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Take the Labor Out of your Company Branding

Company Branding

Labor Day is coming, and we have our minds on growing your great labor of love. Fall is the time for company retreats and budget meetings. It’s a time to make your brand shine as you meet with customers and make plans for next year. When you are face to face with your customer and your brand is on your shirt and on the pad of paper and the pen that you just handed him, you are the brand. Your personal touch combined with your superb customer service resonates with the logo on your shirt.

Having a great product is expected in today’s business practices, but having a great brand is often neglected. Understanding your business in terms of how your customers are recognizing you in the clutter of the market starts with understanding how your logo and image resonate through the sign on your building or the company logo embroidered into your shirt. T-shirts decrying your special events, pens left on the desk of a customer or a personal note from your company letterhead all go a long way to informing your customer who you are and what you do.

Take the extra step this year and incorporate promotional products and brandwear into your marketing strategy. Put it in the budget and get your brand into the hand of your consumers.

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Ready For Summer

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Beat the rush on Summer athletic printing and vinyl lettering needs. Get a refresh on those uniforms and don’t forget to celebrate your championships when you win.

Summer Camps

From staff teams to kid’s commemorative shirts, we have your summer camp needs covered. Don’t forget your organization’s pens and special gear that can all be customized with your logo and info.

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Summer Event Apparel

Summer Events can spur sales like nothing else. Make sure your brand is properly represented with custom embroidered logos or a fun T-shirt just for the event. Be Prepared for Summer!

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by a special event, be ready to Channel Your Brand.

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Spring Healthcare Update

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Spring is here, and so are allergies and an overall awareness of our health. Healthcare and products that support healthy habits like a water bottle or vitamin box can go a long way to keep your brand close at hand. If you are in the healthcare industry or if you cater to folks who may have healthcare conditions like a health insurer, people will appreciate something they can use.

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Creating Awareness audience is, a great way to be remembered is to give them something useful that they can carry out into their day to day

A water bottle, a pen, a pill box or a carrying bag, these are useful and well used items that can carry your brand. Give them something to remember you by.

A good water bottle goes with you everywhere. While hand sanitizer, a step counter and chapstick are things everyone needs. When it comes to the health of your brand, don’t miss these easy opportunities to be remembered.

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by a special event, be ready to Channel Your Brand.

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Winter is a great time for a company retreat

Company Retreats

Winter is here and it’s time to plan the company retreat during the slow time. There are lots of great products that can help drive company values and pride. One of the keys to keeping your staff motivated and performing optimally is to give them a true sense of ownership in the company they work for and the work that they do. “Regardless of which industry you’re in, building a strong brand requires that all employees feel connected to the corporate brand and understand their role in turning brand aspirations into reality. If you’re not inspiring your talent to be brand ambassadors, you’re missing out.” Forbes
Company retreats can help build camaraderie and pride in the work that they are doing. As part of the activities include company branded items like notepads, pens and highlighters that they can keep. Give away prizes like a company logo embroidered jacket or polo. The more chances you have to align your team’s identity with that of the work they are doing, the better the outcome for that team being your brand ambassador where ever they are. This can be particularly important with your sales team.

  • Logoed Notepads and Pens
  • Company embridered logowear or travel gear
  • Unique items like branded USB drives or credit card sleeves

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Handy Glossary of Fabric Terms

screen-images-catolog-cover1×1 Rib: This narrow rib has a soft, fine hand and retains its slim fit.

2×1 Rib Knit: Textured rib knit with a comfortable stretch—made to be worn alone or layered.

Anti-Pill Finish: A treatment applied to garments primarily to resist the formation of little balls on the fabric’s surface due to abrasion during wear. See Pilling.

Baby Pique Knit: A knitting method that creates a fine, small textured surface that appears similar to a very small waffle weave. See Pique Knit.

Birdseye Jacquard: A small geometric pattern with a center dot knit into the fabric.

Brushed: A finishing process for knit or woven fabrics in which brushes or other abrading devices are used to raise a nap on fabrics or create a novelty surface texture.

Casual Microfiber: Tightly woven fabric from a very fine polyester thread, usually with a sueded finish for a soft feel. Inherently water repellent and wind resistant due to its construction. 100% polyester microfiber.

