Night at Jackhammer, when, you know, I’m trying to be SUPER SEXY.

So, while I’d love to get a Dish shirt for the nights at the club, I won’t be. Because I would like you to know that I encourage people as much as I can to provide me with shirts in sizes I can wear just grocery shopping and not when I’m trying to titillate the chubby chasers. And it breaks my heart that these apparently attractive shirts are being offered in conjunction with a merchandiser that displays zero interest in providing a range of sizes for people with larger bodies. Thanks for all you do, otherwise!

But the two polo shirts – in navy blue and white – actually run larger than the typical shirt, and sizes go up to XXXL. While the reader has concerns over the slimmer flit of BustedTees’ own shirts, which have a similar fit to our American Apparel t-shirts, the polos are made by a different company, Port Authority. We made it so that all sorts of Dish readers – from skinny hipsters to bulky bears, from gym-going millennials to golf-playing seniors – have a shirt option that works for him or her. Speaking of her, a reminder that we have women’s sizes in both t-shirts, rather than the generic “unisex” sizes. And speaking of bears like the one above:

My partner and I recently returned from Provincetown. It was Bear Week. We passed you several times in front of the Wired andrew_howler-teePuppy.  He had just ordered a Dish Shirt, and I asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if there were something we could have worn ‘every day’ during that week that would let all the Dishheads and fellow bears know who we were?”  The tees and polos are a great idea, but we just don’t want to wear the same shirt every day. A hat, on the other hand, with the same logo would be very convenient. Any chance of that happening? We might even buy several.

We’ll consider hats too, but not for a while. Mugs are coming next.

New Dish Shirts: A Big Response From Readers, Ctd

[Update: Premium tri-blend t-shirts no longer available. 100% cotton versions here.]

Our first big screen-printing is underway and more orders for t-shirts and polos keep pouring in. If you haven’t decided on your shirt yet, full details on designs and sizing are here. Or just go here to purchase now. A hesitant customer:

I am pretty much the last person to buy a “band t-shirt” at this point, but I may actually buy one of the polos (prolly navy) with the customary alligator replaced by the dog. It’s super subtle and pretty adorable.  Most people will just think it’s a cool shirt, but those in the know will get it.

That reader soon followed up: “Caved, bought one.” Another reader:

So glad there are T-shirts and polos – thanks. It will be fun for me and other Pacific Northwest fans to recognize one another – kind of like a secret handshake. But when I go to BustedTees, they offer me 30% off my order for giving up personal information, and then I learn that I cannot apply the discount code to my Dish product because of a “stipulation of our agreement” with The Dish (a quote from the online chat in which I tried to figure this out). Grrrrr.

The Dish’s privacy policy is different than BustedTees’, and they offer a different kind of shirt than we do, so their coupon agreement isn’t compatible with our shirts. But after buying your Dish shirt, definitely look around the rest of the BustedTees’ site to check out their own shirts and offers. Some Dish faves:

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Update from a reader: “Surprised you didn’t give a shout-out this one, on account of the beard! Another:

The shirts do look beautiful, congratulations and hope you sell a lot because I am a big fan of your blog. I will unfortunately be abstaining because I am allergic to polyester and can only buy all natural fibers – cotton, all linen or rayon mix, etc. Can’t please everyone I guess, but you made them in America! How great!

Many readers have inquired about a 100% cotton option, so we are discussing with BustedTees a way to have that option within the next month or so. We certainly don’t want to exclude readers because of allergies. Another reader:

I just bought two T-shirts. But the checkout had no security icon. Is that site secure?

Very secure. We confirmed with Jerzy, our point-man at BT: “Our certificate is updated and we’re totally clean in terms of security.” And this verification is displayed throughout the site:

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Another:

I’m a loyal Dish subscriber and I love the shirts and will be ordering a couple for myself. If youth sizes were available you might see my kids in them as well.

We’re on it. But for you moms and dads, you can buy your shirt today. Thanks for all the feedback and keep it coming. And send us a pic of your shirt when it arrives. Though maybe not from this reader:

I just read that you’ll be at Burning Man! Brilliant! Our camp, Listen (dedicated to the proposition that really being listened to is so close to being loved that most people can’t tell the difference) is at 7:15 and Ephesus. I’ll be the one in the Dish t-shirt. Given the venue, it may be the only thing I’ll be wearing.

Update from another Burner:

I just ordered a t-shirt (the one with the howling beagle of course). And I will be wearing it at Burning Man. I read that another one of your readers is also wearing a Dish shirt at BM. I will be at a camp at 7:15 and Gold and most probably will be wearing just the Dish t-shirt and sensible footwear.

