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Maximizing Custom Garment Sales at Events By Ted Stahl

If you had the chance to visit a county fair, festival, craft show, trade convention, sports tournament, race or any type of event recently, you probably said to yourself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would be a great place to sell custom garments. I should have a booth here next year.â&#x20AC;? Taking your heat press on the road is easier than you think. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only a great way to profit from sales, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent way to increase your visibility, build your brand, market your business and find new customers. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you maximize your custom garment ,][\WUQbI\QWV I\ M^MV\[ Q[ I U]KP [W]OP\IN\MZ

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Fruit of the Loom Canada announces new wholesale partnership Announces Russell Athletic performance gear coming to Canadian market spring 2013 Fruit of the Loom Canada and The Authentic T-Shirt Company/SanMar Canada are extremely excited to announce their new wholesale partnership for the Canadian Activewear market. With the addition of Fruit Of The Loom to its diverse product line offering, The Authentic T-Shirt Company/SanMar Canada's customers all across Canada will have access to the full range Fruit of the Loom products. For more information, please contact your SanMar Canada Account Executive or visit www. sanmarcanada.com

Russel Athletics Launching Spring 2013 Fruit of the Loom Canada also announced that starting spring 2013, they be launching a new Russell Athletic performance fleece and training gear product offering to the Canadian market.

This new program will feature many of the key fleece and complimentary activewear items which have been the backbone of the Russell Athletic brand for over 100 years. Russell Athletic has a long history of being a proven core athletic brand. Effective spring 2013, Russell Athletic product will be available to dealers focusing on team and collegiate accounts through an expanded offering of team wholesaler partners located throughout the country. Fruit of the Loom Canada is pleased to be expanding the distribution of the Russell Athletic brand in Canada and looks forward to working with dealers focused on the team business in 2013 under this new expanded distribution model. Stay tuned for more details and product previews in the upcoming months.

 Jamie Stone, an industry veteran of over 15 years, will represent the complete line of FW and FILA Golf products in British Columbia. Jamie has represented major suppliers in both hard and soft goods. His experience in sales and marketing within the promotional industry includes implementation of

sales, marketing, dealer programs and incentives.  “FW continues to grow and we are thrilled to have Jamie on board as the new representative in B.C.” says Jonathan Epstein, Sales Manager at FW. “I am confident that his well-known and greatly respected expertise will significantly strengthen the FW and FILA presence in this territory.” Jamie can be reached at Tel: 604-930-5533, jamie@ westshoreagency.ca

Gildan Activewear announces third quarter fiscal results President and CEO initiates plan to sell up to 28 per cent of shares Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) reported third quarter net earnings of $78.6 million or $0.64 per share (all figures U.S.) on a diluted basis, compared with net earnings of $88.1 million or $0.72 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Results for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 include restructuring and acquisition-related charges amounting to $1.6 million after-tax, primarily related to the acquisition of Anvil Holdings, Inc. (Anvil) which was completed on May 9, 2012. Net sales in the third quarter were up 13.3 per cent to $600.2 million in Q3 2011. Sales for the Printwear segment amounted to $449.3 million, up 11.3 per cent from fiscal 2011, and sales for the Branded Apparel segment were $150.9 million, up 19.7 per

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CEO Initiates 10b5-1 Plan Glenn J. Chamandy, President and CEO, has entered into a pre-arranged share disposition plan, under which he has authorized and directed a U.S. financial institution to sell up to 2.75 million of his total of 9.8 million common shares of Gildan over a maximum 24-month period beginning on December 17, 2012. In a statement issued by the company, Mr. Chamandy's investment in Gildan will continue to comprise the majority of his personal net worth and he has reiterated his personal commitment to continuing to lead Gildan's growth strategy, as well as his confidence in the future prospects for the company.

