American Apparel Bankruptcy–What We Know

American Apparel Bankruptcy

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UPDATE 4/21/2017

Limited stock for select styles is now available for drop ship from the American Apparel warehouse! Drop shipped items will take 24-48 hours to process prior to shipping. Items included in the new stock wave are the infamous kids raglan tee BB253, the 8369 Sleeveless Crop Top and the women’s tri-blend TR301.

The American Apparel wholesale website is back up and revamped, giving anxious buyers a sneak peek into what the future holds for the collection. Ordering is disabled for now but some popular items host a “Coming in May” title.

The popular 2001, BB401, F497, TR401 and BB453 all made the cut! And with new stock available, you’ll want to order ASAP.

Categories for US Made, Unisex, Kids, etc. show a scaled-back version of the line, featuring only the top heavy hitters that customers know and love.

UPDATE 2/27/2017

In a conference call on Feb. 23rd, Chief Executive Officer Glenn Chamandy announced that the American Apparel brand will begin production soon using a mix of contracted US producers and Gildan’s own manufacturing plants outside the country.

The new owners plan to continue producing some key wholesale styles in the US, while other items offered in the line will be produced at their facilities in the Caribbean and Central America. Distribution will be handled via Gildan’s vast network of warehouses.

Chamandy, the head of the company, is optimistic about the future of American Apparel, and looks forward to expanding the brand into new international markets. “We have huge interest from all of our international customers to carry this brand,” he said. “We’re going to continue to support our core Made in the USA business, but we’re also going to offer product where they couldn’t compete before.”

In a statement released on the brand’s wholesale website, Gildan elaborates:

“Gildan and American Apparel share a vision that owning the factories and building responsible practices and sustainable solutions into the manufacturing process is the way to do it right.”

“We anticipate [the transition] to be completed late February.”

1/26/2017

If you haven’t noticed, the American Apparel Bankruptcy has put production on a temporary hiatus. The iconic brand has filed for bankruptcy and is in the process of being bought out by another company. Manufacturing of all items has been suspended for now and with no ETA on when production will pick up, there’s still a lot of questions left unanswered. But here’s the good news–American Apparel will still be around for all your screen printing needs going forward, and stock is still available for the time being.

The popular US-Made brand sold the company in January after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in November 2016. With over $177M in debt, the company was unable to turn things around after persisting legal battles and another bankruptcy back in October 2015. The sale brought retail giants Amazon and Forever 21 to the table, and in the end a bid for $88M was accepted from Canadian-based Gildan Activewear.

American Apparel Bankruptcy

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Gildan, another big name in the wholesale market, has indicated they will assume some of the current manufacturing operations. The company recently acquired Alstyle apparel and has since kept the brand’s manufacturing in Los Angeles. More specific plans are set to be released during a conference call on Feb. 23rd. They expressed no interest in purchasing the company’s retail stores, and with no other buyers on the horizon, doors are closing for good at brick-and-mortar locations across the globe.

With industry experience spanning spanning 30+ years, Gildan is expected to fully pivot the brand towards the wholesale market and dedicate it’s resources to serving that consumer base. It’s unsure how much of the current line will remain after the American Apparel Bankruptcy, but if you’re a wholesale buyer or screen printer who’s had trouble buying American Apparel in the past, things just might get a little easier.

American Apparel Bankruptcy

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Warehouse closures for both retail and wholesale products have already begun in Southern California–including massive layoffs at the famous American Apparel factory in Downtown Los Angeles. Because of this, stock levels represented on your distributor’s website may not be 100% accurate or up-to-date. Only one thing’s for sure–if you need popular shirts like the 2001, BB401 or BB453–be sure to stock up now while you can!

Stay Tuned for more Updates on the American Apparel Bankruptcy!