Perhaps we need to set up a Dishhead camp next year.

Dish Shirts Are Here!

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[Update: Premium tri-blend tees are no longer available. 100% cotton versions here.]

Finally – after lots of your input – we’re psyched to offer you a choice of four custom Dish shirts. If you’re dying to take a look and want to skip the descriptions below, head straight to our storefront and buy your shirt now!

We thought we’d start our store simply enough by offering two t-shirts. The first is a light blue one emblazoned with the Dish logo across the chest (see above on the left). Or if you prefer the baying beagle by herself, check out the gray Howler Tee (modeled by the dashing bear on the right). I love the lone howler myself – only other Dishheads will get it.

andrew_howler-teeWe picked American Apparel t-shirts that use high-quality screen-printing and a higher quality tri-blend fabric that’s super soft, durable, and has a bit of stretch that retains its slim shape. There are  sizes for both men and women – no generic “unisex” option this time around, as you insisted. We’ve also lowered the price by half compared with the t-shirts we did a few years ago.

Want something a little more formal you can wear to the office, church, or restaurant? Check out the polo shirts, which come in white (see below left) and navy blue (see above right). Both of these classic polos are made with a “Silk Touch” poly-cotton fabric and embroidered with the familiar Dish beagle on the left breast. The polos run a little large, and the high-quality fabric is shrink resistant, so keep that in mind when you pick your size. For the perfect fit, consult the sizing chart.

andrew_white-poloBecause we’re doing the higher-quality screen-printing option with a bulk-ordering process, in order to keep prices down, these particular shirts will only be available for a limited time, so you need to order very soon to be part of the first printing. So if you’re interested in a shirt, don’t hesitate – buy now!

As always, we welcome your feedback in the in-tray. And send us a pic of you wearing your new shirt! You may see it appear on the blog.

But first go here to grab your new t-shirt or polo. It’s one critical way to keep the Dish independent and running for years to come. And they’re pretty sweet as well.

New Dish Shirts: A Big Response From Readers

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[Update: Premium tri-blend t-shirts no longer available. 100% cotton versions here.]

 

Orders are starting to pour in for our new t-shirts and polos, both detailed here. If you’re interested in a shirt but haven’t bought one yet, don’t delay – go here now! We’re about to print our first big order of shirts, so act now to get yours in the first shipment. One happy customer writes:

Finally, Andrew, finally. I can now claim my Dishness loud and proud wandering around Denver. Order placed! This little experiment of yours is the best chance to save journalism. Hope more swag is on the way.

It is. Another owner of a new shirt:

I bought one despite my frequent disagreements with you. Good luck with the retail endeavor.

Another:

Boom! Just ordered a blue women’s t-shirt. Just in time, too, before I move abroad!

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Another doubled-down:

God help me I just bought two. Will I get hit on by bears if I wear these? If so I’ll order more …

Another:

WooHoo! Finally, I just purchased a baby blue t-shirt and I love the simple design. I can’t wait to see how it fits – I’m particular with the fit of t-shirts since most are too short after one washing. If all goes good I am getting the gray one also.

The high-quality tri-blend fabric is designed not to shrink. Another reader:

Sweet. Earlier this week, my subscription to the Dish auto-renewed and I missed the chance to up my contribution for the year like I had intended.  Now ordering a polo gives me a chance to make up for it.

And just as our gift subscriptions are great for birthdays, a Dish shirt for your friend or family member could be as well. Or you could wait a little, like this reader:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 8.02.53 AMThe new T-shirts look great! I have to say, the resemblance between the Howler T and my cousin’s beagle upon finding me in their guest bedroom/basement/his territory is uncanny. I think I know what my cousin is getting for Christmas.

Another:

I’d like to lodge an official protest. Where are the slogans we voted on?  Nothing on the back?  Now, mind you, this didn’t stop me from buying one. But if you later come out with slogan t-shirts I’m going to be pissed!

We are definitely keeping the slogans in mind for other merch, such as mugs and totes, but there wasn’t enough demand for individual slogans to use them for the screen-printed bulk ordering process we’re doing for these shirts, in order to keep costs down. Another reader suggests for the “next round: please also do long-sleeve versions for chilly Portland.” Duly noted. Another’s input was implemented:

Just ordered two shirts – the grey t-shirt and the navy polo. Thanks for going with the Dish beagle logo. That’s what I voted for when you gave us the chance to chime in.

