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Retail Styles
This season's stand outs include sueded tees, flowly raglans and fleece joggers.
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Maintain your sustainable lifestyle by choosing organic products.
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Weekend Essentials
Anywhere. Anytime. These are the most valuable fashion pieces to any weekend wardrobe.
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Campus Life
What's the top fashion trends around college campuses? Graphic tees, hoodies and joggers.
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Retail Styles
This season's stand outs include sueded tees, flowly raglans and fleece joggers.
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Athleisure Style
Fashion doesn't have to be benched at the gym door. Partner favorites with fresh athletic contenders for a knockout look.
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T-Shirt Printing Technologies

So have you already decided that t-shirt printing is for you? Great! It’s an exciting industry to get into. Now your next big step is deciding what printing technology is right for you and your business. When choosing a printing technique, you should take into consideration your budget, the type of designs you will be making, and the market you are after.

Your budget is a big factor. If you are starting out with $50 in your pocket, then higher end printing machines may be out of your range for now; however, that does not mean you are out of the game. A visit to your local thrift store may yield some great parts for assembling a homemade screen printer for under $50. You can even take a look at stencil printing. This simple technique of printing involves creating various stencils of your design out of cardboard, taping them to your t-shirt, and applying your designs with spray-paint. No machinery involved! On the other hand, if you have a larger budget, you can look at buying or leasing equipment. You can lease a direct-to-garment printer for as little as $250 per month.

The type of designs you want to print affects what technology you decide to go with. Are you trying to print photo-realistic designs? This will be hard to accomplish with screen printing techniques. Take a look at dye-sublimation (heat-transfer) or digital printers. They are capable of producing millions of colors at fairly high resolutions. If your designs use a manageable amount of colors, then screen or stencil printing should work for you.

80% certified organic cotton, 20% recycled polyester; enzyme washed ; clean-finished neck seam with woven tape; YKK Zipper; double-needle coverstitched seams; 2x1 cotton/spandex rib; hood is lined with organic cotton jersey;

econscious EC5650 Men's 9 oz. Organic/Recycled Full-Zip Hood

30 singles; 5.6 oz. easy-care 60% cotton, 40% polyester pique; Relaxed fit; Contrast tipping on contoured flat-knit collar and rib-knit cuffs; Single-needle topstitched neck; Shoulders; Armholes and sleeves; Double-needle half-moon patch and bottom hem;

UltraClub 8545 Men's Short-Sleeve Whisper Pique Polo with Tipped Collar and Cuffs

5 oz., 58% cotton, 39% modal, 3% spandex jersey; Soft modal blend drapes without clinging; Always flattering Perfect Fit; Pretty jewel neckline; Single-needle hem sleeve; Delicate shaping at waist; Longer 26"" length (size medium);

Devon & Jones DP182W Womens Perfect Fit Shell T-Shirt

Now take a look at the market you are after. Are your customers going to be ordering in bulk, or are they going to be ordering smaller customized designs? Generally, fulfilling bulk orders is more cost effective on screen printers. It does take some initial time to create all the templates required for the design, and some labor to actually produce the prints. However, you’re not using electricity and expensive sublimation ink required for heat transfer or digital printers. On the downside, if your typical order is one or two t-shirts, especially of differing designs, then screen printing may not be worth the prep-work and labor. This is an area where digital printing shines. In under a minute, you can produce a printed t-shirt with barely any work. Don’t expect to do a lot of bulk printing with digital technology though. Even though you’re going to spend a lot less time producing the printed t-shirts, you’re going to end up paying a lot more in manufacturing costs. These days, a lot of larger businesses actually use both digital printing and screen printing. Their smaller orders get printed on the digital printer, where-as their larger bulk orders get sent to the screen printers. This hybrid technique guarantees the minimum production cost for an order, whether it’s one t-shirt or a hundred. Remember these three things when choosing a printing technique – your budget, the type of design, and the market you are after, and you will be printing t-shirts in no time!

11.8 oz./yd² / 400 gsm, 100% acrylic jersey knit with Pilbloc anti-pill performance, 9 gauge; 1x1 rib knit neckline, armhole and bottom opening;

Harriton M415 Men's Pilbloc V-Neck Sweater Vest

65% polyester, 35% cotton pique; Wrinkle-resistant; Special poly/cotton blend creates soft silky hand and helps reduce shrinkage; Flat-knit collar and cuffs; Hemmed bottom with side vents; Three-button placket; Set-in sleeves; Side seamed;

Harriton M265 Men's 5.6 oz. Easy Blend Polo

7.1 oz/yd² / 240 gsm, 100% polyester brushed-back fleece with moisture-wicking performance ; Inner jacket; interactive with styles NE700, 88226; UTK 2 When combined with NE700/88226; Contrast coverstitch details on sleeves, back yoke and collar; Inside storm placket with chin guard; Center front reverse coil zipper with semi-autolock slider and rubber pull; Chest pocket with reverse coil zipper; Reflective print on chest pocket and center back; Concealed lower pockets with coil zippers;

Ash City - North End NE703 Men's Endeavor Interactive Performance Fleece Jacket