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Shop talk - When can water based inks work and when do they fail?

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Screen printers will mostly agree that they do not like using water based inks. In a fast paced print environment where 'time is definitely money' there are significant problems with using water based...
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Veblen, conspicuous consumption, virtue signalling and your T shirt brand.

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​ The unacceptable face of capitalism is in the news this week. Philip Green is accused of enriching his own life at the expense of the many, this is capitalism personified. It is an ugly face. This m...
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Where are T shirts and cotton garments manufactured?

Where are T shirts and cotton garments manufactured?
Lots of people simply will not give a fig. Why does it matter where your stuff comes from as long is its what you want at a price you are happy to pay? What does it matter if it was made in Honduras, ...
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What is colour matching for t-shirt printing?

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Your guide to Pantones, RGB, CMYK, HEX and just SWAGGING  it. SWAG is an acronym taken from the phrase S cientific W ild A rsed G uess. It is always better to avoid 'SWAGGING' it if real data and...
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Introduction to converting your design into an embroidery-able format.

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When you send us your artwork or logo for an embroidery order for the first time, there is a charge to convert this design into a format, which can be read and understood by the embroidery machines. T...
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What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?

What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?
My Nan was from Glasgow. She smoked too much, drank too much, and lived a difficult life where a practical mind-set ensured her survival through the Second World War, some heartbreak and some disappoi...
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Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.

Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.
I love getting sweaty. I have figured out that I really appreciate the feeling I get after I have worked hard. I have figured out that if my motivation starts to take a dip, I can buy a new piece of k...
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Not just about printed and embroidered t-shirts…we are also, all about bags.

Not just about printed and embroidered t-shirts…we are also, all about bags.
We Love Bags! We love bags because they stow your stuff. We love bags because they enable you to operate in tough urban environments by allowing you to carry those survival essentials; like your lapto...
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Hi Viz…for rugged builder types.

Hi Viz…for rugged builder types.
Health and safety regulations for wearing hi-viz workwear and some clothing solutions.   Hi Visibility clothing has been compulsory in some work environments now since 1992. You must conduct a ri...
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We have expanded our B&C range...

We have expanded our B&C range...
19 years in business (10 years younger than us!) means that B&C are just emerging from their teen years, about to blossom into a beautiful adult. It is often said that beauty is only 'skin deep'. ...
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Customer Focus/Product Development.

Customer Focus/Product Development.
SELKIE open water swimming.   Open water can be frightening. Slate grey craggy cliff faces plunging into a frothy tumult; angry swirls of murderous ocean can conjure a primeval fear where the dar...
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Do you like to get high? Have you tried running the London marathon?

Do you like to get high? Have you tried running the London marathon?
We all like to be comfortable. We spend most of our money and a lot of time creating an environment and a set of routines that help service our comfort. We like to be in an 'alpha wave state' where ou...
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The little people in your life…………..

The little people in your life…………..
Kids and toddler clothing for printing and embroidery. Look at this pitiful image and take a moment. What do you see?  These poor wretches were typical of their time when 'kids fashion' was a fut...
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So, you want to start a clothing company?

So, you want to start a clothing company?
Each day, we process around 300 quotations for customers who are looking to buy clothing for a number of reasons. We have workwear customers, we have marketing or advertising agencies, we have clubs o...
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Latest Sailing Clothing

Latest Sailing Clothing
If you like the sound of water slipping off your bow, the wind pressing your back as you cut along on a magnetic bearing and if you can recite the lyrics to Sally Brown (Roll and go) while chugging do...
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Printing or embroidery onto polo shirts advice

There are some things to consider when you are planning your printed or embroidered polo shirt order.

Not everything will work and some things that will work, can work better if you know the pitfalls.

The first thing to consider is the weave or knit of the polo shirt.

Polo shirts more often than not have a weave known as 'PIQUE' (pee-kay). This is a knitted weave which produces a texture that appears raised and patterned.

If you were to examine it closely, you would see the peaks and troughs that exist at the warp and weft junctions.

