Kirkwood Trading Company is a premier Saint Louis screen printing business operating for over twenty years in the area. We offer quality custom t-shirt screen printing at a fair price with super fast turn around times. As a family owned business we have grown relationships with our clients and old time values of giving the customer the highest quality product at a fair price when they need it. It’s a simple philosophy that has garnered us growth and happy customers.
There are a lot of steps that go into printing quality custom t-shirts. In Saint Louis screen printing has a lot of competition and recently two local businesses have closed. One of which was around for a couple decades and the other, a 3 year old company. In both cases these companies got stretched too thin by expanding their services and offering a lot of different types of printing processes and products and yet, specializing in nothing. Our main business is custom t-shirts that we provide with either the screen printing process or dye sublimation process. We have learned not to offer a service or product unless we provide that service in-house. By only specializing in one area we are able to provide that service or product better. Services we provide in-house means we have better quality control and can control the turn around time. The two biggest questions we get from customers are “When can I have my order finished?” and “will my design look good?” The answer is yes it will look good, we haven’t been in business this long by providing inferior products and you ordering will be ready in matter of days, not weeks.
Saint Louis screen printing companies don’t always have it easy in the Show Me State. There are lots of skeptics and that’s why I’ll briefly explain the custom t-shirt printing process.
Saint Louis Screen Printing – process
As a Saint Louis screen printing business we are centrally located from all of the apparel distributors in the country which is a bonus because it means when we place an order for blank shirts it’s typically going to arrive at our facility in one to two days.
The screen printing process starts with artwork. The higher the resolution your artwork is the better the shirt print will be. Ideally we need vector artwork which is artwork that can be scaled and sized and doesn’t get distorted with pixels. If you have a multiple colored logo or design it’s imperative the artwork is in vector format because the colors will need to be separated.
Once the artwork is setup on the computer it gets printed onto a film. This film is used to then burn the screens. A process that requires certain chemicals, time, and light. From there the image is burned on the screen and the press work begins. Saint Louis screen printing custom t-shirts is a great fun business and we like to think we do it well. Kirkwood Trading Company is a Saint Louis screen printing business that offers a convenient location, excellent friendly customer service, and fast turn around times on orders. Not to mention our full line of apparel we offer from all major brands. Next time you are the market for custom t-shirts or logo apparel, contact us. We’ll be happy to see how we can help.