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2024 Decorated Apparel Industry Outlook

Navigating 2024: Trends and Opportunities in the Decorated Apparel Industry

As 2024 unfolds, we are nearly four years past the onset of the COVID pandemic, a period that has seen transformative shifts in various sectors, including the decorated apparel and personalized gift industry. These years have not only witnessed a departure from traditional methods but have also ushered in new, innovative approaches to better serve our customers in the evolving landscape of the personalized apparel industry. Despite the challenges that remain, each obstacle presents unique opportunities for growth and innovation. In my conversations with numerous industry professionals on the 2 Regular Guys Podcast and through my work with Our Success Group supporting hundreds of small businesses, I’ve gained insights that shape my forecast for the decorated apparel trends 2024 and the broader personalized products community.

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Targeted Niche Markets and Sublimation

Targeted Niche Markets and Sublimation

Finding your niche is essential to all businesses regardless of the industry, but it is especially true for decorators. Whether you are a laser engraver, promotional products reseller or sublimator, owning your niche is extremely important to your success. The wall of content and noise that is prevalent in today’s social media driven society makes … Read more

Want More Profit? Understand How to Use Digital Decorating to Improve Perceived Value

Want More Profit? Understand How to Use Digital Decorating to Improve Perceived Value

Understand How to Use Digital Decorating to Improve Perceived Value I have been a proponent of digital decorating since being involved with some of the early commercially viable direct to garment printers in 2004. Then I fell in love with sublimation, vinyl, and bling as embellishment methods starting in 2010. That is not to say … Read more

A&E Magazine Q&A Sublimation Promotional Products —

A&E Magazine Q&A Sublimation Promotional Products

I was asked a few questions about the sublimation of promotional products. Here are these answers to the questions; What are some “out of the box” substrates to sublimate? How can all-over sublimation be applied to promotional products? What are the biggest challenges to sublimating hard substrates?

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Printwear Magazine Q&A Sublimation Apparel

Printwear Magazine Q&A Sublimation Apparel

Recently Printwear Magazine asked me a few questions about sublimation of apparel. Here are these answers to the questions; What can apparel sublimation do for my shop? and What are some advantages/disadvantages to all-over apparel sublimation? What are your thoughts?

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How to Transfer a Double-Sided Ceramic Ornament

How to Transfer a Double-Sided Ceramic Ornament

In the sublimation world there is the holiday gift-giving season and then all of the rest. Most sublimators triple or quadruple their business during the holiday season, and a very popular product is a ceramic ornament that can be imaged on both sides. Pressing one side than the next can be done, but many times the heat tape can cause blemishes and defects. I have perfected a great way to press these items quickly and without issue over and over again. Let’s check out how to transfer a double-sided ceramic ornament.

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Maximizing Your Profit by Choosing Sublimation

Maximizing Your Profit by Choosing Sublimation

Sublimation is still growing in the garment decorating world and I really don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. As I mentioned in a recent Impressions article, the consumers and the retailers are demanding a faster turnaround time and smaller minimum order amounts. With the wider range of polyester fabrics available today, as compared to 30 years ago, the sublimation process has become the favorite process of many fashion labels, sports jersey manufacturers, and even your local softball team. I’m writing this wearing my favorite recreational volleyball team jersey that is a moisture-wicking polyester fabric with an all over sublimation design. Our team name was the Wallbangers, as we didn’t always hit it in the court but yet we demanded a comfortable polyester jersey with no hand (the feel of the ink on the garment) for our weekend fun.

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5 Best Practices of a Good Sublimation Professional

5 Best Practices of a Good Sublimation Professional

Sublimation as a process can be somewhat interpretive. There are at times many ways you can get from point A to point B and still make a product that could be salable, but just because you can do it one way does not mean that ultimately that is the best way to do it, and in the long run, you want to find your set of best practices to sustain your business. I have been in many shops and have talked to tons of sublimation professionals, and in my travels, I have found certain themes seem to be common. Below are 5 best practices of a good sublimation professional:

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