At the beginning of the week, I submitted my designs for an Adopt a Village in Laos T-shirt to Has Marketing, which focuses exclusively on designing and producing promotional products from buttons to tees. A couple of days after the initial submission and some tweaking, the finalized designs were emailed on the morning of June 22. Later that same day I received the proofs, which revealed how the designs will look on the shirt itself. After careful consideration and feedback from others, I settled on what colour I wanted for the shirt: forest green.
The front of the shirt sports the organization name, its focus, and the web site. The O’s in Adopt a Village in Laos have been transformed into baci strings, which are an integral element of hill tribe culture and basically represent good fortune. The back of the shirt is adorned with Lao script and the translation, which appears directly below it, expresses what this organization represents.
On the morning of June 23, I ventured to Has Marketing and finalized the order by putting down a fifty percent deposit. For this initial order, which will take about a week, I am only producing 20 shirts to see what the response will be from people first. Three of the shirts will be written off for me and the organization founders, Steve Rutledge and Mike Yap. The remaining 17 shirts will be available for sale starting on July 10, with the proceeds going back to the organization to help fund its various projects.