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Q&A: Sourcing Fresh Products for Clients

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Q: I have a local school going to uniforms – they need youth girls’ polos and youth polo dresses or T-shirt dresses. Your help would be appreciated. – Carol

A: Dress to impress with the Girls’ Genova Polo Shirt (FA8900; shown here) from Fersten Worldwide USA (asi/53974); (800) 565-7462; www.fersten.com. Consisting of 91% recycled polyester/9% Lycra, this antibacterial polo features a self-collar and front and back princess lines.

Next, sweeten the deal with the French Toast Girls’ Short-Sleeve Interlock Polo (A9423) from S&S Activewear (asi/84358); (630) 679-9940; www.ssactivewear.com. This 6.4 oz., 60% cotton/40% polyester shirt includes a picot-trimmed collar, interlock knit, dyed-to-match pearlized flower buttons, reinforced shoulder seams and a tapered cut. Or, visit MLF Sales (asi/68264); (847) 526-3262; mlfsales@voyager.net; for the Girls’ Interlock Polo Dress; available in youth sizes 4-6X, this easy-care, stain-release, wrinkle- and fade-resistant dress has empire waist styling with a four-button placket.

Q: I’m looking for nylon handbags with handles and zipper closure that come in different colors. – Johanna

A: Start with the Multifunctional Handbag (ADP-813) from All Day Promo (asi/34053); (720) 940-3588; www.alldaypromoinc.com. With durable nylon lining and multiple interior pockets, it measures approximately 11” x 4 ½” x 12 ½”.

Or, check out the Tote Bag (TOTE BAG E116) from AAA & MK Promotion Inc. (asi/68253); (626) 448-4656; www.mkpromo.com. Measuring 20” x 11 ½” x 5”, this bag features a zipper closure, an interior zipper pocket, an attached coin purse and webbed straps. Last but not least, find a wide variety of hand bags in different colors and patterns from Ame & Lulu (asi/35232); (617) 916-1755; www.ameandlulu.com.

Q: I need to find beach cover-ups, either zippered or a T-shirt type. Any suggestions? – Nancy

A: We’ve got you covered. Head to S&S Activewear (asi/84358); (630) 679-9940; www.ssactivewear.com; for the LAT Women’s Fine Jersey V-Neck Cover Up (3522).   Available in six colors, it’s made from 100% combed ringspun cotton, and the sleeves and bottom feature a dual-needle hem for durability. Next, try on the Waffle Women’s Wrap (WR2132C) from Boca Terry LLC (asi/40766); (954) 312-4406; 40766.asisupplier.com. Offered in white or ecru, this 32” cotton/poly cover-up has snaps and an elastic back for adjustable sizing.

Wrap up your search with the Beach Cover-Up (2238) from Bishop, The Garment Co. (asi/40585); (800) 797-9629; www.bishopwear.com. Consisting of wicking and antimicrobial fabric, it’s available in sizes 2XS-3XL and in 14 colors.

Q: Please help me locate heavy crewneck sweatshirts, either 10 oz. or 11 oz. – George

A: Warm up to the Midweight Fleece Crew Neck (TW386) from Rugged Outfitters, Inc. (asi/84143); (888) 388-1453; ruggedoutfitters.espwebsite.com. This 10.5 oz. polyester/cotton fleece sweatshirt features a front neck “V” patch, rib knit cuffs and waistband, and is available in tall sizes. Also, get cozy with the Heavyweight Crew Neck Sweatshirt (1566) from TSC Apparel (asi/90518); (513) 771-1138; www.tscapparel.com, Made of 80% ringspun cotton/20% polyester, it’s preshrunk with double-needle stitched seams and set-in sleeves; nine colors and sizes S-3XL are available.

Finally, check out the 90/10 Cotton/Poly Ultimate Cotton 10 oz. Crew Sweatshirt (F260) from Atlantic Coast Cotton (asi/37355); (703) 753-7000; www.orderacc.com. With low-pill, high stitch density fleece, set-in long sleeves and banded cuffs, this crew-neck comes in six colors and sizes up to 3XL.

Q: I’m searching for solid color (black, gray or maroon), lightweight vests that close with snaps or buttons, for college rodeo teams. – Vickie 

A: Get in the game with the Mesh Vest, Snap Closure (22MVSA) from FIEL-Fairdeal Import & Export (asi/53509); (800) 353-3435 Ext. 108; www.fiel.com. Made in North America, breathable and customizable, it features roomy pockets and a simple snap closure. Another option is the Cherokee Button-Front Vest (1602) from Pella Products, Inc. (asi/76810); (641) 628-3092; www.pellaproducts.com; with two patch pockets, it comes in three colors and sizes up to 3XL.

Third, the Unisex 2-Pocket Button Vest (EV65 23) from Aprons, Etc. (asi/36558); (800) 467-1996; www.apronsetc.com; can help boost team spirit. Made from 65% polyester/35% cotton twill, this vest features two side pockets, four color-matched buttons and a soil-release finish.

Q: Where can I find a supplier for wholesale men’s long-sleeve Oxford shirts in pastel and bright colors? – Rhonda

A: Color me excited for the Astro from BigBang Corporate Apparel (asi/92883); (936) 273-8218; www.usabigbang.com. Made of cotton, it’s available in sizes 2XS-5XL and in eight colors, including lovely pastels. Next, slip into the Men’s Long-Sleeve Oxford Button-Down Easy Care Shirt (AW402) from Adcapitol (asi/31260); (704) 283-2147; www.adcapitol.com. This 55% cotton/45% polyester shirt has a patch pocket, box back pleat and adjustable cuffs; dozens of bright colors are available.

Alternately, get the Men’s Solid Oxford Shirt (462387) from Natural Basix (asi/73518); (917) 287-8146; www.naturalbasix.com. The 100% cotton washed shirt comes in sizes up to 2XL and an assortment of pastels and bright hues.

Q: I need a source for men’s black leather bomber jackets. Thank you! – Debi

A: First, get your style on with the Port Authority Leather Bomber Jacket (J780) from SanMar (asi/84863); (206) 727-3200; www.sanmar.com. This authentic jacket crafted from top grain leather features quilted nylon lining, interior pockets, adjustable cuffs with snaps and an elastic waistband. Next, try on the Men’s Buffed Napa Leather Bomber Jacket (BB101) from River’s End Trading (asi/82588); (800) 488-4800; www.riversendtrading.com. Made of durable top grain leather, it’s got nylon lining with polyester fiberfill, large cargo pockets and slash pockets.

Or, stay sharp with the Eagle Ridge Bomber (J615) from Beacon Promotions Inc. (asi/39250); (800) 628-9979; www.beaconpromotions.com. Buffed and made from top grain cowhide, this jacket includes satin quilted lining, a zip front with slash and interior pockets and a full one-piece back panel.