Monthly Archives: July 2018

Get Started On Your Back-To-School Custom Apparel

The students don’t want to think about it. The teachers don’t really want to think about it either! But the plain fact is that, even though summer is still fresh in our minds, the beginning of next school year still looms in the near distance. Teachers and school administrators are notorious for their ability to plan ahead, which is why we’re rolling out – in the summer, no less – our guide to custom school apparel.

Custom apparel is important to school identity, and, as we’ll discuss in this article, is fundamental to fostering a sense of unity, equity and school pride. Whether it’s custom shirts for the theatre club, custom sweatshirts for the graduating class, or just a bit of school spirit on a toque, we at R&P Prints are here to help. Might as well start thinking about it now, so you can start selling in September!

Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is that catchall term for any custom apparel that can be worn with pride by anyone at the school. You don’t have to be a grad, nor do you have to be part of the football team or the chess club; merely your enrolment in the school is criteria enough for you to express your school spirit with an embroidered toque, custom hoodies and sweatshirts or screen printed activewear. School pride is the process of creating a shared community among kids of all different backgrounds and styles, and having standard, custom apparel, emblazoned with the school name and/or logo is the perfect way to achieve that.

Grad Clothing

When you’re 17 or 18, graduating school is the biggest accomplishment ever. It’s like retiring! Grads are justifiably going to want to show off that looming accomplishment, and the best way you can let them do that is to give them access to some awesome grad clothing. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or loud – just some custom screen printed t-shirts, sweat pants and hoodies should do the trick. If possible, consult with some grads on the design. They might enjoy having a say!

Group Tees

For many school students, school is half about what they do in their extracurricular time. Being a part of a team or club – whether it’s sports, music, theatre, gaming, etc. – can be a large part of a student’s identity, as well as friendships, so see if they want to design custom t-shirts for the group. These ones can be a little less generic; they can be a great opportunity for students to flex their creativity and come up with their own design.

Choosing The Right Screen Printer

Where school apparel is concerned, one of your main concerns is probably trying to keep prices manageable. After all, parents have all sorts of other expenses to worry about. At R&P Prints, we offer the highest quality at a cost-effective price, and we offer free estimates. If you’re interested in getting the ball rolling early on custom school apparel, give us a call today or check out our website for more information. You get huge benefits when you buy wholesale custom uniforms, so be sure to ask us about that too.

It’s true: no one wants to think about September, not while the weather is this hot. But if you want to get a head start on ordering school apparel, call us anytime for a free quote. You bring the design to us, and we’ll bring the school spirit to you.

5 Tips For Creating Great T-Shirt Designs

A well-made, awesomely designed t-shirt is going to get a lot of use. It’s going to be a fixture in somebody’s drawer for years and years, a part of their fashion sense and identity. And it all starts with your great idea. Whether you’re a business looking to get your name out there, a band with a design idea that’s just too cool not to share, or someone who just wants to make an amazing t-shirt, creating a design can seem daunting at first.

And we’re not about to tell you that you can do it alone. Unless you’re proficient in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you’ll likely want the help of a professional designer, as they’ll understand the intricacies of creating a vector format (a file that stores the image as mathematical formulae so they can be scaled up or down easily, without distortion). You’ll want to pick your friends’ brains for feedback as well. And, obviously, in order to stick the landing you’ll want to use quality screen printing services like the kind we offer at R&P Prints. To extrapolate, let’s look at a few tips you can follow to ensure you get the best possible t-shirt.

Zero In On Your Target Audience

It can be helpful to view design in terms of demographics. Are you going for a rap enthusiast in his mid-twenties, or a hot rod hobbyist in his mid-seventies? Are you going for a city woman or a country gal? Perhaps you could get even more specific, like if your target audience is part of a specific subculture. Then you ask yourself: what kind of design does your target audience tend to gravitate towards? From modern and minimalist, to splashy and vintage, consider all of your design options.

Keep It Simple

Less is more. This isn’t a rule of thumb, but more of maxim that many people would do well to consider. Sometimes, as humans, are natural instinct is to want to fiddle with something and add to it, make it as grand and complex as possible, but in fact the most striking designs are often the simplest.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Colour

Of course, this depends on the brainstorming you did in step one – whether colour would be “on brand” for your target audience – but in general a little colour can go a long way. The point of a quality shirt is to get noticed, especially if you’re making them for your business, and by being bold with your colours you stand a better chance of catching people’s eye. Of course, you’ll want to source a screen printing company like R&P Prints that has experience printing crisp, clear lines and vibrant colours.

Source Constructive Feedback

Bug your friends, family – heck, even strangers – for feedback on your design, and really do your best to take their advice to heart. It can be hard hearing negative feedback, but that’s exactly what you have to do in order to ensure success. The more concrete people can be with what they do and don’t like, the better off you’ll be, so prod them for specifics!

Choose A Quality Screen Printer

Ah, we come to the final and (one might argue most important) tip on the list: finding a great screen printer. We’re not afraid to put in a shameless plug for ourselves, since, time and again, we produce amazing results that customers rave about. We understand that it’s a important responsibility, taking someone’s hard-won design and making it a reality, and we strive for perfection with every order. As the premier source for custom shirts in Ottawa and all across Canada, we’ll make sure you get the t-shirt you want.

Make a t-shirt that someone will want to wear for years, a t-shirt that people will cherish. Follow some simple design tips, consult with a professional designer and choose R&P Prints as your screen printer.

