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Elevating Your Hat Game: Innovative Decorating Techniques and Sourcing Strategies

Embracing the Power of Heat-Applied Patches In the ever-evolving world of apparel decoration, the hat has emerged as a canvas for creative expression. Gone are the days when embroidery was the sole option for customizing headwear. Thanks to advancements in adhesive technologies and specialized hat presses, the possibilities for decorating hats are whatever you can…

Hanes Sells Champion Off

Hanesbrands Inc. announced the sale of Champion Products and that’s the name and “certain operating assets” to the Authentic Brands Group for a pretty penny, i.e. 1.2 Billion (with a “B”) dollars with another 300 million bucks if certain other things go well. You can read their press release here. In a very rough way…

Ink Kitchen Hands-On Workshops (and Beer & BBQ…) NE PrintFest 2024

New England PrintFest is coming to Mirror Image in an oh-so-conveniently located facility in RI on the MA border. It’s an easy drive on 95 or 495 from Northern Jersey to Maine, fly into Boston or Providence. June 21 and 22, come for either day or both. The emphasis will be to get into it…

Dov Charney- State of the Industry

Dov Charney’s State of the Industry Shop Talk is a highlight of every Long Beach Impressions show and his talk in 2024 certainly does not disappoint. Is baby rib coming back? Where are we at with fitted joggers? Want to know what’s in and what’s out? Watch this Shop Talk and find out!

Shocking Change at Gildan! Board Resigns, CEO Resigns, Chamandy Returns.

In a press release yesterday Gildan announced Glenn Chamandy was re-appointed as President and CEO and Michael Kneeland appointed to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. This came on the heels of shareholder activism by investment firm Browning West, and release two weeks ago of personal information about CEO Vince Tyra, alleging an…

Unlocking the Potential of Apparel Decorating: A Guide for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit Entrepreneurship is an exciting and rewarding path, and the apparel decorating industry offers a wealth of opportunities for those with the drive and determination to succeed. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a budding entrepreneur, the journey of starting and growing your own business can be both exhilarating and challenging. In…

Gildan Announces First Quarter Results

Gildan announced first quarter results. Basically you can read the details in the link above but it is business as usual, no planned capital investments and they expect a modest but profitable 2024. Actually for the doom and gloom I heard from some parts of our industry, this is probably pretty good news as Gildan’s…

Creative Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Shop

In this Shop Talk Rick talks about the many different ways he implements sustainable practices in his shop, Mirror Image.  From using eco-friendly packaging to giving old shirts a new lease on life, there are many ways to turn what might seem to be trash into treasure. Sustainability and waste reduction are complex issues that…

Gildan Forges Ahead, Business as Usual Perhaps Restored

Gildan new press release came out today. Headline is, “Gildan Activewear Announces Board Refreshment to Support CEO Vince Tyra and Gildan’s Next Phase of Sustainable Growth.” Synopsis: Investment company Browning West tried to put the old CEO Glenn Chamandy back in charge. He was apparently leading Gildan into uncharted waters and also not headed into…

Regenerative Technologies: Revolutionizing the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry has long been associated with waste and excessive consumption. However, there is a growing movement towards regenerative technologies that aim to change this narrative. Regenerative technology involves the use of already generated materials and finished products, breaking them down to their raw materials and then regenerating them into new products. This process…

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