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Redwood Classics Apparel partners with Pay it Forward movement WS & Co. has announced that its in-house apparel brand Redwood Classics has officially joined forces with the international Pay It Forward movement. In becoming an advocate of this colossal initiative, Redwood Classics is helping to prove that every person, group and organization has the potential to positively affect the lives of others with simple and thoughtful actions. “Since 1985, my family has produced garments right here in Canada,” says Kathy Cheng, Redwood Classics’ director of Sales and Marketing. “We were so moved by a recent Pay it Forward presentation and felt compelled to participate. At Redwood

Classics, we’re living this movement every day. We’re staying true to our roots. That’s our way of paying it forward to our country and our craftsmen,” added Cheng. The line, dubbed PIF x RW, consists of four classic Kangaroo Hoodies featuring flatlock stitching throughout, durable rib cuffs and waistband, a bartacked kangaroo pouch, and a functional hood with matching drawstring. With every PIF x RW garment purchased comes the Pay it Forward bracelet: a physical reminder to the recipient to do good. A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated back to the Pay it Forward organization.

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What’s In a Name? - Part 1: Criteria for Selecting a Name or Re-naming Your Company By Mark L. Venit, MBA

Naming – or re-naming -- your company name is a critical factor in positioning it for success. Finding the right name will entail many considerations. Finding an effective name addresses and answers several questions: Does it tell who we are and what we do? Does it tell our story well? The whole story? Is it memorable or catchy? Is it dated or does it limit us? Of the more than 600+ apparel graphics companies I’ve worked with in this industry, I’ve advised about half of them that to continue marketing under their existing name would be counterproductive in the long run, entailing the investment of more time and money into an entity that would be locked even further into a name that had already outlived its usefulness. (As an matter of personal ethics I’m unwilling to waste my time and clients’ money, so in several cases I’ve had to inform them my continued service is contingent on effecting a company name change). Some clients strongly resist a name change and have understandable misgivings and jitters. All of them nonetheless have come around and agreed to a name change.

Here are some guidelines I use, and offer for your consideration, in weighing whether a company should change its name. Ask yourself these five questions:

1. If the existing name is still adequate for now, can it be expected to serve as well in the future? Included in this question are concerns about whether a company name has some deficiencies that limit or inhibit the company’s growth and improved positioning. 2. How much is the name really worth in terms of good will? Will changing the name cost it any customers? Or will it serve to help attract many more? (Do note that rarely, if ever, does a name change of a good company result in any loss of customers). 3. Is the name - or has it become - tired, trite or dated, or has it simply lost its groove? 4. Are there special attributes in the name that are absolutely indispensable? Some major issues here include names that have been in use for decades and have earned status as virtual community “institutions” or have become thought of as “brands.” 5. Would the owners of the company really like to change the name, but don't know quite how to go about it, haven’t yet calculated potential downsides or risks, or aren't yet totally convinced of the substantial benefits? Oftentimes – through, a catalytic comment from an astute customer or vendor, a key employee or salesperson or words in a book from a consultant – is what spurs management to take a closer look at a name change and ultimately take the plunge. Once a name has been selected though – after what can be a frustrating exercise in an squishy milieu that’s more art than science – management and staff usually become energized in the process and get to work quickly on implementing the new name. Below are 10 categories of variables and tips to help you open your search for your company name or to ponder when contemplating a name change. Keep this list handy for use during your brainstorming sessions.

1. Local factors: These would include geography, culture, history, landmarks, flora and fauna, and climate of the primary trading area or targeted market or market niches.

2. Personal factors: Examples here could include your interests, any special talents you or your partners possess. It could include family heritage ethnicity, personal achievements, favorite pets, or even some important event or experience in your life, as well as your passions.

3. Notable customer-friendly, professional attributes: Examples here could include speed, quality, service, and performance.

4. Market-oriented factors: These could be related to business, schools, organizations, government, events, athletics, leisure and recreation, or a specific industry or target market.

