Theresa Hegel

  • Executive Editor, Wearables

Theresa Hegel is the executive editor of Wearables, the vision of the decorated apparel industry. Prior to joining the ASI team, Theresa worked as a reporter, copy editor, page designer, books editor and teen editor (not all at once) at several daily newspapers.

Preview: 2017 Wearables State of the Industry

Optimism in the decorated-apparel industry is at an all-time high, according to the...

Report: Holiday Retail Sales Could Grow 4.5%

Economists are predicting strong retail sales for the upcoming holiday season, thanks...

Sycamore Partners Finalizes Staples Acquisition

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners has finalized its $6.9 billion acquisition of...

CPSC Recalls Children’s Sleepwear

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of Chinese-made...

Starbucks to Close Online Merch Store

Starting October 1, coffee lovers will no longer be able to hop onto Starbucks.com to...

Campus Ink Boosts Sales With Student Ambassadors

Steven Farag was an engineering student at the University of Illinois...

Researchers Power Electronics With Human Sweat

In the near future, when you work up a sweat, you could be charging your smartwatch,...

Staples Reports Quarterly Sales

Massachusetts-based Staples Inc., parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples...

CPSC Recalls Dresses for Newborns, Girls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of Laura...

Delta Apparel Reports Q3 Sales Increase

Top 40 supplier firm Delta Apparel (asi/49172) reported total net sales of $104.3...

Game of Thrones Plot Retold in Epic Tapestry

If you missed the last few seasons of HBO's blood-soaked fantasy saga Game of...

Building an Iconic Uniform Program

Back in April, McDonald's debuted new uniforms for employees. Critics were...

3M Announces Q2 Growth

St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co., parent company of Top 40 supplier 3M/Promotional Markets...

Podcast: A Business Guide for Screen Printers

One of the things screen-printing supply company Ryonet is known for is a robust...

Behind the Scenes at the Wearables Fashion Shoot

This year, Wearables is looking beyond the merely trendy to give readers some tips on...

Q&A: Fashion Blogger Shares Her Style Secrets

This year, Wearables looked in-house for help putting together our September...

CPSC Recalls Glass Beer Mugs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall of glass beer mugs...

New KFC Swag Is Out of This World

Love fried chicken and outer space? Then, Kentucky Fried Chicken has some swag for...

Cool Wearable Tech for Hot Summer Days

In the summer months, it's all about the cool factor, both in temperature and...

Poll: Do You Buy Made-in-America Apparel?

In the October issue of Wearables, we'll be exploring both the international and...

Canva Enters Custom Print Market in U.S.

Canva, a popular graphic design website, is ready to take on custom printing giants...

DecoNetwork CEO Charged With 1997 Murder

The CEO of DecoNetwork, a software company for apparel decorators, was charged...

Custom T-shirt Donation Makes for Happy Campers

Summer camp is all about making memories, but at Camp Smile, held at Cedar Crest...

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in June

Consumer confidence in the U.S. is up in June, according to an index tracked by The...

Fitbit Inks Sponsorship Deal With Minnesota Timberwolves

The newest Minnesota Timberwolves jerseys will be brought to you by Fitbit. The NBA...

Ohio State Slaps T-shirt Maker With Trademark Lawsuit

The Ohio State University has filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against a...

Colorado Could Ban Smartphone Sales to Children

Colorado may ban the sale of smartphones to children under 13, if one father has his...

5 Instagram Tips for Apparel Decorators

Dylan Gilligan, owner of Upstate Merch , a custom screen-printing shop in Whitney...

Distributors, Decorators Share Social Media Tips

The June issue of Wearables was all about how to navigate the ever-changing...

Poll: How Do You Feel About Fashion?

As Wearables prepares for our annual fashion issue this September, we wanted to know...

Police Allege Factory Owner Funded Militants

The owner of a garment factory in Bangladesh has been arrested for allegedly funding...

Podcast: Saving Elephants as a Brand Strategy

In this podcast, Jay Reid, head of production at Ivory Ella , talks about the...

SquadLocker Disrupts Team Apparel Business

SquadLocker wants to change the way youth sports coaches and parents order...

Obituary, Steve Weinstein, EMT

Steve Weinstein, founder and president of Indianapolis supplier EMT (asi/52263), died...

How to Fix a Social Media Snafu

If you find yourself embroiled in controversy because of something you posted on...