 

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Sources

Gildan will Continue Manufacturing some American Apparel Lines in the US

American Apparel Wholesale

Forbes: American Apparel Agrees To Gildan Activewear Acquisition

Fortune: Bankrupt Retailer American Apparel Begins Laying Off Thousands of Workers

Gildan: Company Overview

Blank Hoodie Templates for Screen Printing

Earlier this month we gave you 6 Must-Have Blank T Shirt Templates. Now we’ve got the same easy-to-use files for zip-up and pullover Blank Hoodie Templates!

Blank Hoodie Templates American Apparel F497

Using templates to create your mock ups is great for showing what your finished products will look like. All you have to do is download the file, place your vectored designs and edit the color of the hoodie. You can even add a background to customize your presentation! Create your mock-ups using Illustrator, Photoshop or a similar editing program.

There are many benefits to taking the time to do this. Having a printout of your products in a look book or line sheet allows you to shop your designs around to wholesale buyers. You can even use these templates as a substitute for product shots or model images on your e-store! Show off your designs to customers and start bringing in orders—all before you actually print!

Vector Blank Hoodie Templates

Blank Hoodie Templates American Apparel F497

Spec’d Illustrator Template Pack

DOWNLOAD SPEC PACK (3424 downloads)

Spec Pack Details:

-Includes a free AI file for 1) classic unisex zip up hoodie spec’d to the American Apparel F497 2) classic pullover hooded sweatshirt spec’d to the American Apparel F498

-Edit file in Illustrator or save as a PDF to edit in other programs

-Change the t-shirt color & add your designs

-Ideal for look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a technical view of your product

-Must Have Adobe Illustrator

Realistic Blank Hoodie Templates

Blank Hoodie Templates Independent Trading Co AFX400

Realistic PNG Pack

DOWNLOAD PNG PACK.zip (1178 downloads)

PNG Pack Details:

-Includes free front & back PNG images for1) classic zip-up hoodie Independent Trading Company AFX90UNZ 2) classic hooded pullover sweatshirt Independent Trading Company AFX400

-Edit file in various programs

-Easy to use for beginners

-Change t-shirt color, add your designs & add a background

-Ideal for product images, promotional material, look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a more realistic view without specs

Blank Hoodie Templates Bella+Canvas 3939

Design Tool

If you’re looking to get a quote for screen printing but want to see your mock up before you pay, visit our Design Tool! Here you can choose your garments, upload your artwork and start designing. Feel free to toy around with colors and styles until you’ve got it right. You can even get 10% off your order when you check out through the design tool!

 

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Best Jogger Pants 2016!

Best Jogger pants For 2016

The revolution has begun pick up your joggers at blankstyle.com today. We have a large selection of the best jogger pants available in 2016 at wholesale prices.

Best Jogger Pants - Alternative Apparel

Photo courtesy of Alternative Apparel. Pictured: Ladies 31082F Fleece Jogger & Men’s 09881F Dodgeball Pant

Joggers have become one of the hottest projected items in printed apparel for spring 2016. With comfort and style, this sporty staple appeals to all kinds of customers! From gym rats to style bloggers, busy moms and college kids, the laidback look has it all. view all Joggers!

Generally made with cotton and polyester, these pants make a great canvas for your company’s printed logo and designs. Because of the weight, they also make a great option for embroidery and patch appliques! We’ve got a few notable styles that will help add some flair to your clothing line and closet alike this season–all at wholesale prices! View our opinion of the best jogger pants for 2016 here!

Best Jogger Pants - Alternative Apparel

2822 Alternative Apparel Women’s Stripe Jogger Pants

 

Jogger Pants

Alternative Apparel, one of the leading brands in printed retail apparel, currently offers two women’s styles with superior construction and quality materials. The 31082F Ladies Fleece Jogger starts at $21.46 and the 2822 Stripe Jogger starts at $19.38. The Men’s 09881F Dodgeball Pant comes in a classic military camo print, as well as the 31082F! Please keep in mind that proof of business is required to order Alternative Apparel products at wholesale prices!

