Tagged 'Apparel'

Polo Palooza

Polo Palooza

The polo shirt—that iconic emblem of ’80s preppy, laid-back cool—is growing up. Read More »

Cotton Query

Cotton Query

In 2011, the worldwide cotton supply shrank and prices rose to nearly $2 per pound—high enough to break records set during the “cotton famine” of the American Civil War. Read More »

Tee Minus

Tee Minus

T-shirts unite us. From the runway model to the construction worker, from the poorest country to the richest—everyone knows, loves and wears t-shirts. And while it seems anything goes in t-shirts, trends and style preferences do exist. This year’s must-have tee attribute? Softness. Read More »

Terms Of Adornment

Terms Of Adornment

While not technically an industry product category, many promotional items deserve a spot right smack in the middle of the fashion accessories zone. If you’re not already tracking retail accessories trends to ensure you offer clients the hippest, most covetable items you can, get up to speed with this information, courtesy of Accessories Magazine and search firm The NPD Group, Inc., and their research collaboration—the Accessories Census 2011. Read More »

Suit Up

Suit Up

A stark contrast exists between one-off apparel promotions and major corporate uniform programs. The difference between the two is sort of like the difference between dashing inside during a rainstorm and running a 5K marathon. The latter requires planning, know-how and commitment. Read More »

Freeze!

Freeze!

The Farmers’ Almanac has named Grand Forks, North Dakota, the hands-down coldest city in the U.S. To overwinter there means you will experience average temperatures of nine degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall on 47 percent of the days between December and March. Just thinking about it is enough to bring on a shiver. So naturally, when seeking information for choosing quality cold-season wearables, PPB looked to an industry insider in—you guessed it—Grand Forks. Read More »

Bravo!

Bravo!

If the words “performance apparel” conjure up images of stiff, scratchy polyester, think again. Like most things, technologic advances changed the game for this massive, highly specialized market—which is forecast to reach $4.29 billion this year. Read More »

Hey, Sport

Hey, Sport

There are sports fans, and then there are sports fans. You know the kind; they live and die for the team, and nearly anything is excuse enough to deck out in spirit wear. Read More »

Heat It Up With Summertime Apparel

Heat It Up With Summertime Apparel

Get started on your summertime promotions with PPB’s picks for cool wearables. Read More »

Don’t Let Sleeves Slow You Down

While the industry was knee-deep in new products and networking events at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee raged onward. Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum offered 100-percent cotton, U.S.-made gray vests embroidered with … Read More »

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