"The World's Greatest Hoodie" designed by former Apple/iPhone industrial engineer.

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I normally don't promote products I buy outside the post your last purchase thread, but I feel compelled to share this particular product because it was designed and prototyped by a former Apple industrial engineer who helped build and design the original iPhone.

    Enter American Giant. I bought myself one of their hoodies for Christmas, and I have to say it is the most amazing hoodie I have ever owned. 100% cotton. Double layered. Made in the USA.
     
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    How is it when the wind blows? It is pretty windy at times here in Colorado and it cuts through a lot of material pretty easily.
     
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    They look nice and all, but I think I'll stick with my vast stock of A&F, AE, Aeropostale, Hollister, etc. hoodies. I really don't need anymore. Going by the pictures alone, they don't look to be very heavy.
     
  4. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    Pretty well. It was windy today in Chicago and my walk to work was pleasant with the hood up and fully zipped.
    Far superior to those brands, in my opinion. If you ever need a new hoodie, check out AG. :) each hoodie weighs 2 to 3 lbs depending on what size you get. Mine weighs 3.2lbs according to the shipping label. Very heavy and thick.
     
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    I'll keep that brand in mind when I need a new one. I doubt I ever will, I have close to 50 of various sizes and wear states.
     
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    50???
     
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    Yep, 50 and ~7 of those are still in their bag with tags. I didn't buy a single one. Got them all as gifts throughout high school. Haven't worn out, lost, or thrown out a single one yet. But we're veering from Prof.'s new AG hoodie company discovery.
     
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  9. Prof., Dec 27, 2014
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    Considering the entire manufacturing process takes place in the USA, and it's made from the best fabric (100% cotton), and to the best quality standards, it is well worth the money. I'm buying another one before I got back to school.

    Here's a short video on the manufacturing process.
     
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    Dude. $90 for a sweatshirt?
     
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    Don't be wearing that hoodie in George Zimmerman's hood....
     
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    Who cares how it's made when it is 90 bucks for a hoodie.

    Too rich for my blood
     
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    90 bucks for a hoodie, I don't care who designed it. Its just a piece of clothing, I see no reason to pay so much money for that when others work just as well and are priced at a fraction of this.
     
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    I wouldn't spend that much on a sweater. I could think of other things I'd rather do with that money.
     
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    I may well look into getting one before next winter. I don't mind paying for quality clothing.

    I sew a bit and it's interesting to me how people react when they ask how much I'd sell a garment I'm wearing for. Usually I'll say no, it's not worth my time, but let them know what the material cost would be plus the time it took at minimum wage.

    They'll almost always flip out and rant about the expense like I'm trying to rip them off for the service I'm not even offering them.

    If clothing cost more and was made to a higher standard of quality we'd probably throw a whole lot less of it away, and have a somewhat more intimate relationship with garments we like. That's the relationship I want to have with clothing, not to just see it as a cheap disposable rag.
     
  16. Melrose, Dec 28, 2014
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    ...no offense, but it really looks just every hoodie out there... 100% isn't that hard to find. :?

    I have no problem spending higher quantity of dollars for higher quality of clothing, but that looks just as thin and sloppy as some of the cheap hoodies from Walmart; former Apple designer or not - evidently he's not very good at making nice looking clothing. Not that I only care about looks, but for almost $100 it should look better than that.

    I have a Hollister hoodie and it's warm, has held up super well for every day use, and fits me incredibly comfortably. I don't like the chunky lettering on the front, but the thing is really nice imo. I love to pimp myself out a bit on occasion but 90 smackers is too much.
     
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    95 to 98 percent of the clothes purchased in the USA are made in foreign countries. So as little as 2% of the clothes we buy are made on US soil. That, along with being designed by a former Apple emp, is why I thought it warranted being shared with y'all. To each their own. Like Mord, I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for quality and, on rare occasion, american made.
     
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    I think a lot of us feel the same way - but speaking for myself, and possibly others, I don't think $90 for a sweatshirt really constitutes "a few extra bucks."
     
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    Agreed, but we're not talking about a few extra bucks, but rather 50% if not more.
     
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    Yeah, $90 is pretty much out of the question for hoodies. I usually can't spend more than $30 on any article of clothing without feeling guilt.
     
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    I own 2 American Giant Hoodies. They're the best sweatshirts I've ever owned. One I purchased, and one I won from them in a Twitter contest. I also have given their clothing as gifts and I got the "It's Called Soccer" T they were giving out during the World Cup.

    Their products are superior. They are built to last. They will outlast any sweatshirt I've ever owned and Ive been through a lot. The $90 I spent on one will last longer than three $30 ones I'd have to buy. They're cotton is grown in NC so it's buying local for me. Its manufactured in America. That right there holds value to me.

    I wear one of them almost every day about 9 months out of the year. They are stylish and comfortable. I don't mind paying for quality, especially when it's value holds over the long term, ultimately saving me money.

    If you appreciate quality and want the Greatest Hoodie ever made, get one.
     
  22. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    Could not have said it better myself. :)
     
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    My father was the thriftiest man that I ever knew and I learned a lot from him. He taught me that it's worth paying a little more for something if the quality makes it last longer. An example of this was the master bedroom set that he bought in 1970. Real wood, good craftsmanship. It's still in use to this day, nearly a half century later.

    That said, I'd pay more for a good quality "hoodie." The Made in America label is a side benefit. Truthfully, I rarely wear a shirt that doesn't have a collar but I'd make an exception for something quality made. One of the reasons that I don't own many "hoodies" is the horrible quality. I don't like the feel of the material and they just don't last.

    I would love to see more manufacturers make the decision that quality makes the difference. And yes, I'd even pay more for a products that I knew would last.
     
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    By the same token, my 40 dollar hoodie that I bought several years ago is still going strong. I don't know what the life expectancy of such things are but so far, what I do have is going strong without paying such a premium.

    To each his own, clearly you find value in the product and I'm not knocking you on that, for me, its the opposite. I found my less expensive clothing to be better for my budget.
     
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    The owner of the company, mentioned in the article Prof. linked, said that he had a 40 year old sweatshirt from his father still in his closet. He says he expects the sweatshirts he's making now to last a lifetime. From what I've seen and experienced, he's not exaggerating. So if I spend $90 now for a sweatshirt and never have to buy one again, I'm sure I'll eventually come out ahead financially. Not to mention I'll have a piece of clothing weathered and worn that only time, and not money, could buy.

    I understand the argument and I certainly did the math. It was a leap of faith buying the sweatshirt but has proven a great investment. Not right for everyone, sure. But this is a look and an item used enough to justify a risk and I feel it's been worth every penny. It's what works for you, so I get your choice as well. Sometimes it's nice to change things up, too.

    Another expensive item I haven't taken the plunge on is a pair of Raleigh Denim Jeans. As of now, the math doesn't work for me. I'll keep buying Levi's every few years. But if I ever get an incredible deal on a pair, I'll splurge, banking on them lasting a decade or longe while wearing almost daily. These get better over time, too.
     

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