PIQUE KNIT

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JERSEY KNIT

close up of jersey knit fabric used for polo shirts

 

This is a flatter and smoother weave, which is more common in T-shirts and sweatshirts.

The difference in the weaves is obvious and this will often influence the decision on whether to go for screen-printing, digital printing, vinyl (usually for names and numbers on the back) or embroidery.

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How to look good in a T shirt.

The truth about looking good in a T shirt is that you either need to be the right kind of skinny, spending quality time in the gym or you need to wear your 'size' like you own the world and your big curves and bulges are a deliberate strategy to occupy more space as you grow more glorious and fabulous.

The right kind of skinny.
If your metabolism is aggressive or you burn through nervous energy then you might be one of those people that finds it hard to put on weight. You will probably be in one of the metabolic categories that is controlled by your adrenal or pituitary glands.

Females are categorised with 4 types of metabolism while men have only 3. Your metabolism is largely governed by one of our four major glands and each of us has a dominant gland; the thyroid, the adrenal, the pituitary and the gonads or sex glands. In men, the adrenal and gonadal types are combined.

Another way to categorise body types is as mesomorphs (those with athletic builds), endomorphs (those with bigger bodies) and ectomorphs (those with very thin builds).

In reality, most of us are a combination of body types or our glandular activity is a combination of those four types. Glandular activity changes throughout our life and it can be affected by our choice of diet and the external stimuli we are subjected to but the natural 'skinnies' amongst you can look great in the right fitting T shirt whether you are a 'fit-skinny' or a 'slacker-skinny'.

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Shirtworks roadtest for new Stanley Stella products for 2016.

Shirtworks roadtest for new Stanley Stella products for 2016.

What has a seminal 1947 Tennesee Williams play about complex human interactions and a study of masculinity have in common with a 21st century clothing brand?

Well..............we have no idea!

Stanley & Stella (S&S) are two of the main characters in 'A Streetcar named Desire' and also the name of an ethical clothing brand which has positioned itself as a fashion white label product for anyone wanting to create a product driven as well as brand driven clothing brand of their own.

The garment decoration business has long been supplying basic t shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies etc.... for screenprinting or embroidery but in the last 3 years there have been interesting 'fashion' orientated products coming into the market.

These products have been constructed using alternative weave and dying processes to create fashion textures that have been appearing on the high street recently.

S&S also use organic cotton and their products are Fair Wear accredited. This can be an important message for your own brand and can add value, credibility and brand equity.

 

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Does a T shirt printing/embroidery company really need a customer service element?

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Does a T shirt printing/embroidery company really need a customer service element?

 

So....you did your Google search for T shirt printing companies and Google decided to present you with page 1 of your search results with 3 companies that had paid for positioning then one or two national companies and then the local options.

Google tries to be clever with its algorithms that determine how good a company is and whether it deserves ranking but it is not as clever as it would like to be and its technology has its limitations. It uses over 200 assessment criteria in its calculations and some human input but it is a flawed model.

All Google can see is a website and there is a whole lot of the business that it cannot see. Almost all of it in fact.

It is assessing a business in the way that you might look at a book cover and then decide without opening the book whether or not the contents are any good , worth reading and then worth recommending. It is flawed and often unfair.

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The Polo Shirt

What is the polo shirt all about

We at Shirtworks like to think of it as the ‘hybrid’, located somewhere in no-mans land between the T shirt and the formal shirt.

The basic concept is simple but the subtle varieties available in this product are worthy of some spotlight.

The polo shirt is something of a misnomer and its genesis can actually be attributed to tennis.

In the early 20th century, Rene Lacoste (pictured below) decided that he could not play his best tennis whilst wearing the traditional long sleeve shirt and tie. He set about designing and then wearing his own Jersey Petite Pique. The garment he wore in the 1926 US open championship is the model that all polo shirts hail from. Rene’s Chemise Lacoste company was formed in 1933 and began marketing and selling these garments in Europe and North America with the famous crocodile logo.

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