It’s the circle of fashion: trends come and go. What was popular and trendy today may not be popular and trendy tomorrow; and what was in style thirty years ago is sure to rear its ugly head again in years to come. The same goes for colors: the neons of the 80’s made a brief comeback a few years ago; the pastels of the 70’s are having their time in the sun again as we speak. In fact, color trends are so mercurial that one company, Pantone, releases a highly-sought after expert opinion every year to enlighten us all about the Color of the Year. Want to know what it is? Read the rest of the article. [Read more…]
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It’s amazing how much work is put into the production of a single T-shirt. We all wear our own or see other people’s T-shirts sporting prints on a daily basis, but who could claim that they’re aware of the actual work and care that goes into manufacturing a single item? A day in production spent at a T-shirt printing company shed light on how the print goes on the tee.
The T-shirt producing industry – similar to other sectors of manufacturing – sees everyone involved rise very early. The gates on the shop floor open at 6am, so the alarm bells of most people involved chime at around 4am.
Before a T-shirt produced at a print-on-demand company eventually gets delivered to the person who ordered it, a good many tricks and ruses of professional experts need to be applied out first. Instructed by computer software, the exact position of where the design foil is supposed to be placed on the T-shirt is determined. Then, customised plot printers kitted out with small knives release different colour layers from plotting several differently coloured plotting foils in the next step. At bigger print-on-demand companies, this leads to a print foil consumption in the size of a football field in a matter of a day. A very colourful field at that, considering that the average apparel printing company has about 60 different colours at its disposal. [Read more…]
Did you ever notice that there are certain trends and favourites when it comes to T-shirts? For instance, “Keep Calm and…” is an evergreen because people always seem to want to keep calm about different things. The same goes for “I Heart…” because there are lots of things to love out there in the world (not just NY).
Walking through the streets, looking in shop windows and inspecting our friends wardrobes, we started to see a pattern: owls, cats, and a general distaste for exercise. Check out the breakdown below. [Read more…]
You’ve finally put down your last book. You’ve taken your last exam and have moved out of your dorm room. You’ve done all the partying you’re going to do for the rest of your life (wink, wink, cough, cough). My friend, you’ve done it. Graduation time is here. [Read more…]