Custom Printed Gildan T-shirts

Custom printed Gildan T-shirts

Kirkwood Trading Company screen prints on Gildan T-shirts

Custom Printed Gildan T-shirts make up the majority of logo tees you see around town. Gildan is the biggest manufacturer of blank t-shirts and they are on the cutting edge in regards to trendy colors and popular styles and materials.

Gildan t-shirts will be the default t-shirt quoted and supplied by screen printers for several reasons.
1. Gildan has the best stock of any t-shirt manufacturer and every distributor full stocks Gildan at all of the locations.

2. Gildan t-shirts are the most t-shirts on the market

3. Gildan T-shirts offer the most colors of any shirt manufacturer

4. The have the best price point

5. Gildan offers several custom apparel styles from preshrunk cotton, Dryblend, performance, and softstyle tees. Not to mention their full line of hoodies, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and quarter zip pullovers.


If you are in the market for custom printed t-shirts in St. Louis, be sure to check out these styles. We will be happy to give you a free price quote on any style you choose.

* Gildan 5000 and Gildan 2000 – 100% preshrunk cotton unisex tees. Come in over 75 colors and both in youth, adult, and several ladies styles including V-neck

* Gildan Dryblend – a performance blend of cotton and polyester that is lightweight and softer than traditional preshrunk cotton

* Gildan Performance – They offer 2 performance tees and rival the big names. They have their basic poly performance which is a very light weight shirt and they now have a performance tech t-shirt which a personal favorit of mine.

* Gildan Softstyle – A softer ringspun cotton that rivals the softness of the trendy brands at a lower price. Great heathered color options and light weight with tapering for a true modern fit.

With their abundance of different color options and style you will be sure to find the perfect shirt color and ink color compliment to create a truly unique custom t-shirt order.

If you would be interested in a price quote you can contact Kirkwood Trading Company at your convenience and we’ll be happy to speak with you on your next screen printing order.

Creating a successful online spirit store

creating a successful online spirit store

Kirkwood Trading Company St. Louis custom t-shirt screen printing shop

Creating a successful online spirit store has never been easier. First and foremost now more than ever people are making all kinds of purchases online. Second, Kirkwood Trading Compmany provides it’s clients with a free online store where schools, teams, and organizations can sell their custom spirit wear. So the costs that are associated with selling spirit wear are no longer there because there is no need for costly inventory or space. There is no longer a need to purchase a domain name and hosting plan. Kirkwood Trading Company now provides all of these things completely free to our clients. What’s more, we also completely build the store for you, handle order processing, and if need be, shipping and bagging. All you have to do is sit back and collect the revenue. Yes, it’s that easy.

First Things First
When it comes to a successful online spirit store you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The mmost successful stores contain 80% of the staple apparel and 20% unique apparel that is geared specifically towards your clientele. By staples we are talking about t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, hats, jackets, bags, etc. By unique apparel we are talking specialty apparel where you know they’ll be a hit. This might be a baseball tee, a unique cut women’s cut tee, it could even be a unique one time design, which we’ll get to in just a bit. Staples are important because they are expected, they typically remain the same in both style and print year after year and a perfect case and point would ba high school spirit wear store. If a schools colors are black and gold then more than likely a staple would be a black hoodie with a gold print that says something like Springfield. Something a student might by a couple times throughout his high school career but it’s common enough that town citizens, incoming freshman, and the like all buy this staple year after year. Staple items are the life blood of a successful online spirit store. The unique items are to gain additional revenue from the people who own the staples.

Go unique to get more sales
One thing we find successful is when a school or team offers a new and fresh design that is only offered for a limited time and then never to be seen again. This creates buzz and buzz creates sales. Nobody likes to feel left out and if a particular shirt with a unique design is only for sale for a limited time, then people will jump on it. It’s a way to create buzz, attract new customers, and get additional sales from existing customers.

We do this exact same thing for a local club sport here in St. Louis. They have an online spirit store 3 times a year for a few weeks each time. They offer about 20 different items. Of those 20 different items 15 of them are always the same, there staples. 4 items are completely new and fresh with each time the store is reoponed, and the 20th product, is always a brand new limited edition design that is only for sale during that particular time the store is open. If they have 200 memebers, they’ll see about 160 of this unique limited edition shirt alone. The rest of the sales are from the staples and unique designs. But what is nice is that you’ll find people who ordered apparel from their store in the summer, so they typically won’t order anything in the fall, but the summer people will most certainly buy that one limited edition item in the fall.

