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An Epic Bachelorette Party Starts With Custom Shirts

The last night of freedom, that all-important ritual of heading out with friends for a night of debauched fun before you marry the person you love. The bachelorette, or bachelor party, should be a night to remember. Oftentimes, the guest of honour – the bride or groom to be – doesn’t plan the party, though, leaving it up to a friend or close relative instead, and if you’ve been tasked with throwing a bachelorette or bachelor party you know that it can be… stressful. You want to make sure everyone has a good time, and that all the different partygoers click with one another.

A great way to get the party started right is with custom shirts from R&P Prints that are both funny and high quality. Especially if you’re mixing together people who haven’t really met before, the easiest, most surefire way to get everyone partying like a team is to give everyone a custom-made shirt. Imagine rolling up to a bar or dance club with everyone wearing different things. Now imagine everyone rolling up wearing shirts that say, for instance, “The I Do Crew”. Which scenario is more conducive to a good time? The second, of course, because everyone is partying together.

The first step in the process of planning an epic bachelor or bachelorette party is contacting our custom t shirt services and chatting about what you want as your design. There are loads out there to choose from, ranging from the high-concept type, to puns and jokes. Let’s look at a few examples! Some people like mixing custom shirts with a theme, like, for instance a cowboy/cowgirl theme, where everyone wears cowboy boots and a hat, with shirts that say “John’s Last Rodeo”, or “Last Ride For The Bride”. You could design it like a band tour t-shirt, with “Jane’s Farewell Tour” on the back, along with the wedding date. Some people go straight for a pun, like “Drunk with Love”, or “He Popped The Question. We’re Poppin’ Bottles”. For a front-and-back design, you could have “Yes” printed on the front, and then “That’s what she said” printed on the back.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ideas out there, and if you don’t want to choose a ready-made joke you can always go with an inside joke between you and your friends. The point is that you want everyone to feel like they’re bonded together for a night to remember, and you want to the bride or groom to feel like they’re the centre of attention. For spring and summer parties, get in touch with us as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on design, and to make sure you get the perfect printed shirt for a good price. Wedding season starts to get totally crazy once the weather warms up a bit, so it’s best to start planning sooner rather than later.

Finally, the reason you want to R&P Prints for this kind of job is that we guarantee quality. For starters, if you’re going out on the town, you want to look good. This is no ordinary night, after all, and you want well-made shirts. Here at R&P Prints we carry some of the best clothing brands in North America. Another reason why you want to choose quality is because this isn’t only an expendable shirt that your party will wear once and forget about – this is a keepsake, something that will doubtless be of sentimental value for the bride or groom to be. And for the rest of the partygoers it will be a way of remembering an epic night.

3 Spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Marketing Ideas

First of all: we bet you can’t say “Spectacular St. Patrick’s Day” five times fast! But that’s beside the point. March 17th is fast approaching, and as any business knows that means brands are gearing up for their St. Paddy’s day marketing campaigns. For many businesses, that means putting up a few green decorations in their store or office, perhaps commissioning a billboard with a shamrock on it. But if you really want your marketing campaign to be a viral success this March, you have to think about swag. Here are three St. Patrick’s Day marketing ideas that are sure to give your business the luck of the Irish.

  1. Printed Shirts

We know these two things to be true: first, that everyone who goes out for St. Patrick’s Day likes to wear a green shirt; and second, that very few people actually own a green shirt. This is where a savvy marketer sees an entrance and swoops in. By offering free, custom screen designed green shirts from R&P Prints to customers and future customers, you effectively get your brand on ground level during the festivities, worn by men and women everywhere for whom that’s their only green shirt. And being Toronto’s leading printing and embroidery company we know the power of that viral message – it exposes your logo and information to scores of people who wouldn’t otherwise see it, upping your brand visibility.

  1. Giveaway Totes

No matter the demographic, people like getting free things. And arguably, they like those free things even more if they’ve won them. As part of your St. Patrick’s marketing campaign, consider giving away St. Paddy’s swag bags – green totes, screen printed with your business’ logo and info, filled with goodies like green candy, “beer goggles”, chocolate gold coins, or even the aforementioned printed shirts. The giveaway could be part of a raffle or contest, which engages customers on a personal level, and will create a lasting brand association as they carry their tote with them throughout the year. In order to make sure they are made well and are delivered to you quickly, use our high quality screen printing services in Toronto for the totes.

  1. Toques

March is by no means the end of the chilly weather, especially here in Canada, and if you want your branded clothing to get the most mileage, consider making it functional. Toques are a great way to do this. They don’t need to be green, either, and arguably you’ll have more people wearing them the rest of the winter if they’re not green. Incorporate a green element into your logo design, or leave the whole green thing off entirely – there are other ways, like using gold or orange, to denote the holiday. We offer an awesome embroidery service that would be perfect for custom toques, but don’t take our word for it – you can see how good our products look by visiting our website.

There’s a common misconception that only certain types of businesses can really market for St. Patrick’s Day (beer brands, bars and restaurants). In actuality, you don’t need to be Irish or sell alcohol to be part of the Craic – spreading your brand through custom printed clothing and accessories can be a great way to keep your business on people’s mind heading into spring. Contact us today to get the ball rolling, or start by visiting our website to check out products and design ideas. As they say in the Emerald Isle: Sláinte!

