Wearables Archive: June 2014
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Design It Yourself

How can any consumer become a graphic artist and create her own shirt? With the help of screen printers and their online design capabilities.
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'Ink' Differently

Plastisol on cotton. For decades, that was your constant as a screen printer. That's not the case anymore. We've chronicled the meteoric rise of polyester and synthetic fabrics, which, by the...
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Zig When Others Zag

Originally made popular by the fashion house Missoni in the late 1950s, zigzag patterning has reemerged as a forerunning apparel trend this season. The latest collections from The Row and Marc...
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Line up for Contrast Piping

Originally made popular by the fashion house Missoni in the late 1950s, zigzag patterning has reemerged as a forerunning apparel trend this season. The latest collections from The Row and Marc...
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Fresh Breath and Fresh Styles

Stimulating and revitalizing, mint green is making a smash appearance in high-end fashion this summer, from 1960s-style dresses hailing from Peter Pilotto and Ralph Lauren to Carven's...
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Hot Products Showcase: Pet Apparel

Pet apparel might seem to be a novelty - until you realize just how passionate people are about their furry little companions. Tap into that deep emotional investment, and you have the beginnings...
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One Way or Another: Sateen Blouse

The value of a reliable and attractive woven shirt can't be underestimated, especially when you're seeking to upgrade company uniforms or improve a company's overall look. This women's sateen...
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Warm Thoughts

Summer is here (finally), and we celebrate it with our fresh and breezy cover item, a neon tank top (BB408) from American Apparel (asi/35297; circle 83 on Free Info Card). It was decorated by...
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Warm Up to Summer Apparel

Fashionistas rave about the trendiest of looks for summer, such as pastel colors, geometric prints and boxy cuts. What matters too for promotional apparel, is how it feels. Performance becomes...
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Ready for the Rain?

Are you and your clients living in one of the rainiest U.S. states? The top five, according to www.currentresults.com , are Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and, of course, Florida....
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Working Out For the Weekend

In February, The Dr. Oz Show upgraded workout wear to work-appropriate wear with a segment on "Workout Wear Fridays." Is it a trend? An article in The Washington Post, "The Case for Workout Wear...
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Automate to Price it Right

The pricing and quotation process can be time-consuming and inconsistent. The remedy lies in technology with automated software and websites. Quite simply, the time savings are significant. "When...
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Perfecting Presentations

Power your sales presentations to new heights of success with these business-building tips.
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Good Things Come in Creative Packages

How can you burnish your professional image and instantly elevate the value of a promotional garment? It’s all in the presentation.
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“How Can I Jump Start My E-mail Response Rate?”

Check your e-mail inbox. Now, check your trash folder. How many of those messages did you toss into the virtual wastebasket, unopened, without a second thought? E-mail has become a cheap...
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Cowboy Up

The Western hat is a staple of Americana that crosses all borders.
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I Believe: Stephanie Woods

The who, what and wear of industry experts
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A Better Bangladesh

On April 24 last year, 1,133 garment workers died in the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several months earlier, a fire at another garment factory in Dhaka, Tazreen Fashions,...
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Little Changes, Big Increases

Simple fixes for manual press production can eliminate downtime.
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Testing the Waters

Plastisol’s reign is threatened by the rising popularity of waterbase.
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Point / Counterpoint

Waterbase is the Trend By Dan Corcoran, Forward Printing Most Apparel Screen printers in the States specialize or deal exclusively with plastisol inks. It makes sense since most of us...
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Get Equipped

The equipment you have for plastisol isn’t always ideally suited for waterbase. Here is what you need to do waterbase right.
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Protective Measures

How product safety legislation spurred the next big thing in inks.
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Fresh Coat

There’s that same old plastisol and traditional waterbase, but innovations are arriving quickly, offering screen printers a wealth of options. Here are four of the latest trends, so fresh they have...
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Operator Error

Get the most out of your ink by fixing these common mistakes.
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Mix Your Own Ink Colors

Not many T-shirt shops make their living from selling blank merchandise. Something has to go onto the shirt, and that something is ink. Usually, smaller or less experienced shops will concentrate...
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Tri, Tri, Tri Again

Bright prints, soft hand on tri-blends – can it be done?
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Welcome To Our Kitchen

Advice and secrets from the screen printing know-it-alls
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Anchors Aweigh

Every year, the sisters of Delta Gamma make a literal splash with their annual Anchor Splash. Held at the Gibb Pool at Washington State University, the day-long charitable event offers friendly...
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Facing Nature

Lynka Promotional Solutions (circle 105 on Free Info Card) has established itself as a leading distributor and decorator in Europe since it was started over two decades ago. The company, based in...
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Equipment Corner

Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 Series - BITO USA BITO USA (circle 119 on Free Info Card) offers the new Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 series, a combination single-head laser and embroidery machine with the...
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