One more satisfied customer:

As a big fan from the New Republic-then-blog-tip-jar days, how could I resist these shirts? Plus I’m DOG PEOPLE from way back.  I got me a Howler and a navy polo and look forward to people asking what they’re about.  Apropos of which: why don’t you get your current intern or Special Teams to work up a simple one-page promo “flyer” or some such, that us hardcore fans could give to curious fellow truth-or-whatever seekers?  In my life and work I interact with a lot of potential Dish readers, mostly smart and curious like your base readership. Just suggestin’.

P.S. I’m not much in the looks department, but when I get shirts I’ll take a picture with my darling little bitches: Two Tibetan terriers (mostly – they’re mutts) about 18 months old.  Beagles aren’t the ONLY game in town.

Definitely send some pics our way. And as far as a one-page promo “flyer”, this page describing the shirts in detail and illustrating them with photos might do the trick. Thanks to all our merch customers for supporting the Dish. And a big shout-out to Jerzy Shustin and everyone else at BustedTees who set up our storefront and helped shepherd us through this often bewildering process. Jerzy is actually a long-time Dishhead and wrote to us when we first started talking about doing t-shirts, asking if we needed any help. So like most things on the Dish, you readers are integral to its success.

Dish Shirts Are Here!

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[Update: Premium tri-blend t-shirts no longer available. 100% cotton versions here.]

Finally – after lots of your input – we’re psyched to offer you a choice of four custom Dish shirts. If you’re dying to take a look and want to skip the descriptions below, head straight to our storefront and buy your shirt now!

We thought we’d start our store simply enough by offering two t-shirts. The first is a light blue one emblazoned with the Dish logo across the chest (see above on the left). Or if you prefer the baying beagle by herself, check out the gray Howler Tee (modeled by the dashing bear on the right). I love the lone howler myself – only other Dishheads will get it.

andrew_howler-teeWe picked American Apparel t-shirts that use high-quality screen-printing and a higher quality tri-blend fabric that’s super soft, durable, and has a bit of stretch that retains its slim shape. There are  sizes for both men and women – no generic “unisex” option this time around, as you insisted. We’ve also lowered the price by half compared with the t-shirts we did a few years ago.

Want something a little more formal you can wear to the office, church, or restaurant? Check out the polo shirts, which come in white (see below left) and navy blue (see above right). Both of these classic polos are made with a “Silk Touch” poly-cotton fabric and embroidered with the familiar Dish beagle on the left breast. The polos run a little large, and the high-quality fabric is shrink resistant, so keep that in mind when you pick your size. For the perfect fit, consult the sizing chart.

andrew_white-poloBecause we’re doing the higher-quality screen-printing option with a bulk-ordering process, in order to keep prices down, these particular shirts will only be available for a limited time, so you need to order very soon to be part of the first printing. So if you’re interested in a shirt, don’t hesitate – buy now!

As always, we welcome your feedback in the in-tray. And send us a pic of you wearing your new shirt! You may see it appear on the blog.

But first go here to grab your new t-shirt or polo. It’s one critical way to keep the Dish independent and running for years to come. And they’re pretty sweet as well.

[Update: responses from readers herehere, and here]

Your Merch, Your Ideas, Ctd

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A reader writes:

Y’all spoil us – who else would let us crowd-source our own merch?

So I submitted this via the survey thingy, but to elaborate a bit: I’d like a t-shirt with a tastefully-sized Dish logo on the front, with the iconic beagle. On the back of the shirt, across the shoulders (similar to a last name on an athlete’s jersey), emblazon it with the blue “Subscriber” button. What better way to show off our Dish cred than by proudly wearing our subscriber status? A badge of Dishness.

One of the more creative ideas:

I thought of this one after finishing the survey:

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Heh. Another sent this:

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Another reader:

On the T-shirts, I would definitely prefer having a women’s cut or women’s sizing option. Keep it simple and classy (although I did vote for the Mental Health Break on a tie-dye; that would be cool). I almost voted for Meep Meep and Know Hope, but decided against it because they are specific to Obama and although still current, it will be out-of-date soon :(.

Special discount to subscribers? How about a discount on second purchased item? I bet you’d increase multiple-item sales on that type of offer (it would work on me anyway).

Women’s sizes are definitely in the works. We are also considering certain options available only for subscribers – your blog, your merch. Our updated survey is embedded below (if you are using a mobile phone or tablet, please click here). In addition to many of your submitted slogans, we have added a multiple-choice section where you can indicate your preference for various types of merch (totes, dog bowls, hats, etc). The most popular picks for slogans will be mulled over by the Dish staff and mix-and-matched with various designs and types of merch, and we will have an expert graphic designer whip up the final products. Thanks to everyone for your feedback.


