Sep 262013
 

Customers and businesses looking for high quality, professional looking apparel can turn to the vast inventory of clothing available through Port Authority. Port Authority Apparel is a high-end apparel manufacturer that focuses on creating a variety of clothing and accessories that are ideal for use as company uniforms, casual attire, and everything in between.

Not to be confused with the Port Authority, which is the governmental division responsible for overseeing transportation and shipping in ports/cities all across Canada and the United States; Port Authority clothing is something completely different.

Port Authority is well-known for manufacturing ‘blank’ apparel that is ideal for use as promotional attire or company uniforms. The blank apparel, manufactured under the brand collection Port Authority, comes in a variety of colors and is designed in such a way that company logos, pictures, or business names can be imprinted on the garments. These images can be imprinted almost anywhere on the apparel from the shirt sleeve, to the back of the shirt or on the pocket.

Company uniforms, whether casual short-sleeve t-shirts or formal, button down business shirts, need to look neat, clean, and professional. No matter how a company logo or business name is placed on the apparel, if the actual garments themselves are not made of a high quality and professional looking material, the image of the company could be in jeopardy.

Port Authority apparel, under its brand collection titled Port Authority Signature, has a vast selection of apparel made out of high quality materials and fabrics. Apparel ranging from jackets and shirts, to windbreakers is made out of silk blended fabric, elegant microfiber, or even leather.

Everyday casual attire can be found in the Port Authority’s Port & Company collection. Creating clothing for children, teens, men and women, the Port & Company collection specializes in offering solid colored, high quality apparel at prices the whole family can afford. The apparel ranges in styles from t-shirts that are perfect for casual wardrobes to polo shirts and long-sleeve button down shirts that can be used for creating semi-formal or business outfits.

Apparel for children, women, and men are not the only items Port Authority creates. Port Authority also creates a number of accessories that are fashionable, yet practical. The items come in a variety of solid colors and some can be imprinted with initials, names or company logos. Blankets, backpacks, duffle bags, and towels are just some of the many accessories that Port Authority creates.Port-Authority-Logo

 

Sep 192013
 

Whether you own a retail establishment and want to get your name out there or you have a cause near and dear to your heart, one excellent way of sharing your message is by ordering promotional t-shirts. You can outfit yourself, staff and friends in these shirts, sell them to customers or give them away and gain free advertising each time someone decides to pair one of these shirts with a pair of jeans. However, not every t-shirt promotion is met with success. These five simple tips will assure your program is a worthwhile investment. And now our 5 tips when creating a promotional shirt.

• Quality is Key – No matter how attractive your logo, if it is printed on a boxy, ill-fitting or uncomfortable shirt, you will have a hard time convincing people to wear it. Additionally, a low-quality shirt can make your brand appear cheap or inferior.

• Make it Fun – The best promotional shirts don’t feel like a promotion. If your shirt looks like a giveaway, it will not achieve the level of appreciation you hope it may. Think about The Hard Rock Café. Visitors to the restaurant pay $25 to wear a t-shirt that advertises the brand. While you may not achieve that level of success, think about making a shirt that customers will want to wear.

• Offer Options – Not everyone wears a men’s medium or large. Think about offering women’s sizes, sizes ranging up to 2XL and other options as needed. This way, anyone who may want to wear your design will find one that fits.

• Colors – While you want to create a shirt that utilizes the colors of your brand, think about making them wearable. While your brand utilize a bright yellow and red design, perhaps it would be better to offer a grey or black shirt with yellow and red logo—instead of making the shirt itself a bright yellow.

• Work With Experts – Not every company that prints these shirts is in the t-shirt promotion business. Find a company that knows what it takes to create shirts that will wow everyone who sees them.

As you can see, there are many things you need to consider before you place an order for promotional t-shirts. If you have any questions or concerns about your t-shirt promotion program, or want to discuss your ideas, give us a call or contact us online at Outletshirts.comyour logo here

Apr 182013
 

We will take a look at this widely used but often misunderstood fiber known as Polyester. Polyester is a very strong, synthetic fiber that is used in many different applications. We will also show you one of our favorite moisture management polyester t-shirts and gave an update on the process of turning this fiber into a modern, high performance fabric.

Polyester is a non-natural fiber that can be used to create a similarly interesting non-natural fabric. Believe it or not, polyester is made from crude oil; it is a type of plastic that is melted and spun into a fiber. If you weave almost any fiber in the right way you can turn it into a usable fabric. You can find polyester in a multitude of everyday products such as furniture, rope, seat belts, bedding, tee shirts, blankets, fleece and many other types of clothing.

