In this last chapter, Pietra gets into the fascinating details of the mitumba, or Western clothing, trade. Men’s clothing can be up to five times more expensive than comparable women’s clothing. This is due to less supply (ever known a guy whose primary wardrobe piece is his fifteen year old youth basketball t-shirt?) combined with increased demand.
Overall, this was a fascinating read which questions and researches every facet of the t-shirt production industry. It is not dry and theoretical like I have found many economic books to be. Highly recommended!
This is part of a chapter by chapter reaction to The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.
- Introduction to the T-Shirt Travels Review
- Chapter 1: Cotton and T-Shirts
- Chapter 2: Cotton, T-Shirts and Technology
- Chapter 3: Tees and Dream Teams
- Chapter 4: T-shirts and Eskimos
- Chapter 5: Apparel and the Industrial Revolution
- Chapter 6: T-Shirt Globalization
- Chapter 7: The Snarling Army
- Chapter 8: Are T-shirts Actually Too Expensive?
- Chapter 9: T-Shirt Quotas
- Chapter 10: Lifecycle of a T-shirt
- Chapter 11: Final Chapter – Final Thoughts