Having something limited edition is a great way to gain additional sales.

If you have an interest in learning more about how Kirkwood Trading Company can help you with your custom online spirit store, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to discuss what we can do for you to help you generate revenue without spending any money. We promise, it really is that simple.

Custom Logo Tees Fast

custom logo tees fast

Kirkwood Trading Company St. Louis

Custom Logo Tees Fast

Printing custom logo tees fast is what we do. Why wait 2 weeks when you don’t have to. Kirkwood Trading Company prioritizes each order so that they get out in a reasonable amount of time so our customers are looking at days, not weeks. Our typical turn around time is 4-6 business days.

Here at Kirkwood Trading Company we have built our reputation on meeting or exceeding customer deadlines. With our 20 years of screen printing experience in St. Louis we have our process dialed in and have always been completely reliant on all of our services. The only thing we do rely on is the apparel distributors for the shirts and apparel. All of our printing and graphics services are done in-house which saves our customers time and money.

Let’s face it, people are busy and while a large percentage of people have a plan to order t-shirts and give plenty of time, sometimes things slip our minds for a multitude of reasons. That’s okay, Kirkwood Trading Company has you covered. We can assist in the artwork, we have among the most experienced screen printers, and as a company, we know how to prioritize to get your job done.

In order to assist us in providing you with the best service and product possible, here are a few things our customers can do before they place their order.

1. Artwork is key. Jobs go a lot smoother and a lot faster when we receive proper artwork which would be a vector file. This is a scalable file that allows us to provide color separations, size to correct proportions, and print a sharp looking design. If you have a jpeg or bitmap file, these are raster images and cannot be color separated. So these types of files need additional work which can delay a job. This would all be discussed with our client before hand so they know what to expact and what is reasonable.

2. When it comes to shirt style, color, and quantities, knowing these even during the quote process will make things smoother and easier. If you plan on placing an order having all of this information ready is paramount.

The more information we have the more ready a client is prepared on their end, the smoother and faster the entire process will go. Like anything.

Top 5 T-shirts to customize

top 5 t-shirts to custsomize

custom t-shirt screen printing in St. Louis

Top 5 T-shirts to Customize

This list of top 5 t-shirts to customize is based on the past 3 years of our personal clients buying habits which is based on quality, color availability, price point, and durability. As a local St. Louis screen printing company we can agree with these choices and give you the reasons and feedback to back that up. So if you are in the market for custom t-shirts you may want to take a look at these top 5 t-shirts and see if their popularity aligns with the goals for your custom t-shirt order.

Performance T-shirts A4 3142 unisex
While performance tees have come a long way over the past few years with several companies now offering a 100% moisture wicking polyester t-shirt, it can be hard to choose the best one for you. I’ll tell you a diry little secret: 100% polyester is 100% polyester and there isn’t going to be a difference between a $50 t-shirt or a $4 t-shirt. The main difference comes in the weight of the shirt and for consumers of custom t-shirts, color availability and price point.

The A4 brand is a great up and coming brand. While they are well established and known for quality shirts at a great price, only in the past few years have all of the major distributors picked them up. They offer several styles including men, women, and youth and they get into the popular trends of sublimated designs where you can buy their shirts with camo patterns or accent piping. They offer socks, shorts, sweatshirts, and more.

Screen Printers Perspective:
They are readily available, come in enough colors to satisfy most of our clients, and the shirts themselves are very durable so we don’t have to handle them with additional care in order to not cause runs in the fabric.

Customers perspective:
A4 boasts the best price point among 100% poly moisture wicking t-shirts and they have a nice color selection as well as nice ladies and youth compliments to their 3142. Customer feedback has been really positive which is great because it’s usually us turning new clients onto this product to save them money.

Fashion T-shirts Next Level 3600 cotton crew
Fashion tees have beceome a big trend in recent years with more and more people wanting a softer tapered cut t-shirt. Next Level would have several t-shirts in the Top 5 T-shirts but only this one because of price point, feel, and availability puts it in the top 5 t-shirts. It’s ringspun cotton so it is softer than your typical shirt.

