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.

 

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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!

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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!

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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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Screen Printing: What You Need to Know

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Image above: a screen printing class at the Alexandria Museum of Art

What is screen printing?
As you might guess, given the obvious hint built into the name, screen printing is a printmaking technique where stencils are laid over a screen. That screen is usually made of cotton, nylon or metal. The printing ink is then pushed through the screen using a rubber squeegee. That’s the simplified version, but every little step can involve lots of decisions from what ink to use to the best squeegee.

Just a little history
The basic process is thought to have been invented in China and then refined in Japan (makers of good things like karaoke, the novel and instant ramen). After 1915, when it became possible to photo-screen print (introducing photo stencils), the technique took off in the commercial sector in the United States. Grocery stores and other shops needed quickly produced locally made signs to advertise sales, and screen printers were able to underbid sign painters and win jobs. For years, those screen printing techniques were closely guarded trade secrets. Then in the 1960s, the technique took off in the art world amongst pop artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton. From there, screen printing entered the mainstream. These days, screen printing has been enthusiastically adopted by the DIY community.  And now that the information for how to set up a screen printing studio is so readily available online – anyone, with an idea,  can screen print.

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Image above: DIY Print Shop

Screen printing Setups
One of the reasons that screen printing is so popular is that it is infinitely scalable. You can create a setup for under $40 or spend $40,000. Every set up might be a little different, but the basic elements are a screen, emulsion, the artwork, a squeegee, ink a light source and a water source. If you’re anxious to get your hands dirty, this is a great screen printing guide from one of our favorite reads, LifeHacker. (But if you’d rather us do the dirty work, we’re happy to mess around with the ink for you.)

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Image above: jacquard screen printing inks
Decision, Decisions, Decisions aka Screen Printing Ink

Underbase
The first consideration in design is often the underbase. One of the most important choices in determining how your design turns out, regardless of the ink type is weather or not an underbase is used. Think of an underbase like a primer coat. if you wanted to paint a red wall blue you would first prime the wall with a neutral color like gray or white, You would then paint blue over the primer. If you were to paint blue over the red wall without priming you would end up with a purple not a blue.Underbase

Underbasing in t-shirt printing, much like priming in painting is a great way to ensure your design ends being the color you intended it to be. An underbase is essentialy the entirety of your design printed in a neutral ink. In this way regardless of the garment color or makeup the colors in your finished design should remain consistent. This is especially true when printing bright colors over darker colors. This is also true when your intention is to have a consistent looking design printed on different material makeups and colors. There are a few negatives to consider when choosing to to underbase. Because there is an additional underlay or undercoat of ink, the design will feel thicker to the touch. In addition underbasing requires additional screens adding cost. Printers typically charge around $30 to $40 dollars per screen.

In a nutshell if you are printing on lighter uniformly colored garments and the most important component of your finished designed is it’s soft feel where color consistency takes a back seat, you should not be underbasing however, if you are printing on dark or various colored garments and need a consistent design color where soft feel is the less important of the two, you should be underbasing. Often times printers will help you make this decision based on the garments you’ve chosen and the colors in you design.

Ink types
Once you’ve decided on your shirt (and that’s a whole other conversation), the most important consideration is going to be your ink.

The traditional ink is a plastisol ink. This creates a thick print that rests on top of the shirt. Plastisol inks can provide a higher contrast than water-based ink, and if you’d like your fwd_traditional_printingprinted design to appear bright and color accurate, then a plastisol ink can give you that effect. Plastisol ink is a good choice if you’re printing sporting goods, nylon or on dark colored clothing. Plastisol ink is also the most consistTower-Tee1ent choice when printing the same design on different garment styles and or colors.

If you’re looking to make a super soft shirt then water-based ink is where it’s at. Whereas the plastisol ink rests on top of the shirt, a water-based ink is actually directly dying, or in the case of discharge, bleaching the fabric’s fibers, which means that the printed portion of the shirt will remain softer than plastisol the print further softens to almost a no feel with one washing.  An added plus is that water-based ink is eco-friendly. Water-based inks don’t have that same high contrast that plastisol inks have so the effect often feels vintage. Waterbase ink typically workout best when the design has a limited color spectrum as water base inks are not vibrant like plastisol inks. Creative designers typically use the garment color to bring out accents in the design.