This amazing material was the brainchild of two Dupont Engineers, which should not come as a surprise, knowing the inventive history of that remarkable company. The first of the world changing fibers and inventions was widely noted as Nylon, but Polyester and others were right there within a few years of the Nylon introduction. Until about ten years ago, many were correct in their criticism of polyester clothing and were correct to avoid it for many applications. It did not breathe, was uncomfortable, itchy, and could be melted easily with a hot iron; the list of complaints went on and on. There are still to this day, many traditional old school designers that say, “avoid this dreaded fabric” at all cost. Many of these arguments stem from the fact that for hundreds years cotton and other natural fibers were much softer, easier to dye, generally easier to work with and in turn, more suitable for clothing and apparel.

But now, polyester fabrics have been revolutionized into what many call a modern engineered-fabric and the go-to item for many uses. This awesome synthetic fabric is changing the apparel world with plenty of examples to prove this point. It is a very soft, wrinkle resistant, durable, fabric that will retain color well. Another interesting feature is that it dries out very quickly if it becomes wet from water or sweat.

Before moving forward have a look at this great video of polyester fiber being woven into fabric: How It’s Made – Polyester fabric.

A great example of a brand that is now a household name and has been important in the polyester revival is Under Armour. It is said that the founder of the company came up with the moisture management base layer while playing football. He was apparently wearing a cotton t-shirt under his football pads and after practice he had noticed how soaked with sweat the shirt was and decided to weigh it. To his surprise the t-shirt weighed in at a few pounds and it would stay that way for a long time, as it did not dry out very easily. This is where the idea of the polyester base layer was born. By many accounts this has fundamental changed the use of synthetic fibers in clothing and apparel, most specifically in athletics. Among the common terms you will hear used to describe these types of products are Dry-FIT, Dry Zone and Dri-Mesh.

One of our favorite polyester products is the moisture-wicking Sport-Tek Competitor Tee, ST350. This tee is also available in long sleeve (ST350LS), youth (YST350) and ladies styles (LST350). It is perfect for team sports, charity runs and a whole host of other uses. Since it’s introduction it has been one of our most popular products.

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There are lot of other very good products that have adopted these moisture wicking characteristics; polo shirts, golf shirts, camp shirts, and the like, both men’s and ladies. Here is one more look at a very interesting use of polyester, the recycling of plastic bottles to be turned into clothing such as sweatshirts and fleece jackets.

Jun 082009
 

This article provides a brief history of Hanes. This includes everything from the founding of the company, its evolution, impact, products, and some of the more common uses of these products today. Hanes is one of the best know household brands in the United States and has been in existence for over 100 years. The company long ago established themselves as one of the largest names in their industry.

In 1901 J. Wesley Hanes founded a company called Shamrock Mills, later changed the name to Hanes Hosiery. A year later Pleasant Hanes formed the company P. H. Hanes Knitting Co. Around the 1920’s both companies continued to progress from making undergarments to marketing t-shirts, sleepwear, fleece, and knitted shorts. Finally in 1965 the companies merged. This was believed to be the only merger between two companies with the same family name. Over the next 20 years Hanes continued to acquire and create new brands now under the parent company Hanes Brands Inc. Hanes is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

A statement from the Hanes Brand Inc website confirms the brands’ reach: “In a recent survey, Hanesbrands can be found in eight out of 10 American households, and they are sold in hundreds of stores, plus Web and catalog. What’s more, our brands hold either the number-one or number-two U.S. market position by sales in most product categories in which we compete: First in T-shirts, fleece, socks, men’s underwear, sheer hosiery…”

Hanes sells a variety of apparel essentials. Some of these are sold under the Hanes and Silver for Her labels. These products include: t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, hoodies, sport shirts, tank tops, fleece jackets, and a whole lot more.

Hanes does not mark the exterior of any of its apparel. This feature makes the brand great for embellishment such as embroidery or screen-printing. Most of the Hanes items found in the wholesale apparel industry work the best for screen printing, with sport shirts being good for both embroidery and screen printing.

Whether your outfitting a school group, kids camp, team, or simply like durable and comfortable apparel Hanes is a great choice. The Hanes brand carries a great reputation, history and durability that rival any of their competitors.

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Jun 082009
 

Outlet Shirts is happy to announce that we will soon be adding Red House Apparel, a new line of high-end styles inspired by the wine country lifestyle. Our stock will start to arrive within a few weeks and will include Mens and Ladies styles including Woven Shirts, Polos, Sweaters, Outerwear, and Accessories. The initial launch will include 32 different styles that are perfect worn as they are or customized with screen printing or embroidery by our expert staff.

According to the manufacturer Red House grew out of the lush valleys and crisp morning air of the wine country, and the true artisan lifestyle of those who are passionate about their pursuit of the perfect wine.

Adding the Red House line is part of the Outlet Shirts commitment continually respond to requests by our valued customer for new and differ apparel offerings. Red House brings this spirit and dedication to a line of sportswear that represents the highest standard of quality and finish in the industry. We stand behind all of our items and work to seek out the best quality products available.

With styles crafted from exclusive fabrics such as silk, cashmere and mercerized cotton, Red House is a complete collection of luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.

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