Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing 60 outlets. Some are calling it the “retail apocalypse.” Add
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The 3rd Annual Nashville Honky Tonk Hoedown

If you’re attending ISS Nashville c’mon and join us for the 3rd Annual Nashville Honky Tonk Hoedown at Layla’s.  Event starts at 5pm, right after the show on Thursday May 19th. It’s less than a 10 min walk from the show.  Authentic live rockin’ country music (The Rische Sisters!), drinks, and of course free t-shirts (courtesy of Hanes and our sponsors.) All you have to do is visit any
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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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Atlantic City ISS 2016

Day 1 of ISS in Atlantic City. We did this combo screenprint and DTG (direct to garment) print. You can screenprint the underprint quickly and then digitally print a whole series of images that print on top of it. In this case we printed a postcard image of NYC, Atlantic City, Ocean City and so on. We could have done 5,000 postcard images if we
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Long Beach Part 1: Know-It-Alls, Ink and Level Platens (…Pallets, whatever…)

Well, the Ink Kitchen “Know-It-Alls” descended on ISS Long Beach 2016 and we had a pretty damn good time and met a whole lot of great folks that do printing and embroidery. Here’s post numero uno regarding some of what we found in Long Beach this year. We had our guide to the show, many of the companies that Tom and I partner with in our shops
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