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Industry Terms

Allen Solley Placket
A one-piece placket that is hidden after sewing; this process utilizes the existing fabric for the outside placket face.

Backing Yarn
The yarn that is napped on the inside of a fleece garment and creates the soft lining of fleece.

Binding
A sewing method that encases an edge or seam with fabric.

Blanket Stitch
A decorative vertical stitch.

Carding
A fiber cleaning process in yarn spinning.

Combing
A secondary cleansing process performed to remove additional impurities from the staple fiber after carding.

Compaction
A shrinkage control technique used in fabric manufacturing.

Contrast Stitch
A thread color that is different than the body color.

Cotton
A natural fiber used in the manufacture of apparel.

Course
The loops of horizontal knit fabric.

Cut
The number of needles utilized per inch when knitting fabric.

Double-Needle Hem
Double row of stitching at seam.

Drop Tail
A design feature where the back of the garment is longer then the front.

Face Yarn
The exterior yarn of a fleece garment.

Fleece
A multi-yarn fabric identified by a soft napped interior and a smooth exterior.

Herringbone
A decorative pattern consisting of rows of slanted parallel lines, alternating direction row by row.

Inset/Set-In Placket
A placket that is constructed from a separate piece of fabric and sewn in separately; this placket is visible after it is sewn into the garment.

Jersey
A soft, plain-knitted fabric with a smooth finish.

Knit Fabric
Fabric made by intertwining yarn or thread in a series of connected loops.

Nap
The soft or fuzzy surface of fleece achieved by shredding the backing yarn.

Open-End Spinning
A technique to create yarn using a combing roll and rotor.

Optical Brightener
A fabric-brightening additive.

Ounces Per Sq. Yd.
A measurement of fabric weight.

Pique
A tightly knit fabric with a rough or raised surface.

Polyester
A wrinkle-resistant fabric of manmade filament fibers.

Reactive Dyes
Dyestuffs that form chemical bonds with cotton fibers.

Rib Knit
Rows of alternating wales or raised ridges that form a knit fabric that commonly has recovery characteristics.

Ring Spinning
A spinning technique that stretches the yarn between rollers.

Scallop Stitch
A decorative edge stitching that forms a series of curves.

Seamless Collar
A collar that is knit in a circle and set in circular. There are no "joining" seams on the collar.

Self Trim
Trim constructed from the body fabric.

Single-Needle
A single row of stitching at seam, see "Top Stitching."

Singles
One single yarn.

Taping
A design feature whereby a piece of fabric is used to cleanly cover a seam.

TearAway
Anvil's exclusive new TearAway label gives you the option to add your own special label by cleanly and easily tearing out; offered in 20 colors and 2 new styles (Youth and long sleeve) for the 5.6 oz. collection. Note: TearAway™ labels may not be suitable for all garment-dye processes; please test sample before dyeing

Three-End Fleece
Face, tie-in and backing yarns combined to form a fleece fabric.

Tie-In Yarn
The joining yarn between the face and backing yarns in fleece fabric.

Top Stitching
A design feature, both decorative and functional, that is an additional means of securing fabric plies whereby the original seam is folded under and sewn down.

Tubular Knit
Fabric manufactured in a complete circle without seams.

Welt
A fabric with a clean edge normally used to trim a sport shirt collar and cuffs.

Yarn Size
The gauge of a yarn's weight.

FAQ's

Dyeing: Our white 100% cotton styles 976C, 479WC and 905BWC are sewn with cotton thread and this means they can be dyed. We suggest you work with your dyer to strip and scour these garments prior to dyeing. Due to irregularities that may occur after dyeing, we assume no responsibility.

 

Wash Instructions:

  1. Machine wash warm with like colors

  2. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed

  3. Tumble dry medium

  4. Do not iron if decorated

  5. Dry-clean: any solvent except trichloroethylene

Shrinkage: Tolerance for wash shrinkage is 8% for width and 10% for length. This is an industry standard in the wholesale/imprintable marketplace.

Ghosting: Ghosting is a problematic issue that is due to fading only on 100% Cotton fabrics. Fading occurs from using ink with Free Radicals, used on 100% cotton, coupled with excessive heat over 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bleeding: Bleeding occurs on 50/50 blends when an ink that does not contain Free Radicals is coupled with excessive heat that will release dye particles from the fabric. This dye will combine with the ink to appear as the base color bleeding through the white print area.

FYI:
*Inks manufactured for 50/50 must not be used for printing 100% Cotton.
*Inks manufactured for 100% Cotton should not be used for printing blends (50/50).
*In all cases the printer should check on samples or scrap before printing large numbers of garments.

Other suggestions:

  1. Use a Transfer Print made for 100% Cotton shirts, 1.e. without Low Bleed inks.

  2. Use a piece of paper or board between layers of the shirt.

  3. Lower the temperature.

 

Color to Light Fastness: This is a problem to be expected from various light sources over varying lengths of time. Do not leave the shirts in direct sunlight- or, expect if the shirts will be worn outside for numerous hours, fading and discoloration can occur. Auto wash spray, fertilizer and sun tan lotion may also cause dyes to fade when exposed to sunlight.

General Printing Suggestions: Always check to see if the plastisol ink is cured. Print on a test sample or a scrap identical to the planned printing project.

To prevent dye migration: tightly control the temperatures of flash and final cures and pay close attention to the fabric your printing.

Printing On Camouflaged Bags: The nature of the camouflage printed bag is to bleed through any other print placed over the camouflage base print. Dye migration will occur as the heat in drying causes the camouflage printed dyes to revert back to a "liquid" state.

To improve on this problem the printer must:

  • Use an ink formulated for 100% Polyester fabric.

  • Use an 86 mesh count

  • Print

  • Flash

  • Print

  • Dry no higher than 300 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Dry for a minimum of 1 1/2 minutes

By following the above procedure the printer will have done everything possible to reduce the bleeding. Using the lower heat setting will lessen the tendency of the camouflage inks to migrate through the over print. By printing and flash drying the printer builds a print surface that will help stop the migration to the final coat of ink. The increased dwell time will allow the ink to cure.

Printing on Camouflaged Tees: The nature of the print on the camouflage is to bleed through any other print placed over the camouflage base print. Dye migration will occur as the heat in drying causes the camouflage printed dyes to revert back to a "liquid" state.

To improve on this problem we suggest the following:

  • Use an ink formulated for high bleed resistance like a poly white or ultra white

  • Use a 140 or lower mesh count

  • Print

  • Flash

  • Print

  • Dry no higher than 300- 320 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Dry for a minimum of 1 to 1 1/2 minutes

By following the above procedure the printer will have done everything possible to reduce the bleeding. Using the lower heat setting will lessen the tendency of the camouflage inks to migrate through the over print. By printing and flash drying the printer builds a print surface that will help stop the migration to the final coat of ink. The increased dwell time will allow the ink to cure.

Towel Printing Techniques:
Towel Art: A classical use for water base inks, but one that requires printers to make a lot of adjustments. Remember that you are coloring loops that can be moved in any direction. This eliminates fine lines from consideration, because they will disintegrate into a scattering of dots when loops are disturbed. Lines finer than three times the length of the loop must be avoided (the shorter the loop the finer the detail).

Inks: Water base inks from a wide range of manufacturers can be utilized. Mixing instructions to achieve multiple colors will accompany these products. Water base inks will dry in the screens.

Meshes: A wide variety of mesh is used in towel printing. We recommend that you use a range from 60 to 160 mesh in full contact with the substrate. This should give adequate penetration to color the bottom of the loops.

Emulsions: A wide variety of emulsions are available. When ordering emulsions ask your local distributor for a water resistant product.

Squeegee: 60 to 70 durometer dull, rounded or slanted shape is required to achieve adequate penetration.

Print speed: A fast stroke with heavy pressure works best.

Softener: Can be added to inks for a softer hand. Contact ink manufacturer for these products.

Drying: Towels are best dried in a gas or forced hot air oven because the loops insulate ink from infrared energy. Even with a proper oven, 3 to 4 minutes at 330° F (165° C) is usually required to achieve wash fastness. Printers with only infrared dryers can rack or line dry prior to running towels through the oven. Additives can be purchased and added to inks to ensure wash fastness if an adequate oven is not available or when rack or line drying. Please note that additives only work after the water has evaporated and stops working in less than 24 hours. Air drying must be completed within a few hours to ensure wash fastness when using additives.


 

Silk Screening Plastisol Inks onto dri-release® Fabrics

It is very important to follow these instructions for printing onto dri-release® to insure that the fabric is processed properly, in order to maintain a cotton-like feel and achieve a quality print.

  1. Load your dri-release® garment onto the pallet. (Because of the softness of your dri-release® t shirt, be careful not to over tack the pallets and pull the shirt out of shape while loading).

