Stitches Archive: August 2015

Grow Your Shop the Smart Way

Our comprehensive guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to expand your business. As a small-business owner, you should always have an eye on the future, planning out the right steps...
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The Perfect Order

In an industry where creativity and customization are expected every day, a lot can go wrong. Here is how to make each decorated-apparel order absolutely perfect. Yes, we know nobody's...
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Can This Shop Be Saved?

Stitches In Time in Concord, NC, is all about the monogram. The charming retail shop, with a small but growing corporate wear division, has a loyal following. But owner Pat Fortney and daughter...
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Ask an Expert: Making Your Shop Sustainable and Profitable

How can I make my shop more green and sustainable while still ensuring that I stay profitable? Is there anything I can do that doesn't require construction? To answer this question, I decided...
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Women-Owned Businesses on the Rise

Women-owned firms make up 30% of all U.S. businesses, generating about $1.5 trillion in annual revenue, according to new research commissioned by American Express. Women-owned businesses have...
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Distributor Sales Up in Q1

Data from ASI, Stitches' parent company, reveals that promotional products distributors grew revenues by 3.5% in the first quarter of 2015, the 21st straight quarterly rise. Distributors...
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American Apparel Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-CEO

The turmoil surrounding Stitches Top 25 apparel supplier American Apparel ( asi/35297 ) continues to grow, with the company winning a temporary restraining order against ousted CEO and founder...
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Murder Charges Filed in 2013 Bangladesh Building Collapse

Bangladesh authorities filed murder charges in June against 41 people for their roles in the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which killed more than 1,100 people and injured about 2,500....
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Factory Fire Kills 72

A footwear factory fire in the Philippines in May killed 72 workers, many of whom were trapped on the second floor of the building, investigators said. The fire occurred at a rubber slipper...
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Massive Embroidery Project Depicts 20th Century

For nearly two decades, a British woman has been overseeing an ambitious embroidery project, which she likens to a modern-day Bayeux Tapestry. When complete, the Embroidery of the Century will...
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Decorator Rescues Landfill-Bound Textiles

When Florence Mano learned that designers routinely discard end-run and sample fabrics, she was distraught. The owner of Mano's Material Creations, a custom embroidery shop in Phoenixville, PA,...
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Being Green Saves Green for Wisconsin Shop

Marshall Atkinson estimates Visual Impressions has saved more than $860,000, since an initial push into sustainable printing in 2011. It's no wonder then that the Milwaukee, WI-based shop has...
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Contract Shop Invests $1.5M on Addition

Dubow Textile is in the process of adding 21,000 square feet to its already roomy 40,000-square-foot facility in St. Cloud, MN. Owner Rob Dubow says he expects the $1.5 million expansion to be...
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Demand for Vehicle Wrap Prompts Construction

It was a classic case of chutzpah that led Moorhead, MN-based Personal Touch to add vehicle wraps to its long list of decoration methods. The full-service marketing company's motto is: "If you...
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Five Steps: Create a Laser-Etched T-shirt

Target Decorated Apparel (asi/90549) shows how to create a multimedia, laser-etched T-shirt.
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Sales in the Bag

Richie Bags & Fashions; circle 77 on Free Info Card. IBIS World's 2015 Global Handbag and Purse Manufacturing Market Research Report shows a surge in demand for these accessories...
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Go Team with Tech Applique

Vantage Apparel ( asi/93390 ); circle 78 on Free Info Card. As the new school year kicks into gear, so does the need for emblematic apparel celebrating a sport team or mascot. For a fresh...
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A Patriotic Labor Day

Penn Emblem Co. ( asi/77120 ); circle 79 on Free Info Card. Labor Day celebrates the hard work of American laborers on the first Monday of every September. Penn Emblem Co. ( asi/77120 )...
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New T-RIPS 2.0 Upgrades Film Output

Scott Fresener of T-BizNetwork.com, and the developer of the original FastRIP inkjet film output software, has released version 2.0 of his popular T-RIP software. T-RIP 2.0 is a software RIP that...
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Customize More Caps

Hotronix; circle 81 on Free Info Card. Increase your productivity and ability to produce popular "under the bill" imprints. Hotronix introduces a multifunctional Hat Bill Platen that makes...
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Equipped to Meet Demand

PXP Solutions ( asi/78964 ); circle 106 on Free Info Card. If you get a "hot market" job, you've landed a large order that must be turned quickly. Championship games are a great example....
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Reduce Heat, Improve Results

Ryonet; circle 82 on Free Info Card. Ryonet's Green Galaxy inks are water-based and offer a soft hand to prints. "Many customers now expect their prints to have a soft hand and...
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Trend Alerts: Mock Necks

Mock Necks Turtlenecks' younger, trendier step-siblings, mock necks are growing in popularity among athletes and businesspeople alike. "Mock neck apparel was really ignited by Tiger Woods...
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Trend Alerts: Sequins

Sequins Sequin embellishments are an excellent choice for promotional apparel and accessories because they ensure your client's brand will get noticed. A female-driven product, sequins don't...
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Trend Alerts: Pantone's Dried Herb

Pantone's Dried Herb Earthy and strong, Pantone's Dried Herb is just as welcome in the military scene as it is atop a hearty meal, as the title suggests. "This seems to be part of a broader...
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Niche: Biker Apparel/Accessories

Believe it or not, in the promotional industry, end-users who crave biker-style apparel and accessories are not typically motorcycle gang members. (They get their gear elsewhere.) According to...
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Showcase: Outerwear/Fleece Wear

"There's potential for a huge demand for fleece in any market," says Margo Scavone, director of marketing for Bodek and Rhodes ( asi/40788 ). "It's an essential layering piece and can be...
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Inspiration: Emily Pittinos

A fiber artist, weaver, spinner, dyer and poet, Emily Pittinos works in 3-D. "Since I don't draw or create 2-D images, color and shape were what I really delved into," says Pittinos,...
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