4 Reasons Even Simple Corporate Clothing Can Benefit Your Business

Branded corporate clothing – a uniform, in other words – is used by many businesses for a number of reasons. Most large chains require a uniform of some kind just to reinforce the company’s brand, and project a single, unified front. For other businesses, uniforms serve an altogether more practical purpose, keeping employees warm in a cool warehouse, for instance, or safe while working amid hazards.

Whatever the reason, we think the point can be conceded that uniforms benefit businesses. And they don’t need to be costly to do the trick, either. You don’t need tailored, bespoke suits for your employees just to convey professionalism; often, a quality t shirt printing company in Toronto is all you need to reap the benefits of corporate clothing. That’s where we at R&P Prints come in! As if you needed any extra convincing, here are four reasons that even basic corporate apparel, like t-shirts, sweatshirts and active wear, can have a grand positive impact on your business.

Branding

From general qualities like the type of clothing you choose or the colour you choose it in, all the way down to the specific logo you put on it, every choice you make for your corporate apparel can be a branding opportunity. We’ll take the quick example of a golf shop that uses green grass a lot in its motifs (that is, in its branding and its store design). Your company apparel might be a green polo or golf shirt, to reinforce this motif; or, if you didn’t want to overload your brand with green, you would choose a neutral colour, like white, for the shirt, with a simple green logo. Whatever you choose, corporate clothing is a great way to reinforce your brand by making your logo, info and colours visible to people.

Company Pride

Uniforms are often a powerful expression of company pride, a clear indicator that employees align themselves with the company. Even the humble t-shirt, when worn by a group of employees, conveys a unified workforce. If you want to learn more about your options for t shirt printing in Montreal or Toronto or Ottawa, get in touch with us about bulk orders. We offer a wide array of products – t-shirt and otherwise – that would be perfect for company uniforms.

Employee Incentive

One good reason that corporate clothing benefits a business is that it incentivizes the job. Employees don’t have to worry about spending money on their own clothes for work, because they know they’ll be provided with a uniform.

Projecting Professionalism

As mentioned, uniforms convey a unified workforce, which is as important for optics as it is for company pride. This Chron article sums up the influence of uniforms on professionalism very succinctly: “Consider the visual impact of military, medical and public safety uniforms, which allow the public to immediately identify individuals who are doctors, nurses, police officers and soldiers… an over-relaxed or casual dress code can translate to an over-relaxed, casual attitude toward performance.”

Safety & Security

Finally, corporate clothing benefits a business by improving security and, in some instances, safety. A uniform allows everyone at a business, security forces included, to determine who works there and who doesn’t, discouraging intruders and making it simple for employees to congregate in the case of an emergency.

These are just a few of the great reasons for implementing a corporate clothing policy. If you’re interested in taking your business to the next level with a slick, quality new uniform, contact us to learn more about our amazing products and screen printing services.

What Pairs Perfectly With A Beer Festival? T-Shirts!

Summer means many things to many different people – but for beer enthusiasts, summer is all about the suds, and there’s no better place to enjoy a variety of local craft brews than at a summer beer festival. And it’s not just the die-hard beer fans making the trek out – it seems like the average Canadian can’t get enough of that signature mix of sun and beer that a festival offers. That’s pretty apparent when you take a look at the growing list of beer festivals being organized across Canada, a number that’s skyrocketed in the last decade or so.

It’s easily apparent what the appeal is for event attendees, but what about the organizers and vendors themselves. Well, a beer festival can be awesome for up-and-coming as well as established breweries, not only because of the lucrative sales opportunity but the added bump in exposure as well. The organizers, similarly, stand to make a lot of money on ticket sales. The question is, how do you maximize the revenue potential as these festivals? The answer is (perhaps literally) right under your nose: t-shirts.

For organizers of these events, printing custom t shirts in Toronto (or wherever the event is taking place) makes for an added revenue stream, as well as a year-round advertisement for next year’s event. Think of the beer festival t-shirt like a band’s tour t-shirt – people want to commemorate their experience at the event, and show their satisfaction. Selling t-shirts at a merchandise booth can even help fund next year’s event. Also, offering potential sponsors a spot on the shirt can help sweeten the deal, making funding the event easier.

For vendors (read: breweries), the benefits are similar. Oftentimes, the booths populating a craft beer festival are local and up-and-coming breweries, looking to engage with their community. By selling custom t shirts – aiming to make a modest profit, but offering them for a reasonable price, so as to incentivize people to buy one – breweries get their name out there, with a little extra cash to go toward the business. It’s a win-win. Beer t-shirts are no longer simply the staple of college students; a lot of people want to support their local breweries, as well as show off (what we’re sure is) your cool design and logo. Just send your design over to R&P Prints and we’ll give you quality t-shirts for a great price, with a quick turnaround time.

Finally, custom t-shirts should be ordered by event organizers for the event staff. Events are hectic, with different groups (ticket takers, chip sellers, clean up crew, etc.) trying to coordinate with one another. Having event staff wear branded, brightly coloured t-shirts can help the event run smoothly and effectively. Also, it helps event-goers easily identify staff, if they have an inquiry or in case of an emergency. Get on ordering your custom t-shirts right away – we do custom t shirts in Ottawa and all across Canada.

Some might try and convince you that the best pairing for a beer is a wedge of citrus, or a bowl of potato chips, but don’t listen to them – t-shirts are the best accompaniment for a beer. (Well, okay, we concede that potato chips are pretty good too!). T-shirts help the event run smoother; they offer organizers and brewers an opportunity to add a revenue stream; and they provide breweries with great exposure. Come visit our website today or drop us a line so we can chat about your order. Cheers!