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5. Positive, inspirational, innovative, exciting attributes: Words for starting your brainstorming process here could include: superior, premier, peak, reputation, first, excellence, winning/winner, victory, triumph, forward, advance, professional, challenge, and power. All of the aforementioned words are ones which should stimulate further thinking and lead you to other routes in many different directions. Sometimes a turn off the main road, as you know, can result in wonderful surprises.

6. Fun stuff: Magic, enchantment, wizardry, animals, literary characters, movies, goofy names (and the like) will get you headed in the right direction here.

7. Application-related: Corporate identification, advertising, uniforms, awards and incentives, promotion-oriented, giftware, fundraising, recruitment, spirit, pride. The reason or reasons people buy your products and services becomes the focus of the search for an appropriate, winning company name.

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9. Invented, Hybrid, and High-Tech Sounding Names: If you can develop a good one, it works; though finding and creating such names is a whole lot easier said than done. Such names include nomenclature such as Microsoft, HoopMaster, Xerox, iPod, Zazzle, eHarmony, ShopWorks, Frigidaire (for â&#x20AC;&#x153;frigid air,â&#x20AC;? a name invented in 1916), MasterCard, AccuWeather, Addidas (a contraction of the founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, Adolph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adiâ&#x20AC;?Dassler), Air Canada, USAirways, and Cisco Systems (from San Francisco), and ScotiaBank.

In Part Two of this series - which will be featured in the November/December 2012 edition of Imprint Canada - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a look at company names that have inherent limitations, evince little creativity, or are weak in developing a distinctive, differentiated business name.

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10. One-word names already in the language: These are words or terms that have been around for many years, but are claimed by a business or product to brand or title something altogether different from the original meaning, though some might connote something good or positive in their new incarnations. Think of how they came about, intuitive or otherwise, and try to learn or understand how it. And if your customer or prospect doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the associative properties or its derivatives, it really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter because these names sound cool or fun or just plain perfect in some way. But do realize that the name, itself, contributes to the brand becoming important, successful, and thus earns its own meaning, which oftentimes becomes massively more powerful that the original meaning. What's a genius world-class example, you may be asking? One word: Google! Google is a brand of course, but today - since in its founding in 1998 - has earned the status of a verb in the English language. Other good examples include Amazon,

Please remember, the goal of the list here is just to help you get the naming process started. An old adage comes to mind about the process when you begin it: you might not know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know it when you find it.

Bing, Apple, and Blackberry. The list above could have many more categories, from Latin and Greek root words, modern foreign languages, mythology, Bible stories or characters, nursery rhymes, legends, and on and on and on. I trust you get the idea.

Mark L. Venit, MBA, provides management and marketing conulting and proprietary research to apparel graphics companies throughout the Americas and Europe. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the author of several books and over 500 articles published in trade magazines and professional journals. His book, The Business of T-Shirts: A Textbook for Success in Marketing and Selling Decorated Apparel, released in March 2011, is available from Stahls' Canada and from the author.

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and a 11â&#x20AC;?x 15â&#x20AC;? machine can usually share a 20-amp circuit. You also need to watch out for extension cords or surge protectors that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry the power needed. Electricians at the events should be able to help out but the main thing is making sure you have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dedicated circuit.â&#x20AC;? You want to avoid trade shows or banquet halls in which all the plugs on one wall are on one circuit. Plugging in a heat press in such a scenario can blow out the whole event. Believe me, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there and done that.

HEAT PRINTING GRAPHICS YOU CAN OFFER The easiest booth set up in a 10' x 10' booth would just be a heat press, T-shirts and custom transfers that give customers several choices. (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to hang a banner in the back of the booth with your store name, logo, web address and the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personalize Any Item Now!â&#x20AC;?)

