Apparel and Custom Clothing Information

Express Your Organization's Identity with Custom Embroidered Patches

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Aug, 29, 2012 @ 15:08 PM

If you’re designing custom uniforms or outfits for your organization, you may want to consider the benefits and uses of embroidered patches. Embroidered patches are commonly used to provide a lasting impression on your garments when expressing your organization’s personality. Whether you’re still in the process of ordering your organization's apparel, or have briefly thought about using embroidered patches, read on to discover the benefits.


What embroidered patches accomplish better than some other additions to custom outfits are a sense of personal identify and branding. A great way to brand your apparel is to incorporate the use of embroidered patches in your company logo or messaging. A graphic artist can help you create a successful custom patch, or you can easily digitize from an existing logo.

Of course, there are branding benefits beyond those focused solely towards consumers. Creating your own internal special embroidered patch is also a great way to ensure that your organization is clearly standing out in the minds of your members or employees.

Read More

Topics: embroidery

Advantages Of Direct-To-Garment Printing For Custom Apparel

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Aug, 27, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

Traditionally, the bright t-shirts with colorful logos and statements sold in retail stores and handed out by companies as promotional items are made using screen printing techniques. Interestingly, screen printing techniques first appeared in China around 960 AD and Westerners began to develop the technique into mass production in the 1930s. While screen printing continues to be a popular method of image transfer, digital textile printing is emerging as a popular option with lower costs and faster results than screen printing. 

Screen Printing

Achieved by imposing a design onto a fine screen and then pressing ink into the screen over the desired apparel item, screen printing has been the primary textile printing technique for years. During screen printing, different images and colors each require a new screen or transfer sheet, requiring several steps to obtain the desired effect. 

Screen printing is also a common print method for designs on everything from balloons to clock faces as well as t-shirts and other garments and textiles. 

Read More

Topics: custom apparel, digital printing

6 Branding Ideas for Your Business' Custom Apparel

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Aug, 24, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

Custom apparel is a great way to brand a business. With specially designed apparel on every employee, businesses can guarantee that the staff is working to promote the business image any time they're on the clock. Providing company shirts or hats will keep the staff looking clean and uniform, giving the entire company a more professional and pulled-together look. Use these ideas for an effective branding technique that makes an impact.

Share Goals and Accomplishments

Business apparel can be custom designed to share all kinds of different information. If the company is working toward a goal that can be shared publicly, what better way to showcase it than on custom apparel? Visitors to the location are sure to see the goal emblazoned on each employee and get excited to see it come to fruition. This keeps both staff and customers focused on it.

For example, if a restaurant is revamping the menu, shirts that say "All new menu items coming soon!" are sure to pique interest. Diners will return to see if those new items have rolled out. Waiters may even get valuable feedback about what the clientele wants to see on the menu. When the project is done, roll out a line of shirts reading "The new menu is here!"

Read More

Topics: custom apparel

Why Eco Fashion is a Growing Trend in Environmentalism

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Aug, 22, 2012 @ 09:08 AM

For years, information about the earth’s condition and our changing environment has revealed some troubling facts, such as the fact that human activity is responsible for global warming

Read More

Topics: organic clothing

How Screen Print Companies Can Change The World

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Aug, 21, 2012 @ 09:08 AM

Not to get all Whitney on you, but “I believe the children are the future.” As babies are born and kids grow up, new generations take their turn at running our planet. Future innovation and invention in every industry belongs to the youth of today. For this reason, it’s the adults of today that are responsible for giving kids as much opportunity to explore, grow, and experience as we possibly can.

You may have picked up on some of the excited chatter about our summer t-shirt design and print class. In case you didn’t, here’s the skinny: Marwen, Sharprint, and M&R partnered up to bring screen printing to a group of 13 high school students. Marwen is a center offering free visual art classes and college and career support for students in grades 6-12. M&R is the world’s foremost manufacturer of screen printing equipment for the graphic and textile industries, and we are the screen printers.

I developed a course to teach students how to design and print t-shirts from concept to production. The first 8 days were spent at Marwen learning the basics of industry standard design software, textile specific design considerations, and color separation. Marwen is amazing in it’s mission to provide young people with art education despite race, gender, or economic factors and the facilities are incredible. The classroom was ideal to teach the Adobe programs and design principles. The last two days were at Sharprint where the students experienced the printing process - hands-on. Big thanks to M&R for helping us set up our classroom, complete with press for the students to print their shirts.

I have to say the last two days in the shop were the most fun. All of the theory, talk, and computer work came together. Seeing the screens being made, coating screens, visiting the ink room. The puzzle pieces were put together one by one and there were a lot of ah-hah moments. The kids really loved setting up their press, pulling the squeegees and printing their shirts. The pride and satisfaction was totally visible. A handful of kids even said that they wish they could work at Sharprint!

On a personal level, I wasn’t exposed to screen printing and print making until well after high school and once I! Screen printing just rocked my world. The process and aesthetic, the science and beauty are all things that engaged me in a way that only screen printing does. Giving young people skills as a tool or outlet may take them down a path they might not have come across. Whether it’s printing for fun, printing for a living, or impacting society like Andy Warhol or Shepard Fairy, the kids in the Marwen class now have screen printing experience. It’s another option for them to be who they want to be.

Read More

Topics: screen printing

Do Your Employees Like Their Corporate T-shirts?

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Aug, 20, 2012 @ 09:08 AM

The words "company t-shirts" can inspire a groan. Employees may imagine themselves being forced to wear something uncomfortable, unappealing or ill-fitting in order to represent their company to the public in a professional way. However, with all the strides being made today in the world of fabric, fit, screen printing and embroidery, your company t-shirts can be more pleasure than pain. 

Read More

Topics: company t-shirts, company apparel

7 Things To Consider When Ordering Your Restaurant Uniforms

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Aug, 16, 2012 @ 13:08 PM

Restaurant uniforms can be a great tool for making a business look and feel more professional. When patrons come into a restaurant, they want to observe a sense of order and cleanliness. Dressing employees appropriately in matching uniforms will have a big impact on the tone that diners perceive. Take the following factors into consideration when choosing your restaurant uniforms.

Read More

Topics: staff uniforms

Clothing Color Trends for Fall 2012

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Aug, 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Communication is not synonymous with language.  I learned this weekend at the Field Museum that ants communicate through pheromones. They can tell each other a myriad of things by releasing scents. Ants can attract each other, warn each other of danger or even inform each other where food is and how much is there. Likewise, we humans communicate in many ways that are not verbal or text, like color.

Read More

7 Tips When Ordering Custom Uniforms for Your Sports Team

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Aug, 14, 2012 @ 08:08 AM

When you're ordering uniforms for your sports team it can be a fun process, but there are several things to consider. Uniforms are the way your team is being represented to the public, so it's important that the uniforms reflect the spirit of the team as well as your own needs such as color, fit and material. Keep these things in mind when you're ordering custom uniforms for your sports team to ensure you get exactly what you want.

Read More

Topics: custom uniforms

5 Creative Ways to Use Promotional Apparel for Your Business

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Aug, 09, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

Promotional apparel can be a powerful tool when it comes to branding your business. Good marketing teams know the value of clothing with the brand name and image. These pieces will naturally travel great distances and act as conversation starters with a real live person behind them. Viewers can't ask a question to a billboard, but they can ask an employee about the company after spotting an eye-catching shirt. Here are some great ways to use apparel to promote business ventures.

Read More

Topics: employee uniforms, promotional apparel

Blog Subscription

New Call-to-Action
company apparel guide
logo embroidery beginners guide custom apparel
how to order company apparel
Click me
New Call-to-Action

Popular Articles