What Is Screen Printing, And How Does It Work?

You give us a design. A little time passes. You get a perfectly screened piece of clothing that will last you a long time. But wait, how did it all happen? We understand that much of what we do here at R&P Prints may seem mysterious to the average person – that the large industrial machines we work with look like something from a spacecraft! That’s why, in this post, we’re going to answer for everyone a very basic set of questions: what is screen printing, and how does it work?

The History

A form of stencilling, screen printing can trace a line of origin back to ancient China when it was used on silk mesh to create elaborate textile patterns. In its more modern form, it has an unlikely figure to thank for its surge in popularity: Andy Warhol. You’re probably familiar with Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portraits, but what you might not know is that he did them using screen printing, thereby popularizing the process and moving it into the mainstream. Warhol’s period in American history was all about sharing art and ideas, and screen printing allowed people to replicate art on a variety of mediums.

Then, in 1960, it took a couple of enterprising businesspeople – the husband and wife team of Fannie and Michael Vasilantone – to capitalize on screen printing’s industrial potential, creating new machinery and manufacturing standards for creating amazing, screened clothes. This ushered in the modern age of screen printing, and even up here, our custom screen printing in Toronto is, in its own way, indebted to that husband and wife team of trailblazers.

The Process

Basically, the process starts with a stretched section of mesh pulled to the correct tension over a frame. The smaller the apertures in the mesh, the finer the detail will be on the final product. A stencil of the design’s negative image is then laid down, leaving only the parts of mesh exposed that will form the image. A squeegee then runs ink over the mesh and stencil, with the textile below, pushing a fine amount of ink onto the textile and thereby creating the design. Of course, this is a big simplification of a multi-step, careful process that requires different colouring and layering, but this is a basic introduction after all! Contact us anytime if you’re curious to learn more about how we screen print here at R & P Prints.

The Need For Quality

Of course, the history and the basic process only gets you so far – at the end of the day, you need very high quality machinery and materials, as well as skilled operators, designers and associates to pull off a great screen printing. Whether we’re doing backpacks, athletic wear, custom t shirts for ladies or men – you name it – we put in a level of focus and passion not matched elsewhere. Not only that, but we do it all on a fast turnaround time for the best prices in Canada.

Screen printing started as an art form back in the Song Dynasty in China, and was continued as an art form by Andy Warhol in the 1960s. Today, we continue that artistic tradition to bring you and your business, brand, sports team or event, the best possible screen printed clothes, using skilled techniques and high-caliber material. Hopefully this article has been educational – we’re keen to spread our passion and knowledge about screen printing to whomever wants to know. If you’re looking for a promotional item that’s both artistic and practical, we’ve got you covered!

Reinforce Your Brand This Winter With Printed Fleeces

Regardless of how great your holiday season sales were, there’s still a real need to keep those figures high throughout the winter. Brand reinforcement – that is, keeping your brand on the minds of both new and existing customers – is of the utmost importance in these slower months, and a terrific way to achieve that reinforcement is through branded clothing, either for your employees or your customers. Nothing screams “winter” and “quality” quite like a fleece jacket, so let’s start there – when you screen or embroider your logo on a jacket with R&P Prints you’ll be able to boost both your brand’s visibility and customer perception.

In order to successfully reinforce your brand you have to do some viral marketing. The core of viral marketing is visibility, and while social media has popped up to do a lot of that work for businesses, we shouldn’t neglect the effectiveness of physical viral marketing – namely, branded products. When you give printed items to your employees or customers, especially items like fleece jackets that are emblematic of quality, those customers and employees become like brand ambassadors, wearing your logo (and other information) around in public.What’s more, by using our screen printing and embroidery services on a fleece jacket, you associate your brand’s logo with quality (an association that was probably already there, but that kind of thing can always use reinforcement!). As many know, having well-dressed employees does a lot for a company’s image, but in the chillier months those branded shirts often get covered up with non-branded jackets, rendering them ineffective. With printed fleeces, you kill two birds with one stone: you get well-dressed employees, and you get year-round brand reinforcement.

Take for instance the Chips Thermal FZ, which you can take a look at on our website: it’s a smart, zippered fleece jacket, made with insulating quilted fleece and leather trim. It’s a jacket that employees (or some lucky customers) would be happy to wear out, even on off-hours. There are also a number of other jackets to choose from, as well as hoodies and pullovers. The important thing is that they’re quality products to begin with, and we do a quality job embroidering or screening them. When your employees wear these fleeces home on public transit, or while out running errands, they’ll definitely catch the eye of passersby.

And it’s not only brand reinforcement that these fleeces help with – they also improve employee morale, and create a unified work culture. When an employee receives an item of quality from their company, like a fleece jacket, they feel a greater sense of belonging, something that can be traced directly to productivity. And according to the Harvard Business Review, employee engagement, of the kind you get when you give out good quality clothing, doesn’t only boost productivity – it boosts a business’ rate of success. It may seem like a small gesture – giving your employee something valuable and wearable – but it really does have far-reaching positive consequences.