4 Social Media Disasters to Avoid

Taking some time to craft a social media plan, rather than jumping on every trending to...

4 Social Media Disaster to Avoid

Taking some time to craft a social media plan, rather than jumping on every trending to...

Berkeley Considers Plastic Straw Ban

A California city wants to ditch disposable straws. Berkeley officials are...

Q&A: Creating a Jacket That Turns Into a Tote

If you're the type of person who hates stowing your jacket in coat checks and...

KBG Promotes Acquires Nearly Weird Promotional Products

Florida-based KBG Promotes has acquired fellow Orlando-area firm Nearly Weird...

Podcast: A Fresh Perspective

Decorating industry veteran Erich Campbell recently joined DecoNetwork as the...

Video: The Romphim, Diaper Jeans and Other Weird Trends

Wearables Editor-in-Chief Nicole Rollender and I took some shots at the wacky fashion...

Video: Embroidery Coach Expands Training Empire

Joyce Jagger, The Embroidery Coach , is always offering new training and educational...

Video: Shop Owner Reflects on Embroidery Training

Donna Zahn, owner of Orcas Island Custom Embroidery in Eastsound, WA, recently...

CPSC Recalls Plush Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of plush...

Slideshow: A Session With the Embroidery Coach

Donna Zahn, a resident of remote Orcas Island in the northwest corner of Washington,...

Poll: Do You Create Online Stores for Clients?

It's poll time again at Wearables! This time around, we're curious about how apparel...

Embroidery Tips and Tricks From an Expert

Joyce Jagger, The Embroidery Coach, shares some insights in this video chat.

Researchers Create Biodegradable Wearable Sensors

Instead of tossing your old tech in the trash or stashing it in a junk drawer when...

2017 Wearables T-Shirt Challenge for Charity

Vote for your favorite T-shirt now.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Social Media?

In the June issue of Wearables, we'll be presenting our 2017 Social Media Guidebook,...

Create Pop-Out Embroidery Projects

Embroidery digitizing company Quality Punch recently released "Pop Out" embroidery...

Small Business Guide for Taking Calculated Risks

Sometimes, success depends on a roll of the dice. Savvy business owners, however, know ...

Q&A: Stahls' TV Cashes in on Subscription Box Trend

Subscription boxes are all the rage in the consumer space. With a few clicks, savvy...

Tips for Creating a Unique, Cutting Edge Design

Photo and videos shared on Snapchat disappear in seconds, but that doesn't mean the...

5 Rules for Better Fonts

Choosing sans serif fonts that aren’t too small can help make your text more readable.

TomTom Aims to Motivate With Wearable Tech

TomTom co-founder Corinne Vigreux says her company is all about "democratizing...

FIT Exhibit Shows Off Work of Black Fashion Designers

Breathtaking and barrier-breaking fashion from more than 60 black fashion designers...

Video: An Informed Decision

The March issue of Wearables contains our comprehensive machine guide. But buying new...

Should You Implement a Decorating Contract?

Contract decoration isn't the automatic choice for distributors anymore. ...

Fitbit Updates App, Announces Partnerships

Despite releasing no new devices at CES this year, Fitbit had plenty to announce,...

Under Armour Shows Off Smart Shoes, Sleepwear

When it comes to fitness-related wearable technology, Under Armour wants to be a...

Poll: Are You a Risk-Taker?

In the April/May issue of Wearables, we'll be exploring the pros and cons of...

CES Runway Show Displays Futuristic Fashion

Futuristic fashion was on display at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Project Runway ...

Wearable Tech Trends for 2017

In the next few years, expect smart clothing and accessories to become more fashionable...

Video: Smartwatch Innovation at CES

Smartwatches have taken a beaten lately, with the demise of Pebble and sluggish sales...

5 Cool Gadgets at CES 2017

CES, the massive tech trade show in Las Vegas, turns 50 this year. This year, the...

Podcast: One Decorator's Winning Ways

In this episode of Wearables Talk, we connect with Nic Thomassen, creative director...

Chris Gomez: Leading With Military Precision

In this Strategy Session podcast, Chris Gomez of Afterburner discusses the biggest...

Video: Wearable Tech for Athletes

Athletes are always looking for an edge, and wearable tech promises to give them just...

Pantone Returns to Nature for 2017 Color of Year

2017 is going to be a time of renewal. At least, that's what Pantone is forecasting....