  2. Flash the garment for about 10 seconds prior to printing

  3. Flash the garment between each successive print, or each screen

  4. Print your dri-release® garment according to the ink suppliers instructions. (Follow the printing instructions supplied by your ink manufacturer and your dri-release® t shirt will respond brilliantly)

  5. Dry your dri-release® garment according to the ink manufacturers instructions. (Most plastisol inks are cured with a gas or an electric infrared dryer by rapidly bringing the ink up to curing temperature. Curing times vary from dryer to dryer, but most printers use 20 to 40 seconds at 300-325 degrees Fahrenheit to provide a complete cure and is a recommended optimal drying temperature for Dri-release fabrics)

     

   *Please note that the temperature refers to the temperature of the ink deposit achieved, not the control settings. This is best checked with temperature tapes or with a laser thermometer.

Ink Selection:

Since dri-release® is a combination of natural and synthetic fibers, plastisol inks work very well. However, if for some reason additional adhesion is needed, you may want to add 10-15% (by weight) plastisol bonding catalyst.

While printing on dark colored Dri-release garments make sure to use Low Bleed Inks and Low bleed Whites.

Note:
Please allow 24 hours for the plastisol/ink combination to set before packing the garments.

*Always remember to check for scorching, burning or fabric shrinkage from excessive heat.

 

 

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Adidas Hat Clip - a conveniently portable ball marker clips right to a cap or visor for golfers to mark their ball location when the ball has to be moved for instance to clear the path for another golfer.

Air mesh - a mesh that has multiple layers to allow air to pass through the fabric.

Airjet yarn - cotton and polyester garments which provide for a virtually "pill free" look, wash after wash.

Allen Solley placket - a one-piece placket that's hidden after being sewn. This process utilizes the existing fabric for the outside placket face. This is an upscale placket type.

Award jacket - a baseball-style jacket with contrasting striped trim.

Anatomically correct straps - Straps on a golf bag that are designed to fit the shape of a person's shoulders for maximum comfort.

 

B

Ballistic nylon - a thick, durable, synthetic nylon fabric.

Banded self collar - a type of collar made of the same material as the shirt. The two basic kinds of this collar are the simulated, made of two pieces, or the true, made of four pieces.

Baseball shirt - a shirt style that features a crew collar, white body, and three-quarter-length raglan sleeves in a contrasting color.

Basket weave - a variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads are woven side by side to resemble a "basket" look. Fabrics have a loose construction and loose appearance.

Besom pocket - reinforced top seam found on the pockets of golf shirts. This reinforced top seam keeps the pocket in shape and more durable.

Binding - a strip of material sewn or attached over or along the edge of something for protection, reinforcement or ornamentation.

Blanks - undecorated items or apparel; also refers to "blank" goods.

Breeze Knit - garment-washed cool knit. By garment washing, the cool knit gets a softer hand and reduced shrinkage.

Brim - a sun screen that goes all the way around a hat. An example would be a tennis hat.

Broadcloth - a close plain-weave fabric made of cotton, rayon or a blend of cotton or rayon with polyester.

Buckram backing - stiff fabric used to give shape and form to items like caps, belts, etc. Also used to stabilize embroidery edges.

 

C

Cabretta leather - a leather made from the skins of sheep that grow hair rather than wool, tougher than other sheepskins and used chiefly for gloves and shoes

Calendaring - essentially an ironing process that adds sheen to the fabric by the use of heavy rollers (or calendars), pressure and steam heat.

Chambray - a plain weave fabric, usually of cotton or rayon, or a blend of these.

Chino Cotton - A coarse twilled cotton fabric used for uniforms and sometimes work or sports clothes.

Clean-finished placket - typically the interfacings of plackets are raw or edged, which means they can look ragged or uneven, particularly on light-colored shirts. By cutting the interfacing in a rectangle, turning the edges under and fusing them in place, there is a straight placket with no raw edges. All that shows inside the shirt is the smooth edge.

Coach's jacket - style of jacket, comparable to a basic windbreaker, with fold-over collar and slash pockets.

Color blocking - merchandising and/or cutting term whereby a certain type or block of colors ends up in the same place every time on the finished garment.

Combed cotton - cotton yarn that has been combed to remove short fibers and to straighten or arrange longer fibers in parallel order.

Combing - a secondary cleansing process performed to remove additional impurities from the staple fibers after carding. This is a better, more refined cotton than carding.

Compacting - process that compacts the space between fabric fiber pockets. This will prevent cotton shrinkage. Comprehension straps - straps which securely hold the inner contents of a bag.

Compression molded - a solid, pre-formed molded panel that is created using compression.

Constructed - a constructed cap has buckram backing.

Cool knit - a variation of pique that results in a different texture and surface appearance. It resembles a "waffle" pattern.

Cotton sheeting - plain-weave cotton fabric, usually prelaundered, used for fashion sportswear. It's wrinkled to create crinkle cotton.

Crestable panels - panels that are available for custom branding.

Crew collar - a rounded, ribbed collar cut loose to the neck.

Crinkle cotton - wrinkled or puckered cotton obtained by cloth, construction or finishing. It is prelaundered and made from cotton finishing.

Crop top - a shirt style made to expose the midriff.

Cross cut - fabric knit on a pique machine, which is altered slightly to provide a unique stitch. The face of the fabric is two-toned, which gives it a dimensional, textured look and feel. The garment stitching will have a horizontal appearance rather than a vertical one.

Cross grain - this term is used for heavyweight fleece fabric. The fabric is sewn between ribs or panels on the side part of the garment for extra thickness and durability.

Crown - the upper-most part of the cap of a hat that is sewn to either a hatband, brim or sweat band.

 

D

Debossed silicone - a stamped, soft silicone process versus a raised mold; this material is often used for colored bracelets

Denier - 600 vertical threads and 600 horizontal threads that help make a garment more durable and stronger.

Denim - a basic or cotton or blended fabric with right- or left-hand twill constructions. The wrap is usually dyed blue with a white filing.

Divot Repair Tool - a useful tool for any golfer, this item is used to replace and mend any divots created in the grass with the swing of a club

Double-needle - a double row of stitching at the seam.

Draw cord - a cord or ribbon run through a hem or casing and pulled to tighten or close an opening or drawstring.

Drop seam - a seam that is cut and lays below the shoulder of the garment.

Drop tail - a design feature found in upscale products where the back of the garment is longer than the front, sometimes referred to as an "elongated" back.

 

E

Egyptian Cotton - Cultivated in Egypt's Nile River Valley, this cotton is considered the best cotton in the world. The particular growing season gives the cotton the longest and strongest fibers, making it ideal for weaving into smooth, strong yarn. Commonly used in high-end towels and linens.

End on end - a weave in which the warp yarn (the yarn running lengthwise) alternates between two colors.

Enzyme wash - washing process that uses a cellulose-based solution to obtain garments that appear to have been stonewashed or acid washed. The solution physically degrades the surface of the cotton fiber. The appearance and hand of the garment are identical to stonewashed and acid washed garments. However, the fabric surface is not damaged to the extent of a stonewashed or acid washed garment.

EVA molded - a type of foam with softness and flexibility that yet can be processed like other thermoplastics. The material has good barrier properties, low-temperature toughness, stress-crack resistance, hot-melt adhesive waterproof properties and resistance to UV radiation for maximum durability.

 

F

Fabric memory - a term used for cotton fabric. When washing instructions are followed, it will always come back looking as if it were brand new.

Face yarn - the exterior yarn of a fleece garment.

50/50 - 50 percent cotton/50 percent polyester fabric; also referred to as "polycotton".

Fleece - a fabric with a pile or napped surface, sometimes of a unit construction; commonly used in sweats.

Football jersey - a jersey shirt with a slight v-neck, stitched yoke and one-half-length to three-quarter-length sleeves.

Fused lining - a lining that is fused to the two outer plies with solvent, heat and pressure. It's used to stabilize or stiffen parts of a garment, such as a pocket or collar.

 

G

Garment wash - process of industrially washing garments after they have been manufactured to remove sizing; it also softens and pre-shrinks.

Grommet - an eyelet of firm material to strengthen or protect an opening.

Gusset - triangular inserts in sleeve seams to widen and strengthen.

 

H

Hand - quality or characteristic of fabrics perceived by sense of touch, e.g. softness, firmness, drapeability, fineness (i.e. its tactile qualities).

Heavyweight - fabric heavier than 10 ounces per linear yard, equal to 1.60 yield. Standard weight in the industry is 8 ounces (2.0 yield) or lighter.

Henley style - shirt featuring a banded neck and button placket; may be ribbed.

Herringbone - a decorative pattern of rows of slanted parallel lines alternating direction row by row.

High cotton - type of cotton fabric that results in a soft hand. Therefore, it has little or no lint and a tighter knit, which makes for ideal screen printing.

High profile - determines the look of a cap. A high-profile cap's arch begins at 3 inches.

Honeycomb pique - a knit fabric that is characterized by a wider waffle-like appearance, which actually allows the wearer more comfort.