Colorfast: A dyed fabric’s ability to resist fading due to washing, exposure to sunlight and other environmental conditions.

Combed: A process by which the short fibers of a yarn are removed and the remaining longer fibers are arranged in parallel order for a high quality yarn with excellent strength, fineness and uniformity.

Cool Mesh™ Technology: Similar to a pique knit but with a more open texture for increased breathability. Features a soft hand for better comfort.

Double Knit: A circular knit fabric knitted via double stitch on a double needle frame to provide a double thickness.

Dri-Mesh® Polyester: The double layer mesh construction releases heat and sweat, while maintaining breathability. 100% polyester double mesh.

Dry Zone™ Technology: A double-layer polyester fabrication that wicks moisture away from the body.

Duck Cloth: Tightly woven, plain-weave, bottom-weight fabric with a hard, durable finish that provides wind and snag resistance.

EZCotton™ Pique: Made from the highest grade of long-staple cotton, this fabric has an innovative finish that provides a consistently softer hand, enhanced smoothness, color fastness, wrinkle resistance and shape retention. 100% cotton.

Garment Dyed: A dyeing process that occurs after the garment is assembled.

Garment Washed: A wash process where softeners are added to finished garments to help the cotton fibers relax. The result is a fabric with a thicker appearance, reduced shrinkage and a softer hand.

Honeycomb Pique Knit: A pique fabric with a waffle or cellular appearance.

Interlock Knit: A two-ply fabric knit simultaneously to form one thicker and heavier ply. It has more natural stretch than a jersey knit, a soft hand, and the same appearance and feel on both sides. Commonly used in knit shirts and turtlenecks.

Jacquard Knit: Often an intricate pattern knit directly into the fabric during the manufacturing process. Typically, two or more colors are used.

Jersey Knit: The consistent interloping of yarns in the jersey stitch to produce a fabric with a smooth, flat face and a more textured, but uniform back.

Linen: A fabric made from linen fibers obtained from inside the woody stem of the flax plant. Linen fibers are much stronger and more lustrous than cotton. Linen fabrics are very cool and absorbent, but wrinkle easily, unless blended with manufactured fibers.

Microfiber: Tightly woven fabric from a very fine polyester thread, usually with a sueded finish for a soft feel. Inherently water repellent and wind resistant due to its construction.

Microfleece: Crafted from ultra-fine yarn, this lightweight, high-density fleece is brushed less than a regular fleece garment for a tight look, excellent softness and warmth. 100% polyester microfleece.

Nylon: A synthetic fiber with high strength and abrasion resistance, low absorbency and good elasticity.

Organic Perfect Weight Cotton: With the same relaxed drape and comfortable stretch of Perfect Weight, this fabric is made from certified organic cotton for a hypoallergenic and biodegradable fabric. 100% certified organic ring spun combed cotton.

Piece Dyed: A dyeing process that occurs when the fabric is in yardage form after it has been knitted or woven, but before the garment is assembled.

Pigment Dyed: A type of dye process used to create a distressed or washed look that results in soft, muted tones and a soft hand.

Pima Cotton: A term applied to extra-long staple cotton grown in the U.S., Peru, Israel and Australia. It can only be grown in select areas where the cotton is fully irrigated and benefits from a longer growing season for a softer, stronger cotton than standard cotton.

Pique Knit: A knitting method that creates a fine textured surface that appears similar to a waffle weave. Commonly used for polo shirts.

Poly-Bamboo Charcoal: Polyester fabric blended with polyester from bamboo charcoal which resists UV rays and wicks moisture.

Polyester: A strong, durable synthetic fabric with high strength and excellent resiliency. Low moisture absorbency allows the fabric to dry quickly.

Poly-Filled: A warm polyester lining found in the body or sleeves of outerwear garments. It has more loft than a regular nylon lining.

Popcorn Pique: Alternating rows of baby pique knit and a larger pique knit that resembles small circles knit closely together.

Poplin: A tightly woven, durable, medium-weight cotton or cotton blend made by using a rib variation of the plain weave which creates a slight ridge effect.

Pre-Shrunk: Fabrics or garments that have received a pre-shrinking treatment.

