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

 

Jul 242013
 

Need More Time to Pay?

Want to place an order with Outlet Shirts, but not pay right away? Whether you normally need terms or you need to collect from your customer before paying for your order or you just don’t want to pay right away we have a good solution. PayPal Bill Me Later ® is a payment option that allows you to place your order with Outlet Shirts without shelling out your hard earning money today. PayPal is currently offering 6 months to pay on purchases of $99 or more. Like getting credit with nearly any financial institution this is subject to credit approval. But, like PayPal’s itself, the process is simple and fast.

Cost = Free as long as you pay your bill!

Perhaps most important is that this service is free as long as you pay off your complete balance within 6 months of making your purchase. This offer is subject to change by PayPal so it is important that you review the offer details at the time you make your purchase if you choose to use Bill Me Later ®.

How Does it Work?

1) The first step in receiving a deferred payment on your Outlet Shirts order begins with browsing through the products available on the website and then adding them to your shopping cart. Remember to add an item to your shopping cart from the product page you first need to select the color you want, then need to enter your desired quantity in each box that corresponds to the size you need. For example if you need 1 large and 4 XL’s these are the quantities you would enter in the respective boxes and then click ‘Add to Cart’. See the image below.

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2) After you have finished adding your items into your cart click checkout and select either guest checkout, login to your account or take a just a few seconds and register.

3) Once you have done this you will be on the billing screen. Review or complete your name and address information choose Paypal as the payment method and click on ‘Continue’

4) On the Order Review page ensure all of your details, including your select product colors and quantities is correct and click on ‘Confirm Order’ to be taken to the PayPal payment page.

5) On the PayPal payment page select “Don’t have a PayPal Account?” and then choose the Bill Me Later option. Complete the form, select Sign Up and Continue after which you should receive an approval in just a few seconds. Once you do you will be directed to complete your order with Outlet Shirts.

While we think this is a great option for those wishing to or needing to delay paying for an order we do think it is important to note that you must treat this like receiving credit anywhere else. If you do not pay off the balance of what you own after 6 months you will incur interest charges from PayPal.
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May 072013
 

The textile industry is one of the oldest yet fastest-growing industries in the world; after all, clothing is one of the primary commodities that every person on Earth needs to own. Textile manufacturers do a very good job today producing high quality materials from both synthetic and natural fibers that are offered to the general public. Textile producers, however, did not have an easy trail to follow leading to their success.

Its history

While a lot of struggling people were immigrating to America to start a new life, a small group of these people stood at the forefront and led America through its Industrial Revolution. This group of textile entrepreneurs invented power-driven machinery and developed business enterprises to produce products that had previously been made in low volume in homes and small shops, leading to a factory boom.

The industrialization of textile manufacturing began in the late 1700s in Great Britain when Richard Arkwright invented the “spinning frame” that could turn raw cotton into a mass produced yarn.

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An early Spinning Frame

However, it wasn’t until 1790 that the industry began to spread widely to the United States. This movement can largely be credited to an English-born businessman named Samuel Slater. At the age of 21, Slater had worked in a textile factory for six years and had learned the mechanical details of Arkwright’s machine. He carried this knowledge with him as he ventured out of his country and onto the American shores, confident that he could reinvent the spinning frame and make a fortune for himself.

When he arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, he formed a partnership with the textile-manufacturing firm of Almy & Brown. Slater built the spinning frame based on the Arkwright model just from the details he had memorized. Its first use was on December 20, 1790 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where the waters of the Blackstone River turned the wheels of the mill. The success of Slater’s mill revolutionized the textile industry in America, which up to that point was dependent on cottage workers to produce yarn and thread.

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Slater Mill Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Because of this innovation, factories in the US began to multiply rapidly, earning Slater the title of “The Father of the American Factory System” as well as “The Father of the American Industrial Revolution.” By 1815, there were already 165 cotton mills operating in New England. These early mills were not large-scale, so New England merchants continued to utilize home workers to weave some of the yarn into cloth for some time after Slater’s innovation.

This video shows an early spinning frame in action at the Slater Mill.

The spawning of other products

The beginning of the 18th century marked the production of textiles made with wool from sheep farms across the midlands in Britain. More than a quarter of the British exports during that time were from the export trade in woolen goods, doubling between 1701 and 1770. Another textile industry that invested in cotton centered in Lancashire showed remarkable growth during that time, although it did not equal the huge value of the woolen trade. Before the start of the 17th century, only individual workers manufactured a somewhat limited number of goods, which were distributed around the country.