Alaska Screen Printer Takes Eco-Friendly Steps

For Odin Peter-Raboff, protecting the environment is a top priority. "We only have...

Poll: When Do You Plan to Buy Equipment?

In March, Wearables will publish its annual machine guide, packed full of the latest...

Printers Brew Success With Coffee-Dyed Tees

Did you know you can scour pots and pans with your used coffee grounds? Remove odors...

Q&A: Hanes Shares Fresh Take on Apparel

HanesBrand, parent company of Hanes Branded Printwear (asi/59528), recently launched...

Met Shows off Fashion Masterworks

A new exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is a stunning...

Quiz: How Healthy Are Your Business Habits?

Building good habits can be tough. No question. Take New Year's resolutions. Lots of...

Podcast: Discussing the State of the Decorated-Apparel Industry

Theresa Hegel made a guest appearance on 2 Regular Guys , the popular weekly apparel...

Why Some Decorators Aren't on Social Media

Wearables recently surveyed readers to find out how, or if, they're using social...

Ukrainian Museum Displays Traditional Embroidery, Textile

Ukrainian folk costume is having a fashion moment. Peasant blouses with puffy,...

Advice For a Successful Embroidery Shop

Veteran business coach Joyce Jagger went to Wickenburg, AZ, to help cowgirl embroiderer...

These Temporary Tattoos Turn Your Arm into a Touchpad

Temporary tattoos can be a fun, fashionable and cost-effective promotional product,...

New Gadgets Promise More Restful Nights

Sleep tracking is so last year. A handful of next-generation gadgets go beyond merely...

Netflix Recreates Luke’s Diner to Promote Gilmore Girls Revival

On Wednesday, streaming giant Netflix transformed over 200 coffee shops across the...

Podcast: The Social Sciences

How strong is your social media presence? In the latest episode of Wearables Talk,...

Video: Crunching the Numbers

The results of the 2016 Wearables State of the Decorated Apparel Industry survey...

Las Vegas Decorator Expands to Retail Location

Last year, Kelley Waltz, owner of Sparkly Tees (asi/530143) in Nevada, agreed to...

Strategies to Help Improve Your Social Media

Go beyond the basics on the Big 4 – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Q&A: Lauren Castro Discusses Starting T-shirt Company

Brixlee and Co. , a graphic T-shirt brand based in San Diego, was created by a...

Dickies Denim Inspired by Vintage Pieces

When it comes to denim, Dickies (asi/49675) has a rich history. The workwear giant...

Video: Arizona Decorator Starts Cowgirl Apparel Line

Bobbi Brooks, owner of Creations In Thread , in Wickenburg, AZ, is an avid barrel...

Video: Embroidery Coach Assesses Arizona Shop

In early May, Wearables sent Joyce Jagger,  The Embroidery Coach , to Wickenburg, AZ,...

Obituary: Susan Ritchie, NNEP

Susan Ritchie, one of the co-founders of the National Network of Embroidery...

Q&A: Rebecca Ballard Discusses Sustainable Fashion

Maven Women, a new line of socially conscious, eco-friendly clothing for...

Slideshow: Extreme Embroidery Shop Makeover

In early May, Wearables sent Joyce Jagger, The Embroidery Coach , to Wickenburg, AZ,...

Workout Gear Goes Mainstream

Fashion-forward workout gear has moved beyond the barbell, eluded the elliptical and tr...

Podcast: Working With Wearable Tech

When it comes to wearable tech in the workplace, employers are implementing much...

Special Interest Groups Use Promos to Spread Message at DNC

Nonprofits and other political activists at the Democratic National Convention in...

Stand-Out Items at the DNC

With the streets of Philadelphia crowded with journalists, delegates and political...

Political Buttons Abound at DNC

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday, when the former secretary of state became the...

Tales of Copyright Fright and Trademark Terror

Apparel distributors and decorators need a strong working knowledge of intellectual...

DNC Donkey Scavenger Hunt Includes T-shirt Prize

A city-wide scavenger hunt planned this summer, to correspond with the ...

DNC Pop-Up Shop Displays Creative Promo Items

It's official. The first pop-up shop of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) is...

Impact Dimensions Unveils DNC Merch

When you're shopping for mementos from the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC)...

