Q&A: Product Sourcing Questions Answered

Wearables magazine staff gives their recommendations for decorators’ sourcing queries.

Q: I’m searching for a nautical-style red and white tote bag. – Ava

A: Get your beach on with the Nautical Stripes Beach Tote – Medium (501) from SailorBags (asi/84293); (585) 924-3937; www.sailorbags.com. The 13” x 5” x 11 ½” bag is made of durable sailcloth with waterproof lining inside. Or, make a splash with the Cotton Canvas Nautical Tote (3240; shown here) from Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125); (800) 237-6305; www.hitpromo.net. At 23” x 14” x 7”, it consists of cotton canvas with a front pocket and top zippered closure. Last but not least, try the Striped Beach Bag (PP880008) from Prominent Promotions (asi/79998); (800) 560-6270; www.prominentpromos.com. This 17” x 13” cotton bag features white rope handles, one zipped pocket and two open pockets.

The Cotton Canvas Nautical Tote (3240) from Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125) has a front pocket, top zippered closure and 27” handles, and comes in three color combinations.

Q: Where can I find camo aprons? – Allan

A: Start with the Camouflage Bib Apron with Pocket (3000CAMO) from Aprons, Etc. (asi/36558); (800) 467-1996; www.apronsetc.com. Measuring 22” x 28”, this poly/cotton twill blend apron features a right hip pocket. Alternately, check out the Alternative Apron (08618C) from alphabroder (asi/34063); (800) 523-4585; www.alphabroder.com. Made from 100% cotton twill, this unisex, classic fit garment has a large pouch pocket with an adjustable neck and waist ties. Finally, hunt for the Mossy Oak Two-Pocket Adjustable Apron (A9830MO) from KC Caps (asi/58760); (800) 321-9888; www.kccaps.com/asi. This adjustable, two-pocket apron measures 22” x 30” and consists of 55% cotton/45% polyester.

Q: My client needs a basic, black fanny pack. – Julie

A: First, head to American Apparel (asi/35297); (213) 488-0226; www.americanapparel.net/wholesaleresources; for the Nylon Cordura Fanny Pack (RSANC500). Available in black with silver accents, this one-size bag is made in the USA. Next, stay cool with the Hipster Deluxe Fanny Pack (SM-7103) from Bullet (asi/42424); (800) 749-7367; www.pcna.com/Bullet/en-us. Measuring 6” x 16”, it’s made of 210D polyester with an adjustable waist strap and buckle. You could also stay smart with the Smart Belt Waist Pack (1900) from Illini (asi/62190); (800) 935-5472; www.illiniline.com. This 10 ½” x 4 ½” pack is made from lightweight Lycra material and features an earbud slot and interior pocket.

Q: Do any industry suppliers carry safari hats? – Victor

A: Go wild with the Safari Hat (9500) from Apollo Group (asi/73392); (800) 982-2146; www.apolloemb.com. Consisting of 100% heavy washed cotton, it’s available in five solid colors and a digital camo pattern. Or, try on the Hunting Camo Cotton Twill Safari Bucket Hat (N824) from Yafa Line, Inc. (asi/98760); (800) 274-9232; www.yafaline.com. Available in four different camo styles, this 100% cotton twill fabric hat features an adjustable chin strap. Cap off your search with the Outback Safari Hat (OB101) from Printgear (asi/79570); (800) 763-7763; www.printgear.com. Made of 70% cotton/30% nylon, it features a mesh ventilation insert in the crown and an interior pocket with Velcro closure.

Q: I’m looking for ladies’ sweater vests. – Marcy

A: Slip into the Ladies’ Sleeveless Sweater Vest (3221) from Dress Code (asi/48342); (347) 828-7515; www.dresscodesweaters.com. Made in the USA from acrylic material, it’s available in sizes up to 5XL and in seven color choices. Or, warm up with the High-Gauge V-Neck Vest (3009) from Cobmex Apparel (asi/45545); (877) 418-2931; www.cobmex.com. With a cashmere-like feel, this 100% acrylic vest is available in sizes XS-5XL. Last but not least, the Women’s Fine-Gauge V-Neck Pullover Sweater Vest (6446) from A+ Career Apparel & Image-Wear (asi/84835); (877) 632-7587; www.apluscareerapparel.com; is stain-, fade-, shrink-, and pill-resistant with a rib-knit waist and cuffs.

Q: Where can I find a long-sleeve button-down work shirt with sun protection? – Cam

A: Go long with the Long-Sleeve Chambray Shirt (S202) from Dungarees LLC (asi/50947); (573) 443-2565; www.dungarees.net. This 100% ringspun cotton top, available in big and tall sizes, features two chest pockets and a UPF rating of +10. Another option is the Men’s Long-Sleeve Sentry Action Option Shirt (HS1140) from Rugged Outfitters Inc. (asi/84143); (888) 388-1453; ruggedoutfitters.espwebsite.com. Made of 100% polyester, it offers a center front placket with break-resistant buttons and UPF 30+ sun protection. Then, enjoy nature with the Brick Long-Sleeve Outdoor Shirt (4285) from Dri Duck Traders Inc. (asi/50835); (866) 852-8222; www.driduck.com. This 100% cotton shirt is garment washed with a sueded, soapstone finish, and offers UPF 50+ sun protection.