In the early 18th century, artisans started to find alternative materials to produce products. They were using silk, wool, fustian, and linen, but all were eventually overcome by cotton, which became the most important textile of the time.

Cotton was first imported into northern Europe in the late medieval period. At the time people did not have any knowledge of where it came from. They associated the material with wool, noting their similarities, they conceptualized that plant-borne sheep must produce it. It was later called “tree wool.” Even Christopher Columbus in his explorations of the Bahamas and Cuba in the late 1400’s, found natives wearing cotton garments. During the late 16th century, cotton became more and more popular as it was cultivated in the warmer regions of Asia and America.

The production of cloth involves not only the growing and harvesting of the fiber or raw material, but the product must then be prepared and spun into thread or yarn, and finally weaving the yarn into cloth. Thereafter, the cloth will be taken to the garment manufacturer. Preparation of fiber will depend on the fiber used, but it can involve retting and dressing. Wool needs to be carded and washed. Spinning and weaving can be similarly done to fibers, as well. Spinning is done by twisting the fibers by hand using a drop spindle or a spinning wheel.

The industry’s forerunners

Eli Whitney invented the modern mechanical cotton gin, which quickly separates the cotton fibers from their seeds, in 1793.
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Cotton Gin on Display the Eli Whitney Museum

Here is a brief video history of Eli Whitney and his impact on the textile world:

It was in 1813 that the New England factory systems started to take off when Frances Cabot Lowell, Nathan Appleton, and Patrick Johnson established the Boston Manufacturing Company and opened their first factory, wherein workers operated spinning and weaving machinery. This enabled the home-based workers to shift their jobs from their homes to the factories. Fifteen years later, the company started adding branches throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. By 1840, the Boston Manufacturing Company had gained a great deal of popularity, as others tried to copy their corporate model.

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Boston Manufacturing Company on the Charles River, Waltham, Massachusetts

Lowell and his team hoped to change the ways of the British industry. Building their facilities in Massachusetts, he hired young and unwed women from the farms of New England. Known as the “mill girls”, they were strictly chaperoned by matrons who established curfews and a stringent moral code for the girls to follow. The mill girls worked 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. Although it was a tedious job, most of the girls enjoyed the independence the mill gave them, in contrast to how they had lived on the farm. Moreover, the wages rose to triple the rate for a domestic servant at the time.

It was also during this time when leaders such as William Gregg of South Carolina established a home-based textile industry, which was resisted by the northern mills. After the Civil War, the south slowly replaced the use of slaves with regular workers. Edwin Michael Holt and his family in North Carolina built a number of mills all over the south at the end of the 19th century, including Glencoe Cotton Mill and mill village, which are still preserved to this day.

Later on, merchants such as the Marshall Fields of Chicago acquired and built mills of their own (Cone Mills and Fieldcrest Mills) so as to better control and regulate the supply.

As World War I took place, several new companies emerged to satisfy the war demand. After the war, imported machinery from Germany and Switzerland started to replace domestic supply.

During the late 19th century, the Made in the USA began to be replaced by a new world order. Because many textile manufacturers aimed to buy from the producers with the lowest cost, most textile companies considered importing from other countries.

Today’s industry

As the 20th century approached, major changes came to the textile industry as innovations allowed textile machinery to create synthetic fiber such as rayon and nylon, which is used in products ranging from pantyhose to toothbrushes.

Acetate was invented in the 1920s. A decade later, polyester and acrylic were introduced. Polyester became more popular in the Unites States than cotton for some time during that century.

By the early 20th century, globalization also led to the outsourcing of textile manufacturing to overseas markets. This created a trend of focusing on white-collar industries for fashion design and retail.

An apparel distributor, Outlet Shirts, specializes itself in the screen-printing and embroidery industry as well as blank apparel. It provides well over 1500 products from brands such as Port Authority Apparel, Port and Company, Eddie Bauer, Nike Golf, Sport-Tek and more. Offering a large selection of wholesale t-shirts, polo shirts, woven, outerwear, ladies styles and many more. Its products are available either blank or embellished with your company or group logo. Its low prices and generous discounts, also includes free shipping starting at $125, will make it easy for any customer to save more without sacrificing quality or service.

The textile industry has come a long way from just old-fashioned machines and factories. It has developed greatly over time, paving the way for companies who produce quality products for their customers. Today, it has become a very essential industry the world could not live without.

