Tricks for Getting Great Promotional T-Shirts

Whether you need to order dozens of t-shirts for promotional giveaways or just want a few that feature your business name and logo, you’ll want quality. There is no point in giving away t-shirts that do not look good or fit right, since no one will end up wearing them. That’s why you should pay attention to these pointers on getting the perfect promotional t-shirts made.

Consider the Brand

When it comes to t-shirts, brand is just as important as with any other type of clothing. Of course, you might not pay much attention to the brand of shirts you just wear around the house. Maybe they all feel the same to you. However, if you do happen to have a favourite t-shirt, take note of the brand.

It might be Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, Continental, or some other major manufacturer of t-shirts. If so, it should be easy to get promotional apparel made in the brand of your choice. If you are still not sure which brand you like best, head to your local clothing shop and try on t-shirts made by a few of the more popular companies. Then order the brand of shirt that feels most comfortable.

Decide on the Material

Another way to pick a shirt you and other people will love to wear is to focus on finding material that is comfortable but still durable. You should first know the difference between the main options. Heavyweight t-shirts are known for lasting a long time, but they are not exactly form fitting. They also might be warmer than lightweight t-shirts since the material is a little heavier. By contrast, lightweight t-shirts can keep people a little cooler due to the thinner material, but they are not as durable as thicker shirts.

Of course, there are other options aside from these main materials. For example, fashionable t-shirts tend to be even softer and more form fitting than lightweight shirts, while organic clothing is available for those interested in environmentally-friendly apparel. The choice is yours, so just consider what kind of material you and other people would want to wear when it comes to promotional clothing.

Once you have some idea of the brand and material you want, it’s time to order the number of custom printed t-shirts you need for promotional purposes!

References:

http://toddshelton.com/blog/t-shirts/t-shirt-weight

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-the-Right-Promotional-T-Shirt

http://www.pistoncloud.com/2013/06/create-a-legendary-promotional-shirt/

Posted in Alex's Thoughts, Ethical | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

3 Ways to Wear Hoodies

Hoodies are known for being super comfortable and casual. But with this type of clothing, you don’t just have to throw it on, pair it with sweat pants, and hope no one pays much attention to your “just rolled out of bed” look. Instead, you can actually stay in style without having to get rid of your collection of hoodies. Here’s how.

Wear It with Lots of Layers

Hoodies are perfect for layering, especially on days when you don’t know how cold or warm it’s going to get. So wear whatever you feel like wearing for the day, and then top it all off with a hoodie. Just make sure the hoodie you choose is made with thin material that’s not too thick so you don’t look bulky…unless that’s the look you’re going for!

Dress It Up

Hoodies don’t have to be strictly casual. You can add a little pizzazz and even a sense of fashion to this type of clothing by accessorising it. For example, you should wear some jewelry, a nice scarf, or dressy shoes if you want to look a little classy while still wearing your beloved hoodie. The result is the perfect look for a night out when it’s too cold to wear the typical dressy apparel.

Zip It Up or Zip It Down

Before you put together a whole outfit with your hoodie, try out a few different looks. In particular, check out how your hoodie looks with the zipper up compared to when the zipper is down. You might find that when you keep your hoodie unzipped, it contrasts with whatever shirt you are wearing, depending on how busy the graphic design on it is. In that case, zipping it up might be your best bet. On the other hand, you might discover that the clothes you are wearing under the hoodie complement it well, which means you should leave it unzipped. Just take a look in the mirror or ask your friends what they think if you’re not sure.

Want to customise one or more hoodies? Contact us to get a quote for the custom clothing you want!

References:

http://sovainmagazine.com/2013/09/27/4-ways-to-wear-a-hoodie-for-guys/

http://www.collegefashion.net/trends/3-stylish-ways-to-wear-your-hoodies-and-zip-ups/

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/12/the-power-of-the-hoodie-wearing-ceo.html

Posted in Alex's Thoughts | Tagged | Leave a comment

Fashion Trends for Summer 2014

When you want to look your best but are not sure what to wear, it makes sense to turn to the fashion experts for clothing advice. And as usual, that advice changes from one season to another! If you’re having trouble keeping up with what’s cool when it comes to summer fashion, check out this list of what the fashionistas predict.

Bold Colours

This is pretty typical of summer fashion trends, but just in case you didn’t know, bold and bright colours are fashionable once again. Some of the most popular shades include lime green, bright yellow, and fuchsia, but you can just choose the colours that most stand out to you personally. No matter what you pick, it’s sure to be back in style next summer, too!