At one track and field event, the shirt seller had separate transfers with the names of each discipline, such as shot-put, hurdles, pole-vault. The kids went crazy adding their personal events to each shirt, all for an additional fee of course. Anything you can offer to help people make the shirt more special will be appreciated. You can also bring items that are already pre-embroidered or preprinted with an eventrelated design and allow customers to further personalize them at the event. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another important tip: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stitch or print a date on preprints. Encourage customers to add dates with heat print graphics. That way if the garments donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell, you can bring them back next year.

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Maximize Your Trade Show Experience By Adriano Aldini

For most of us, time is a finite resource which cannot be easily wasted. Taking the time to attend a trade show is never a bad idea, provided you maximize your efforts before, during and after the show to generate ROI for the time, travel and money spent on attending.

So how do you go about maximizing your trade show experience?

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Layering your outfit is also a good idea as temperature at the show can fluctuate quite a bit depending on floor traffic. It's a moot point to bring plenty of business cards, but a good idea is also to bring something to collect catalogues, as well as a notepad to jot down important points, products or vendor names that you'll want to subsequently follow-up on after the show.

Show Time: The first thing you and/or team should do is consult the latest version of the trade show directory and revise your carefully made plans if management has made any changes from the pre-show material you have received. A lot can happen over a short period time such as new exhibitors signing up, companies dropping out, new seminars added, et cetera. The show guide will give you the most up to date picture of the event you are attending. If the show is taking place during the colder months, you will want to check your coat and luggage (if you are heading straight to the airport afterwards) as lugging them around will become very cumbersome quite quickly. How can you take notes, shake hands, pass out business cards, and touch samples when your hands are tied up? You can't! When walking the floor, brochures may be offered to you every which way you turn, but that doesn't mean you need to accept. Don't feel obliged to pay attention to booths that do not interest you. The exhibitors won't mind as they want to devote as much of their attention to real potential customers. If you stick to your pre-show strategy, you'll have a road map of where to go and what companies you need to see first and foremost, and best of all you won't be stuck carrying printed material that is not essential. If you find that your collected brochures and cata-

logues are getting too heavy to carry, you can always ask exhibitors to mail literature and samples directly to your office. This will relieve yet more stuff you'll have to carry around the show floor and subsequently back home with you. If you are on a tight schedule, don't be afraid to let exhibitors know about it as they want to make the best use of their time with you as well. If you have a specific reason for visiting a booth, be sure to explain that to them so you can get right down to it. Sometimes the staff at the booth won't have the answers to your specific questions; if this is the case, take note of the appropriate company contact and follow up with him or her when you have time. Even if you are pressed for time, taking a couple of breaks to fuel up and make notes is wise move. Giving yourself a brief reprieve to hydrate will also give you a chance to take important notes on ideas that spring to mind while 2V UISQVO I KPMKSTQ[\ WN \PM OWIT[ aW] _IV\ \W IKPQM^M

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How would you embroider velour or cashmere fabrics?

Polyester thread is made from 100% polyester fibre and the advantages are that it is very strong and it's temperature and chemical-fast, meaning that it can withstand high heat and bleach. This is critical when doing embroideries for hotels, restaurants, construction companies, hospitals, swimwear, et cetera - where bleach and heavy detergents are used in the laundry process or articles are exposed to salt water, sun and wide fluctuations in temperature. The disadvantages of Polyester fibre are primarily its elasticity. For example, when you embroider using a narrow satin stitch, the thread will "bounce back" after a certain number of stitches have been laid. The result being is that you can get those little "bloops" in your short stitch satin rows and thus polyester thread requires more tension to get the thread to lie flat. Polyester's tensile strength can also be a negative in that operators often have the tension too tight because the thread doesn't break. This runs the risk of more puckering, thus requiring heavier backing (stabilizer) which creates more stress on the machine parts. Rayon a.k.a. "Viscose" on the other hand, is made from wood fibre. It's advantages are that natural fibre produces beautiful silk-like lustrous colours. Rayon also requires much less tension and all stitch lengths sew flat and even, producing  a much more natural and  "stressless" finished embroidery. The disadvantages of Rayon thread is that - while it is temperature fast - it cannot withstand exposure to chemicals. Because rayon is a natural fibre, bleach will compromise the thread and optical brighteners may alter the colour. Rayon also requires more skill and diligence with regards to tension and it appreciates a well-maintained machine. Here are some tips to help you use each thread accordingly: â&#x20AC;˘ Use Rayon on leather and vinyl; Polyester's elasticity tends to get sticky  in these fabrics, whereas rayon sews happily along. â&#x20AC;˘ Try Poly 60 weight for those tiny lettering jobs. â&#x20AC;˘ Neither of these threads gets old per se, but remember to store properly in a dry, dust-free environment. â&#x20AC;˘ As long as you purchase quality-made thread, both polyester and rayon threads are excellent choices.

