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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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A look back at 2016

New products, new brands, new faces – 2016 was a year not to forget. So let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the last 12 months. January In our bumper What’s New issue many new brands took the opportunity to announce their presence in the UK …

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Embroidery machines can do more than you think

Have you ever wondered about the diverse designs you can create with an embroidery machine? Emma Warren did and you can take a look at the results below. Emma creates bespoke fashion designs that are available through ASOS and Etsy. She set her business up three years ago after graduating …

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Kustomized explores the full potential of Roland DG

Ash Mediratta, managing director at Kustomized, explains how Roland DG helped him see that market opportunities in the creative industry have never been bigger. Having worked in the IT industry for more than 15 years, Ash decided to change career into something that was more creative, after plenty of research …

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