Best Jogger Pants - Cotton Heritage

M7620 Cotton Heritage Fleece Rib Jogger Pants

Best Jogger Pants

Cotton heritage is one of the emerging brands in the imprintable clothing market—creating a lot of buzz with their quality men’s tees and popular women’s tanks. They’ve now released a men’s Fleece Rib Jogger Pant M7620 available in a variety of colors. They even have a Fleece Jogger Short for the hotter weather! This jogger pant starts at just $12.87—making it a complete steal and instant best-seller! Especially considering there is no minimum order and no business verification is required to order!

Best Jogger Pants - J. America

8944 J. America – Women’s Zen Fleece Jogger Pants

Best Jogger Pants Wholesale

J. America, another prominent brand for blanks, now has two different women’s jogger styles. The 8943 Glitter Jogger features a tri-blend fabric with flecks of metallic glitter woven in with the cotton and polyester. The other style, the 8944 Zen Fleece Jogger has been acid washed to produce stylized fading along the seams and hems for a more vintage look. Starting at $20.49 and $21.75 respectively, these pants will add a high-end touch to any product mix! No minimum or wholesale verification required!

Getting ready to print your spring and summer orders? Don’t forget to checkout our Spring pantone blog Screen Printing the 2016 Color Trends for inside scoop on the best color choices!

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Blank T Shirt Templates 6 Must-Haves

Blank T Shirt Templates must have vector packs!

2001 imageso, you’ve got your t-shirts ready to sell on your website but you’re missing one important thing–the product shots and mock-ups. Stop right there! Well rounded images are the number one way to sell your products online because shoppers really depend on the pictures. Cutting corners will only hurt you. Using Blank T Shirt Templates to create free mock-ups of your designs is the first step to start selling your products!

Maybe you’re waiting on the printed shirts to arrive. Maybe your screen printer drop ships to all your customers and you never actually have any tees on hand. Either way, using a t-shirt template is a great way to get a head start on selling. Simply place your vectored design onto the template and edit the t-shirt to match your colors! You can even add a custom background!

Once you’ve designed your mock-ups, put them together in a look book or line sheet to showcase your tees to potential wholesale buyers. Or post them to your website and start pulling in those orders—all before you print your first run!

Vector Blank T Shirt Templates

Blank T Shirt Templates

Spec’d Illustrator Template Pack

DOWNLOAD SPEC-PACK.zip (1533 downloads)

Spec Pack Details:

-Includes a free AI file for 1) classic men’s crewneck tee spec’d to the American Apparel 2001 2) classic women’s crewneck tee spec’d to the Next Level 3300L and 3) classic youth crewneck tee spec’d to the Gildan G500B 4) blank polo template spec’d to the Ogio OG122

-Edit file in Illustrator or save as a PDF to edit in other programs

-Change the t-shirt color & layer your designs onto the file

-Ideal for look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a technical view of your product

-Must Have Adobe Illustrator

Realistic Blank T Shirt Templates

Blank T Shirt Templates Anvil 779

Realistic PNG Pack

DOWNLOAD PNG PACK.zip (1168 downloads)

PNG Pack Details:

-Includes free font & back PNG images for 1) classic men’s crewneck tee Anvil 779 2) classic women’s crewneck tee BELLA+CANVAS 6004

-Edit file in various programs

-Change t-shirt color, layer your designs & add a background

-Ideal for product images, promotional material, look books, line sheets & catalogs

-Offers a more realistic depiction without measurements

Design Tool

Create your own Blank T Shirt Templates in the Design Tool Next Level 3900

For those of you looking for a screen print price quote but want to see the mock up first, visit our Design Tool! There we’ve got dozens of styles and designs to choose from and you can even upload your own artwork to get a realistic view of how your designs will look. Spend some time toying around with your ideas, then get your price quote when you’re ready. You can even get a 10% discount for checking out through the design tool!

 

Stay tuned for our next blog–Free Blank Hoodie Templates for Starting Your Clothing Line!

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Fall Style: New Favorites & Best Sellers

Get ready for Fall Style! We’ve got a round-up of all the wholesale best-sellers and new items for screen printing and embroidery!