Limited-Edition KFC Meal Box Includes Power Bank

The latest gimmick from the colonel isn't a heart-clogging, chicken-stacking "...

Video: Go Beyond Order Taking

In the decorated-apparel business, it's always important to add value to your...

Podcast: Another Look at the Fashion Faceoff

In the latest episode of Wearables Talk, I chat with Roy Wilbur, director of...

Met Costume Exhibit Explores Fashion in the Tech Age

The latest exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute proves that...

Nex Band Is Hackable, Digital Charm Bracelet

The Nex Band started life as science fiction. Literally. A few years ago, the...

Glasses Designed to Combat Screen-Induced Sleeplessness

If you're one of those people unable to resist the lure of a glowing screen -...

Study: Age Not Everything in Apparel Market

Retailers and apparel brands should target more than just millennials, according to...

Fashion Faceoff: Q&A With Vantage Apparel

Wearables was lucky enough to have Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) as an...

Video: Quick Tips for Shop Organization

Organization is always important, but it's especially critical for apparel decorators...

How To Find A Good Digitizer

Using a good digitizer is an important part of producing high-quality embroidery,...

Wearables Readers Interested in Virtual Reality

With all the hype virtual reality has been getting, we figured it was time to ask...

Fashion Faceoff: Contestants Hit the Runway

On May 14, Moore College of Art & Design held its annual fashion show at the...

Q&A: Vitronic Touts Tote Bags

Stylish and practical, a tote bag is the perfect accessory to complete any...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Victoria Jenkins' Work

Last month, we invited the three  Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

Poll: Where Do You Get Your Industry Education?

In the August issue of Wearables, we'll be sharing the results of our ongoing ...

Lumenus Aims to Make Road Safety Stylish

The sad truth is staying safe and being cool don't often go hand in hand, says Jeremy...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Lucy Sanchez's Work

Last month, we invited the three  Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Monica Bates' Work

Last month, we invited the three  Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Kimberly McLinden's Work

Last month, we invited the three  Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Erin Keenan's Work

Last month, we invited the three  Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

Sulon Q Promises 'Wear and Play' VR

Most high-end virtual reality headsets being released this year require a...

Q&A: Tech CEO Explains Startup's VR Suit

Right now, virtual reality is pretty much a visual medium. Slip on a VR headset, and...

Fashion Faceoff: Judges Assess Ariana Rodriguez's Work

In April, we invited the three   Fashion Faceoff  judges to view the athleisure...

How Did Our Readers Score on Copyright Quiz?

The results from the Wearables copyright quiz are in, and they're telling. Turns...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet the Judges

In April, we invited the three Fashion Faceoff judges to view the athleisure...

Hand Sanitizer, Stress Balls and More at Health Fair

Few bibliophiles could resist delving into cafeteria tables laden with more than...

Dri Duck Lands in Field & Stream

Outdoor apparel brand Dri Duck (asi/50835) is making a splash at the newly opened ...

Ohio State Pairs Embroidery and Electronics

Researchers have been able to dramatically increase the accuracy of embroidered circuitry.

Fashion Faceoff: A Work in Progress

Corporate apparel supplier-decorator  Vantage Apparel  had the chance to flex its...

Fashion Faceoff: Lucy Sanchez Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Video: Keep Your Customers Happy

In the latest episode of Wearables Playbook, I share a few simple ways...

Fashion Faceoff: Victoria Jenkins Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Screen Printer That Employs Autistic People Poised for Growth

Remember Spectrum Designs ? Last year, I visited the Port Washington, NY, business...

Fashion Faceoff: Monica Bates Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore...

Tech Startup Innercell Enables 'Smart' Promos

Got a chip on your shoulder? If Innercell CEO Dan Jordan has his way, you will...

Fashion Faceoff: Kimberly McLinden Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Video: Charlie Taublieb Assesses Apparel Shop

This year, Wearables teamed up with the outspoken, globe-trotting, cigar-chomping ...

Video: Extreme Screen-Printing Shop Makeover, Day 2

We sent veteran screen-printing consultant  Charlie Taublieb  to Valparaiso, IN, for...

Video: Extreme Screen-Printing Shop Makeover, Day 1

In early February, Wearables sent screen-printing consultant  Charlie Taublieb  to...

Fashion Faceoff: Erin Keenan Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Fashion Faceoff: Ariana Rodriguez Discusses Vantage Look

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore...

Poll: Would You Ever Buy a VR Headset?

