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Apparel & Accessories

 

Step One:  Choose your Apparel & Accessories

We have access to MANY different brands and styles.  We’ve provided links to two online catalogs to help you with your search.  Of course you always have the option to contact us and have us do the research!  You can email us at , or call 503-347-9338.

The search bar in each catalog is very versatile.  For example, you could type red, and bring up every red item offered.  Pricing will vary depending on quantity and decoration parameters, so the prices listed in these catalogs provide a good ball park idea – and help you understand the pricing of items relative  to each other.  

 

 

 

 

Catalog 1

Click image above for online catalog.  Click toggle below for list of brands.

Brands

Brands:  Port Authority,  Port & Company, Sport-Tek, Red House, District, District Made, CornerStone, Precious Cargo, Nike Golf, OGIO, OGIO Endurance, Eddie Bauer, New Era, Alternative Apparel, Russell Outdoors, Red Kap, Bulwark, Hanes, Jerzees, Fruit of the Loom, Anvil, Gildan

Catalog 2

Click image above for online catalog.  Click toggle below for list of brands.

Brands

Brands:  A4, Adams, Adidas, All Sport, Alternative, American Apparel, Anvil, Ash City, Augusta, Authentic Pigment, Bag Edge, Bayside, Bella + Canvas, Big Accessories, Carmel Towel Company, Champion, Code Five by LAT, Comfort Colors, Devon & Jones, Dickies, Dri-Duck, Dyenomite, Econscious, Flex Fit, Fruit of the Loom, FUL, Gemline, Harrington, Headsweats, Hook & Tackle, J America, Jerzees, KC Cap, LAT, Liberty Bags, Marmot, New Balance, Occunomix, Rabbit Skins, Robinson Apparel, Russell Athletic, Subivie by LAT, Team 365, Tye-Dye, Yupoong

Step Two:  Select a Decoration Method

PMSandThread300We have been asked, “If I want screen printing, why wouldn’t I go directly to a screen printer?”  And the answer is… a screen printer will sell you screen printing!! 

But.  What if that’s not REALLY the right process for your particular requirement?  What if DTG printing, or a digital heat transfer makes better sense?  Therein lies our strength.  We are not locked into a particular process, so we consider ALL of the options when evaluating your project.  We have many resources, and can get you what you need, when you need it, while remaining competitive in our pricing. 

Below are different processes for apparel and accessory decoration.  We’ll explain what we need for each process, and the variables that affect your quote. 

HaightAshbury300Screen printing is a process we are VERY familiar with!  We know the limitations, and the cool stuff you may not have thought of when it comes to using it for your decoration method. 

Art Requirement:  For spot color projects, we need vector files.  Process color jobs require raster artwork at 300 dpi – to size.  Click HERE if you need more information regarding art.

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many items will be printed?
Number of print locations – It’s possible that both sides of a bag will be printed, or the front, back, and a sleeve of a t-shirt.
Number of colors per print – This along with quantity are the biggest variables.
Garment color –  White is typically cheaper to print than a colored garment, especially dark colors.
Image size – This is only a factor on “jumbo” prints – images larger than 15″ x 15″.

USFSEmb300Embroidery is a wonderful high end look that can be produced cost effectively in large quantities as well as small.  Digitizing the sew file is a one time process, so small reorders do not incur a reset up charge. 

Art Requirement:  Vector is always best when possible.  Otherwise a high resolutions raster file can be used to digitize the sew file.  Click  HERE if you need more information regarding art.

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many items will be embroidered?
Number of stitches per design – Unlike screen printing, the variable is coverage rather than number of colors.  5000 stitches costs the same to embroider whether your design is one color or six!
Limitations –  Although amazing detail can be achieved, there are limitations with embroidery and sometimes designs must be modified to achieve the desired effect.  For example, very small lettering may need to be enlarged.

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Tackle Twill Embroidery is another spiffy option. 

In terms of production, this is sort of a hybrid between vinyl heat transfers and embroidery.  Material is cut, and a sew file is produced to sew the fabric to the garment.  There are two variable then – the square inch size of the cut material, and the stitch count of the embroidery portion.

There are three types of Heat Transfers available for decoration:

Vinyl Heat Transfers

TransfersVinyl300Art Requirement:  Because vinyl transfers are cut, art files must be vector.  Click HERE for more information regarding artwork.