Rapid Dry™ Technology: Designed with a unique weave to wick away moisture from the body.

Rayon: A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose, derived from wood pulp, cotton linters or other vegetable matter, with a soft hand. Frequently used for shirts and pants.

Rib Knit: A textured knit that has the appearance of vertical lines. It is highly elastic and retains its shape. Commonly used for sleeve and neck bands.

Ringspun: Yarn made by continuously twisting and thinning a rope of cotton fibers. The twisting makes the short hairs of cotton stand out, resulting in a stronger yarn with a significantly softer hand.

Rip-Stop Nylon: A lightweight, wind and water resistant plain weave fabric with large rib yarns that stop tears without adding excess weight. Often used in activewear.

Sandwashed: A process in which the fabric is washed with very fine lava rocks or rubber/silicon balls, resulting in a softer fabric with a relaxed look and reduced shrinkage.

Sherpa Fleece: A knit terry fabric that has been brushed and washed to raise the fibers for a fluffy, plush feel. The thick terry loops stay soft and absorbent over time.

Soft Shell: A fabrication that combines the benefits of hard shell fabrics with a breathable, flexible and comfortable fabric

Soil-Release Finish: A fabric treatment that helps a garment release stains in the wash.

Spandex: A manufactured elastometric fiber that can be repeatedly stretched over 500% without breaking and will still recover to its original length.

Sport-Wick Fleece: An anti-static fleece that provides moisture wicking by releasing moisture from the inner layers.

Stain Resistance: A fiber or fabric property of resisting spots and stains. Commonly used for industrial or restaurant uniforms.

Stonewashed: A process in which the fabric or garment is heavily washed with lava rocks or rubber/silicon balls, resulting in a softer fabric with a distressed, weathered look and reduced shrinkage.

Sueded: A process in which fabric goes through a brushing process to raise the nap and give the garment a soft hand.

Taslan: A durable and water repellent nylon fabric with a slightly shiny surface, used mainly in outerwear garments.

Teklon: A rugged, stronger Taslan nylon that is water repellent.

Terry Velour: A pile weave cotton fabric with an uncut pile on one side and a cut pile on the reverse side. It has a soft, plush feel and is water absorbent. Commonly used for towels, robes and apparel.

Tri-Blend: A unique, soft blend of poly, cotton and rayon that has heathered look.

Twill: A fabric characterized by micro diagonal ribs producing a soft, smooth finish. Commonly used for casual woven shirts.

Two Ply: A yarn in which its thickness is made up of two layers or strands, adding durability and weight.

UV-Protective Fabric: A term used to refer to a fabric that resists the ability of ultraviolet rays to penetrate the fabric. Protects the fabric from fading and the wearer’s skin from UV rays.

Waffle Knit: A square pattern knit into a garment.

Waffle Weave: A square pattern woven into a garment.

Waterproof: A term applied to fabrics whose pores have been closed and will not allow water to pass through.

Waterproof Rating: The waterproof rating is expressed in millimeters (MM) and refers to the amount of water a fabric will hold before it leaks.

Water Repellent: A fabric’s ability to cause moisture to bead up and roll off a garment.

Water Resistant: A fabric’s ability to resist moisture.

Weathered Twill: A special dye process resulting in a softer fabric with a weathered appearance.

Wickability: The ability of a fiber or a fabric to disperse moisture and allow it to pass through to the surface, so that evaporation can take place.

Wicking: Dispersing or spreading of moisture or liquid through a given area by capillary action in a fabric.

Wool: Usually associated with fiber or fabric made from the fleece of sheep or lamb. The term wool can also be applied to all animal hair fibers, including the hair of the Cashmere or Angora goat or the specialty hair fibers of the camel, alpaca, llama or vicuna.

Woven: Fabric constructed by the interlacing of two or more sets of yarns at right angles to each other. Woven fabrics are commonly used for dress shirts and camp shirts.

Yarn Dyed: A term used when yarn is dyed prior to the weaving or knitting of the garment.

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Celebrating Small Business Week

We just discovered a new cap company who has great prices AND quality caps and are excited to share them with you.  And all prices include embroidery!  And the embroidery set-up is FREE when you purchase 48 pieces or more!