Fall Style

BELLA+CANVAS 3200 Unisex Baseball Tee

Baseball Tees

Ah, the baseball tee. Always a popular choice. The BELLA+CANVAS 3200 baseball tee is a favorite fall style and a year round staple. With ¾ sleeves and many colors to choose from, this style is a no-brainer. The Tultex 0245TC baseball raglan is the economical choice (another customer favorite). The J. America 8874 Triblend Full Zip, on the other hand, puts a modern spin on the classic hoodie by featuring contrast raglan sleeves! With this style you can have warmth and comfort with your favorite drop shoulder.

 

Fall Style

BELLA+CANVAS 3500 Men’s Long Sleeve Thermal

Stylized Basics

The key to finding the perfect blanks for your clothing line is to pair your designs with garments that are wearable and unique in some way, whether it be the cut of the shirt or the touch of the fabric. Finding pieces with a unique touch is the best way to incorporate new fall styles to your clothing line without straying too much into the trends.

BELLA+CANVAS offers a men’s thermal that is the perfect staple. With contrast stitching, the 3500 Lombard Thermal is a 60/40 cotton poly baby thermal that also offers a rich color palate. American Apparel keeps things California cool with the F397 cropped zip up hoodie. Summer can last all year long with this funky cropped style!

 

Fall Style

Valucap VC300 Adult Washed Dad Hat

Camo Print

Camo is still going strong, for anyone who hasn’t noticed. Styles like the Burnside B8615 and the Alternative Apparel Ladies 9573 offer hoodie versions of the military classic in weathered prints–perfect for adding a touch of fall style to your line! Code V offers its own take on the camo print with the 3916 adult long sleeve crew. Made with 100% cotton this tee can be perfect for working out or just chilling out. The popular ValuCap VC300 Dad Hat even comes in several Camo options!

Fall Style

DT1401 District Young Men’s Gravel Henley Tee

Henleys

The henley is back! This co-ed fav adds a little pizzaz to your standard tee, making this a classic fav that always seems to come back around. The DT1401 District Gravel 50/50 Henley is another nice choice, with a young men’s fit and three rich colors to choose from. Alternative Apparel spices up the baseball raglan with the AA1989 by adding a Henley neckline and using a cotton/ poly heather jersey. Also made with low-impact dyes!

 

Fall Style

M2450 Cotton Heritage Boston Crew Neck Pullover

Crew Neck Pullovers

From basic crews to more trendy options, crew neck pullover sweatshirts are making a comeback in the printed and embroidered apparel market. The basic yet stylish Cotton Heritage M2450 Boston Crewneck Pullover makes for an affordable go-to style. The 3901 BELLA+CANVAS unisex Sponge Fleece on the other hand has so many colors and textures to choose from—there’s something for everybody.

The Independent Trading PRM2400 pullover crew puts a softer ladies touch on the pullover. This style is perfect for printing or embroidering your logo! BELLA+CANVAS takes it two steps further with the 7501 Triblend Wide Neck Fleece, offering acid washed colorways and contrast baseball sleeves!

Fall Style

BB153 American Apparel Kids Poly-Cotton Raglan

Long Sleeve Tees

In the fall, long sleeves are key. The women’s Next Level 6731 Triblend Scoop has a minimal and sophisticated look with just the right fit! Long sleeves and a wide neck make this the perfect layering piece for the ladies. If you need a men’s style that pairs well, check out the Next Level 3601!

For the little ones, try the American Apparel BB153 Kids 3/4 sleeve Baseball Tee! This is one of our most popular items on the site and is a surefire best-seller! The Next Level 6021 Triblend hooded Tee is an insanely popular item all year, offering low prices and lightweight protection. Similar, but with more color options, the BELLA+CANVAS 3512 Hooded T-Shirt.

Fall Style

F497 American Apparel Flex Fleece Zip Hoody

Wholesale Hoodies

American Apparel seems to be one of America’s go-to brands for sweatshirts. The F497 Flex Fleece Zip Up Hoodie is a top-selling fall style every season. A comparable and cheaper zip up style would be the Independent Trading Co. AFX90UNZ! The American Apparel 5495 Unisex California Pullover features raglan sleeves and ultra-soft California Fleece. Whether it be team gear, work uniforms or fraternity letters these hoodies will be perfect for you!

