In the world of fashion and apparel, the quality of garments is as crucial as the design itself. This is a story not just about aesthetics, but about the essence of what makes a garment stand out. It's about choosing the right fabric, understanding the supply chain, and committing to excellence in every stitch.
The Softness That Speaks Volumes
When I handed over my latest designs to a friend for feedback, his reaction was unexpected. It wasn't just the design that caught his attention, but the remarkable softness of the shirt. This moment was a testament to our choice of materials and the care we put into selecting our garment sources.
Choosing Quality Over Cost
In a market flooded with options, it's tempting to opt for cheaper, lower-quality blanks from well-known brands. These are cost-effective, sure, but they often end up as one-time wears, eventually forgotten in a corner of a thrift store. My philosophy, ingrained by my mother, is that anything worth doing is worth doing well. This belief led us to choose brands like Bella+Canvas, Bayside, and occasionally Next Level for our blanks.
Bella+Canvas: A Symphony of Softness and Style
Bella+Canvas has been a game-changer for us. Their products are not just extremely soft but also come in a wide palette of colors, allowing us to find the perfect shade for any design. Their range of styles, from tanks to tees and hoodies, is impressive. But what truly sets them apart is their commitment to social responsibility, with 100% recycling and ethical labor practices, all centered in Los Angeles. Their proximity to our office is an added bonus, offering us direct access to a vast inventory.
Bayside: The American Dream in Fabric
Bayside offers a slightly different appeal. While their products are almost as soft and their style selection a bit narrower, their supply chain efficiency is remarkable. With most of their operations based in the U.S., they avoid the complications of international shipping and import issues. Their cotton sourced from North Carolina and the majority of their fabrication in Los Angeles align with our ethos of supporting local industries. Although we sometimes opt for shirts assembled in Mexico due to cost considerations, Bayside's ability to provide 100% U.S.-made options is invaluable, especially for exports.
Driven by Quality
Our commitment to quality extends beyond the fabric. It's about partnering with suppliers who share our dedication to excellence, service, and global citizenship. In the end, it's not just about creating a garment; it's about crafting an experience, a statement of quality that resonates with every wearer.