Colour Blocking

If you’re never sure which colours complement each other, make it easy and just stick to the same shade. Apparently, wearing one colour from head to toe is stylish this year! The best news is that the colour you pick doesn’t really matter – as long as it’s bold! – so you can feel free to choose your favourite shade and wear it with confidence.

Graphic Prints

If you like graphic design, you will be glad to know it’s in style this year. Of course, graphic prints have never really gone out of style per se, but they are now even cooler to wear. And if you can’t find a design you want to wear, you can get your own printed t-shirt made and get bonus points for originality when it comes to your sense of fashion.

Floral Prints

This summer, you can’t go wrong with floral prints for your clothing. This applies to men and women, and it’s certainly not limited to a particular flower. So pick your favourite bloom and find some clothing that can do it some justice, whether you plan on wearing a floral print t-shirt, dress, or pants!

When you browse our clothing catalogue, you will see a lot of these fashion trends, so feel free to take a look if you are in the mood to shop!

References:

http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2014/05/13/flattering-fashion-trends-summer-2014/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/weekend/lifestyle/2014/04/11/10-best-summer-fashion-trends/7594963/

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/greater_houston/entertainment/kohl-s-summer-fashion-home-trend-report/article_29534873-2e97-59cf-8111-3e2239450028.html

Posted in fashion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When To Get Custom Embroidery for Your Clothing

If you need some type of graphic design added to clothing, you might be wondering whether you need to request screen printing services or would be better off with embroidery. Though screen printing is incredibly popular and certainly has its advantages when it comes to customising t-shirts, embroidery is sometimes a better option. These are a few instances in which embroidery might be beneficial for you.

When You Need Durable Customised Clothing

Clothing that is embroidered with graphic design tends to last a long time. That’s because the embroidered image is known for looking nice and practically brand new for years, making it appear more expensive than it actually is. Plus, embroidery is considered great for heavier materials, such as polo shirts, workwear, and hoodies. So if you want an image added to clothing other than t-shirts, embroidery might be the way to go.

When You Need Lots of Colours

If your graphic design involves lots of colours, embroidery may be a better idea than other methods of customising clothing. For example, with screen printing, applying lots of colours can cost extra because of the work involved with setting up the equipment. But with embroidery, you won’t pay extra for having several shades in your graphic design. This is good to keep in mind the next time you need a colourful image printed on clothing!

When You Don’t Need a Large Design or Small Text

When it comes to graphic design and embroidery, small designs tend to be best. It can be difficult and time consuming to embroider large designs into clothing, so you might want to stick to screen printing or other methods in that case. In addition, it can be hard for a needle and thread to maneuver well enough to produce small text, so large text is preferred when you get clothing embroidered. Finally, take note that some designs might need to be altered a bit because shading does not always show up well with thread.

If you have a design in mind and think embroidery might work for you, please request a quote for embroidery. If you are not sure which method would be best for your customised clothing order, we can help you make the right decision based on your needs.

References:

Posted in Alex's Thoughts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Benefits of Screen Printing T-Shirts

When it comes to customised apparel, screen printing is among the most popular methods to use. In fact, even when you simply buy a t-shirt with a cool design at a shop, you can bet that screen printing was the technique used to get the desired effect. If you are thinking about ordering some t-shirts with an interesting graphic design, you should get to know the benefits of this method of customising clothing.

It’s Fast

If you need a lot of t-shirts — or even hats, jackets, bags, and other apparel — to be printed with a graphic design, screen printing is a good technique to use. This is because it often only takes one to two weeks to get the job done, even when you need hundreds of clothing items printed with the design you have in mind. Of course, you should still put in the order as soon as possible to ensure you get your printed items when you need them, but unlike some printing methods, you won’t have to wait long for the order to be completed.

It’s Affordable

When you need dozens of t-shirts with a particular graphic design printed on them, screen printing is among the most affordable options. And the more t-shirts you need printed, the less you will pay per shirt. This is because the screens and ink only need to be prepared once, and that’s a large part of what you’re paying for when you need t-shirts customised. In particular, if you need 50 or more t-shirts, screen printing is very cost effective.

It’s High Quality

When you get t-shirts or other clothing printed using this process, you get clear results. Whether you choose light or dark coloured t-shirts, and no matter what kind of graphic design you decide on, you can rest assured the image will be well-defined and the colours vibrant. Plus, the results of the screen printing process are known for being durable, which means the image won’t fade away with the first wash.

So if you need t-shirt printing services and are thinking about the screen printing process, contact us for a quote!

References:

Posted in Alex's Thoughts | Tagged | Leave a comment

Summer 2014 is soon approaching….

With the warm weather comes outdoor events & festivals.

Here at Indigo we’re preparing for a busy summer assisting our clients with their merchandising & garment requirements for a variety of important summer events. Not just t-shirts but a whole range of on trend options!

