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Gildan Discharge Results and a Few Notes on Discharge in General

A tip of the hat to Garrett Kaule who posted in a Facebook exchange the link to Gildan discharge ratings on the TSC Apparel website. I personally have not tested all their shirts but they rate them A for great for discharge and C that they don’t discharge. They give a few C+ and B-…

Polyester Maybe Isn’t the Greatest Thing: Polyester Microfiber Legislation

There is a bill currently in the CA legislature on the topic of polyester microfibers. They have proposed legislation mandating by 2020 that garments with 50% or more polyester or other synthetic fiber warn you to wash them by hand and not wash them by machine. This is on the heels of studies indicating that…

Misprint Monday: Dirty Damn Shop. Shame Shame on Us

Shame Shame Shame. Sometimes we can’t just learn things once or twice, we are forced to learn them over and over. Sometimes we get something right and then we get complacent and we screw up again. At ISS Atlantic City the Ink Kitchen hosted some shop talks and one was a very good one by…

ISS Atlantic City, Here We Come. Come Hang Out with US and Talk Shop

The Ink Kitchen crew will be at ISS Atlantic City after surviving the Blizzard of 2018, take a left when you enter the show floor and find us all the way down on the left at Booth 1506-1507. We have brought some great vinyl and a turntable to entertain you with the sounds of jazz,…

What To Do in AC When You are Not at the Show (Who the Hell is Lucy?)

Plenty of reasons to attend ISS Atlantic City that occur on the convention floor. There actually are almost more reasons to go to the show outside of the show, and I don’t mean losing your money in the casinos. AC has some great eats and a few great sights. At the risk of causing longer…

ISS: Atlantic City: Why Go?

You should try and attend the ISS Atlantic City trade show. If not this trade show, some other one you can get to. Hear me out on why. Here are some paradoxes about our industry: Your Fellow Decorators: – The nit-wits and the misinformed. There is a wealth of misinformation out there about decorating. Check…

Interview: Brett Bowden of Printed Threads

Brett Bowden who is a sometimes author at The Ink Kitchen gives some thoughts on ethical sourcing of garments and other topics. Look for lots of interviews in coming weeks here at the Ink Kitchen.

Gildan’s Financials

The Gildan financial report on the year 2017, 4th quarter 2017, and the outlook for 2018 are available for your perusal here. A few take-aways from a quick look see: – They made a boatload of money. Gross sales of $2,750.8 million and generated free cash flow of $519 million. That’s a whole lot of…

Better Screenprinting. 4 to 6

People always are asking how to be a better screenprinter. Today let’s talk some philosophy with our inspiration coming from power hitter J.D. Martinez who just signed a 110 million dollar contract with the Red Sox, 71 year old hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock, and Martin Luther King Jr. How do you make your printing better?…

Color of the Year: Pantone 18-3838 (Ultra Violet)

Most of us communicate color information using the Pantone Matching System or “PMS”, (though not to be confused with the condition PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome.) Pantone also every year announces the “Color of the Year.” They scour the globe and come up with a color. This year it is Pantone 18-3838 Ultraviolet. The Pantone Institute…

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