Misprint Monday: “Beg for forgiveness, say you’ll never do it again, pay a reasonable settlement and move on with your life.”

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball are about to make a massive crackdown on copyright violations (whether real or perceived) in the coming weeks. The Major League Baseball Playoffs are upon us and big bucks are at stake. Where big bucks are at stake, you always will find lawyers and big business. Even a letter of the alphabet,
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Chelsea Grayson Named New CEO of American Apparel

Paula Schneider resigned as CEO of American Apparel. She served that post only since early 2015. Lawyer Chelsea Grayson has been named by the Board at new CEO. Ms. Grayson had been serving as the American Apparel General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. We received a copy of the letter distributed to employees. The one page letter states somewhat cryptically that the reason for Ms. Schneider’s departure was,
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Gildan to Acquire Peds

Gildan just announced purchase of socks company Peds for $55 million (American not Canadian dollars…) This comes on the heels of their acquisitions in the past few years of Anvil, Comfort Colors, New Buffalo Shirt Company, and most recently Alstyle Apparel. Peds was in the news recently for “reshoring” some of their knitting. They brought some manufacturing back from overseas to North Carolina by keeping
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Hanes with an Innovative Approach

Hanes and Champion have a new site at hanesink.com for ordering a shirt, focused on all high schools and colleges. I guess it might cut into the businesses of a few people, but mostly it seems like it might lead to less aggravation and more business for most of us. If somebody wants a single shirt for the local high school? Hanes has 13K schools set up
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Misprint Monday – Does it look like the mockup?

Occasionally we make bad calls on the production floor. Recently we had an order and the pantones were all specified. When we printed the blue that the design called for, it looked nothing like the mockup. Someone made the call to print the job anyway… Of course when the customer received the shirts, they didn’t like them… because they looked different from the mockup. Never
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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd has been the annual day since some folks started it in 1970. After witnessing the terrible Santa Barbara oil spill Senator Gaylord Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a
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Dumb Theft by the Gap, Plain and Simple

The above Facebook page is the official page of the band (and very good band at that) The Shins. The GAP was selling The Shins shirts and another band without permission. I think that is called stealing. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Gap removed the items, I should hope so. You can buy the real Shins shirts at their merch page.`

Speaking the Language, a New World of Spreading the Word(s)

This month I wrote an article for the very good trade journal called Printwear. I’ve done that for many many years, through a host of good editors starting with Mark Buchanan right through my pal Emily Thompson and to the current talented Carly Hollman-Long. When you go to China, you can just speak English and if talking to you is valuable enough, some folks will
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4th Time is the Charm – WordPress Geek Advice

This is a first of maybe some more posts about dealing with the “social” elements of your business. When I jumped into this social media role at The Ink Kitchen a couple years ago I wasn’t really aware of what I was getting myself into. Take some photos and post them somewhere “online”, right? Yeah, something like that. Right down the rabbit hole. Since The Ink
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