Ash City USA

Rinse and Repeat
August 27, 2009

Ash City USA—Double-washed Zip Jackets
With September just around the corner, these double-washed zip jackets can fit into almost any promotion the end-buyer thinks up. From fall golf tournament giveaways and outdoor club membership to employee gift-giving and event staff garb, the spandex-enhanced waistband, collar, cuffs and pocket wells help provide a well-tailored look. Plus, since the jackets are available in men's sizes S to 3XL and ladies' sizes XS to 2XL, there is size to fit just about everyone.
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Proforma Announces 2009 Convention Sponsors
June 16, 2009

Cleveland-based Proforma announced its list of 25 vendors that will be sponsoring the 2009 Proforma Convention and Family Reunion, being held July 8 to 11 in Denver. Vendors and sponsorship levels include:

Remember to Stretch
May 6, 2009

Ash City USA—Ladies’ Micro Fleece Sport Jacket

I have a big problem with looking like a disaster when I go running. I live only a few short blocks from my place of employment and though it’s silly, I always have visions of running (literally) into my boss while I’m sweaty; red-faced; and wearing an old, ratty T-shirt. The problem isn’t shared by many, obviously, but the sentiment is. This jacket is sleek, and has stretch properties and Lycra binding so you know it will give off that sporty, “Look at me, I’m physically fit and I have the stuff to prove it” vibe you’d like to embody should you run into your boss. It could happen.

Rain, Rain Go Away
May 5, 2009

I didn't actually check out the demographics to see how many of our readers were mired in this East Coast rain-a-thon. But, for those who are, here are a couple of feel-good items for a rainy day (at least on the East Coast).

At Least Someone Is Hiring
March 31, 2009

I haven't checked out Mike's blog yet to see what fact he has chosen to publicize about me. I'm thinking it's either about sparkling water or teddy bears (and if not, don't ask).In any case, here are a couple of more late-breaking headlines. In a world of downsizing and layoffs, at least someone is finding…

Kory Proves Good Fit For Vantage Apparel
February 24, 2009

Avenel, New Jersey-based Vantage Apparel, a manufacturer and decorator of logo apparel, announced the company hired industry veteran Paul Kory as its national accounts manager. Kory arrives at Vantage Apparel with more than 17 years of promotional apparel experience.

Shades of Meaning
December 30, 2008

WHAT’S MEXICAN FOOD got to do with it? Or, for that matter, Japanese animation or Apple computers? Turns out, a lot. Together, they’re three indispensable ingredients for a total nerd-fest. But, taken on their own merits, the seemingly incomparable trio comprises just a few tools of the color analyst’s trade. “I think a lot of people think forecasters sit in an ivory tower and dream up these things and hoist them on the public,” said Leatrice Eiseman, author of Color: Messages & Meanings and director of the Pantone Color Institute, the Carlstadt, New Jersey-based color research and information center. In fact, the “it”

Dollars and (Fashion) Sense
October 28, 2008

ECONOMY SHMECONOMY. NOT to be glib, but that headline has sold one too many papers these days. Yes, things are not necessarily prospering, however, what the general public should be talking about is how to respond to these given circumstances. Facing the unenviable challenge of helping end-buyers find value in items that can all-too-easily be considered “extraneous,” now more than ever, suppliers and distributors must continuously prove the worth of their wares. Showing how each garment can be used in a practical wardrobe application attaches a tangible benefit to every dollar spent, an essential formula for continuing to drive business through financially uncertain

Extreme Office Makeover
April 29, 2008

I’m surrounded by promotional products—and I mean that literally. For the upcoming June edition of Promo Marketing magazine, we will be doing an Extreme Office Makeover, which is very similar to the reality television home makeover shows, only on a much smaller scale (and, of course, limited to promotional products).The response from suppliers wanting to participate has been amazing and products are starting to stack up (one of the publishers started calling me Fred Sanford because of the junkyard quality of my cube as boxes roll in).
To my right are a rainbow collection of new-fangled letter openers/staple removers. At my feet, sits a