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T-shirts in the News: Wear Your Way to Comfort and Recovery

A recent story about T-shirts in the news made us feel really good about our company. The story was about a teenager with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. And of course you may wonder about how such a story could make us feel good, but bear with us, the story was about comfort. His response to his cancer made us feel good about our dedication to it.

A fashionable and athletic teen, our new comfort hero created a clothing line to help him (and others in his position) keep his dignity through his chemo.

The clothing line is called ComfPort and it combines style and comfort with functionality. The T-shirts have a pocket that unbuttons and gives unfettered access to a cancer patient’s port, the surgically planted catheter that connects to a main vein and is used to distribute chemotherapy drugs and draw blood. You can read the whole story here.

We will rarely write about another clothing company, but this one’s mission is just too good to ignore. His Kickstarter campaign states, “Fashion forward clothing that is designed for cancer patients and their supporters. 1 shirt purchased = 1 donated to a cancer patient! ” In this product, fashion and dignity work hand-in-hand to promote healing and comfort – both for those with cancer and those who love them.

smiley_faceFeeling comfortable is an important part of the healing process. Imagine having to take off and put on your shirt dozens of times each day. This is not a comfortable process under the best circumstances, now add the discomfort of jostling a port in your chest and you can see our hero’s dilemma.

Emotional and tactile comfort here are the keys to making it all work. From the moment we are born until the end of our days, our tactile senses feed our brains information about our environment. When our brains receive messages about comfort, happiness (and maybe even recovery) ensues.

Comfort Colors t-shirts may not help you recover from cancer, but they are known to be very comfortable, which may just be the first step toward your comfort and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comfort Colors: The Whole Nine Yards

KiltWe know that the expression “the whole nine yards” means giving it your all, doing your best, going the distance. As a clothing company this is what we do for our customers.

Being somewhat fanatical about fabrics, we always thought the expression referred to fabric – cloth, material, as in the amount of material it takes to make s fine, three-piece suit.

But NPR says we’re wrong. A cool story yesterday looks at the etymology, the weave and weft as it were, of this famous expression. (You can hear the NPR story here.) As it turns out, the expression is one of those great mysteries whose answer depends on whom you ask. NPR (and Wikipedia) gave these possible answers:

  • The capacity of a cement truck – as in 9 yards of concrete
  • The length of an ammunition belt used by World War II jet fighters
  • The amount of fabric in the Shroud of Turin
  • The nine ship yards it took to construct the Liberty Ships (WWII American Cargo Ships)
  • Some salacious story having to do with kilts, door latches and a lack of proper under garments…well, you get the picture

This from Highlander Secrets (they obviously did not hear the NPR story):

Centuries ago, Highlanders not only hunted and fought in their plaid {kilt}, they slept in it! The expression, “the whole 9 yards”, came from the amount of material (approx. 9 yards) used to outfit our hearty ancestors. In those days, fabric was only woven in single widths (approx. 28 inches). This amount of fabric in single width is equivalent to Highland Secrets’ double width fabric (between 4-1/2 and 7-1/2 yards) used in making our Great Kilts. The latter yardage represents a mighty big Highlander!

At Comfort Colors, we do not use the phrase to refer to the amount of fabric in our awesome t-shirts (that amount depends, of course on the shirt size – we have little kid sizes through Adult 6X ), but to how far we will go to satisfy a customer. One conversation with Kevin Camisa and you’ll know what we mean.

kilt image credit http://www.galicianshop.com

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