Seems like everyone in the tech world is talking about virtual reality these days. Do...

Fashion Faceoff: Lucy Sanchez's Vantage Concept

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Wearables News Briefs - April 2016

Stahls' TV has launched a new weekly video series, "Project Press It," which...

Fashion Faceoff: Victoria Jenkins' Vantage Concept

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore...

Fashion Faceoff: Monica Bates' Vantage Concept

For the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at  Moore College...

Podcast: Building a Better Screen-Printing Shop

In this episode of Wearables Talk, Mike Blythe, owner of Blythe's Athletics in...

Fashion Faceoff: Kimberly McLinden's Vantage Concept

For the Wearables   Fashion Faceoff  contest, we asked six juniors at   Moore...

Fashion Faceoff: Ariana Rodriguez's Vantage Concept

For the Wearables   Fashion Faceoff   contest, we asked six juniors at   ...

Fashion Faceoff: Erin Keenan's Vantage Concept

For our Fashion Faceoff contest, we asked six juniors at Moore College of Art...

Video: Mina Dia Discusses Fashion Faceoff

At Wearables, we view our ongoing Fashion Faceoff competition as an invaluable...

Video: Lucy Sanchez Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest progresses, fashion students at  Moore...

Video: Victoria Jenkins Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest progresses, fashion students at  Moore...

Video: Monica Bates Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest progresses, fashion students at  Moore...

New Scrubs Block Fluids, Odors in Comfort

Health-care professionals are known for staying cool under pressure. Strategic...

Video: Kimberly McLinden Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest progresses, fashion students at  Moore...

High-Tech Logo-Swapping Hat in the Works

Can't decide what to wear today? There may soon be a hat for that. Zero Wearables is...

Video: Erin Keenan Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables  Fashion Faceoff  contest progresses, fashion students at  Moore...

Jump-tracking Wearable Partners With Apparel Company

Martin Matak, founder and president of wearable technology company VERT , believes...

Researchers Develop Stretchy Circuitry

It's not a stretch to say that the future of wearable technology lies in elastic...

Video: Ariana Rodriguez Discusses Fashion Faceoff

As the Wearables Fashion Faceoff contest progresses, fashion students at Moore...

Fashion Faceoff: Lucy Sanchez's Lookbook

Wearables teamed up with  Moore College of Art & Design  in Philadelphia and ...

Fashion Faceoff: Victoria Jenkins' Lookbook

This year, Wearables has teamed up with  Moore College of Art & Design  in...

'Game of Thrones' Gets Epic Embroidery Treatment in London

Can't wait for new episodes of "Game of Thrones" ? The sixth season premiere of the...

Trimark Discusses New Decoration Technique

Trimark (asi/92122), the apparel division of Pittsburgh-based promotional products...

Fashion Faceoff: Monica Bates' Lookbook

This year, Wearables has teamed up with  Moore College of Art & Design  in...

Stahls' Defends Intellectual Property

Sterling Heights, MI-based Stahls' (asi/88984) has successfully defended its...

Fashion Faceoff: Kimberly McLinden's Lookbook

Six fashion design students from  Moore College of Art & Design  are competing...

Fashion Faceoff: Ariana Rodriguez's Lookbook

With the help of  Vantage Apparel , Wearables is introducing a group of students at ...

Fashion Faceoff: Erin Keenan's Lookbook

Wearables teamed up with  Moore College of Art & Design  in Philadelphia and ...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet Lucy Sanchez

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of Art...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet Victoria Jenkins

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of Art...

Fashion Faceoff: Monica Bates

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of Art...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet Kimberly McLinden

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet Erin Keenan

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of...

Fashion Faceoff: Meet Ariana Rodriguez

>>Back to student profiles Six students at  Moore College of...

Bracelet Promises to Replace Your Daily Coffee

Tired of waiting in long lines at the coffee shop for your daily fix? A Canadian...

Introducing the Wearables Fashion Faceoff Contest

This year, Wearables partnered with Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) and Moore College...

The Stress Ball Gets a High-Tech Makeover

Looking for a high-tech take on the classic stress ball? German designer Simone...

Children's Apparel Line Commits to Giving Back

For Small Apparel , an online children's clothing boutique based in Portland, OR,...

Impact Dimensions Named Official Merchandiser of DNC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) rolls into Philadelphia at the end...

