Features

General Election 2017: Battle of the promotional merchandise

It was announced last week by Prime Minister Theresa May that the people of Britain will take to the polls again to vote in the General Election on June 8. Rik Haynes, digital marketing executive of Premier Print & Promotions, has taken a look at what the political parties involved are …

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Peaking, troughing, staffing, training…

There is one thing that we have never been able to iron out, which I think is a common problem in our industry? The inevitable winter dip and the wider effect it has on staffing and training. Arron Harnden of Shirtworks explains further. From December through to February there seems …

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Nike introduces the Nike Pro Hijab

It is often said that retail trends are emulated in the printwear world, so with Nike’s introduction of the Nike Pro Hijab, is this a product that we will soon see enter the blank garments market? Read on to find out more about this groundbreaking item of clothing. The Nike …

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American Apparel: The story so far

It may have only been a few weeks since Gildan Activewear confirmed the acquisition of American Apparel, but the company already has big plans in mind for the Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer. American Apparel was founded in 1989 by Dov Charney as a wholesale business selling blank T shirts to …

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The history of T shirt printing

Dean Sanger, managing director of Sabur Ink Systems explores the history of T shirt printing. Now considered a wardrobe staple, the classic plain white T shirt first appeared some time around 1913, when the US Navy began issuing them to sailors as an undergarment. Made of light weight cotton and …

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Taking garment decoration upstream

With a philosophy of offering a truly customer service orientated approach, one Cornish garment decorator has a business plan that is all sewn up. P&P editor Melanie Attlesey reports. A wise man once told Zach Pillinger, owner and director of Upstream Printing, that in business ‘big was ugly, small was …

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Re-prints and re-dos

This month Arron Harnden of Shirtworks muses over something close to every screen printer’s hearts – those painful words… re-prints and re-dos. Painful because those words are loaded with costs, both financial and reputational. Painful with the emotional downward pull that those words create. Painful because it felt so avoidable. …

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A historic event for Alexandra Workwear

The workwear company Alexandra celebrated over 160 years of its history on February 8, with a special event at the M Shed museum on Bristol’s iconic waterfront. Alexandra Workwear began life in 1854 as a drapers shop in Whiteladies Road, Bristol and was named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the …

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Celebrating 32 years of winging it – part two

Part two of a veteran T shirt printer’s view: 32 years of winging it, 72 hour weeks, stress headaches and the rollercoaster of being in the T shirt printing game. Arron Harnden of Shirtworks reports. I know, it’s sounds crazy to think of a pre-internet world. It seems weird to …

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Celebrating 32 years of winging it – part one

A veteran T shirt printer’s view: 32 years of winging it, 72 hour weeks, stress headaches and the rollercoaster of being in the T shirt printing game. Arron Harnden of Shirtworks reports. Back in the day, when I was a wee boy of barely 19 years old, I was lost …

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