American Apparel Bankruptcy Sale to Gildan is Approved

WWD and other sources are reporting that yesterday January 12, 2017 the bankruptcy judge in the American Apparel case approved the sale of most of the assets (including the Brand) to Gildan. The entire sale to Gildan was 103 million dollars of which $15 million was for the purchase of inventory. Gildan was the highest bidder at the auction held earlier this week, their original
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Gildan is High Bidder for American Apparel

Reuters News Agency is reporting that Gildan has made the high bid for American Apparel’s assets at $88 Million. This is unofficial as as the proceeding are supposed to be confidential and also any bid is subject to final approval by a bankruptcy judge on Thursday of this week. If true then they apparently outbid Next Level Apparel, Amazon, and possibly other last minute bidders. They also
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What the Hell is PPAI and Should I Attend? Should I Exhibit?

What the hell is PPAI? PPAI is a shorthand way of people saying the Promotional Products Association International Expo. The PPAI Expo is always in early January in Las Vegas and the exhibit hall opens tomorrow January 10th and runs through Thursday January 12th. It is acres and acres of plastic crap. It is crazy stuff like baseball bats, BBQ grills, mousepads, pencils made from
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Amazon Vying for Bankrupt American Apparel

News broke last week that a host of companies are now vying for bankrupt American Apparel.  Most notable among these companies is, of course, Amazon.  Aside from the obvious brand recognition of American Apparel, there is plenty of speculation around Amazon’s motivation to aquire this storied company from private labeling opportunities to supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.  There is even the thought that “made in
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Japanese Woodblock Prints

I went this past weekend to the Clark Art Museum and there were two unexpected connections there to our industry. The main benefactor of the Clark Art Museum was Sterling Clark. His family money came mainly from owning the Singer Sewing Machine company. The second connection was an interesting exhibit on woodblock printng in Japan, which is a painstaking process that in the end has
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3 Simple Repair Aids : Cell, LED, Headset

I’m sure you have some equipment that you fix yourself, and when you do you are sometimes in tight quarters or in an awkward position and sometimes you are following instructions being given to you on the phone. Here are a few tricks: A good cellphone is essential these days when you are making repairs.You can get in and take a photo in places that
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Misprint Monday: Perfect Prints, Wrong G*&$#&%* Quantities

We printed some very cool shirts for premiums for WMBR which is a community radio station (that I happen to have two shows on for the past three years.) It is a great station which is all volunteer, and I have done the premiums for them for about 25 years. Things are almost always done right because in this case it isn’t about money, it is
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Auld Lang Syne

We had a good year hear at the Ink Kitchen and have now had over 150K views of the site. We love interacting with other screenprinters and decorators and hope to see y’all in the New Year at Long Beach. The companies we work with are really awesome. The end of the year is a great time to reflect on how lucky we are, we
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