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IK goes to Bella+Canvas

Last week Jordan and I made a trip down to Bella+Canvas to get a full tour of the operation. Guided by our friends Sabrina and Hobie we were led through the sprawling campus from building to building, department through department.  To call this place impressive is an understatement.  If you have not had a chance…

You Want Fries (or a CD) with that T-shirt?

This week there is a very interesting NY Times article on “bundling.” “Bundling” in the music industry is putting items together for sale, such as a CD and a t-shirt. Taylor Swift is one of the key artists offering a whole bunch of shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags “+ digital download” on her website. Other…

MHM, FESPA 19, and Reasons to Love Bavaria

We made a recent trip to the beautiful Bavarian region of Germany with a three-fold agenda: 1. Visit the MHM factory (Erl, Austria) to see where the worlds best presses are made and meet the people who make them 2. Attend the FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo in Munich, Germany 3. Take in the sights,…

München, Here We Come

Writing this post from SFO International.  Tomorrow we arrive in Munich, ready for a week of working, learning, connecting, and of course, viel bier. After a couple of days exploring the city, our work week will start with a visit to the MHM factory located at the base of the Alps in Austria. Then, we…

Gildan Goes to Bangladesh and Other First Quarter News

Here are the current highlights (and lowlights) of the biggest company serving our industries, Gildan. The company formerly headquartered in Montreal, Canada and now located in tax-friendly and sunny Barbados reports the following: Payless going bankrupt cost them a pretty penny: $2.5 million. Heritage Sportswear going bankrupt cost them more than a pretty penny:  $21.7…

ISS is Now the “Impressions Expo”

ISS or the Imprinted Sportswear Shows are going to be called Impressions Expo starting at the Long Beach show in January 2020. Most folks saw it at a show aligned with Impressions anyhow, and nobody under the age of 75 knows what the hell “sportswear” is. It also was time for a change to reflect…

Misprint Monday: Why Am I Getting Pinholes?

Pinholes Pinholes piss off customers when you send shirts out without you having found them and removed them from your prints. They waste time and money and brain cells with shooting them out with dry cleaning fluid. They make you ruin most garment-dyed shirts (not Comfort Wash or most SanMar) because they can’t be shot…

Cure That Ink!!!! You did? No you didn’t!

I often get inquiries from folks trying to figure why the ink has washed off their shirts. I wish I had a dime for every time they are sure it is caused by the garment or by overcuring. Sorry, it isn’t. While both of those things are possible, they are highly highly unlikely to happen.…

Ink Kitchen on the Printhustlers Podcast

Ok, let’s get this straight… I was never a skate punk, I only had friends whom were skate punks.  I can’t ride a skateboard and I only own a few JFA records. Bruce Ackerman, founder of Printavo, has not only built an impressive business but he’s also proved you can be a nice guy doing…

Shop Talk – Full Schedule – ISS Atlantic City 2019

The Ink Kitchen is hosting free talks on practical and visionary topics by folks that are decoration and garment experts. These talks are free, F R E E. Sponsored by Hanes, Hirsch, and all of our vendor pals.  Here’s the full schedule: Thursday, March 21 10:30 AM – High Density Special Effects: Art and Printing…

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