Video: Choosing the Perfect T-shirt

Distributors and decorators in the promotional products industry know that a T-shirt...

McDonald's Transforms Happy Meal Into VR Headset

Facebook has Oculus Rift . Microsoft has HoloLens . Google has Cardboard . For the...

Slideshow: Extreme Screen-Printing Shop Makeover

In early February, Wearables sent screen-printing consultant Charlie Taublieb to...

Power Walk With Phone-Charging Footwear

Instead of just counting your steps, why not use them to charge your smartphone too?...

Podcast: What You Should Know About Copyright

Ruth Carter, a licensed attorney in Arizona with a practice that focuses on...

Wearables Readers Share Thoughts on Copyright

Apparel distributors and decorators have a lot to say about copyright issues, so much...

Vermont T-shirt Printer Tops Chick-fil-A in Trademark Battle

Eat more kale. This simple, three-word commandment had humble beginnings, but...

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Copyright?

Take the below quiz to learn more about copyright and trademark. Feel free to share...

5 Ways to Boost Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

It's clear that social media is here to stay. A recent survey from research firm...

CustomInk Acquires Celebrity-Backed Startup

Online DIY T-shirt decorator CustomInk has acquired Represent , a Los...

Smart Jackets Stop Identity Theft, Charge Phones and More

A new generation of jackets does more than keep you warm. There are smart vests and...

Decorators Strive for Regular Maintenance

When it comes to machine maintenance, most Wearables readers are diligent. Nearly...

Podcast: Discussing Wearables' New Look

Wearables  Editor Nicole Rollender and Senior Editor Theresa Hegel made an...

Epson Releases New Printers, Software Update

Epson is widening its focus on apparel decorators, announcing new printers, plus...

3 Tips for Stronger E-Commerce

Erich Campbell, a digitizer and e-commerce expert at Black Duck Screen Printing and...

Podcast: When to Buy New Equipment

Rick Roth, an award-winning screen printer and president of Mirror Image Inc.,...

Video: Decorating Equipment Maintenance Tips

In March, we'll be releasing the 2016 Wearables Machine Guide, an indispensable list...

Suit Claims Fitbit Heart Monitors Faulty

Angry consumers this month are taking Fitbit to task, claiming in a nationwide...

Martian Releases Discreet Smartwatches

For Martian Watches , it's all about discretion. The California-based wireless tech...

Medical Wearable Quells Chronic Pain

Last April in Wearables , I wrote about Quell , an FDA-cleared medical wearable...

CES 2016: Head-to-Toe Wearable Tech Debuted

Wednesday was the first official day of CES 2016 in Las Vegas. And when the doors of...

Poll: What Equipment Will You Buy in 2016?

The March issue of Wearables is our annual machine guide, where we bring you the...

Try a Bonus Pool to Improve Accuracy

In the age of lightning-quick Internet shopping and ultra-convenient mobile apps,...

3 Tips to Boost T-Shirt Margins

2016 will be the year o f the T-shirt. At least, that's what distributors and...

Shop Shakeup: Make Changes That Stick

Seeing major changes through is harder than it looks. Our expert helps one North Caroli...

The Big-Sales, High-Pressure World of Contract Decoration

Despite dealing with low margins and high pressure, a number of decorators eschew direc...

Review: Pebble Time Has Charm

Pebble’s latest smartwatch is still charming, but comes with limitations.

Texas Decorator Launches T-shirt Fundraiser

RiverCity Sportswear (asi/309087) created a T-shirt fundraiser to help rebuild its...

Fair Winds for Nautical-Themed Apparel Line

Mudhook Clothing offers simple, nautical-themed apparel. Kyle Sayler recently...

Tapestry Recognizes Medieval War Hero

An English church unveiled a detailed tapestry that reflects the life of Sir Thomas...

Embroidered Insects a Hit for Japanese Firm

Takahiro Harada, president of Harada Embroidery in Japan, turned his childhood love...

Scandinavian Man Crochets Detailed Video Game Blanket

Kjetil Nordin, 31, of Denmark, channeled his love of video games into his other...

Industry Suppliers Halt Confederate Flag Sales

In the wake of the June mass shooting at a historic African-American church in...

Wearable Tech Patents Up 40%

Over 41,000 wearable technology patents were published between 2010 and 2015, and...

Wearable Tech Courts Women

Fashionable wearables for women have been few and far between, but a handful of startup...

