I pity people too young to have been alive to watch Apollo 11 Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. I watched it with my family in our house in Seattle. I was just shy of my ninth birthday and man it was a big deal.
I think the moon walk on July 20, 1969 was one of the proudest days for Americans. NASA and American manufacturing knowhow came together and built machines so powerful that they could propel three men to the moon, yet so precise that they could gently land two astronauts on the surface of the moon and bring them back to earth.
The moon landing was a signal achievement.
So my interest was piqued when I read about a successful KickStarter effort from the Ministry of Supply that is starting to make dress shirts here in America and called its premier shirt the Apollo. The reason they called it the Apollo is because a few of the fellas who started Ministry of Supply actually made space suits for NASA while they were at MIT.
Ministry of Supply makes two types of dress shirts. The aforementioned Apollo,
as well as the Agent.
Ministry of Supply’s shirts are made of, well, sort of space age synthetic fabrics.
If you want dress shirts made by members of our extended American family that are made out of cotton, you can’t go wrong with shirts from White Dress Shirts, a great firm run by my friend Jeff Fletcher in New York.
About 95% of our apparel is imported into this country. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Rather than buying a dress shirt made by our “friends” in the Middle Kingdom, why not buy a dress shirt from the Ministry of Supply or Jeff Fletcher. Doing so will create jobs for members of our extended American family. And I would imagine that both Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong would think that is a pretty good idea. It might even be “one small step…” in providing a job for an American you might never meet, but whose life will be transformed as a result of the work that your purchase makes possible.
Now get shopping!