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How a Fashion Lab Is Working to Make Fringe Apparel Tech Mainstream
October 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm

While trends like mustard yellow and plastic trench coats were big hits at Paris Fashion Week, one designer decided to put the focus on the future of textiles. According to Engadget, Stella McCartney teamed up with an incubator called Fashion Tech Labs (FTL) to introduce new tech that breaks the textile pollution cycle. So what…

Russell Athletic Will Cease Making Team Uniforms
October 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm

For over 100 years, Russell Athletic has been supplying athletic teamwear, but it looks like times are changing. According to AL.com, the company released a statement last week announcing it would cease filling orders through mid-December. In the statement, senior vice president for brand management Scott Greene said the company decided to transition away from…

Did Official Merchandise Spoil a Major Movie Plot Line?
October 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm

In the world of superhero movies, everyone who works on set is sworn to secrecy in order to avoid any spoilers getting out. But, in the case of the new "Justice League" movie, the major spoiler might have been the movie's official promotional merchandise. (Warning: Potential spoilers ahead.) According to GameZone, Henry Cavill revealed which…

Taco Bell Launches Clothing Line With Forever 21
October 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Ah, Taco Bell. Is there anything that brightens up Taco Tuesday more than your Cheesy Gordita Crunch? Ordinarily, we'd say stick to doing what you're good at, because it's so good, but after hearing this news, we're pretty excited Taco Bell is expanding into other arenas. The fast food giant is the latest company to…

The Great Journey
October 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Building your promotional products business is a journey. How is your journey going? Are you running into unpleasant surprises and unexpected potholes? Great journeys start with a vision. You must know where you are going. This is your dream. So dream big. What do you hope to find, to create, to feel, to experience and accomplish on your journey?…

Adidas Drops Three-Stripe Lawsuit Against Juicy Couture
October 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

We've spent a lot of energy in the past ranting about attempts to trademark stripes. Maybe Adidas finally got the hint, since Law 360 is reporting that the company reached a settlement to end its trademark lawsuit against Juicy Couture over its "three-stripe" trademark. Adidas filed a…

OK, Pizza Hut's Entry Into Custom Apparel Is Actually Pretty Rad
October 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Last week, Taco Bell made its merchandise debut, and it became a viral sensation. But, this week, it's all about Pizza Hut. According to Engadget, the pizza delivery chain unveiled a new apparel item hot out the oven: the Pizza Hut parka. The parka is made out of the insulating material used for lining its…

Design Lessons From MLB's Best (and Worst) All-Time Uniforms
October 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Baseball uniforms: When they're done right, they're the greatest promotion on earth. But when they're wrong, they're at best, the center of massive fan discontent, and at worst, a viral slam session. Thankfully, the folks over at Esquire rounded up the best and worst MLB uniforms of all time, and we think there's some lessons…

Like, So Not Cool: Here Are the Apparel Brands Teens Hate Now
October 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

We joke that teenagers have no sense of real life experiences, and they've got their heads in the clouds, but one thing is for certain: They know apparel trends. That means, when the teenagers speak, it's important that we pay attention. According to The Street, Piper Jaffray analysts released its semi-annual "Taking Stock With Teens"…

We Were Not Undressing! Putting Some Fun Into Selling
October 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

Back when I was growing my original Proforma distributorship, I was teaching one of our newer sales reps how to conduct field calls. In my view, field calling is a lost skill. Sadly, in this day of email and voicemail, salespeople think they don’t need to get out and do field calls. I strongly disagree…