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Utah Company Fined for Blatantly Lying about “Made in USA”

A Utah company specializing in right wing apparel was fined $211,000 for bogus (the government actually used the word “bogus”) claims about their shirts being made in the usa. They were fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for ripping out Made in China labels from shirts and sewing Made in USA labels into the…

FESPA Berlin: Decorating Trade Show for the World (Part 1: Screens Without Emulsion!)

Seems like trade shows are back on track. Impressions AC was pretty good, FESPA raises the bar, and lots of people at FESPA were all gung-ho talking about the Impressions show in Long Beach as things move in fits and starts back to some sort of normalcy. FESPA is an international printing show, once held…

Dov Charney Talks Garment Trends

Dov Charney, the man who brought us the original, iconic American Apparel brand, tells us what he sees coming next in garment trends in this Shop Talk from Impressions Expo in Long Beach. Get rid of those flimsy tri-blends. According to Dov, heavy-weight cotton in a wider cut, that’s to say “schleppy”, is going to be…

New Technologies Improve Textile Recycling

Apparel is said to make up 6-7% of household waste in the US. That’s a lot. There are many steps to the recycling process. The post-consumer apparel needs to be collected, sorted according to its fiber content, stripped of non-fabric elements like buttons or zippers, and then treated chemically or mechanically to separate the fibers.…

Sanmar Partners with Allmade

Allmade, a formerly self distributed brand started by screenprinters, has officially partnered with Sanmar.  The partnership will allow for better distribution and inventory for the brand. Four years ago a group of ten screen printers and Ryonet’s Ryan Moor set out on a mission to make a better t-shirt. It all started with job creation…

Apparel Industry Mobilizes to Help in Time of Crisis

As the nation’s hospitals face shortages of personal protection equipment due to the coronavirus, garment manufacturers are stepping up to help resolve the shortage of face masks for hospital personnel. At the request of the federal government, Hanes has recently started to switch over from the manufacture of apparel to the production of cotton masks.…

Product Testing: DM130 and the “Hawaiian Surfers” Sample Print (IK Archives)

In my approach to t-shirt design, the first consideration is the blank or base-product as this informs so many of my decisions (color, techniques, ink selection, print placement, etc.)  throughout the design process.  I’ve done it this way for so long that I’m virtually incapable of working on a t-shirt design without this critical piece…

Garments and Common Sense Inventory

Hey, the Mets, Royals, Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers all win in the baseball play-offs and your shirt distributors run out of Royal Blue t-shirts for a month. Maybe Taylor Swift is seen in a video that goes viral and she is wearing a pink Dickies work shirt and you then can’t get one for…

We’re Super Excited for WB/CAMP and You Should be Too!

WB/CAMP: Water-Based Printing Summit, September 20-21 Powered by SGIA and hosted by Motion Textile Presented by Bella+Canvas, Ryonet, SanMar, SPSI, and Ink Kitchen. Supported by Douthitt and SAATI.   If you love/hate water-based printing this event is for you.  Two days of talks and hands-on printing demonstrations from the best in the industry: Beppe Quaglia – Virus…

Misprint Monday: What To Do with Misprinted Shirts?

What should one do with misprints? I honestly don’t have any great answers but here are some mediocre ones. It should be on everyone’s mind because the world is swimming in overstocks and misprints. The average American disposes of almost 70 pounds of clothes per year. H&M was recently found to be incinerating 19 million…

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