Sarah Semple

Sarah Semple

Sarah Semple is the Associate Content Editor for Promo Marketing.

Women's Promo Apparel Trends You Need to Know

This year in women’s apparel and, more specifically, branded apparel collections at retail, we’ve seen a lot of trendy vintage and old-school styles. (Think biker shorts, crop tops, tie-dye and more.) But we wanted to dig deeper into women’s apparel trends to find out what styles are trending in the promotional apparel space, what decorations…

What's a Green Flash, Anyway? 4 Things You Missed at Promo Marketing's San Diego Power Meeting

We’re still trying to process the fact that our San Diego Power Meeting was the second to last one of the year. (Where has the time gone?) If you’ve been keeping up with our Instagram page then you’d know what we were up to for a week in mid September. If you weren't fortunate enough to attend, here are four highlights from one of our best Power Meetings yet...

Starbucks' New Halloween Tumblers Are So Popular There's Already a Resale Market

Fall is finally here, which means spooky decorations and pumpkin-spice everything are flooding all your local stores. And while it's only September, Halloween is kicking off early, as Starbucks released an entire line of limited-edition Halloween-themed reusable hot and cold tumblers this week. And there’s already a resale market for them online...

Promo Marketing’s Power House Power Meeting Takes Wine Country—Here’s Everything You Missed

As we get ready to close out our eighth year of Power Meetings, there are a few more stops left on our travel itinerary for 2019. But our last Power Meeting, a Power House event for the industry's top sellers, took us to Napa, Calif., where top distributors and suppliers joined the Promo Marketing team for a fun and engaging three-day event in beautiful wine country. Here are three things you missed in Napa if you weren't at the event...

Behind the Scenes at Debco's State-of-the-Art New Facility (and Housewarming Party!)

When we got an invite to head north to Canada and visit Debco’s brand new facility in the greater Toronto area, we jumped at the chance. The Debco Housewarming Party took place June 19, and we got the scoop on the supplier’s future plans and how it graduated from a 37,000 sq. ft. office and print shop to an enormous new 245,000 sq. ft. facility...

Zara's Expanded Custom Embroidery Line Shows Consumers Want Personalization

Back in March, we covered the story on one of the world's largest fashion retailers, Zara, and how it experimented with pop-up customization corners in three stores. Now, the company recently announced the news of its new EDITED collection, which looks to be a full-on expansion of that test program. The collection features jeans, denim shorts, a tote bag, two sweatshirts and other items, and customers can now order them online...

The 3 Coolest Features in Nike's New SpongeBob SquarePants Branded Shoes

Branded shoe collaborations have been popping up everywhere, and we’re really not mad about it. So far, each one has had its share of cool design elements behind it. Today, we’re covering the Kyrie Irving and SpongeBob SquarePants collection from Nike, and there are some fun features and other reasons that these branded shoes will be flying off the shelves on August 10...

You Won’t Believe What This New York-based Designer Creates Out Of Vintage Luxury Bags

If you’ve ever been curious about what happens to vintage luxury bags after they go “out of style” or are forgotten about, this one New York-based designer has the answers. The artist and designer, Sarah Coleman, buys vintage bags and takes them apart to reupholster and redesign everyday items like folding chairs. These common products can be so simple—and seen everywhere from graduation parties to office meetings—but for Coleman, this is her creative approach to constructing something completely unique like the LV folding chairs.

Zappos Collaborated With Birkenstock For a Limited-Edition Anniversary Sandal, And You Have to Check Out This Sweet Packaging

The month of July comes with a lot of celebrations—you have July 4th and, of course, all of the additional weekend barbecues—and the shoe retailer, Zappos, is adding to the celebration by releasing a surprise for all comfortable shoe-lovers. Zappos hit its 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the company released a pair of limited-edition sandals (there's only 225 pairs available) in collaboration with the popular shoe manufacturer, Birkenstock. The idea behind the sandals is original, but there are a few notable elements about the packaging to point out, too.

Adidas' AriZona Branded Shoes Look Like Iced Tea Bottles (But the Best Part Is the Price)

We’ve covered lots of branded sneaker collaborations, like the K-Swiss collection for “Clueless” and the Vans and Harry Potter collection. This time, Adidas and AriZona Iced Tea—you know, the $0.99 cans you get from your local deli—are releasing four pairs of branded sneakers, inspired by the bottles. And wait until you see the price!...

You Have to See the Printing Tech Behind This Beverage Startup

While scrolling through Instagram, I came across an ad that that was actually worth stopping and checking out: Smart Cups. The product looks like a typical plastic cup, but the company uses a specialized technique to print the hexagon-shaped flavoring directly in the bottom of the cup. Just add water, and...

Rihanna Is Selling a $230 T-shirt Specifically to Troll Fans

Let’s be honest, is there anything Rihanna can’t do? Over the years, the superstar has had a number of roles besides pop star. Those other interests have maybe put her recording career on the back burner, and fans have been asking her nonstop to release new music. RiRi, apparently, is getting tired of the questions, and has now taken to trolling her fans through social media with a $230 T-shirt...