Questions and Answers
I actually got these off a website.
What’s the difference between a 100% cotton solid tee you get from Wal-mart, Macy’s, and Versace?
Your other question, the difference between the Walmart, Macy’s and Versace tee shirts, may be “not much”, but chances are there are some differences. In general, underwear t-shirts are made of a single knit called “jersey”, while more upscale t-shirts are often made of a double knit called “interlock”, which is heavier and tends to look more luxurious. With the cotton fibers used for fabrics, there are various grades, with long fibered cottons like Pima, Supima, Sea Island, and Egyptian cottons sort of top of the heap for what you find on labels. The cotton can be processed in various ways; for knits, the yarns can be spun either on a high speed spinner, or they can be spun with a lower speed spinner called a “ring spinner” that’s been around for awhile. Ringspun cotton yarns are generally considered to be higher quality. Then there’s the whole question of processing… Words you’ll sometimes see in ads include “mercerized” (which is a way of soaking cotton fibers in a base to make the fibers plump, shiny, silky and better able to take up dye), “pak-knit”, which makes the fabric less likely to shrink, and other processing. Each processing step adds some cost to the finished fabric, so Walmart may be buying shirts made of non-mercerized, non-premium (shorter fiber) cottons, while Macys may be buying shirts of longer fibered cottons with some of the better processing), and you’d think Versace would be buying long fibered, mercerized, pak-knit fabrics, but quite often you’re paying for the name, not the fabric.
The other way to economize with a commodity item like a t-shirt is in how it’s cut and sewn. Cheaper t-shirts are often made of tubular knits, have very little shaping (important in women’s shirts), and are cut to make use of every last scrap of fabric. Upscale shirts may be better cut, with side seams (so they don’t try to climb up your front and down your back); more attention is paid to cutting the fabric on grain and resting the fabric before it’s cut — again, these are more expensive processes.
Personally, I like LL Bean’s line of “carefree unshrinkable t-shirts” for men’s t-shirts that are fit to be seen in public with, at a decent price. They’re wrinkle resistant, stain resistant, don’t shrink much if at all (and don’t seem to do reverse shrinkage either*), and they don’t fade. Decent quality medium weight jersey knits. Every sample I’ve seen so far has been cut on grain so they don’t want to twist around the body during wear.
*reverse shrinkage: Http://fashion-incubator.com/archive/pop… (be sure to read Stuart Anderson’s comments) Http://fashion-incubator.com/archive/pop… and Http://fashion-incubator.com/archive/pop…
One possible exception is for companies developing or exporting agricultural goods, including food and forest product. Another exception could be the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs Http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/… , which fund the research and development of technological innovation that meets specific government needs.
Your best bet actually will be from the states if they offer grant programs for women (or any other special interest groups — minorities, women, disabled, veterans, etc). Or check with non profit organizations, particularly women organizations if they offer grants. Examples include
Iowa Women’s Foundation Http://www.iawf.org/
New Mexico Women’s Foundation Http://www.nmwf.org/guidelines.html
Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website Http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/CO…
“The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See Http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.”
Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov Http://www.grants.gov – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.
Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business — THERE’S NONE.
Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. Minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program
Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs.
Thank you very much!
Maybe try getting over it. No, you don’t have to eat the meat of an animal, but to go completely without something made from an animal is going to leave you empty-handed more often than not. Sorry, but it’s true. From the beginning of human existence we’ve used animals for food, shelter, transportation, energy (like whale fat oil lamps), clothing… You name it. Do you think anything is really different today?
I wonder if you wear only polyester and hemp clothing and eat nothing but tofu. Plants are living things, so shouldn’t THEY be allowed to live? Why is it OK to eat corn, potatoes, or any other vegetable or fruit if it’s not OK to eat beef, pork or chicken? Seems hypocritical to me.