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Misprint Monday- Prints that Should Not Happen

I got interviewed by the Providence, RI TV station WPRI this week about counterfeiting Super Bowl merch. It does take the money out of the pockets of legitimate businesses involved, as well as the players and owners (not sure they need more money but…) http://wpri.com/2017/01/27/how-to-spot-counterfeit-sports-gear/ What I did not get into during the interview is…

American Apparel Bankruptcy Sale to Gildan is Approved

WWD and other sources are reporting that yesterday January 12, 2017 the bankruptcy judge in the American Apparel case approved the sale of most of the assets (including the Brand) to Gildan. The entire sale to Gildan was 103 million dollars of which $15 million was for the purchase of inventory. Gildan was the highest…

Gildan is High Bidder for American Apparel

Reuters News Agency is reporting that Gildan has made the high bid for American Apparel’s assets at $88 Million. This is unofficial as as the proceeding are supposed to be confidential and also any bid is subject to final approval by a bankruptcy judge on Thursday of this week. If true then they apparently outbid Next Level…

What the Hell is PPAI and Should I Attend? Should I Exhibit?

What the hell is PPAI? PPAI is a shorthand way of people saying the Promotional Products Association International Expo. The PPAI Expo is always in early January in Las Vegas and the exhibit hall opens tomorrow January 10th and runs through Thursday January 12th. It is acres and acres of plastic crap. It is crazy…

Misprint Monday: Perfect Prints, Wrong G*&$#&%* Quantities

We printed some very cool shirts for premiums for WMBR which is a community radio station (that I happen to have two shows on for the past three years.) It is a great station which is all volunteer, and I have done the premiums for them for about 25 years. Things are almost always done right…

Gildan to Buy American Apparel?

Time to clarify some things about the bankruptcy of American Apparel and the potential purchase by Gildan. Reports in many media outlets that Gildan has bought American Apparel are false, or at least not entirely accurate. They have bid on certain assets but you would not say that it is a done deal. 2. American Apparel retail…

R.I.P. Rick Medlin of Fruit of the Loom

Rick Medlin the President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom passed away of natural causes yesterday November 27th, 2016 “The entire Fruit of the Loom, Inc. team worldwide, with nearly 30,000 employees, is incredibly saddened by the loss of their sincere and principled leader. “Rick was a special leader and a special person. He…

Misprint Monday: There is No Joy in Mudville…

The photo of pallets loaded with boxes is of World Series championship shirts headed to retailers. No such luck for the Indians this year. Future Hall of Fame lock GM Theo Epstein’s Cubbies triumphed over the overachieving Terry Francona led Indians. It took not just 7 full games but an extra inning of high drama…

R.I.P. Barry Chouinard

Barry Chouinard died last night of a massive heart attack while awaiting heart surgery.  He was a good friend and I’ll miss him, and he was a good friend to lots of folks that will miss him. He sold his company Comfort Colors to Gildan about a year ago and was working on all kinds…

Whoever Reads This…Fun with Ink, Beer, Trump and Shirts

Donald Trump famously said he wants to build a big wall between Mexico and the USA and that they don’t know it but the Mexicans will pay for it. A Mexican brewery decided to turn the tables on Trump and has been selling shirts that look like shirts that support Trump, but when exposed to…

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