Cash-Strapped Postal Service Starting Its Own Clothing Line


Well, they can’t make any money actually delivering mail, why not try selling clothes?

First the end of Saturday mail, now a new clothing line. The U.S. Postal Service is taking unprecedented steps to make itself relevant and profitable these days.

The cash-strapped agency announced plans on Tuesday to launch a new line of all-weather apparel and accessories sometime next year.

Move over, upscale North Face. Or should it be the grittier Carhartt brand that worries?

The Postal Service chose “Rain Heat & Snow” as its own brand name, alluding to its unofficial motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Only men’s apparel and accessories will be available initially, but the agency plans to add a women’s line in the future, it said Tuesday.

Why can’t we privatize the postal service again?

Oh. Right. They’re union.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • WOOF

    Go Postal, a line of clothing and accessories
    for those with grievances.

    • The Whistler

      That’s what I was thinking. More like urban camouflage.

  • JoeMN
  • RCND

    Heard they will be shipping via UPS for guaranteed delivey

  • Kevin Flanagan

    The USPS is obsolete; let it die like all the other outmoded means of communication.

  • devilschild

    On Monday my mail was delivered around 7:30 pm. The mailman had a flashlight attached to the bill on his cap so he could read the address on the letters. But at least he made it. UPS never did. My package was on the truck but I guess due to unforeseen circumstances they were unable to deliver it.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      I buy a lot of things from Asia and they come in the mail in just a few days via USPS. It takes UPS much longer, if they even service that area, and when UPS comes they just dump the package on my porch. USPS always leaves a card instead of the package, to ensure it’s safety.

    • The Fighting Czech

      you had better luck then me…. I didnt get any mail on Monday, But Id slap my mailman if he tried driving in that crap….and Im still waitng for my UPS parts from the east coast. (supposedly shipped 10 days ago) my preferred shipper so far is SPEEDEE. use them as much as I can. Just wish they had easier access to ship stuff… Id use them even more.

  • fargomg

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” BS. It took them 9 days to ship my package from New York to North Dakota using priority mail, that has a 2-3 day guarantee.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I hope the new “mail man” jacket is taylored to conceal a weapon

  • mickey_moussaoui

    If I had to deliver a million copies of junk from Publishers Clearing House I’d go postal too.

  • awfulorv

    Next they’ll be buying the bankrupt Atlantic City casinos…

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I expect to see Michelle Obama wearing the latest postal fashion with one of her infamous BOOB Belts.

  • Geoff Bosse

    I shipped 2500 pounds of materials consisting of 4 pallots to Minot from central Minnesota last week. It left our dock at 3:00 pm and arrived in Minot for pickup by 8:00 am the following morning (17 hours). I mailed a letter from the same place to Minot again (8 days). 2 ounces vs 2500 pounds……. Hmmmm. Gotta love the union

    • Rob

      Why are you still mailing letters?

      • Geoff Bosse

        Just one of the two stamps I used this year. I just found it commical that the product showed up a week ahead of the invoice. Future invoices are all done electronically, but our company still mails out hard copies at the end of the month so they have them for their records. If we could just do away with the IRS the copies wouldn’t be as important.

      • Snarkie

        Anyone who solicits money/endorsements/services/anything ought to write letters and send postcards. It’s generally endearing and a much better form of thanks than an email.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    How about Cliff Clavin khakis?