May 012013
 

Now we would now like to take a look at the Button. Not the kind that you push to get to your floor in an elevator nor the kind that you tap to turn off your phone. Here we are talking about the ancient and still every day item used in everything from clothing to home decoration. You can obviously find buttons in shirts, pants, as well as furniture and other home décor like drapery. Buttons come in a wide range of colors, sizes, shapes and materials. They have a rich and surprising history around the world. There are even museum displays dedicated entirely to buttons just as there are for clothing. One such famous place is the button exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. The button is both a tool and a fashion statement. The button’s various uses, low cost and longevity probably means it will be with us forever.

General Description

The button is a type of fastener used mainly in clothing and most often in shirts and pants. But as mentioned previously you can also find them in furniture and in that case are mainly fabric buttons used as decoration and do not serve much purpose beyond that. The same can be said for large fabric buttons found on drapery. Most buttons are made of a from of plastic these days but you can still find many variations of this useful item.

History

Buttons have been unearthed by Archeologists that date back to 2,800 BC in both Middle and Eastern Asia. They were primarily used as a decoration first and then later it was found that they could serve as a useful item beyond just for looks. In some cases buttons are used for both aesthetics and function. Early buttons were an item that only high society would own until cheaper versions came along made of wood and bone and eventually were made of plastic as most are today. Some of these early buttons were actually art pieces that became collectibles for the wealthy. These early collectible buttons would have ornate carvings etched or inlaid into them and were not made for any clothing application but as an art piece. These were almost always bone or ivory and some even had precious stones added to them. Buttons that were used to hold clothing or fabric together first appeared in Germany in the 13th Century and were widely used in Europe within about 100 years. These types of buttons are the most common in the world. During World War I and II the military made locket buttons that contained miniature compasses. Buttons have proven to be such an important item that Charles Dickens even wrote about the process to make them in 1852.

Buttons have also shown up in political campaigns that date back to George Washington’s first campaign. The more modern style of campaign button is metal usually with a picture or slogan on the front. These are known as badge or pin-back buttons.

Before continuing on watch this short video on the manufacturing process of plastic buttons:

Button types and materials used

Buttons can be made from a variety of things. The earliest buttons were made of seashell or bone and even some were made of ivory. Eventually button making made its way to wood and then plastic and metal. Button that are still made of shell or bone tend to be reserved for collections as they are often one of a kind pieces made by an artist. Metal buttons are most common on jeans while plastic buttons are more common for shirts. The most common type of button is the flat or sew-thru button. These buttons have 2, 3 or 4 holes in them and are sewn onto the clothing item with thread. This type of button, after it is sewn to the clothing item, slides through a cut in the cloth known as a buttonhole or a loop of fabric. Flat buttons mostly come in metal or plastic and among these there are a few types. You have Dyed-to-match, which are colored to match the clothing item they are going on, there are Horn-tone buttons, which are plastic made with a brown and ivory coloring that somewhat resemble the antlers of an animal. Then the plain old metal button which is usually made of aluminum. Another type of button is the Shank button. These are much less common and involve a round button with a loop made of the same material attached to the back of it called a shank. You would sew the thread through the shank to attach it to your clothing item. This type of button would be mostly found in nice dress jackets and dresses. The last of the common buttons is a Stud button. These are metal pieces that are riveted onto the clothing item. These are much more durable which is why they are most commonly found on denim jackets and pants. These are fastened to the clothing in the same way that Flat buttons are.

Here some examples of clothing with various button types; Port Authority Silk Touch Shirt with Dyed-to-match buttons, Port Authority Long Sleeve Twill Shirt with Horn-tone buttons and Port Authority Authentic Denim Jacket with metal stud buttons.

Conclusion

As you can see buttons have a long and interesting history. They have changed a lot over time in both their uses as well as the materials used and who would own them. They have found there way into most clothing items we use and are very affordable which part of the reason they are so common. Last we leave you with a helpful video. Have you ever lost a button on your shirt or pants? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to sewn a button back onto a shirt. The same process works for pants and well.

Sewing 4-hole button onto a shirt

Jun 082009
 

We are very excited to announce that we now are offering Toddler and Infant clothing. Precious Cargo is the newest product in our line from Port Authority. For those of us not wanting to spend a fortune on something that is going to be out-grown or out-worn, we offer this new high-quality affordable line of clothing. With this selection of infant and toddler tees, Lap-Shoulder Tees, Onesies, Bibs, Receiving Blankets, and Infant Fleece Hats, our children can now be comfortable more comfortably. This brand has no logos so it is a perfect item for embellishment of all types.

If you are in a rush to get Precious Cargo items, most specifically around the holidays it is best to call for a stock check.