Can This Shop Be Saved?

Stitches In Time in Concord, NC, is all about the monogram. The charming retail...

The Perfect Order

In an industry where creativity and customization are expected every day, a lot can...

Grow Your Shop the Smart Way

Our comprehensive guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to expand your...

Screen-Printing Class In Session

Many college screen-printing programs train the next generation of workers and spark a ...

College Entrepreneurs Make Success Last

Starting in college, many apparel go-getters turned their entrepreneurial itch into thr...

Indian Textiles on Display

Amuseum in Mumbai has opened up a permanent gallery to map the rich textile heritage...

State Government Sample Show Lucrative

Marjorie Corrow, President of Life's a Stitch Embroidery in Niskayuna, NY, has...

College Student Builds Brand Online

College senior Kevin Ostromecki is building his custom apparel brand, Altix Clothing,...

Getting Personal

Large retail brands have embraced the personalization trend, thanks to software that ma...

The Digital Decision

Direct-to-garment and dye-sublimation printing have grown by leaps and bounds, and deco...

Expand and Contract

Despite dealing with low margins and high pressure, a number of decorators still thrive...

Shop Shakeup

Kelley and Kyle Waltz want to boost their profits and take their basement decorating bu...

The Perfect Order

In an industry where creativity and customization are expected every day, a lot can...

7 Hot Markets to Penetrate Now: Land the Professional Services Market

When it comes to professional services, the key word is professional. The lawyers,...

7 Hot Markets to Penetrate Now: Break Into the Education Market

A study conducted during the 2013 football season at seven U.S. colleges - including...

Design Gone Digital

Epson brings sublimation to the catwalks of New York Fashion Week

Tech Tidbits: New Pebble Watch Announced

The makers of Pebble Watch, the most popular smartwatch, have announced plans to...

A Healthy Market

Wearable technology can take patient and personal care to a whole new level.

Top Strategies For Protecting Your Data

There may be no more important step companies need to take today than ensuring their di...

Stitches Top Shops

Meet the decorators who stood out this year, setting the industry standard for quality ...

School of Stitching

Art and fashion students at institutions like the Rhode Island School of Design and Ken...

California Shop Expands Thanks to Lease Program

With four decades working in the decorated-apparel business, Cheryl Griffin, of...

Being Real Key to Social Media Strategy

When it comes to T-shirt printing, there's a lot of miscommunication out there,...

Shop’s Showroom a Partnership With Suppliers

San Bernardino, CA-based 3Ring Creative (asi/100257) is trying something new with its...

Used Equipment Makes Sense

Shep Kilby's wife, Arvene, convinced him to enter the decorated-apparel business...

Twilling Tweeds Bridges Pakistani, Scottish Cultures

Perhaps it was inevitable for Adil Iqbal, a textile designer raised in Scotland by a...

Magna Carta Wikipedia Entry Stitched for Posterity

British artist Cornelia Parker is taking the 800-year-old Magna Carta into the...

Shop Shakeup

An Ontario decorator wanted to save money by bringing screen printing in-house. With no...

“When is it time to break up with a difficult customer?”

The customer is not always right - something worth remembering the next time you're...

The Digital Decision

Direct-to-garment and dye sublimation printing have grown by leaps and bounds, but many...

Fine in Fleece

With the cold weather comes expanded opportunities to sell fleece.

Building Big Sales

How to sell apparel to construction sector clients.

Increase Wine Sales to Millennials

Let's face it. Wine can be intimidating, and wine drinkers have often been portrayed...

Bookbinder Uses Intricate Stitching in Craft

E mbroidery adds a rich, textural quality to the bespoke books bound by Hannah Brown....

Chinese Billionaire Drops $45M for Tibetan Tapestry

AChinese billionaire recently spent a record $45 million to purchase a 600-year-old...

Cost Saving Ideas for Companies: Cleaning Your Debt

If your distributorship is in debt - for whatever reason - industry consultant...

How to Grow Your Business: Show Clients You’re Trustworthy

Here's a puzzler: What's something that's hard to get, and once you have it, easy to...

Thrift Shops

Penny-pinching printers can save tens of thousands of dollars by purchasing used equipm...

Shop Shakeup

Linda and Steve Wachal often don’t see eye to eye on pricing and major purchases for Io...