 

I

Indigo dyeing - indigo dye is a substance taken from the indigo plant. There are many chemical imitation indigo dyes. Indigo dye color can only be achieved through a process of dyeing where yarn is dipped into a dye bath and is then allowed to oxidize. The number of dips determines the depth of the indigo color-the more dips, the darker the color.

Interlock - a fine-gauge knit fabric produced by interlocking or interlocking stitches on a circular knit machine. Similar to a jersey, except both front and back of fabric look identical. Interlock is a variation of rib knit construction. The fabric is extremely soft, firm and absorbent.

 

J

Jacquard knit - dyed yarn knit on sophisticated equipment to produce a desired pattern and/or texture.

Jaspe pique - two color yarns create subtle tone variations on the surface of the fabric. This will allow exceptional embroidery surfaces.

Jersey - a type of fabric with a flat appearance, knit on a circular, single-knit machine; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib.

 

K

Kasha-lining - a lining principally for jackets featuring cotton flannel, napped face and imitation chambray back.

 

L

Lap shoulder - Lap shoulder - an infant's shirt where the back panel or body parts overlap the front panel at the neckline where the set-in sleeves start. See style 101 Bella Baby Short-Sleeve T-Shirt.

Lisle - high-quality cotton yarn made by plying yarns spun from long, combed staple.

Locker loop - a self-fabric loop sewn into the center of the back yoke seam for a functional styling detail.

Logo - an artistic interpretation of a company's sign or symbol. These figures can be copyrighted or trademarked. Permission is needed for duplication.

Low profile - determines the look of a cap. A low-profile cap's arch begins at 2 to 3 inches.

 

M

MAG pockets - magnetic access pockets.

Marbled - a texture that involves a body color with contrasting highlight flecks on the surface. These flecks give the garment a heather-like appearance.

Mercerization - a process that eliminates all of the small "hairs" of yarn, which adds to its luster. This yarn is then additionally run through a caustic solution, which further smoothes and adds gloss to the yarn surface by burning off additional fabric hairs.

Microfiber - very fine fibers, which give a unique appearance and soft hand. Microfiber fabrics are generally lightweight, resilient and resist wrinkling. They have a luxurious drape and the body retains its shape and resists pilling. They are also very strong and durable.

Mock turtleneck - a shortened version of the turtleneck where the neck of the garment does not fold over.

 

N

Nailhead woven - consists of a solid background and color and little pinheads' (or small nailheads) of fabric spaced at regular (and very small) intervals. The effect of this pattern is that the background color tends to overshadow the nailhead pattern.

NuBlend fleece - a three-end fleece made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester with an anti-pilling surface.

Nubuk - a synthetic leather with its finished surface buffed to a slight nap or suede-like appearance.

 

O

One-ply yarn - one strand of thread is used to form the yarn that is woven into terry loops.

Open-end yarn - a process that eliminates some manufacturing steps needed for ring-spun yarn. This cost-saving process is passed on to the garments produced.

Ounces per sq. yd - a measurement of fabric weight, a weight that customers usually ask for when making a comparison to competitive brands.

Oxford - soft, somewhat porous, cotton shirting weave that creates a soft, nubby texture.

 

P

Peach finish - a soft hand (feel) usually obtained by sanding the fabric lightly; it can be achieved with chemical or laundry abrasion.

Peruvian Pima Cotton - Peruvian Pima Cotton is often referred to as the "cashmere of cotton" the softest, smoothest, "silkiest" fabric you can wear. Shrinkage standard for Peruvian Pima fabrics is a maximum of 5 x 5 if the garment is washed following directions on the label.

PFD - prepare for dyeing. It indicates that the garment has been specifically prepared for the garment-dyeing process.

Piece dying - fabrics that are dyed solid colors after they have been woven or knitted, but before they are sewn into a garment.

Pigment dyeing - a class of dye used on cotton or poly/cotton. Neon or fluorescent colors are done with pigments. Dyers also do a distressed look using pigments. Pigments have the least degree of fastness of all the dyes, but create the brightest colors. Pigment dyes will typically stay in the pastel range unless it's neon. You cannot deepen color with a pigment.

Pima cotton - high-quality yarn made by plying yarns spun from long combed staple.

Pinpoint oxford - two fine yarns that are wrapped together for a fine and luxurious hand.

Pique - a knit fabric that is characterized by its waffle-like appearance.

Placket - the construction that forms the opening in the front of the shirt, allowing the wearer to put it on and take it off with ease.

Plain weave - simplest, most common of all basic weaves. The surface provides a smooth surface for printing.

Polar fleece - knitted using 100% fine denier polyester yarns. The pile is napped on the front and back to promote a very soft hand with exceptional loft. This is a fine denier knit that also allows the fabric to dry quickly.

Polynosic - a type of microfiber that is a blend of polyester and rayon fibers and having a soft finish.

Poplin - a medium-to-heavyweight unbalanced plain weave. It is a spun yarn fabric that is usually piece dyed.

Powder dyeing - process that allows polyester to blend with cotton to give a garment a dyed appearance. Powder dyed garments ensure consistent color, wash after wash.

PrintPro - fleece fabric construction with a two-end yarn system that allows for an increase in the amount of stitches per square yard.

PU construction - a synthetic split leather with a layer of polyurethane applied to the surface and then embossed.

 

Q

Quarter turned - an additional manufacturing process where the mill rotates 1/4 of a turn to put a crease on the side of the product rather then the front of the product.

 

R

Raglan - a raglan sleeve is stitched under the arm and in two parallel lines leading from the armpit to the neck; it makes for ease of arm movement.

Ramie - a strong, staple fiber of cellulose yielded by the inner bark of the ramie plant. It's often used as a less expensive substitute for linen or cotton, and is usually blended with cotton, flax or silk.

Reactive dye - special dye used on a garment which produces, when the label's wash instructions are followed, a more set-in color tone.

Resin treatment - the addition of thermosetting resins applied in the finishing process, used to control the shrinkage of a fabric and add durable press characteristics.

Rib - a stretchy fabric normally used for trim. This stitch is formed by two sets of needles at right angles to each other. The face of the fabric appears to be the same as the backside.

Ring-spun yarn - yarn that is reproduced on ring frame equipment. This yarn produces a softer hand when knit.

Ringer tee - a shirt, usually white bodied, featuring ribbed crew neck and sleeve bands in a contrasting color.

S

Sandwich hat - a hat where there is contrasting trim between the upper and lower part of the visor.

Scoop neck - a rounded neck, larger than a crewneck, but smaller than a boatneck.

Seamless collar - a collar that is knit in a circle and is set in circular. There are no joining seams on the collar, found in better-made t-shirts.

Set-in sleeve - a style of sleeve that is sewn into the shoulder, as opposed to the neck.

Sheared - refers to the towel's finish. A sheared surface is created clipping the loops on one side of the towel. Sheared terry is often referred to as having a velour finish. The shearing process creates a plush and smooth finish, which is great for printing or embroidery. The weight of the fabric has a big impact on the overall appearance of the shear. A heavier weight fabric enhances the velour appearance because there is more material to shear.

Sheeting - a plain-weave cotton fabric usually made of carded yarns.

Shoddy - clippings of extra fabric from the production of tees is gathered, sorted by color, then processed into a pulpy material called shoddy. This material is then respun into yarn and used to create recycled apparel.

Side seams - seams that join the front and back together. This feature is not found on T-shirts and some placket shirts.

Single-needle - a stitch, requiring a single needle and thread, characterized by its straight-line pathway. A single-needle shoulder seam has been finished with a visible row of stitching, single needle, for additional reinforcement and fashion.

Sonic weld logos - A type of logo treatment, where the graphic is applied without the use of stitches. A direct injection of material is applied to the fabric to create the logo.

Staff bag - a style of bag used on the PGA Tour and other professional tours.

Standard Athletic Team Colors - standards for all primary team colors to better control uniform standards; used to ensure consistency across product lines

Staple - the actual length of a cotton fiber.

Stonewash - a finishing process that creates a distressed appearance, including a softer texture, puckering at the seams and slight wrinkling. Garments are tumbled together with stones (usually pumice stones) in larger washers. This process is usually applied to indigo-dyed denim garments. Different sizes of stones can be used and length of washing time can be varied to achieve different effects.

Sublimation transfer - method of subliming a dye pattern, through the use of heat, onto polyester fabric from a paper carrier.

Sueded fleece - a very smooth and luxurious fleece that is made with an 80/20 cotton and polyester blend; a unique finishing process wherein the fabric is gently "sanded," which causes the fleece to become very soft.

 

T

Taping - a design feature whereby a piece of fabric is used to cleanly cover a seam. The term is used when referring to shoulder-to-shoulder taping.

Taslan - 100% nylon fabrication with a water-resistant coating that has been woven as a twill and washed to provide a soft hand.

