What’s a T-shirt Worth?

Today’s column is by my buddy Bill Mooney. He has an entertainment and music industry merchandising company. called Tannis Root. He’s a good guy with a great business. He also has had the most kick ass industry parties to celebrate his decades in business and I got to see Sonic Youth, the Condo Fucks, Mudhoney and Redd Kross at his bashes. Sustainability is a word
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Are You Feeling Lucky?

You should because if you’re reading this you’re invited to our Lucky Friday Thirteen Bash at Tom’s shop, Motion Textile, this coming Friday, April 13. Just click here for your free tickets. We could have just said, ‘Hey, we’re having an open house in conjunction with The NBM Show in Sacramento,” but that’s not how we do it around here. Not only are we having
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Gildan’s Financials

The Gildan financial report on the year 2017, 4th quarter 2017, and the outlook for 2018 are available for your perusal here. A few take-aways from a quick look see: – They made a boatload of money. Gross sales of $2,750.8 million and generated free cash flow of $519 million. That’s a whole lot of G2000’s. – They leave the door open for more acquisitions
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Gildan To Close New Bedford, Massachusetts Dyeing Facility (and Warehouse in CA)

Gildan has decided to close their garment dyeing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Gildan bought the plant from Comfort Colors in 2015. It will close now as of February 28th, 2018 and 90 workers there will lose their jobs. The facility originally was opened in 1995 in a cavernous former armaments factory by the then Comfort Colors owner Barry T. Chouinard. Soon after buying Comfort
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Hanes is Buying Alternative Apparel

Hanes bought Alternative Apparel as the garment industry continues to consolidate. It makes sense for Hanes to buy a straight ahead top fashion brand in the decoration world giving them a wider range of products.  I find it encouraging that they actually mention social responsibility, a term not bandied about so much lately. Rachel Newman: Director of Sales and Marketing, Hanes Activewear says: “We are
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Thieves and Companies that Enable Them

I proudly printed the Farm Aid 2017 shirts this year, most of them organic cotton and some also union made and nearly all USA made. So it is extremely disturbing to see a host of companies selling designs stolen from Farm Aid printed and embroidered on a bunch of crappy shirts. Repeated emails and filings to Amazon and three weeks later there are still dozens
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Misprint Monday: Copyright Violation Frenzy

Recently I wrote some thoughts here about rampant copyright and trademark violation, which is aided and abetted by lax policies of on-line services. It is easier to put up some BS product blatantly stealing the artwork and design of others than it is to get them to stop. This week I’m in the middle of a frenzy of producing Farm Aid merchandise and supervising its
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Vendor Loyalty

On boards related to screenprinting and shirts and in discussions on Facebook I run into lots of people that shop around for the “best price.” As one person said today,  $.10 on 50K shirts is a big deal. However, more often I see people going across the road for two cents on 100 shirts. Even ten cents on a hundred shirts, is that worth it?
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