Screen Printers Perspective:
It’s a great price point and great availibility. Only downside would be limited color options and of those a lot of earth tone colors.

Customer Perspective:
Customers are able to get into a trendy shirt at a lost price point. This is great for branding, especially when selling shirts or promoting something because they have soft feel everyone wants.

Garment Dyed T-shirts Comfort Colors
If you are in high school or college, then you know comfort colors. These are garment dyed shirts that sit in a category of their own and pretty much have complete market saturation. They have TONS of unique colors and a soft feel for a garment dyed shirt. These would be the most popular shirt among the 14-22 year old consumer. In addition they have several styles that include pocket tees, tank tops, and sweatshirts. The only downside which should be ending soon is their availability as their stock has suffered greatly and cost them some major dollars because they have been hard to get. That should change though with Gildan purchasing them at least that is hopefully the plan.

Screen Printers Perspective:
Their price point is a little higher for a solid colored t-shirt but customers who order this expect that. Their limited stock can make fulfilling customers orders difficult, but they are easy to print on, durable, and when they have stock in the colors the customer wants, it makes for a rewarding order.

Customer perspective:
Unique colors and softness stick out the most. Again, they have a higher price point but customers expect that and are willing to pay for it. But the unique colors stand out among all of the others which is great to get a message across. So for some years they have been in the top 5 t-shirts

Most Popular T-shirts
: Gildan 2000 and 5000
Gildan is the largest T-shirt manufacturer in the world and more than likely if you see a custom t-shirt, it’s a Gildan brand shirt. They have 2 styles really, the are in the top 5 custom t-shirts to customize. Their 2000 – 6oz 100% preshrunk cotton and their 5000 5oz 100% preshrunk cotton. The 5000 has the best price point and comes in over 50 colors. The 2000 comes in over 70 colors. The price point is great, every single distributor carries them, their availability is second to none. They also come out with new colors each year and curb the poor selling colors so you always get the latest and greatest color trends.

Screen Printers Perspective:
Withhout a doubt their low price point, high quality, and huge color options make them a fit for 90% of the custom t-shirt consumers out there. They are very durable, the cotton is preshrunk, and their fit is the gauge by all shirts. So you get a standard fitting t-shirt that comes in a lot of colors and even sizes for that matter. You can get virtually any Gildan t-shirt on a one day ship which make them great for rush orders.

Customer perspective:
Customers love Gildan because of their color choices and their durability and most colors come in both youth and adult so they are a great fit for virtually anything under the sun be it awareness walks, fundraisers, trips, family reunions, or whatever.

Blend Shirts Gildan 8000 Dryblend
Gildan came out with their 8000 some years back and it’s their 50/50 cotton poly Dryblend. So it has some moisture properties and is a little softer than their preshrunk cotton styles. They have over 30 colors available in this style and it also comes in youth and long sleeve. The price point is the same as the Gildan heavy cotton tee so it’s a great option for a myriad of ocassions.

Screen printers perspective:
Availability is great, durability is great, lots of color options at a great price point. Easy to print on and easy to sway a customer into a more modern blend shirt since the price point is the same as a cotton.

Custom perspective:
Customers are getting a softer more modern trendy shirt at a great price with lots of color options. You can’t go wrong with this blend.

Honorable Mentions:
There is an abundance of honorable mentions that didn’t make the top 5 t-shirts to customize. Some of them could just be the consumers aren’t aware of them and other times price point and avaialability don’t make them a good match.

Any Gildan product is going to be a great buy. Their durability, availability, color options, and price point make even their new tech performance shirt and softstyle shirts something to consider. Everything is moderately priced from Gildan and you simply can’t go wrong no matter your purpose for ordering custom t-shirts.

Fruit of the loom, Jerzees, hanes, are all in the same category as Gildan with practically the same price points and same color options.

Next level has a great lineup and compete directly with Bella but Next Level tends to have a better price point. There are specialty brands such as LAT, Rabbit Skins, Boxercraft that also offer a variety of products and colors as well.

When you are in the market for custom t-shirts contact Kirkwood Trading Company in St. Louis. We serve a clientele across the United States and offer super fast turn around times and ultra competitive pricing.

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