Hall of Shame- Ministry of Supply

Our Manufacturing Process | Ministry of Supply. What started as a Kickstarter project in 2012 to make dress shirts in the USA, has turned into another greedy business money grab.  After raising $429,276 on Kickstarter to start up, Ministry of Supply makes all their shirts in China and Taiwan!

This is a quote from the original Kickstarter page: “Finally, we’re hugely supportive of manufacturing in the United States. Everything from the fabric to the packaging is made in the USA.  Like recently successful Kickstarter project Flint and Tinder, we’re focused on bringing jobs to America.”

Ministry of Supply The prototype Apollo shirt

Ministry of Supply
The prototype Apollo shirt

However, they are very unlike Flint & Tinder which makes all of their clothing in the United States.  And after promising in writing to their Kickstarter sponsors that their aim was to create American jobs, what do the owners of Ministry of Supply do? Of course, as soon as possible, they move their operations to China and Taiwan. These Kickstarter sponsors that have supported the shared dream of creating American jobs and making dress shirts have been stabbed in the back. These sponsors should get their money back and should be compensated for Ministry of Supply’s reprehensible behavior.

Maybe, there is a small twinkle of hope out there. The Ministry of Supply thinks that when they have a giant robotic knitting machine, they may bring their company back to the U.S. Hmmm, is that not the whole problem in a nutshell. Cheaper labor in China, then all the jobs go to China, and then they say the labor is better there, but maybe once our company can get rid of  all labor altogether, then the company will bring it back to the USA, ( I am sure it would decrease their shipping costs and decrease their travel to Asia).  “Business 101” predicted that this phenomenon would happen and it will continue to happen until there is a movement about how to deal with “The Age of Oversupply” (or the USA will go quietly into the night – which is highly likely at this point.) Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to flounder in a boat without oars, and “Free Trade” capitalists profit while giving false promises.


2 Responses to “Hall of Shame- Ministry of Supply”

  1. 1 Made In USA, (For Now)
    May 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

    “Free trade” isn’t the issue, it’s profiting via misrepresentation. If trade were truly free, the US wouldn’t be in the position it’s in. With an asinine bureaucracy and corrupt unions, exactly where is all this free trade happening because I’d like to live and do business there. However, despite your fallacy of logic and poor journalism, the owners of this company should be held accountable. It’s quite pathetic, actually.

    • May 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I agree with one part, that the owners of this company should be held accountable. How can unions be at fault? They represent less than 7% of the workers in private industry. The “bureaucracy” is what got us into this mess – and keeping us in this mess. It was the “Free Trade” policies starting in 1980 and specifically 1995 with The World Trade Organization Treaty Agreements and NAFTA that has eliminate almost all import tariffs and have allowed foreign companies to “dump” their overproduced goods on our shores. We are definitely in an AGE OF OVERSUPPLY! Your statement: “If trade were truly free, the U.S. wouldn’t be in the position it’s in” is so fallacious, it is not even worth commenting on. Obviously, you have no economics background at all. Sincerely, -Jack A

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