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Keep Your Decoration Skills Sharp

October 15, 2019

As a decorator, you know that there’s always more to learn. Staying on top of the latest trends and techniques can set you apart from the local competition. It’s also a way to keep your day-to-day work interesting – who doesn’t like learning new tricks? With that in mind, we had SanMar’s decoration guru, Jason … Continued

Decoration Techniques for Tough Fabrics

April 2, 2019

“How am I supposed to do that?” You might not ask a question like this out loud when you’re faced with a decoration dilemma, but be honest — you’ve probably had the thought. You know how it goes: the moment you think you’ve got it all down pat, you discover a new trend or are … Continued

Top T-Shirt Moments in 2018 Pop Culture

December 18, 2018

On-demand printing makes it easy to take a moment in time and turn it into a t-shirt that can live on for months or, even, years to come. Some of the most popular moments in 2018 were immortalized on that favorite cotton (or cotton blend) top. Take a walk down Memory Lane to look back … Continued

Super Trends in Decoration

October 23, 2018

Look, up on the shelf! It’s a bird! It’s a brand! It’s the latest trends in apparel decoration! As a decorator, you know that the customer is the hero of a story you’re telling together. The techniques you use are the tools in your toolbelt that will conquer the forces of bland apparel. Allow us … Continued

Decorating Tips: Bags and Caps

October 9, 2018

As a decorator working with imprinted apparel, you can get by on the basics, but keeping up with the latest decoration trends and techniques can be critical to staying competitive, and will give you more tools to delight your customers. Seeing how other decorators overcome the same challenges you face can is another way you … Continued

Why Outerwear Packs a Punch

September 18, 2018

From jackets to vests to fleece, outerwear is the perfect combination of value and versatility. Almost half of all Americans own a promotional jacket or fleece, and because of it’s high perceived value, they hold onto these promotional pieces for years Outerwear is also versatile. Since jackets can be worn in all sorts of conditions, … Continued

Trending Decorations from the PPAI Expo

January 24, 2017

Earlier this month at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, SanMar U broadcast its webcasts live from the show floor. We shared new products and trending patterns, but more than that, we heard from decoration experts about what is trending in decoration. Here’s what we learned! Brick This thick and chunky decoration material gives your … Continued

Hot Off the Press: Stahls’ Expert Advice for Decorating Camo

October 19, 2016

There’s no hiding it — camo has enjoyed a surge in popularity, as we discussed in a recent blog post. Camo’s rebellious, versatile patterns stamp the identity of outdoor enthusiasts and also toss a nod to cutting-edge fashion. In our industry, decorating on camo is a hot trend, but it does present a few challenges … Continued

There’s No Hiding It: Camo is Cool

October 4, 2016

Camouflage, in its endless patterns, colors and canvases, doesn’t belong solely to hardcore hunters anymore. True, camo is part tactical gear and part “uniform” for outdoor enthusiasts, but today camo is everywhere. From camo couture to hot hipster accessory, camo has somehow managed to break out of its traditional twig and leaf pattern and integrate … Continued

Battle of the Bands: The Resurgence of Concert Merchandise

September 13, 2016

Concert merchandise seemed to peak in the 1980s. Think back to the iconic t-shirts from the period—AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses come to mind. Concert merchandise from the 90s and 2000s don’t leave the same impression. However, a new wave of merchandise from Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kanye West and One … Continued