Tencel - a fiber made from wood pulp. Tencel gives fabric a very soft, smooth and luxurious hand.

Thermoplastic - a plastic that is soft and pliable when heated without any change of the inherent properties.

Tour Preferred - TaylorMade's top level product.

TPR rubber - a specific form of rubber used on logos.

Tubular knit - a golf shirt style with no side seams. The bottom is rounded all around.

Twill - characterized by a diagonal rib. Twill weaves are used to produce a strong, durable, firm fabric.

Two-ply yarn - two strands of thread are used to form the yarn that is woven into terry loops.

 

U

Unconstructed - an unconstructed cap has a relaxed fit without backing. It fits closely to the wearer's head.

 

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W

Waterproofness - the ability of fabric to withstand penetration by water. Conventional waterproof fabrics are generally coated with chemicals or laminated with a film that closes the pores in fabric. (See waterproof/breathable).

Waterproof/breathable - ability to keep water from penetrating but permits water vapor to pass through. There are over 200 fabrics of this type available today, offering a varied combination of waterproofness and water vapor permeability.

Water repellency - the ability to resist penetration by water. Not as rigorous a standard as waterproofness. Water repellent fabrics cause water to bead up on their surfaces while allowing insensible perspiration to pass through. Water beads up and rolls off a water-repellent fabric.

Water resistant - a treatment to fabric that actually allows water to "bead" and fall off a garment.

Weather resistant - a loose term referring primarily to a fabric's wind-resistant and water-repellent properties. Water-resistant fabrics are those that resist the penetration of water. The greater the force of impact as the water hits the fabric surface, the greater the likelihood that it will penetrate the fabric.

Welt cuffs - cuffs on short sleeve garments formed from a single ply of ribbed fabric with a finished edge. Fabric for welt cuffs is knit in a bolder stitch construction than that of standard 1 x 1 ribs.

WindPro - tested perforated umbrellas.

Woven - fabric constructed by the interlacing of two or more sets of yarns at right angles to each other.

Wrinkle-free - the basic process for imparting the wrinkle free finish into fabric involves applying a resin into the fabric, drying and curing at extremely high temperatures to the desired dimension, scouring to remove any residual chemicals, and final drying. The application and curing of wrinkle-free may occur before or after the garments are produced. "Precured wrinkle-free" means that the finish has been applied to the fabric before the garment has been manufactured. Because the "postcure wrinkle-free" means that the finish has been applied after the garment has been manufactured and because the "postcure wrinkle-free" process is set into the final, pressed garment, it is more popular.

 

X

 

Y

Yoke - contoured portion of a garment, usually at the shoulder or hip.

 

Z

 

It's true what they say: "Knowledge is Power." And when you're faced with the challenges of dressing your team for success, a little knowledge can go a long way from knowing what's popular and why... to what terms mean when you see them on a label or in a catalog... even to fun tidbits of information people find interesting. All this can simplify your decision making, streamline your process, and show your team you've done your research. And that will build their confidence in you, boost pride in their work, and virtually guarantee a more productive, powerful performance in the office and on the field.

Here, we've provided you with some of that knowledge... peruse it, have fun with it, use it in whatever way you can to put the power to work for you.









Casual Fridays and Dress Down Days
In order to compete in the employment marketplace, employers in the 90s searched for creative options to attract new employees and retain present ones.

So, what happened?
Wearables shot to the #1 category in Promotional Products, up 3 points from 24% to 27% in one year.

Why did this happen?
- 90% of all US companies have casual day of some kind
- 1/3 of all companies allow casual clothing every day
- More than 40% of all companies have expanded their casual dress options in the last three years

Casual wear Business wear Human Resources Survey
- 87% - improves morale
- 81% - perceived by employees as a benefit
- 51% - employees save money because of casual dress
- 47% - improves productivity

Given the chance, 96% of employees take advantage of dressing casual.

What employees said
- 81% - improves morale
- 57% - I'm judged now more on my performance than appearance
- 57% - better camaraderie with managers and co-workers
- 51% - do best work when casually dressed
- 43% - boss is more approachable

46% reported that if they were offered two equal positions, the employer who offered casual days every day would get preference.




The 4 basic classifications of Corporate Casual at work today are:

Boardroom Casual
Apparel that's different than the traditional business suit, but still appropriate for the boardroom. Blazers, oxfords, vests, ties, and scarves are the operative words here.

Business Casual
Professional dressing that's perfectly suited to attend a meeting, conduct a seminar or to meet a client. Banded collar shirts, oxfords, denims, vests, sweaters and turtlenecks are your main menu here.

Relaxed Casual
Office-appropriate attire that's professional enough to face customers, but comfortable enough to sit in front of the computer. Golf shirts reign supreme in this area, as well as denims, chambray shirts, fashion fleece, sweaters and turtlenecks.

Dress Down Casual
Casual apparel for a labor-intensive day such as cleaning out files or organizing your area. Tees, sweats and denim are your directions on this one.




When holiday time rolls around, showing appreciation to clients and the people on your team can prove to be a smart move for encouraging more business and productivity in the office. Give gifts of golf shirts, woven's, tees, fleece, or caps tastefully decorated with your logo, and you can increase the benefits to corporate identity programs.

Consider these opinions of small business owners when asked about holiday gift giving:
- Over 75% feel it helps improve their business
- Over 55% believe it leads to increased sales
- Over 70% consider it an important part of their marketing effort
- Over 85% believe it improves employee morale




Still not sure if golf shirts are right for your team? As the game itself continues to skyrocket, so does the popularity and acceptability of golf shirts as a staple of corporate casual dress codes. And, with the numbers of people playing golf today, the odds are in your favor that the majority of your team will -at the very least- be wearing your golf shirt on the green. Just consider these stats about golfers:
- 21.5 million men
- 5.1 million women
- With 2.1 million, juniors (aged 12-17) represent the fastest-growing group
- With 7 million, the 30-39 year age group is the largest percentage at 26.4%
- 1 in every 4 golfers is a senior (2.7 million aged 65+)
- 43% hold Professional/Management/Administrative occupations




Question:
Why do women's shirts button on the opposite side than men's?
Answer:
Way back in Medieval times, women did not usually dress themselves. They had handmaids to help them. Therefore, the dressmakers designed the garments so the buttons were in the proper position for the dressers, the person USING the buttons. The tradition continued throughout the ages and even into today's styles.

Question:
What percentage of the American workforce is female?
Answer:
60%, making Ladies' style shirts increasingly popular for all types of corporate casual decision makers.

Question:
What does "pre-shrunk" really mean?
Answer:
It is NOT pre-washing the fabric. It is a process where the bolted, uncut fabric is run through rollers containing tiny nubs that press the fabric over the nubs, creating grooves which condense it. This puckered shrinking effect then allows for real shrinking when washed. Therefore, the fabric . not the shirt . is pre-shrunk before it is even cut and sewn.

Question:
Where did the word "jersey" in jersey knit come from?
Answer:
It is called that because it was first knitted in the Jersey and Guernsey Islands in the English Channel.

Question:
What type of garments are embroidered more than any other?
Answer:
Golf shirts. They comprise 53% of all garments embroidered, followed by caps at 21%.

Question:
What is the origin of the pouch pocket that's so popular in today's fleece styles?
Answer:
It actually dates back to the 1800s when muffs became a fashionable accessory for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to keep their hands warm and conceal money and small treasures when traveling.

Question:
What makes Microfiber so much softer than other fabrics?
Answer:
Most other fabrics have 70-80 tendrils of yarn per strand. Microfiber has 216 tendrils per strand. It's more finely woven, more luxurious, also windproof and waterproof.

Question:
Where does the name "Henley" come from?
Answer:
Copies of this shirt, a no-collar knit with buttoned placket, were worn by rowers in Henley, England. It was originally a rower’s shirt.

Question:
What is a "half moon sweat patch" and what’s it really for?
Answer:
The inset back yoke of many upscale-type golf shirts. While called a "sweat patch," it is actually there for decoration purposes and extra collar support.

Question:
Name three colors that are popular for trade show "uniforms" today?
Answer:
Any three bright colors. The brighter the color, the more booth staffers stand out as a team, so they can be found anywhere in the booth. The trade is calling them "Crayola colors."

Question:
Where did the American T-shirt originate?
Answer:
The "great American T-shirt" actually originated overseas when American soldiers in WW I took a lesson from their European counterparts and started wearing cooler, light-weight, cotton undershirts instead of their wool uniforms in the hot summer climates.

Question:
Where does the term "denim" come from?
Answer:
From the French "serge de Nimes," a twill fabric made in Nimes, France from blue vegetable dyes from the indigo plant, which is why deeper hues of blue denim are called "indigo."

Question:
What does the term "ounces" of fabric refer to?
Answer:
The weight of the fabric based on one yard of fabric.

Question:
How does the fabric "sanded gabardine" get its soft finish?
Answer:
It is run through an actual belt sander so that the fabric is extra soft before it is cut and sewn.