The Complete Cap Guide

Types of Caps

There are a few different types of caps available (e.g. fitted hats, flex-fits, or adjustable hats), and each cap fits and is sized differently. When choosing a cap, it is important to consider how the hat should fit and whether adjustments will be needed or not.

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Flex-fit caps are not adjustable, but typically come in size small, medium or large. These hats have an elastic band in the back that allows for a small amount of stretching. They can be considered “one size fits most.” Buyers can find these hats for sporting events or for fashion. They often fit very well if properly sized.

Adjustable-Fit Hat

Adjustable fit caps have a velcro or snap-style strap on the back that makes them “one size fits all.” This style is popular with women, since it has an opening in the back that allows a ponytail to be pulled through. This is the least expensive style of cap, and is often the kind given away during marketing campaigns.

Bucket

Bucket hats are shaped differently than traditional baseball caps and are often called a “Gilligan cap,” because they resemble the hat worn by Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island.” These hats are non-adjustable and come in a “one size fits most” style. One advantage of the bucket hat is that the brim goes all the way around and provides sun protection to both the face and the back of the neck.

Visors

Visors are like caps with the bill in the front and (often) an adjustable strap in the back. However, they do not have a top cap. They are like a headband with a brim, and provide shade for the eyes without trapping in the heat of your head. Visors often come with the same options as baseball caps when it comes to fabric and logo choices.

Cap Materials

Caps are typically made of cotton or polyester materials to allow the fabric to wick moisture from the brow and head. Classic or vintage hats are typically made of wool, and are thicker than modern hats. All caps should have a tag on the inside that details the construction materials, so buyers can be sure of what they are purchasing. There are also some differences in the type of fabrics used in caps that make a difference in the care of the hat. These fabrics are discussed below.

Brushed Cotton

Brushed cotton is a cotton-based fabric that has been brushed repeatedly until it is very soft. This fabric comes in different weights, from light to heavy. Most professional baseball teams use brushed cotton in their hats.

Cotton Twill

Cotton twill fabric is a lighter weight than brushed cotton, and has a light, subtle sheen to it. This fabric is a common, sturdy fabric used in hats.

Washed Chino Twill

Washed chino twill is a lightweight fabric that has a soft feel. It normally features subdued colors, since this fabric cannot hold a bright or vibrant dye. Hats made from washed chino twill are common in most department and clothing stores, and are great for casual wear.

Pigment Dyed

Pigment dyed fabric is produced through a process where cotton fabric is distressed during dyeing to created a weathered finish. Colors are often faded and subdued, so this fabric is great for a soft, cool and casual look. These hats are often further weathered by fraying or distressing the bill of the hat, as well.

Polyester Mesh

Polyester mesh is a blended fabric that creates a soft, airy, and breathable mesh. Because of these traits, this fabric has become popular in baseball caps worn during the summer.

Brushed Canvas

Brushed canvas caps are made of a cotton canvas brushed to a suede-like softness. The texture is light, but the fabric is very sturdy and durable. These hats will stand up to wear and tear better than ones made with other fabrics.

Wool Blend

Wool blend caps have a waffle-like texture and substantially more weight than cotton or poly-blends. There are not many manufacturers that make wool-blend hats; they are not as popular as the lighter types. However, wool makes for a strong, sturdy hat that lasts a long time.

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DISTRICT: Our New Apparel Line!

Looking for something new and exciting … not just your plain ol’ t-shirt?  Then check out The District! District and District Made clothing and accessories! They are primed for creativity, featuring fashion forward silhouettes perfect for spirit wear, company apparel and everything in between. Tees and tanks, hats and scarves, fleece and polos, bags and a whole bunch more in fun styles and flattering fabrics.

District is a youthfully-minded brand with hip style, slim cuts and eye-candy colors that keep pace with the constantly updated lifestyle from campus to coffee shops, and clubs to hanging out with friends. District sizes are junior girls and young men.

District Made is a whole new brand inspired (and constantly requested) by our customers. Fashion basics in sizing for everybody to keep up with life from work to weekends and dining out to quick getaways. District Made sizes fit ladies and men’s standard sizing.

Check out all of the styles in our showroom!

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