The Brand Commandments

The stone-cold reality: You aren’t too busy to build your own brand. Follow these prove...

How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes

It's difficult to avoid emotional involvement when scoping out potential hires, but...

Twitter Tips

Get some great Twitter tips and tricks by Stitches Senior Writer Theresa Hegel.

2014 Big Decorating Challenge

The winning decorating teams used their creativity and business smarts to create a unif...

Mending the Apparel Trade

It’s been a year and a half since a factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,1...

GroupeSTAHL Appoints CEO

GroupeSTAHL has appointed Chris Lawson as CEO. Lawson is the former chief financial...

ASI Promocar Rules the Road

Attendees of the ASI Show Chicago this summer were greeted with something a little...

Sales Spotlight

Want to up your apparel sales? Target these three key markets in 2015.

Keep It Clean

A well-organized shop can save you time and money.

Print Preview

Decoration methods are poised to take a next-level leap.

Boding Well

Activity trackers have become an essential tool of corporate wellness programs.

Through the Looking Glass

Google Glass and other eyewear tech can revolutionize the workplace.

"What Do I Do If I'm Being Sued?"

It's no secret that employees don't always part with an employer on the best of...

How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes OR How to Manage a Business

It's difficult to avoid emotional involvement when scoping out potential hires, but...

Show Clients You’re Trustworthy OR How to Grow Your Business

Here's a puzzler: What's something that's hard to get, and once you have it, easy to...

Increase Wine Sales to Millennials OR How to Grow Your Sales

Let's face it. Wine can be intimidating, and wine drinkers have often been portrayed...

Cost Saving Ideas for Companies: Cleaning Your Debt

If your distributorship is in debt - for whatever reason - industry consultant...

Preview: Dickies Fall ’14 Collection

This fall, Dickies (asi/49675) is going off the grid: Its upcoming collection of...

A Mixed Blessing

The high-end look of mixed media designs command a premium and separate decorators from...

Power Punchers

Converting designs into stitches is both a science and an art, according to the profess...

Worth A Dang

They call it the Dang Chick Nation, and that legion of enthusiastic, online fans is...

Primed For Success

Employees at Seattle-based Zoom ID were a little surprised when NFL Hall of Famer...

South African Artist Explores Fairy Tales

South African artist Hannalie Taute stitches haunting images onto smooth, black...

Metal Band Animates Embroidery In Latest Video

Nicos Livesy, a freelance animator and member of the London-based heavy metal band...

A Stitch Doing Time

Beautiful, intricate needlework isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you...

"How Do I Make a Compelling Case Study?"

Everyone loves a good story, from scary tales told around crackling campfires to the...

Brand Commandments

The stone-cold reality: You are not too busy to build your own brand. Follow our instru...

Can This Shop Be Saved?

Point Embroidery & Screen in central Wisconsin operated at a loss last year, with nice-...

Helping Homeless Vets

Mark Doyle isn't a military veteran, and he didn't know anything about the decorated...

Doubling Up

Wall of Fame in Sioux City, IA, was able to double its order volume overnight - when...

A Secret Success

The 15 employees of Atomic Screen Printing and Embroidery in Kennewick, WA, once...

Embroidery Reinterpreted Through Furniture

A rich heritage of folk embroidery meets modern furniture design in Hilando...

Obituary: Herb Lotma

Herb Lotman, chairman of the board of Philadelphia-based Penn Emblem Co. (asi/77120),...

Automate Your Shop

From design shortcuts to paperless offices, there are many ways to streamline your proc...

Chinese Artists Recreate Old Currency

Chinese husband-and-wife artists Shao Yinong and Muchen used traditional embroidery...

The Magna Carta, 800 Years Young

Next year marks the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta - the historical charter sealed...

Tanks a Lot

Men’s tank tops aren’t just for the beach anymore.

Paisley Comeback

The pattern has had a rebirth and apparel promotions can benefit.

Design It Yourself

How can any consumer become a graphic artist and create her own shirt? With the help of...

I Believe: Stephanie Woods

The who, what and wear of industry experts

Back From the Brink

There’s more than one way to sink a shop – from unavoidable and unexpected disasters to...

Tapestry Illustrates Healing Power of Embroidery

It turns out a needle and thread have more medical applications than merely stitching...

Exhibit Highlights Vibrant Career

A British museum exhibit offers a dazzling glimpse into the 50-year-long career of...