Question:
Where does the word "khaki" come from?
Answer:
From the Hindu word meaning "dusty," which applied to the light brown cotton of the Indian army uniforms. Troops in 1850’s India found their white uniforms would be dusty within hours and began soaking them in mud to turn the same practical khaki color.

Question:
Do recycled bottles actually play a role in apparel manufacturing?
Answer:
Yes! Recycled plastic bottles are cleaned, crushed, melted and extruded into the polyester fibers that make many of today's most popular fleece clothing. It's every bit as warm and durable as virgin polyester... but conserves more energy in processing.

 





Logo Design
Following the tips below can help assure the artwork you provide will achieve the dynamic results you want when your logo is screen printed or embroidered on your wearables. It can also help increase the efficiency and quality of the decorating process. Art that is "ready" for use is provided in an electronic file that can be used for pre-press and printing without making modifications. Below are a number of important considerations and tips to help get your art ready for decorating.

Acceptable Artwork Formats
Art may be provided in any of the following formats. Please note the modifications that may need to be made it order to make each format ready for decorating.

For all three formats, proper resolution is critical for clean results. The standard resolution for printed artwork is 300 dpi (dots per inch).

Mechanical artwork
The traditional standard for acceptable mechanical artwork is "camera-ready black and white." Mechanical artwork can be supplied on a sheet of white paper or bromide, and should be no larger than 8.5" x 11".

Hand-drawn artwork
A logo that's been drawn by hand is a great starting point, but it will need to be digitized and modified for practical use.

Digital artwork
Images created in Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint are preferred over mechanical and hand-drawn artwork for quality of the end result and efficiency. However, digital artwork may still require modification and/or preparation for the decorating process.

File suffixes: If your digital artwork file ends with any of these suffixes, it can be used to properly prepare your art:
.bmp, .eps, .gif, .pct, .pdf, .tiff

Proofs: Any time you supply digital artwork, be sure to include a printed proof for reference.

Disk formats: When providing your artwork on disk, it is best to use one of these more standard disk formats: CD-Rom, 100-megabyte Zip, or regular floppy. 250-megabyte Zip, Jazz drive disks, and Syquest disks are also acceptable.

E-mailed art: When sending your artwork via e-mail, be sure to provide all of the basic elements, including:
- fonts
- layers
- paths


Unacceptable Artwork Formats
Artwork provided in the following forms, or similar forms, will not be able to be modified into ready art... therefore delivering extremely poor results when translated into decoration for a garment:
- on a fax sheet
- scanned into a computer
- on a business card
- on a printed promotional item such as a napkin or matchbook cover


Logo Placement
Consider these lesser-used, but highly-noticeable garment locations for a unique logo/artwork placement.




Estimating Stitch Count
Here is an easy way to estimate the amount of stitches you'll need for great looking logos.
- Print out the grid below
- Cut out your artwork and place it over the grid
- Count the number of boxes it fills, then find that number in the chart
- If your design goes outside the grid, estimate the extra grid space you need and add it to your original total.

Other Points to Remember when Estimating a Stitch Count
- 1 solid square inch of embroidery equals approximately 2,000 stitches.
- 1 solid square 1/4 inch of embroidery will equal about 125 stitches.
- No letter should be smaller than 3/16" each letter 1/4" in height equals about 100 stitches.
- Drop shadows in your logo will translate to 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Straight lines under logos typically require 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Fabrics, colors, and artwork detail will affect the amount of stitches.

It is important to remember that these stitch-count tips, and the stitch-count grid, provide estimates only. They are a good starting point to arrive at a ballpark count, but the precise figure can only be determined when the actual embroidery of your design is performed.


Note: Due to differences in computers and printers, the size of the grid may be distorted when you print it out. Be sure to check that 1-inch squares actually measure 1 inch on your printout (do the same for 1/4-inch squares). If such a size distortion occurs, you can scale your printout of the grid to a more accurate size using a photocopier.




It's important to remember that every color you want used in your artwork means another screen to create, set-up, and print through. The costs connected with these screens depend on the techniques used.

It's always beneficial to print more items than less because of the set-up charges involved. If in doubt about the final quantity of screen printed items you'll need, it's often more economical to order more than you think will be required.

Every color has an associated cost; different colors have different chemical make-ups, which make them more or less expensive than others.

Drop shadows, shading and anything that blends from light to dark will probably end up looking like a series of dots and should be avoided. (This does not apply to single-color halftone gradients).

Most likely, the following special requirements will add to your screen-printing costs:

- If you need your screen-printing to match an exact color, requiring inks be custom-mixed to achieve that PMS color
- The process that allows colors to show correctly on dark goods
- Additional locations on a garment
- Special (not the normal) logo locations



The following guidelines can help you streamline your buying and, therefore, boost your profits.

Buying for Men: Any style listed as Adult are sized for men. Adult Golf-cut styles generally offer a better fit for beefier male builds.

Buying for Ladies: Styles listed as Ladies' are women's sizes. If the women on your team prefer a Men's or Adult style, select one size smaller than what they would wear in Ladies' sizes.

Buying for Groups: Use the charts below for a general percentage to help you determine how many shirts in each size you need when buying for a group.

To calculate your buying quantities by size, simply multiply the number of people in your group by the percentage in the chart for each size.





These are general guidelines only and should only be used as a starting point for determining necessary quantities. Your group sizes may vary greatly.

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180s

Technology Timeline

Baltimore-based 180s introduced the original behind-the-head ear warmers in 1995. Since this initial and highly successful innovation, the company branched into gloves, eyegear and apparel for the active lifestyle. 180s mission is to find a new approach in developing smart, stylish products that are equally at home in the mountains or on the city streets. With nearly 80 patents and patents pending, 180s products are technical, fashionable and far from ordinary. In other words, very 180s.

180s History

1873 - 15-year-old Chester Greenwood wasnt thinking about hat head, fashion or style when he invented the earmuff in 1873. He just wanted to keep his ears warm so he could ice skate in the cold winter weather of Farmington, Maine. He crafted the first model from baling wire, padded with black velvet on the inside and beaver fur on the outside. For the next 100 years, ear muffs were the standard until 180s started a revolution

1993 - The first pair of behind-the-head ear warmers was designed, developed and prototyped as part of a Wharton Business School assignment.

1994 - 180s sold its first non-folding version of the ear warmer.

1995 - The 180s revolution started. 5000 adjustable, behind-the-head ear warmers were sold on the 1st appearance of QVC in 8 minutes, with 2000 customers still on hold. QVC proclaimed the product a tremendous success.

1997 - 180s invests in design and development of its first winter accessories line.

2000 - Revenues double. Distribution was established in Canada and Europe.

2001 - 180s grows by 750%.

2002 - Named one of Americas Most Innovative Companies by Inc. Magazine in 2002, 180s continued to redefine the accessories world with the introduction of two new patented technologies: the Exhale Heating System, which allows users to inject a warm blast of air into their gloves, and the Pivot Guard System, which lets the arms on 180s sunglasses swing forward to protect lenses and store more compactly.

2003 - 180s was ranked #9 on the 500 list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. Magazine, with growth rate of 9,249% over previous five years.

2004 - 180s founded Team 180s, a team of amateur athletes, to provide a testing platform for new technologies and products.

180s further redefined winter accessories with the introduction of the patented ExoLite ear warmer and the Convertible Running Glove (CRG). The sleek ExoLite is ultra-lightweight and ultra-thin, weighing less than an ounce and collapsing to less than 2 cm in thickness. The Convertible Running glove features an on demand waterproof and windproof stowable hood that can be snapped over the fingers for additional protection.

2005 - 180s takes active outerwear and apparel to a new level with the introduction of the patented Quantum Vent Jacket (QVJ) and Catalyst shirt. Featuring a retractable vent, the QVJ lets wearers avoid the nuisance of layering up for a run. The Catalyst shirt features X-Static anti-microbial silver lining for no stink performance.

2006 - 180s was awarded a contract to product the Combat Desert Jacket (CDJ) for the US Marine Corps. The CDJ is a lightweight, high-performance jacket designed to protect against the elements while regulating core body temperature.

2007 - 180s enters the base layer market with its Zoned collection, specifically designed to regulate core body temperature and keep wearers performing at their peak.

2008 - The 180s revolution continues

 

 

Pricing

  • All Prices are FOB Monroe, NC; Pageland, SC and Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Men's styles: Case equals 2 dozen on sizes M-2XL, 1 dozen on XS, S, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, and 6XL.

  • Ladies styles: Case equals 1 dozen on sizes S-2XL.

  • Caps: Case equals 2 dozen.

  • Prices subject to change without notice.