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many transfers will your project require?
Number of Square Inches per design – Regardless of coverage, cost is calculated by  multiplying height by width.  If the design is two colors (for example two color numbers) – expect that cost to double.
Limitations –  Vinyl transfers are great for simple designs.  They’re used often for sports uniforms.

Digital Heat Transfers

eat your oregon berriesArt Requirement:  Vector art is always great but a high resolution raster file is also suitable for this process.  Click HERE for more information regarding artwork.  Artwork is digitally printed onto transfer material and then cut for application. 

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many transfers will your project require?
Number of Square Inches per design – Regardless of coverage, cost is calculated by  multiplying height by width.  If the design is two colors (for example two color numbers) – expect that cost to double.
Limitations –  Digital transfers can be very detailed, but they do require a border for cutting.  In this example, the transfer was applied to a white garment, so the border was barely visible.

Screen Printed Heat Transfers

SPTransferGangSheet300Art Requirement:  Vector art is always great but a high resolution raster file is also suitable for this process.  Click HERE for more information regarding artwork.  Artwork is screen printed onto transfer material and then applied with a heat press.   

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many transfers will your project require?
Number of Square Inches per design – Typically, transfers are priced based on transfer size, and number of colors in the design.  In the example to the left, different logo sizes were ganged on one sheet for a cost effective solution. 
Limitations –  For larger quantities, traditional screen printing directly onto the garment is more cost effective.

DTG-500Direct to Garment (DTG) is great for small run, complex multi-color designs.  Looking to put a family photo on shirts for a reunion?  This is your process.

Art Requirement:  Vector art, or high resolution raster art are both suitable for this process.  The final art file should be a PNG file (with tranparent background), close to size at 300 DPI, and RGB colors.  If you can supply it this way, great!!  If not, we can prep your arwork

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – This process is conducive to small quantities.  We’ll let you know when it’s time to consider screen printing instead.
Number of Square Inches per design – Coverage is the issue since the ink is a costly component in this process.

Sublimation is a totally cool process that you often see in team uniform printing.

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Art Requirement:  Vector files are always best.  Raster artwork needs to be at 300 dpi and allow wiggle room for sizing.  Art should be saved with colors as CMYK.  Click HERE if you need more information regarding art.

Variables That Affect Price: 
Quantity – How many items will be sublimated?
Size of sublimated image – Many items are decorated all over.

Other: 
Fabric Content –
Sublimation requires fabric that is 100% polyester.  There are so many styles of performance fabric items that meet this criteria now!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to provide artwork?

1525 is a full service company complete with a graphic arts department. You can provide the artwork, or maybe you just have a general idea what you’re looking for and need help conceptualizing your design. Either way works for us!

If you are providing your own artwork, please review the attached art guidelines. 1525 Art Guidelines (printable version)

Do you have a minimum order?

We DO NOT have minimum order requirements.  You can order one!  Of course there are price breaks as you hit certain quantities so you’re free to make the decision that makes the most sense for your project.  In fact, if you request a quote and you’re close to the next quantity price break, we’ll be sure to let you know so you can make an informed decision.

Do you have samples?

We are happy to order samples on an as needed basis.  Due to the vast selection of styles, sizes, and colors – it’s not practical to inventory samples.  

In most cases, we can get them in within a day or two.

What's your turn around time?

Our normal turn-around time is 7-10 business days from art approval. Often the actual time is less. Otherwise, a rush charge may be assessed to get your order done quickly – including next day.

Can I mix and match items for quantity breaks?

Yes! For example, let’s say you’re placing an order for 72 pieces. They’re all getting the same one-color front print. You would like to have red, navy blue, forest green, and white shirts. In addition to that, some will be short sleeve and some long sleeve. You also have two people who have requested a crew neck sweatshirt instead.

All of these items will be priced at the 72 piece price break because they’ll be printed in the same run with the same screen set up. In this example, there would also be an ink color change charge ($5.00 per color change), because the dark shirts are getting printed with white ink, and the white shirts will be printed in navy blue.

As a side note – this is a great way to try out a new item without committing to a large quantity!

Can I provide my own garments?

Yes!  We are happy to decorate customer supplied garments. However, if you haven’t made the purchase yet – it would be a good idea to get a quote from us.  You may be surprised just how cost effective this can be.

Also, some items that we provide are better suited to being decorated.  For example – jackets that have a decorating pocket allowing for embroidery access.


Did we answer all of your questions?  If not give us a call, or send an email now! 🙂 

503-347-9338

info@1525.co

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