But there is a middle ground between plastisol and water-based – soft plastisol or soft-hand plastisol, gives you the contrast of a plastisol ink but is much softer than the straight-up pastisol ink. Soft hand plastisol is accomplished by using thinning agents and high mesh count screens minimizing and thinning the amount of ink allowed to pass through the screen to the garment.

But what if you want a more custom look? There are an infinite number of special effects inks. Here are a few our favorites and the ones that we print with here at Blankstyle.com.

Foil printing gives your designs that little something extra, and by extra, we are referring to some serious bling.  Foil screen printing is a two-part process that first involves printingUFC-TapouT-Foil-T-shirt an adhesive layer on the shirt and once that adhesive layer is cured, we heat-press the foil onto the adhesive. Foil is the most sensitive of all our printing techniques. It can tarnish after washing and the foil may even start to eventually flake off. For this reason, we always recommend including washing instructions with your foil printed T-shirts. (Wash inside out, by hand with cold water and hang to dry. Don’t iron)

Puff ink is the screen printers version of that ‘80s craft favorite – puff paint. Puff ink is creating by mixing an additive with the plastisol inks so that your ink will puff up after it dries giving your design a textured effect. (We like to use it to give your designs a faux stitching effect.)

Crystalina is basically a glitter ink. It’s a plastisol ink that has a small glitter flakes within the ink. It’s another way to get a little sparkle into your design without going for the full metallic effect of foil printing.

So that’s the quick run-down on screen printing. Of course the more you dig around, the more questions you might have. We’re here to help with any of those.

And if you prefer to get your information the old-fashioned way, here are some great resources:
Print Liberation: The Screen Printing PrimerSimple Screenprinting: Basic Techniques & Creative Projects
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing (great for inspiration)

 

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Bella Canvas Review

Our Bella Canvas Review found that following in the tradition of some of the best and largest American companies (Apple, Amazon, Disney and Google to name just a few), Bella Canvas was started in a garage. In 1992, best friends Danny Harris and Marco DeGeorge were just out of high school when they started their screen printing company. Their big break came when Sega launched Hedgehodge and the duo got a huge order from Sega. That order launched their scrappy little garage business into a screen printing giant named Color Image. And from that the pair spun into the world of retail and into apparel manufacturing.

Bella Canvas Unisex Poly Cotton Short Sleeve Tee 3650

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The screen printing beginning of Bella Canvas means the company understands the needs of the screen printer. And from the start, Danny and Marco looked for gaps in the apparel business. They soon realized that no one was producing a true fitted women’s T-shirt. Rather, most companies were simply selling a men’s small as a women’s shirt. So the company set its sights on rectifying that oversight. And today, they have some of the most fashion-forward fits and colors on the apparel market.

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The company’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California are set up like a campus with three buildings. They have sales, production, quality control in one building that is attached to a production factory where 300,000 units are produced in a single week. There is also a community kitchen and a gym with a yoga studio studio for employees. This sense of community is an important component of the brand. Another important characteristic of the Bella + Canvas brand is an eco-friendly sensibility. The company is completely paperless and everything gets recycled. Only recycling bins are under desks. So if you have to throw something in the trash, you have to hunt down a trash can.

3000 BELLA+CANVAS Hawthorne Baseball T-shirt

Hawthorne Baseball T

Bella + Canvas are pushing the standards of quality in product and manufacturing by offering contemporary blank apparel for both the wholesale and retail markets. With their huge following and proven track record, they have become one of the most valued and trusted names in the ring-spun cotton industry for men’s, women’s and youth clothing.

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Testimonial: Hollywood Hamilton Clothing

Major ups to George Hamilton with Hollywood Hamilton Clothing for his release of the summer tank tops for his flagship line! We’re happy to help you begin your summer collection and hope to continue business with you soon! Check out some of the Hollywood Hamilton Line!

Check out his website here: http://www.wix.com/hollywoodhamiltonclo/hollywoodhamiltonclothingco#!shop/vstc1=mens-v-necks