Size Chart

Men's: Neck

XS=13-13.5
S= 14-14.5
M=15-15.5
L=16-16.5
XL=17-17.5
2XL=18-18.5
3XL=19-19.5
4XL=20-20.5
5XL=21-21.5
6XL=22-22.5
 

Women's

S=2/4
M=6/8
L=10/12
XL=14/16
2XL=18
 

 

 

1949

old adidas placard

The foundation

18 August
- adidas is registered as a company, named after its founder: 'Adi' from Adolf and 'Das' from Dassler.

50s

Adolf Dassler

The 'Miracle of Bern'

1954
- The 'Miracle of Bern' Germany battle Hungary with a competitive advantage. They are wearing adidas soccer boots which for the first time feature removable studs.

60s

high jumper Dick Fosbury

Higher
Driven by a desire to help all athletes committed to performance, adidas manufactures equipment for what some consider "fringe sports". Unconventional high jumper Dick Fosbury launches himself up and over in adidas footwear.

70s

Franz Beckenbauer raising the World Cup

The "adidas" team wins

Crowning moment: Franz Beckenbauer, the "Kaiser", raising the World Cup in victory salute. Germany had just beaten Holland 2-1 in the 1974 final.
 

80s

old adidas poster

The transition

After Adi Dassler's death, Adi's wife Käthe, his son Horst, and his daughters carry on the business.
 

90s

 

Robert Louis-Dreyfus

With a new management

Under the CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus, adidas is moving from being a manufacturing and sales based company to a marketing company.
 

1995

adidas logo

adidas goes public

Flotation of the company on the Frankfurt and Paris Stock Exchange.
 

1996

 

adidas athelete at the Olympic Games in Atlanta

A splendid year

The "three-stripes company" equips 6,000 Olympic athletes from 33 countries. adidas athletes win 220 medals, including 70 gold. Apparel sales increase 50%.

1997

 

skateboarder

adidas-Salomon AG

adidas AG acquires the Salomon Group with the brands Salomon, TaylorMade, Mavic and Bonfire in December 1997. The new company is named adidas-Salomon AG.
 

1999

 

in-line skaters

The new brands

The integration of the new brands is gaining momentum. The new Taylor Made FireSole clubs boost sales. Salomon in-line skates take off with high double-digit growth during the first half of 1999.

2000

swimmer Ian Thorpe takes three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Sydney

New management

Following personnel changes, the new management initiates an ambitious Growth and Efficiency Program. Major sports events such as the European Soccer Championship EURO 2000™ and the Olympic Summer Games, where swimmer Ian Thorpe takes three gold medals, contribute to the company’s success.

2005

Pole vaulter Elena Isinbayeva becomes the first female to clear 5 metres.

Sale of Salomon

The Salomon Group (including Salomon, Mavic, Bonfire, Cliché and Arc’Teryx) is being sold to Amer Sports in October 2005. The new adidas Group is focusing even more on its core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market as well as the growing golf category. The legal name of the company will change to “adidas AG” in May/June 2006.
 

2006

 

adidas-Salomon AG acquires Reebok

The closing of the Reebok transaction on January 31, 2006 marks a new chapter in the history of the adidas Group. By combining two of the most respected and well-known brands in the worldwide sporting goods industry, the new Group will benefit from a more competitive worldwide platform, well-defined and complementary brand identities, a wider range of products, and a stronger presence across teams, athletes, events and leagues.

 

"Alternative exists to promote the quest of free-thinking people to individuate by wearing t-shirts when and where they want."
-Alternative’s Reason for Being

At the core of Alternative, you will find creativity and passion. Our designs begin with an inspiration, materialize into conceptual sketches, and evolve into a t-shirt that finds its true meaning with the individual who wears it.

Alternative has been challenging the concepts of fashion since 1996. In the beginning, Alternative founder and creative designer Greg Alterman sold his t-shirt designs out of his car. His passion for designing the perfect t-shirt has since grown into one of today’s hottest apparel brands. Greg has always made a commitment to raise the t-shirt above its traditional status as a casual staple; he has moved the t-shirt to the center of a fashion-forward wardrobe.

Following Greg’s footsteps, all of us at Alternative believe that the t-shirt is an opportunity to express one’s self. Wear your t-shirt, accessorize your t-shirt, decorate your t-shirt – it’s a simple action that speaks volumes about the creative force that exists within each of us. We continue to bring together an extremely diverse culture of "Free-Thinking People" made up of artisans, musicians, designers, activists, students, and fashionistas alike. We surround ourselves with individuals who share their unique views and innovative style with the world around them. Alternative is a company that believes in inspired self-expression as an integral force in our global community.

 

  American Apparel

Dov Charney

PARIS: Ask Dov Charney if a borderless world - his idea of utopia - would erode cultural identities and he thunderously exclaims: "Magna Carta 1215! They anticipated that international merchants should be able to come to Great Britain and sell their goods. I think it's section 43 or 42, you can look it up on Google."

Charney, 39, the founder, creative director and chief executive of the casual clothing company American Apparel, believes the worldwide brand expansion he began in 1998 from his Los Angeles headquarters is promoting a creative conversation with the international consumer, who now can buy his simple but vibrant smoke-thin T-shirts, skinny jeans and underwear in 231 stores worldwide.

Not since Prada's black nylon satchels in the 1990s has brand anonymity been as fashionable as it is now among a post-It bag generation. Currently, almost every other girl on European streets is carrying a logo-less American Apparel duffel bag.

But if everyone, everywhere is wearing American Apparel, is it a kind of generic uniform?

"At American Apparel," Charney explains animatedly, "people can mix our basics into their wardrobe as they like, with vintage or with luxury or with something you pick up at Monoprix. One person could cut their shirt with a pair of scissors."

Jodie Harrison, executive style and grooming editor of British GQ, is a perfect example of the mix: "I happen to wear American Apparel practically every day of the week. I wear my new zip-up black body top under my YSL blazer. I wear my amazing coral pink jeans with my Rick Owens black leather jacket."

Hatty Morris, a 24-year-old artist from central London, says she loves the versatility of her American Apparel body stocking, describing that "its tiny cut and stretchy material work in harmony to produce a body sock so snug it has a squeezing and supporting effect."

Charney says he has no pretensions for his company, which had $387 million in sales in 2007, to compete with dominant brands like Gap, partly because he is serving a different, urban market. "My body type is underserved," he says. "The average guy that the Gap looks at is a bigger guy. The people in the city are younger and fitter. We're not dealing with suburban American sensibilities; that's already served very well.

"There's an urban American landscape, which is connected to the international landscape."

As a teenager in Montreal, Charney was obsessed with American culture, particularly the nation's underwear. The young entrepreneur began importing the Hanes brand but, when he began to feel Hanes' production outsourcing was loosening its grip on solid American design, he set up his own "American" business in 1997, with everything made in one building in central Los Angeles.

With stores in countries like (deep breath) China, Britain, Mexico, France, Israel, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Australia and others, American Apparel is the largest clothing manufacturer in the United States in terms of domestic production. Despite its size, however, every store is individually designed in a postmodernist style and has the feel of an intimate clothier, selling what Charney calls "open-minded, international, metropolitan, flexible fashion."

Charlie Porter, 34, deputy editor of the fashion magazine Fantastic Man, based in Amsterdam, observes, "What's great about American Apparel is that, even though there are stores everywhere, it still feels like you are having an individual dialogue with them. It's still a thrill to shop there."

The label's ethical and environmental concerns - production is heavily powered by solar energy, and employees get fair wages and generous benefits - have charmed consumers' consciences in an over-saturated market.

As Harrison says, "Prices are unfamiliarly high when compared to similar brands but then, unlike some other brands, so are the standards and the morals behind them."

Joel Howland, a 22-year-old from London who works in hedge funds, notes that Charney's clothes are not "prohibitively expensive as you might expect, bearing in mind the economic implications of ethical American manufacture."

A men's Organic Fine Jersey short sleeve T-shirt retails for $19, on americanapparel.net. In comparison, a similar, but non-organic T-shirt on gap.com is $18.

Todd Slater, managing director of equity research at Lazard Capital Markets in New York, notes, "American Apparel is a contrarian idea, as it is making clothes without sweatshop labor, paying a living wage and provides all workers with equity and health care for themselves and their families - because domestic manufacturing allows for faster time leads, faster cycle times, more flexibility in production and better quality."

In December 2007, American Apparel merged with Endeavor Acquisition and went public. Slater sees the label's outlook as rosy: "American Apparel is the most compelling global growth brand, both from a valuation and fundamental perspective. It is growing its store base 30 percent or more this year and sales are tracking above $500 million."

Slater believes that this solid financial situation is greatly due to the brand's urban appeal and a good balance between its price and customers' perception of its value.

Charney says the American Apparel customer appreciates "garments that fit well, that drape well; we try to optimize the quality."

Raised by a mother who was an artist and a father who was an architect, Charney learned about the beauty of functional design from a young age. American Apparel shuns visible branding, a view he shares with Naomi "No Logo" Klein, who went to high school with him in Montreal. This brand anonymity appeals. As Howland, the Londoner, says, "I like to avoid looking like a billboard for one label so I tend to wear American Apparel with jeans and plain sneakers."