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Your Merch, Your Ideas

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A reader is getting antsy:

Where’s that Dish merch? Summer’s coming and I wanna show off my BITS! I demand you take my money!

We have been hard at work researching all kinds of merchandise options. It’s been a little more arduous than we thought because, well, we’re perfectionists. And then there’s the question of what to put on the t-shirts. A simple Dish logo? Or something more, well, fun? We had some fun one night and started brainstorming possible t-shirt messages and designs … and then it occurred to us we should open the brainstorming to all of you. So below are some rough-and-ready t-shirt and mug messages to start with, but also an invitation to submit your own ideas.

Vote for each t-shirt message by selecting “Sweet” or “Lame”. Then submit your own merch slogan in the field below. When you’re done, be sure to click “Finish Survey”. We will update and re-post the poll with your suggestions soon. We hope the more popular ones will rise to the top. Also, if you really have time on your hands, and some skill at design, why not also come up with an overall graphic design/message – and send it our way. We’ve decided to open this whole process up, as is tradition on the Dish. Have fun with it. Pun away. Think of a t-shirt slogan that someone might actually want to wear.  Subtlety counts (these are Dishheads, remember). Inside Dish jokes welcome. Email your designs to andrew@andrewsullivan.com with the subject line “Merch Design” – and you could see it emblazoned on Dishheads all around town before too long. But for everyone else: have fun with the messages. We’ll be posting updates in the coming days.

If you are using a mobile device (including tablets), please use this link to participate in the survey.

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The Shirts Off Their Backs

After the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 500, Rosemary Westwood calculates the cost of cheap clothing:

According to a 2011 report by the consulting firm O’Rourke Group Partners, a generic $14 polo shirt sold in Canada and made in Bangladesh actually costs a retailer only $5.67. To get prices that low, workers see just 12 cents a shirt, or two per cent of the wholesale cost. That’s one of the lowest rates in the world—about half of what a worker in a Chinese factory might make—and a major reason for the explosion of Bangladesh’s garment industry, worth $19 billion last year, up from $380 million in 1985. The country’s 5,400 factories employ four million people, mostly women, who cut and stitch shirts and pants that make up 80 per cent of the country’s total exports.

For that $14 shirt, the factory owners can expect to earn 58 cents, almost five times a worker’s wage. Agents who help retailers find factories to make their wares also get a cut, and it costs about $1 per shirt to cover shipping and duties. Fabric and trimmings make up the largest costs—65 per cent of the wholesale price.

Sarah Stillman spoke to Bangladeshi garment worker Sumi Abedin:

Last November, Abedin was sewing clothing for Walmart and other American brands at a factory called Tazreen Fashions, on the outskirts of Dhaka, when she heard a colleague yell, “Fire!” She thought of sprinting toward the stairs when the factory owner said, “He is lying,” and padlocked the doors.

As the air of Tazreen Fashions filled with dark smoke, Abedin told me, “I was running around the factory floor, screaming, crying for help.” After the power went out, she followed the dim light of other workers’ cell phones to the factory’s third production floor, where she saw a man removing the bars from a window. She decided to leap.

“I didn’t jump to save my life,” she told me, much as she has told reporters, students, and anyone who would listen over the past several weeks of touring the country. “I jumped to save my body, because if I stayed inside the factory I would burn to ash, and my family wouldn’t be able to identify my body.” When she landed, she broke her foot and arm. She considers herself lucky; a hundred and twelve of her colleagues died in the Tazreen fire. The parallels to New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in 1911, where doors were locked and a hundred and forty-six workers died in the space of twenty minutes, are obvious.

(Photo: Garments Factory in Bangladesh by Fahad Faisal from Wikimedia Commons)

A Merry Dishmas: New Shirts And Totes!

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We keep selling out of the fabulous $24 Dish T-shirts so Rogues Gallery has introduced two new $24 T-shirts and a brand new $16 double-sided tote to keep up with demand. Yes, that hard-to-read one on the left says "To See what Is In Front Of One's Nose Needs A Constant Struggle" – but you have to put one's nose very close to the shirt to read it. Maybe not the most inspired of sight-gags, but we enjoyed it. A bargain at $24! The beagle one is also a classic. There is no telling how long these shirts will stay in stock – so buy them while you still can!

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Classic vintage, high-quality $50 T-shirt Dishness here.

Or give your View From Your Window contest fan-friend the classic Dish coffee table book available here… or the new reader-generated volume, "The Cannabis Closet," here for under $10 including shipping (use promo-code DISH)!