Q&A: Bright Apparel Sourcing Ideas

Is your client asking for colorful hair bows, polos with ¾-length sleeves or kids’ backpacks in yellow? We know where to find them.


This 1 ½” custom printed grosgrain cheer style bow (QBOW-P2) from Quashies, LLC (asi/80127) has an alligator clip and can be customized with optional rhinestones and glitter.

Q: Do any industry suppliers carry hair bows in various colors? I need them for a cheerleading team. – Odessa

A: Give me a “V” for Victory Bows (asi/42972); (877) 634-6386; www.victorybows.com; which offers many choices made from high-quality grosgrain ribbon. The customizable bows are made in the USA, and all ribbon is heat-cut to prevent fraying.

Next, find bows available with hair/wrist tie attachments or clips from Quashies, LLC (asi/80127; shown here); (918) 518-6635; www.quashies.com. This supplier’s hair accessories are made in the USA of imported fabric, with many options for colors and patterns. Three cheers for our third supplier: Pizzazz (asi/78230); (888) 289-7860; www.pizzazzwear.com. Shop for awareness bows, animal prints, sparkly choices and several color combinations; most are made in the USA.

Q: Where can I get safety orange caps for a hunting group? – Hector

A: Stand out with the Outdoor Cap Safety V Crown Cap (SAF100) from S&S Activewear (asi/84358); (800) 523-2155; www.ssactivewear.com. Made of polyester, this adjustable cap is mid-profile and features 3M reflector trim, sewn eyelets and Velcro closure. Or, light the night with the Luminescent Safety Cap with Reflective Trim (3026) from Headwear USA (asi/60282); (888) 872-0872; www.headwear-usa.com. It’s low-profile with a pre-curved visor, reflective trim and a short-touch strap.

Last but not least, hunt for the Hi-Viz Cap (MX031) from Max Apparel USA, LLC (asi/69706); (888) 629-4287; www.maxhat.com; with reflective binding around the visor and crown, it offers a pre-curved visor and fade-resistance.

Q: My client is interested in faux leather jackets. – Mick

A: Check out the Men’s Roadster Shell (MRX-2) and Women’s Roadster Shell (MRX-2W) from Stormtech USA Inc. (asi/89864); (866) 407-2222; www.stormtechusa.com. Consisting of 100% polyester embossed fabric, these lightweight, water-resistant jackets feature zippered pockets and quilted side panels.

Next, try on the Fully Customizable HQ Faux Leather Varsity Jacket with Hoody (AC-CVJ-008-A) from Assertive Creativity (asi/37166); (347) 350-6349; www.assertivecreativity.com. It offers a sleek faux leather exterior with cotton jersey lining and snap closure. Finally, stay warm with the Faux Leather Jacket (W68) from TYCA Corporation (asi/92370); (978) 612-0002; www.tyca.com. With 50% nylon/50% acetate lining, a Mandarin collar and front slash pockets, it’s available in sizes up to 5XL.

Q:I’m looking for a children’s backpack in solid yellow. – Natalie  

A: Pack it all with the Backpack on a Budget (723415) from American Greenwood Inc. (asi/35500); (800) 323-5051; www.americangreenwood.com. Made of 600 Denier polyester with PVC backing – and 50% recycled material – it measures 13” x 16” x 6” and includes a double-zippered main compartment.

Also, head to Ad Products Bazaar Inc. (asi/31522); (844) 242-9995; www.bazaarline.com; for the Premium Nylon Drawstring Backpack (B3005). This 14” x 17” bag, constructed from crinkled nylon, features air-vented front zippered pockets to separate wet items from dry ones. Or, send the little ones off with the Backpack with Main Zippered Compartment (BACKPACK-B555) from AAA & MK Promotion Inc. (asi/68253); (800) 791-5911; www.mkpromo.com. Measuring 13” x 16” x 6”, it features a front zippered gusset pocket and sleeve pocket, adjustable padded back strap and handles.

Q: My client needs women’s ¾-sleeve polo shirts. – Kyra

A: I’ve got a few up my sleeve! The first is the Tipton Women’s ¾ Length Sleeve Polo (TM96400) from Trimark (asi/92121); (800) 860-1555; www.pcna.com/Leeds/en-us. Available in sizes XS-2XL and in four colors, this 65% polyester/ 35% cotton top has a wicking finish. Next, go bold with the Extreme Ladies’ ¾-Sleeve Stretch Jersey Polo (75029) from alphabroder (asi/34063); (800) 523-4585; www.alphabroder.com. Made from 94% cotton/ 6% spandex, it features an elongated body, a slender two-button placket, hemmed cuffs and UV protection.

Tee off with the Women’s Aurora Golf Shirt (601) from Tri-Mountain (asi/92125); (800) 824-6464; www.trimountain.com. With 60% cotton/40% polyester construction, a narrow three-button placket, pearl buttons and double-stitched seams, this top comes in 10 color options and sizes up to 4XL.

Q: Can you please help me find quality shower curtains? – Dan

A: Make a splash with the Polyester Shower Curtain (APL671362) from Atlantic Promo Limited (asi/37379); (347) 306-4236; www.atlanticpromoltd.com. Available in 70” x 70” or 70” x 80”, and in many color choices, it offers heat resistance and durability. Or, get back to basics with the Shower Curtain Standard (ShowCur) from S&K Manufacturing Inc. (asi/84325); (800) 764-8688; www.skmfg.com. Made of polyester, this 71” x 74” curtain can be customized with your own photo or artwork and features removable lining with snaps for easy cleaning.

Finally, keep it clean with the Antimicrobial Shower Curtain (62898) from Hammacher Schlemmer (asi/59444); (866) 714-0530; www.hammacher.com. This 72” x 72” bathroom essential is treated to resist mold, mildew and bacteria, and it’s tear-proof and machine-washable.

Q: Are there any contrast-color ringer T-shirts made in the USA? – Jeannie

A: Ring up American Apparel (asi/35297); (213) 488-0226; www.americanapparel.net/wholesaleresources; for the Unisex Poly/Cotton Short-Sleeve Ringer T-Shirt (BB410), available in seven color combinations and made from 50% polyester/50% ringspun combed cotton.

Alternately, get the blues with the BLUEprint Fine Interlock Short-Sleeve Ringer Tee with Side Stripes (I859) from Blanks Plus (asi/40642); (877) 577-0006; www.blanksplus.net. This heavyweight tee – consisting of 100% ringspun combed cotton for an ultra-soft fabric – has stripes at the sides and sleeves with self-fabric binding. Blend it all together with the Unisex Triblend Ringer Tee (20052) from Royal Apparel (asi/83731); (866) 769-2517; www.royalapparel.net. This poly/cotton/rayon blend shirt comes in six color combinations and in sizes XS-2XL.