"I am an intuitive designer," Charney says. "I put it on and I see if it's tight or not. I love the touch of fabric." The designer, who has no formal fashion training, says, "I've seen photographs of Yves Saint Laurent in a fitting and I thought, 'That's how we do it!' I try on all my underwear designs before they go into production."

Charney says he becomes "obsessed with one garment, I get locked into a madness where I try to redesign the perfect pant. I made 150 versions of our men's underwear. We make incremental changes to the designs all the time."

Having absolute creative direction means design is not done "by committee necessarily," according to Charney, who says the process is more like "a crown discussing matters with his cabinet. Fashion is not a democracy; if not, you get Old Navy," which means, in fashion-speak, a clothing line without focus. His committee is composed of hipsters who he hires because "they have great style and get the brand." Some even have formal design educations. Charney is a talented colorist. At his stores a pair of boxer briefs are a shade of pink that suggests a peach trying, but failing, to be a plum. Even socks can be found in a strange-but-familiar version of orange, as if they had been left in the sun to fade gently. "My choice is about whim and seeing a color on a street and thinking it perfect," he says.

Morris, the painter from London, is drawn in by Charney's technicolor vision: "Clean block colors of every shade, simple bold shapes and the occasional eccentric cut dares you to try the clothes on."

Charney also is developing fabrics like a supple cotton that changes color based on body heat. Antonia Weiss, 21, a trainee architect from Frankfurt, said in an e-mail interview that she enjoys the fabric research that goes into Charney's designs, as she describes her favorite metallic duffel bag: "The reflective fabric gets hypnotizing in bright sunlight. It's also got a touch of 'Queen of the Night' glamour (from The Magic Flute that is)."

One thing that inevitably arises in any discussion of American Apparel is its sex-addled image - something that might be expected to harm its international appeal, particularly in the Middle East and Orient. The label uses images that border on soft porn (all shot by Charney) that feature young healthy urbanites in various states of undress and in poses that would make an Abercrombie & Fitch model blush.

Harrison, of British GQ, describes her first encounter with an American Apparel ad: "There it was, just as it was. A nubile girl in a pair of white-striped knee-high sports socks and very little else. No retouching, no light trickery and definitely no illusions. After years looking blankly at campaign perfection, it was little wonder everyone was responsive to this new mood in marketing. This was porno. This was brilliant. Here was a brand that was doing something modern, something urgent."

Charney maintains that the sensual element of his company is fashion business-as-usual. "I think sex is a driving force in all brands. I think Diesel puts sex out there as much as we do. Yves Saint Laurent does. Media forces in the United States have defined me as being overly sexual and it's completely sensational." Weiss, the Frankfurt architectural trainee, says she also is attracted to the label's advertising campaigns, explaining, "It's a really well-balanced mix of sincere motives and a healthy sense of humor - a combination that is really quite rare in fashion."

"It's been said that the European customer is very critical, and I would agree. It's very true," Charney says. "But there is something that they are responding to in us, and I sincerely believe it's the lack of pretense in our brand."

 

Anvil Knitwear  Anvil Quality Activewear

 

Anvil Knitwear, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high quality activewear which sells its products primarily into the "imprinted" or "decorated" segment of the U.S. apparel industry. Anvil offers an extensive line of activewear products and accessories in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics, designed for men, women and children, including long and short sleeve t-shirts, polo shirts, ringers/baseballs, henleys, garment-dyed tees and fleece, athletic shorts, caps, towels, robes and bags.

Anvil Knitwear has a history of over 30 years in its business segment. Anvil's corporate headquarters is in New York City with manufacturing facilities in Honduras and Nicaragua and textile facilities in North Carolina, and offshore. Anvil employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide.

Anvil products are available under its own brand names, including the Anvil Logo, Anvil®, chromaZONE™ by Anvil, Cotton Deluxe® Towels Plus® by Anvil and under private label.

Anvil Knitwear, Inc. maintains a copyright on all of the screens of this website. In addition, the names, logos and trademarks appearing at this website are the property of or licensed to Anvil Knitwear, Inc. and are protected by trademark or other intellectual property laws. This means that any reproduction, modification, publication, retransmission or other exploitation of the copyrighted material or the Trademarks, without the prior written consent of Anvil Knitwear, Inc., is prohibited.

 

Augusta Sportswear, a benchmark in the team apparel industry for 30 years. While here, you have full access to a vast product line of team uniforms, athleticwear, outerwear, warmups and accessories.

And don't forget about totes and aprons that have proven to stand the test of time. It's our mission to continually meet your needs for styles, colors, sizes and extreme value by providing excellence in your total customer experience.

 

History
Badger Sportswear, established in 1971, was purchased by the current owner in 1984. The company grew substantially by offering superior products at great value to famous label consumer sportswear brands. This private label growth lead to the birth of the "Badger Sport" brand in 1994. Quality and service has brought growth to the brand in every year since the Badger Sport inception.

Today
Badger Sportswear is a privately held company located in Statesville, North Carolina.

We currently manufacture a sports apparel product line in the United States and Mexico, as well as import finished product from all over the world. The line consists of fashion activewear and t-shirts, sweatshirts, jersey's, henley's, mesh tops and bottoms, windwear, outerwear, headbands, blankets and much more.

New to the line this year is our B-Dry Performance category.

B-Dry Performance fabrics are all engineered to wick moisture away from the skin and transport it to the outside of the fabric where it will evaporate so you can B-Dry. The garments are offered in compression fabrics so you can B-Fit and relaxed styles so you can B-Loose. B-Cool styles are made of one layer of fabric engineered to keep you cool and dry in all temperatures. B-Hot styles are made of two layers of fabric interlaced together and engineered to circulate your body heat throughout the shirt to keep you dry and warm in colder temperatures.

Our products are serviced using the "Badger Sport" brand through a national network of 16 major wholesalers in over 40 different locations. These locations service a multitude of businesses including: screen printers, embroiderers, promotional product dealers, schools, recreational leagues and many more. The final end users of these products range from recreational athletic teams, corporate programs and events, cheerleaders, school teams and physical education programs, club sports, park and recreation centers, and youth leagues, to name a few.

We have now completed the addition of regional sales agencies to promote our brand in the sporting goods and team dealer market.

Badger Sport has become synonymous with comfort, style, durability and value. Wear it.

In addition to the Badger Sport apparel line, Badger Sportswear still provides full turnkey packages under private label/special make up contracts. Over the last 20 years Badger Sportswear has established itself as a leading manufacturer of private label goods to the sportswear sector. Custom order minimums range from 500-1000 dozen per style depending on program type.

 

 

 

Our mission is to bring you the highest quality bags at the best possible price. This original product line is designed to be fashionable and functional. All these bags are time and travel tested with plenty of pockets and accessories to carry life's essentials. We are confident that our product will exceed your expectations. If you are not satisfied with the bag and the price you paid, please send the product back for a refund.
 

 

Women's

Our women's line has 60 styles to make you look and feel your best.  We only use the finest and softest fabrics available to make the most perfect fitting women's t-shirts, tank tops, yoga apparel, loungewear and intimates.  With over 40 colors to choose from, we have what you're looking for. 


 
Girl's & Junior's

Bella Girl makes tees, hoodies, tank tops, sweatpants and more for juniors, but with the exact same fit and feel as Bella Ladies!  Girls and juniors ages 6 through 16 shop here to get the size-appropriate apparel based on the most popular styles in our Bella women's clothing line.


 
Baby

Bella Baby is growing! A long sleeve thermal one piece and adorable 2 in 1 t-shirt for the toddlers are the newest additions to the Bella Baby line.   Quality basic clothing and accessories for the littlest members of your family. Toddlers and babies alike will find everything they need to build a comfy, endurable wardrobe.


 
Men's

Men deserve to have great-fitting, comfortable, soft cotton t-shirts, tank tops, sweat pants and sweatshirts too.   Now Bella makes a great casual men's clothing line, Canvas. We use the same soft cotton jersey fabric and quality fleece as our women’s apparel, but with a man’s fit in mind. Canvas also uses a unique male color palette, essential to building a basic men's wardrobe.

 

Company Overview

 BIG ACCESSORIES designs and manufactures accessory items, from headwear and bags to wallets and household products, for a broad range of retail, wholesale and promotional markets. We’ve been in business more than 25 years, offering our own product lines as well as a large variety of custom capabilities. 

We are a one-stop shop, providing complete design, sourcing, manufacturing, and packaging programs. We accomplish this through our network of reliable, responsible factories around the globe. With BIG ACCESSORIES you can always depend on leading-edge product, competitive pricing and on-time delivery.

Promotional Products

BIG targets the promotional market with these stock product lines—Bagedge, Big X and Big Accessories. We offer our customers high-quality construction and designs, all at an incredible value.