As far as basic economical pullovers go, the Tultex 0320 continues to be a hot seller all year ’round! The 996M Jerzees NuBlend Pullover has a more modern look and more color options than the Tultex model. The M2600 Cotton Heritage Juneau Unisex Pullover is also a good choice. A newcomer to the scene, Cotton Heritage has made a name for itself as a go-to brand offering contemporary basics at affordable prices.

Fall Style

M2600 Cotton Heritage Juneau Adult Pullover

Whether you’re shopping for your go-to fall staples or looking to add some new fall style to your clothing line, we’ve got all the products and guidance you need!

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Next Level Apparel: The Best Bang for Your Buck

suededbannerKnown for their premium trendy blanks, Next Level Apparel is becoming more and more popular as an affordable, high-quality option for t-shirts and clothing. They continue to turn heads by providing consistent innovation and progressive designs, all in a unique and exciting color palette.

With fine ring-spun cotton making up a large portion of their product offering, quality polyester blends and the occasional splash of rayon or spandex provides for ideal color vibrancy, printability and stability. Next Level specializes in multi-dimensional fabrics, like heathered jersey, burnout, thermal, French terry, tri-blends and sueded jersey. Their 15 custom fabrics are specifically engineered to offer prime results for embellishing, as well as superior softness and stretch. t’s hard for consumers to find any areas where Next Level doesn’t beat out their competition!

One of the most popular tees is the Men’s 3600, which is perfect for anyone seeking a cheaper  alternative to American Apparel style 2001. It’s a 100% combed cotton jersey crewneck available in many unique colors, and offers almost zero shrinkage. Another note-worthy style is the Next Level 6210 unisex t-shirt. This shirt is a cotton-poly blend with a tear-away label. It has a low wholesale price and is perfect for relabeling because of it’s classic, contemporary design that pushes the standards for today’s printable tee. For ladies, their tanks are crowd favorites. The 6533 is a burnout and is one of their best sellers. Next Level’s poly/cotton burnout shirts are even printable!

YOUTH2Next Level apparel partakes in a continuing effort to revolutionize the standards of apparel manufacturing and outsourcing. All of their factories are WRAP certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). The brand, and the practices that the company adheres to, are dedicated to ethical standards of conduct.

In addition to these products being child labor and sweatshop free, most Next Level garments discharge well with both water-based and discharge inks. They also provide tear-away tags and for an easily-rebranded product. Next Level acknowledges that embellishers are looking for a garment that will support and enrich the prestige of their brand. A garment that can roll with various types of dye processes. They are looking for innovative sourcing of quality yarns, and premium fabrics made of fine cotton and quality manufactured fibers.

CVCbannerThis brand continues to push boundaries and provide top-notch products at affordable pricing! Their continued growth and praise as an industry leader for fashionable blank clothing is a testament to the passion that they carry for their products, and the dedication they have to their customers.

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These Best-Selling T-shirts will Fly off the Shelves!

Often times we’re asked what our top selling t-shirts are. Baseball Raglans top the list, season after season.

Here at Blankstyle, it’s an undeniable truth that our baseball raglans are the cat’s meow. From infant and toddler sizes to adult, heathered variations, full color blocked versions and even cropped styles, this tee sells and sells and sells! We sell thousands of these shirts year after year to our big and small business customers, and they all just can’t get enough.

A raglan sleeve does not specifically refer to the 3/4-sleeved two-toned baseball tee that we know and love. A raglan sleeve is actually one that begins at the neck, rather than at the edge of the shoulder. There are many variations of the raglan sleeve, but the two-toned ‘baseball-style’ version, often with 3/4 sleeves, might be the best recognized. The 3/4 sleeve length is an ideal choice for many, giving more coverage than a regular tee shirt, but long sleeves and even cap sleeves now all come in this style for those who plan to workout, lounge, go to work or even play baseball in style.

