Stitches Archive: November 2014
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Mending the Apparel Trade

It’s been a year and a half since a factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,120 people, most of them garment workers. Some in the industry believe this preventable tragedy was the wakeup ...
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2014 Big Decorating Challenge

The winning decorating teams used their creativity and business smarts to create a unified, functional apparel solution for a fictional, but demanding client.
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ASI Promocar Rules the Road

Attendees of the ASI Show Chicago this summer were greeted with something a little bit different by Stitches' parent company, the Advertising Specialty Institute. The ASI Promocar, a 2002 Mazda...
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GroupeSTAHL Appoints CEO

GroupeSTAHL has appointed Chris Lawson as CEO. Lawson is the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of Ross Roy Advertising, a billion-dollar private advertising/marketing...
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A Dress a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

In May, Lillian Weber will turn 100. By then, the Iowa woman plans to have sewn 1,000 dresses for African girls in need. She has a good start, making one dress every day for the past two years....
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A Skill for a Better Life

For the last three years, a Massachusetts woman has been teaching Haitian women how to embroider, helping villagers develop a money-earning skill so they can afford to send their children to...
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Making the Move to a Bigger Shop

Since setting up shop in a larger location in February, Howard Potter, CEO of A&P Master Images (asi/702505), says he's given close to 300 tours. Something that has continued to surprise him...
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Apparel Trends: Neon

Neon numbers are all over the runways: select neon pieces in lemon-lime from Armani; artful, short-sleeved topcoats in scintillating orange and luminescent cobalt from Dior; and neon jackets,...
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Color Trends: Cognac

Pantone's cognac - a gorgeously subtle smoky brown that's reminiscent of milk chocolate - is playing a starring role in fall/winter collections from Givenchy, Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton. This...
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Embellishment Trends: Digital Designs

Prints are rampant in the fashion world and have helped pave the way for all-over sublimated designs. From Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's latest collection to Marc Jacobs' sporty logo-infused lineup,...
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Showcase: Sports Apparel

Over the past year, the variety and availability of quality athletic and sports-themed apparel have reached epic proportions. Jeff Silcock, marketing manager for Stormtech Performance Apparel...
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Niche: Holiday Designs

The holidays are all about embellishing. Lee Romano Sequeira, co-owner of Sparkle Plenty Designs Inc. (asi/88442), says bling is still a top selection for holiday-apparel décor. "Many...
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Expose Screens 30% Faster

Ryonet's DIY Print Shop Kit now has a new addition: the first-ever UV Screen Exposure Bulb, specifically designed to expose the kind of emulsion used in screen printing. What makes this bulb...
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Product Pick: Pallet Adhesive

Graphic Solutions Group offers a new pallet adhesive for increased flexibility. Top Bond by Chemical Consultants is a water-based adhesive that can be used to secure garments on pallets or belts...
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PulseID Offers Affordable Automation

Efficiency is attainable for even the smallest of embroidery business with PulseID from Hirsch International (asi/14982). The automation and personalization software standardizes critical...
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Get Schooled on Education

Education is a top market for the promotional apparel marketplace. Decorators can learn about maximizing profits from their school-related clients, as well as how to customize imprinting for the...
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Five Steps: Update a Classic Image With Neon Colors

Embroiderer Nancy Mini from Madeira USA demonstrates how to use specialty thread to make a stock design really stand out.
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Little Detail, Big Reward

Sometimes it's the little detail that makes the apparel. With fall sports in play, school teams and booster clubs seek simple ways to feature their crests and mascots. Penn Emblem Co....
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