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T-Shirts and Politics– Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign may have been a little too quick to capitalize on an emotional moment that happened during the recent candidates’ debate, as discussed in this article by Promo Marketing Magazine. Digital printing and online shops have definitely changed the game when it comes to getting new merchandise out in front…

R.I.P. Herbert Mayrhofer

Herbert Mayrhofer died this weekend in Kufstein, Austria after battling kidney disease for some time. Mr. Mayrhofer was arguably the most brilliant engineer our industry has ever seen. He designed the MHM press which is the gold standard for automatic screenprinting machines. Herbert was also a fun guy and a friend and he surely will…

IK Print Summit @ Jakprints 2019

We went to Jakprints’ new apparel decoration facility to learn, share, and print with their team.  In the process we nailed a Bella+Canvas design…

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…

Misprint Monday: What To Do with Misprinted Shirts?

What should one do with misprints? I honestly don’t have any great answers but here are some mediocre ones. It should be on everyone’s mind because the world is swimming in overstocks and misprints. The average American disposes of almost 70 pounds of clothes per year. H&M was recently found to be incinerating 19 million…

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,…

FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo

Watch the day 1 highlights of the Global Print Expo 2019, Europe’s largest international exhibition for speciality print and large format print with over 700 exhibitors. Rick and Tom are there checking out what’s new and what’s good. Apparently wifi access is not one of the things that is good, so they’ll post more about…

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…

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