After a few seasons gaining momentum, the baseball raglan has now completely and utterly exploded in popularity–with many different brands now trying their hand at the style. The results are great, with more diversity and more options to choose from than ever. Whether you’re looking for something to spice up your clothing line, printing for a sports team, dressing up your employees, or just find a comfortable, good-looking shirt something to value, we’ve got a huge selection here.

What better place to start than with American Apparel—who has bb4533/4-sleeve raglans to fit the entire family. The BB453 is American Apparel’s Unisex Poly-Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Shirt. It boasts perhaps the broadest range of two-toned color combination shirts on the market. American Apparel even named the BB453 its February Staff Pick. Since American Apparel’s 50% polyester 50% cotton blend is prepared using combed cotton, you can expect these shirts to be very soft and very lightweight. The BB453 is also available in Youth Sizes (BB253) as featured in Emma Magazine’s summer issue, Kids Sizes (BB153), and even infant sizes (BB053)!

Bella/Canvas is also making waves in the baseball raglan pool. The 3200 Unisex 3/4-Sleeve Blended Baseball Tee is available as the standard poly-cotton blend; however, Bella/Canvas goes one step further with their baseball tees. The C3200 is available in the tri-blend variety, as well! Rather than adhering to a strictly color-block style (two solid colors-poly/cotton), Canvas offers several color combinations based on a tri-blend heather grey body with solid sleeves. Besides the standard 3/4-sleeve baseball raglan, Bella also offers the 2000—a 100% baby-ribbed cotton version for the ladies.109_fl

If you are looking for a more traditional baseball raglan, you may want to direct your attention to the Augusta Sportswear 420 Adult Baseball Jersey and the Augusta Sportswear 421 Youth Baseball Jersey. These styles are ideal for sports teams and are available in several standard color combinations. They feature a fishtail long bottom for a very relaxed fit. Similar to the Augusta Sportswear model is the Sport-Tek Colorblock Raglan Jersey (T200). Rather than a 50% polyester/50% cotton blend, the T200 is 100% ring-spun cotton. The Anvil 2184 Adult Cotton Baseball Tee is made with Anvil 100% heavyweight cotton and is the most durable of the ¾-sleeve raglan group.

The Alternative Apparel AA2089 Men’s Baseball T-shirt takes an ordinary baseball raglan 2089and shatters the mold. The AA2089 offers exciting color-ways, such as the patriotic ‘Stars’ (a tri-blend white body with a red collar, blue arms, and white stars from the shoulder to the sleeve cuffs), ‘Bandana’ (tri-blend heather grey with red paisley sleeves), and ‘Camo’ (tri-blend brown body with an orange collar and camo sleeves). Besides these unique color combinations, the AA2089 is also available in more traditional combinations of white body and colored sleeves. Alternative Apparel also offers the AA1989 ¾-Sleeve Raglan Henley. Complete with the standard Henley neck buttons, the AA1989 is another example of Alternative Apparel being…well…alternative.

Anvil’s 2184 ¾-Sleeve Raglan Tee revisits the traditional baseball raglan look with a price point ideal for the recreational softball team. The Anvil 2184 boasts a 100% cotton heavy weight make up. at 6.1oz this garment is tough enough to steal home in.

Some other ¾-sleeve baseball raglans include the pigment-dyed colors of the Chouinard 7066, the recognizable Champion T137, the 100% moisture-management-fabric Badger 4133 (Youth: 2133), and the LA T 6930 Vintage Baseball Tee (Youth 6130).

As you can see, 3/4-Sleeve Baseball Raglans have grown up over the years. While traditional styles still exist, the genre has become one chock full of interesting options. When considering your new product line, perhaps you may want to give the baseball raglan a second glance. What was once one particular style has evolved into an entire category of styles. After all, if you can’t decide on short sleeves or long sleeves this summer, there’s always a compromise—the 3/4 sleeve baseball raglan.