Bagedge includes everything from computer bags to stylish shoulder bags to travel gear, all ready to ship immediately. Our high quality product won’t break...or break your budget.

Our Big X line is the best value in headwear today. We offer incredible prices without sacrificing quality.
 

Heavyweight fabrics and durable construction have made the Big Accessories line one of the most popular in the industry. This truly is retail quality at a promotional price. A wide variety of styles and colors are in-stock with no minimum-order quantity restrictions.

 

Since 1919, Champion® has pioneered some of the most important innovations in athletic apparel.

OK, so we invented the Hoodie. There, we said it. But you made it a classic. So we keep improving it, by making it more comfortable. More durable.

Champion invented the sports bra to give women extra support. Our current collection of seamless sports bras are uniquely designed for amazing comfort and chafe-resistance plus superior support for high-impact activities. More than 25 different styles, no matter your size or activity, we've got a sports bra for you.

We're committed to teamwork. We developed the first mesh uniforms and proudly provide today's teams with high quality authentic athletic apparel, including practicewear & uniforms. So we can help you look good everywhere, from the gym to the post-game party.

Sweat? For us, it's no sweat…Both our Men's and Women's collections feature Champion's signature Double Dry® technology designed to wick moisture and provide odor control to help keep you cool and comfortable in and out of the gym.

We've got you covered head-to-toe. The Champion line also includes socks, underwear and accessories.

At Champion, we pride ourselves on offering the best combination of style, performance, and value. We've been doing it for almost 90 years. Champion. We're more than just an athletic apparel company. We're "How You Play."

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Our Quality Policy…

We will provide defect–free products, services, and information that conform to our customer’s requirements every time – on time.

Comfortable Clothes for Work…

Consistent Fit - Quality engineering, routine audits, regular fit sessions and ongoing contact with our customers allow us to continually evaluate our products and ensure the right fit.

In-House Laboratory – We are certified by the Defense Personnel Support Center. We set the performance criteria for career apparel in our industry. Continually auditing for fit, color, durability and comfort ensure our exacting standards are maintained.


 As part of the world’s largest publicly owned apparel company, Red Kap is part of a family of leading brands, such as Wrangler, Lee, The North Face, Vans, Reef, Jansport and many more, that can provide you with complete apparel solutions.

 

Chestnut Hill - Est. 1919.

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In the Beginning

COLUMBIA'S HISTORY

Founded in 1938, Columbia Sportswear Company™ has grown from a small family-owned hat distributorship to one of the world's largest outerwear brands and the leading seller of skiwear in the United States. In 2007, the company reported record net sales of nearly $1.36 billion. Columbia's extensive product line includes a wide variety of outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear and accessories. Columbia is renowned for developing innovative products that are comfortable, protective, functional, stylish and offer great value.

At the head of the company are 84-year-old matriarch Gert Boyle, chairman of the board of directors, and her son, Tim Boyle, president and chief executive officer. Columbia's history began in the 1930s when Gert's parents fled Germany and settled in Portland, Oregon. They bought a small hat distributorship and named it Columbia Hat Company, after the river bordering the city. Frustrated by poor deliveries from suppliers, the family started manufacturing products themselves, and expanded the line to include jackets, fishing vests and shirts.

In 1948, Gert married college sweetheart Neal Boyle, who joined the family business and later took the helm of the growing company. In 1970, Neal died of a heart attack. He left behind three children, an expanding company leaning heavily on bank loans, and a wife without business experience.

The day after Neal's funeral, the phones at Columbia were ringing off the hook with salesmen and vendors who assumed that the company was going out of business. Then the bank called. Concerned with the thought that a housewife was going to run the company, the bank summoned a meeting with Gert. In this meeting she managed to buy herself a little time. Appeasing the bankers, she pledged Columbia's building as collateral for loans. She also trimmed the company a bit and Tim started hitting the trade shows. After a few years, profits went up. Gert's no nonsense approach was paying off.

Eventually, Gert took on the persona of the tough mother in Columbia advertising. Mother Boyle is often shown as the tyrant who makes sure that each of Columbia's products can stand up to her tough standards and the worst weather. The global marketing campaigns and Gert's "Tough Mother" persona turned her into an international celebrity. The mom-is-looking-out-for-you message is universally understood around the world.

Today, Gert is the inspiration for the "Medal of Merit" (M.O.M.) awarded to pioneers with a passion for the Greater Outdoors.

Our chairman's passion drives us to make the best products for outdoors people with the same spirit. We believe this passion is what defines true pioneers. Not skill. Not the size of the mountains they play on. It's their joy. To us this makes the great outdoors the Greater Outdoors.


 

Investing in the Essentials

Product Innovation

Columbia is known as a product innovator and has an unparalleled reputation for quality and value. These basic principles guide Columbia through the creation of inventive and highly popular designs, including its famous Interchange System™. Columbia developed this revolutionary concept in 1982 and it has since propelled the company to the forefront of the outerwear industry. Columbia's first Interchange jackets were made for hunting and featured a weatherproof outer shell and an insulating inner jacket that could be worn together or separately. This allowed each parka to be several garments in one. The product was so popular that we applied the same concept to a ski parka and called it the Bugaboo™, which became one of the best-selling ski jackets in history. In 1991, the company introduced its Omni-Tech™ products, which feature waterproof breathable fabric. Columbia is now one of the world's largest providers of waterproof breathable performance products designed for authentic outdoor adventures. Other innovations include Omni-Shade™ clothing, recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective protection from the sun's harmful effects on your skin.


 

Strategies Spreading the Warmth

Community Involvement

As Columbia Sportswear has grown, so has its commitment to serving the expanding community. Locally and throughout the world, Columbia provides support to organizations that specialize in human assistance, conservation, the environment, the arts and education. The Rethreads program provides garments that are returned or slightly flawed, but still wearable, to people in need throughout the United States. Columbia is a member of the Conservation Alliance, a group of specialty outdoor businesses that has become a powerful source of grass roots conservation and environmental funding. Columbia employees also make a difference through a volunteer program that organizes groups of employees for causes like SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), the American Hiking Society and the American Heart Association.


 

Now We're Everywhere

Global Presence

Today Columbia products are available in approximately 90 countries around the world. Columbia owns and operates sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, Columbia wholly owns subsidiaries in Canada and Japan. The company's family of brands has grown to include Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Pacific Trail and Sorel. Columbia corporate headquarters remain in Portland, Oregon, and the company employs nearly 3,000 people around the world.

 

 

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Perry Ellis International is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of apparel and accessories for men and women. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns or licenses a portfolio of brands that includes 29 of the leading names in fashion such as Perry Ellis®, Savane®, Jantzen®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Cubavera®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Gotcha®, Ping® Collection, Nike® Swim, C & C California® and Grand Slam®.

 

Comfort Colors

 

Cross Creek

Russell Athletic

Founded in 1902 in Alexander City, Alabama, Russell Corporation started on a small scale with a few pieces of equipment and a small building. As the company grew, it became a pioneer in the athletic team uniform business and one of the first companies to produce the most popular athletic product of all - the sweatshirt.

Building on that heritage, Russell Corporation today is a major branded athletic and sporting goods company with over a century in marketing athletic uniforms, apparel and equipment for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. It has become a global operation built on well-known brands and quality products. Through its Russell Athletic operations, the company is a leading supplier of team uniforms in the U.S. and is the largest provider of basketball equipment in the world with its Spalding group of businesses that includes Huffy Sports and American Athletics, Inc.

Spalding and Huffy Sports recently signed an eight-year equipment agreement with the NBA to continue their involvement with one of the fastest growing sports in the world. American Athletic's AAI brand is a well-known name in gymnastics and the leading provider of equipment for that sport. Brooks Sports is a pioneer in the technical footwear industry and its technical apparel is also valued in the world of serious runners. Moving Comfort also holds a strong position in running with its apparel especially designed for women who run just for pleasure as well as in a marathon.

For a company that's been around since 1902, we know how to make athletic apparel that's made "For the Long Run."

Jerzees Activewear

The JERZEES® brand is known for having the tightest, smoothest knit in the industry.

Mossy Oak

Mossy Oak Apparel, "America's Most Effective Concealment System."

Spalding

For high-quality, high-performance sporting goods, you just can't beat Spalding.

Bike

Founded in 1874, Bike markets authentic athletic products made to perform.

Jerzees International

Millions of people wear JERZEES activewear™.

Moving Comfort

We believe a fit woman is a powerful woman®; we make high-performance athleticwear for women exclusively.

Huffy Sports

From NBA arenas to driveways across the country, Huffy Sports provides backboards, equipment and systems for anyone who loves to play basketball.

American Athletic

The leading provider of gymnastics equipment and a major supplier of high tech, high quality basketball systems.

Brooks Sports

A pioneer in technical footwear, Brooks provides a variety of shoes, apparel and equipment for the serious runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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