Here are some bright ideas for your next event this summer or for your street team.

College Hoodies

001002

A favourite amongst young & old, our unisex college hoodies are a popular addition to any brand. Coming in a wide range of colours to suit your logo/brand, the college hoodie even has an opening in the pouch pocket for your ear phone cord. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/9-best-hoodies-9420395.html

004003005

Classic Totes

An essential for any event, tote bags come in a variety of sizes, colours and weights. With or without a gusset, we can find the right tote bag for you. Whether it be premium cotton, canvas or non-woven polypropylene, we can assist you to find the right tote bag for your budget & needs.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-02/news/ct-plastic-bags-schmich-met-0502-20140502_1_plastic-bags-bad-habit-coffee

Sun Care Kits

Promotional sun care kits, made in Britain, includes a protecting 50ml F25 Sun lotion, a soothing 50ml Aloe Vera after Sun lotion & moisturising 50ml hand & body lotion. All of which can be digitally

007

Posted in fashion | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Are you launching your own clothing label?

Your own brand

At Indigo Clothing, we often receive customer enquiries from individuals, bands and companies who are launching their own T-Shirt or clothing brands. This can range from enquiring about a small capsule collection of 50/100 garments to an extensive clothing brand with 1000s of garments being printed each month.

We are happy to support any start-up labels, big or small, and have a friendly customer service team who can lead you in the right direction. Our most popular print method for sampling and lower volume requirements is DTG or Direct to Garment Printing; this is an ideal option as unlike screen printing there are no set up costs which can be expensive for smaller print runs requiring detailed artwork designs.

DTG involves a large printer, similar to an inkjet desktop printer that allows us to print large photographic images on white or light coloured garments. This means that we are not limited to spot colours and can print gradients and an array of colours. There are no minimums for DTG printing and the quality of the print is all based on the resolution of the artwork. The higher the resolution, the better the print!

As with any new venture, you may wish to see a one off sample & mock-up of your design which we can arrange for you. We also have a variety of personalisation options for new clothing labels to add that extra touch, including relabeling & poly bagging. If you prefer pantone matched screen printing, our minimums for all colours of garments and screen print start as low as 20 units per design and our maximums are 100,000+ pcs.

With such an extensive range of trade suppliers, we can source trendy t-shirts, vest tops, hoodies or any other garment required. We can then re-label (minimum order qtys apply for this service) as your own and print with your designs. If this is of interest to you why not get in touch with our team for more advice and pricing.

Call by May 30th 2014 for our May / June special prices on orders of 100pcs + printed garments.
Indigo Clothing Ltd: Tel: 0207 3756470 / e-mail [email protected]

Posted in Brands | 1 Response

Stateside Printing

Along with UK printing we also offer a stateside service. Should you have a client or event in America, please get in touch as we can offer competitive rates on all US print services, and organise deliveries to any event, taking the hassle out of out sourcing!

We also offer great rates on Gildan and American Apparel.

Contact us for more info.

Posted in Brands, USA | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

H&M Announce Latest Collaboration With Fashion Giant Isabel Marant

Stepping away from the tees and sweat basics, this week  H&M tweeted a teaser from their latest high profile collaboration. This time sees the turn of the  fabulous French fashion house, Isabel Marant. What was different to previous campaigns, was that this wasn’t a shot of a slender catwalk model, but of Marant herself, modelling the new trends whilst casually stating that she is her own muse!

We can expect effortlessly chic pieces that epitomise French fashion, cutting edge accessories (Marant’s first foot into fashion) but as always with H&M, it will be the bargain price that will attract crowds to stores in mid November.

Personally, I haven’t been this excited about H&M since they teamed up with Lanvin in 2010, and I was a member of the 5am queue! If those fringed boots are part of the collection, Ill be booking November 14th off work!

Let us know if you manage to get your hands on any Marant – go on, make us jealous!

 

Posted in fashion | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

J Crew lands in London!

Following in the footsteps of Abercrombie and Victoria Secrets, J Crew is the latest US brand to set up on UK Shores. May saw a temporary pop up store, and late 2013 J Crew will launch their first permanent store outside of the USA – in a prime spot on London’s Regent Street.

The brand has a strong celeb following  including Michelle Obama, and is epitomised by clean cut, classic styles, with a splash of colour. The influence over the UK high street is already obvious in this seasons key statement necklaces, J Crew have long sold these, the most popular being the bubble necklace – search pinterest for a wealth of ways to style these! I have a pink and aqua one, and they are real outfit makers!

Well, if its good enough for the First Lady… Opening November 2013.

Posted in fashion | Tagged , , | Leave a comment