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I am deeply disturbed by the recent tragic events at a garment factory in Bangladesh. This is no accident or natural disaster. It is made not just by the owners of the factory and the authorities in Bangladesh; it is a product of a relentless demand for cheaper clothing in the West – at any price. And here the price has been paid in the lives of the poor.

6 years ago we committed to a strategy of not being the cheapest. We did so in part to recognise the quality of the art RB artists create. As importantly it was out of a basic commitment to providing everybody in the chain from garment workers to the artists and the printers with a reasonable return. This is simply not possible with a $9.99 T shirt. At that price you cannot help but dishonour the art and exploit many people in the chain.

I have visited where your T shirts are manufactured (as well as most of the other production facilities of products in the product range). I have spoken with the workers, talked about their conditions and reviewed their employment terms. I am comfortable we (which really is you – the artists) are providing meaningful and rewarding employment for hundreds of people.

In summary: your T shirts are manufactured in downtown LA by American Apparel. The employees receive full health-care and other benefits and are paid well above minimum wage. The factory conditions are light, comfortable and safe. It is a factory, not Disneyland, but it is a good factory. RB artists can be comfortable with the “canvas” on which their art is sold.

Comments

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyover 1 year ago

    Well said and thanks, Pilgrim

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 1 year ago

    This is an important message in general. Well done RB

  • retepk
    retepkover 1 year ago

    Yes it is important to know. Thank you.
    Cheers.

  • Charlie Mclenahan
    Charlie Mclenahanover 1 year ago

    This is very good to know , I will link your journal in to my groups forum .. If that’s ok with you

  • absolutely feel free to link and share.

    – Pilgrim

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoover 1 year ago

    Well I’m pleased to hear this! It also explains why are RB products expensive! There is allways a price to pay, in the end of the day it is all about how things are done….

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 1 year ago

    I am glad to know that RB takes this fair and balanced view.

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 1 year ago

    tick mark – good to know. And fair.

  • DragonflyRiver
    DragonflyRiverover 1 year ago

    Thank you for the info, good to know. Very very tragic, what is happening over there with some of the companies and all for greed.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    I’ve ordered quite a few shirts now from RB for my husband and I and they are always nice shirts. Have found that it’s false economy to buy department store shirts that are half the price but don’t last or don’t fit comfortably.

  • Yes, that is the other aspect off it. Really cheap is not only exploitative it is also a false economy in my experience.

    – Pilgrim

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 1 year ago

    Thanks Pilgrim.