The most important thing to remember with these fabrics is that you need to stabilize them properly as both are very delicate and they mark easily. I would use only light to medium density designs and/or a zig-zag underlay with any lettering. I would choose either a tearaway adhesive stabilizer or a soft and sheer cutaway with adhesive spray to hold the fabrics in their own natural lie. I would also use a water soluble topping.

Is there transparent backing as opposed to white or black? Yes, there is a backing called Thermofilm which looks like bubbly plastic. It is thin, strong and is excellent for smooth fabrics with no high pile. It is easily removed and any remaining film can be treated with a hot iron. The remaining Thermofilm will gather into tiny balls and brush away.

What is the best backing to use when working with stretch materials? I would recommend a cutaway backing for stretch materials. This will help retain your embroidery design after the stretch garment has been washed. Don't forget to stabilize the stretch fabrics in their own natural lie with the aid of an adhesive. Depending on the design density, a sticky back tearaway can work well also. Use water soluble stabilizer on top to create an embroidery "sandwich". In my experience, success has also been achieved using a sticky-back tearaway stabilizer to stabilize the stretch along with a second layer of a thin cut away such as soft and sheer.  A water soluble stabilize applied on top then completes the package.

What is the best density to use when embroidering polar fleece? The secret here is not to change the top density or cover stitch. Polar fleece will require a good double underlay of stitching to lay a foundation for the cover stitch.

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4 weeks delivery on large quantities

PILE fleece 1/2 zip 100% polyester available in black or navy sizes XS to XL

COLD vest Micro-fibre exterior 100% polyester fill full zip vest available in black, grey, royal or navy in sizes 2XS to XL

BOMBER jacket 100% nylon 100% polyester fill Yuko collar, wrist & waist available in black, navy or red in sizes 3XS to 2XL

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$709.9 million Sales of women’s clothing and accessories by large Canadian retailers for the month of June, 2012

$347.9 million Sales of men’s clothing and accessories by large Canadian retailers for the month of June, 2012

$184.5 million Sales of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear by large Canadian retailers for the month of June, 2012

$190 million Sales of sporting goods by large Canadian retailers for the month of June, 2012

$610 million Retail store sales of girls’, boys’ and infants’ clothing and accessories for the first quarter of 2012

5.6% Combined increase in sales by large Canadian retailers of Men’s and Women’s clothing and accessories for the period of June 2011 to June 2012

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Our new Heavy Cotton HD™ Ladies’ T-Shirt features a feminine neckline and contoured side-seams for better fit and drape, to deliver ultimate comfort and style on one of our densest fabrics yet.

3.7% Combined increase in sales by large Canadian retailers of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s footwear for the period of June 2011 to June 2012

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Quality is fresher than ever with our new Heavy Cotton HD™ fabric. Featuring an unprecedented stitch density for stunningly vibrant printing, it delivers consistent results and a superior printing surface to take your creativity to new levels. And now we’ve added even more styles, sizes and colors to meet your decorating needs. When it comes to affordable quality, nothing is as fresh as Fruit of the Loom® Activewear. FruitActivewear.com | 888.378.4829

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