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
Continue reading…

Super Fast Digital: MHM Raises the Bar; a Preview

MHM has a new machine and it sure to turn some heads at the SGIA show in Las Vegas this week. It prints digital images at speeds that can exceed 1000 pieces per hour. This is the thing that so many people have been looking for, a viable hybrid of screenprinting and digital printing. This is going to be a game changer in our printing
Continue reading…

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
Continue reading…

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
Continue reading…

Jakprints – the Future of Printing Now

I was stoked that the road back from Farm Aid passes right by Jakprints and I got to see my buds the owners Jacob and Dameon and my other buds working there LT and Jeff and to talk shop and as always to have a good time. My take on Jakprints is that two skatepunks wanted to figure out how you could get 75 shirts,
Continue reading…

ISS Long Beach – Green Products and Organics

We’ll do a longer post after the show, but check out some environmental products if you are still at the Long Beach ISS show: American Apparel has baby shirts that are organic and other organic items as well. Econscious has organic shirts, hats and my favoite of their products, really nice organic hoodies. Rutland Ink has a new line of inks called Eko which is
Continue reading…

Paradigm II – DTG/Screenprint Combo – ISS LB…

HIrsch and SPSI are representing Kornit, who make the best Digital Direct to Garment (DTG) presses. They also both represent MHM who make the best screen printing presses. Now there is a pretty amazing cooperative effort that probably only MHM and Kornit could pull off successfully. They have come out with the Paradigm II as a cooperative venture. The Paradigm II is an MHM rotary textile press that
Continue reading…

SGIA 2014 – A Biased Tour Part 1

SGIA 2014. Did I see anything new? Well not that much but that doesn’t mean at all that it was not worth attending. I saw friends. I talked to new vendors. I had time to talk face-to-face with established vendors. I got to talk shop with other owners. I got to see what is trending and what is not. I also saw some of the same
Continue reading…