If you’re looking to get your logo and info printed on a fleece jacket, or on any other clothing item, like polo shirts, safety wear or work wear, contact us anytime and we’ll be more than happy to help. We know as well as any business the importance of brand awareness and brand reinforcement, and we also understand when businesses are cautious about expenses, which is why we offer free estimates and delivery, and great prices. Don’t let your brand suffer in the cold weather – let us emblazon your logo on one of our fleeces to help you brave the cold!

Give Your Sports Team The Winning Edge With Custom Activewear

With winter in full swing, both corporate and recreational teams are suiting up, playing hockey, basketball, and a number of other indoor sports. And with spring around the corner (it’s a long corner, but it’s still on its way!), teams are also starting to prepare for outdoor sports, like softball and soccer. While you can assemble the best players you can find, and practice often, the lifeblood of a good team is still in the uniform. Take the first Mighty Ducks movie for example: they were a ragtag group of youths until their coach (played impeccably by Emilio Estevez) stuck that iconic green jersey on them, and then they all started to play as a team.

Here at R&P Prints we like to think of ourselves as that Emilio Estevez figure: bringing teams together through the power of beautifully crafted sports clothing. We offer all sorts of different products, suited to an array of different sports. Take, for instance, the Baseball Tee or Youth Baseball Tee we offer, which comes in a variety of sleeve colours – royal blue, red, black and navy – to suit your team logo and design. Or take the Caliber 2.0 Polo, whose moisture-wicking and breathable fabric would be perfectly suited for a group golfing shirt.

Regardless of what sport you play, we’ve got activewear products to suit your team. We’re deep into basketball season now, and if you’re part of a recreational basketball league, or have aspirations to start one, come talk to us. The Pro Mesh Reversible Tank Top we offer, for example, makes for the perfect basketball jersey, and our on site graphic designers will work to meet your vision. Our associates are also on hand to make sure that you stay on budget, getting the best quality uniform for the best price possible.

And uniforms really can give a team the winning edge. Whether you’re a professional team looking to best a long-time rival or a recreational team looking to dominate your Friday night league, you need to have an identity in order to play well together. That’s the first thing a uniform helps with. It creates a team identity, which translates to better engagement and teamwork. The other advantage of getting sport-specific team uniforms, especially those of good quality clothes, is that they’re specifically designed for that sport. Instead of showing up to a basketball game in a stiff t-shirt, and drenching it in sweat, show up in a mesh tank top, which stays breathable while allowing your shoulders a full, unencumbered range of motion to make your shots.There are even some theories out there that go so far as to assert that the colour of your team uniform can give you a winning edge. Take for instance this Scientific American article, which links Scarlet-coloured uniforms with sports success, citing evolutionary psychology as the driving factor – apparently “red” is a natural signifier of dominance! Whether you buy that or not, you have to admit that uniforms help a sports team, both by unifying them and by providing them the proper attire to play the game.

If you want to spark some ideas, check out our exhaustive list of attire on offer, or peruse through our gallery of finished products to see the fine work we’ve done for other teams, like the hockey jerseys we’ve printed. Whatever your sport of choice may be, we’ll find a way to make sure you play in style.

4 Reasons Every Business Needs Custom Shirts

A successful business requires a number of different things: visibility, good customer perception, and a dedicated, unified team of employees, to name just a few. Those aren’t necessarily easy goals to achieve, but they can be easily reinforced by something as simple as embroidered shirts. Acting as a viral advertising campaign, a uniform, a token of customer appreciation and a beacon of quality, a quality custom shirt, like the kind we make at R&P Prints can make a significant difference in the success of your business. To expand on those points a little further, here are four reasons that every business should consider getting custom embroidered shirts.

  1. A Sense Of Unity

This one is on the employee end, and has to do with creating a unified team. If, for instance, one employee comes to work in a flashy, designer shirt, and another in a shabby old shirt they got in a case of beer years ago, that’s going to create disparity and a disjointed workplace dynamic.

If, on the other hand, everyone on your team wears the same (or similar) thing, like a custom embroidered polo or t-shirt, the playing field is levelled and employees are more likely to work together as equals.

Wearing the company logo also reminds the employee of the job in front of them, and pushes them to keep achieving. Giving out custom embroidered shirts to your employees might amount to a small psychological difference, but it can have great implications on productivity, morale and a communal sense of belonging in the workplace.

  1. Easy Advertisements

When either your employees or your customers wear branded shirts out and about in public, they become a small army of viral marketers, boosting your brand’s visibility. If you want an easy way to advertise that customers actually appreciate (more on that below), get custom embroidered t shirts and give them out at a trade show, fundraiser or as part of a free giveaway promotion. Customers will gladly wear a well-made shirt, and you’ve got yourself a bunch of walking billboards. The best part is that you get to skip the lengthy market research and advertising steps, which can be prohibitively costly, and go straight to the source: the customer.

  1. Customer Appreciation

As mentioned, not only do embroidered shirts function as advertising, but they also function as tokens of appreciation to potential and existing customers. There’s no quicker or more effective way to curry good will with a customer than to give them something. This is because of the Theory of Reciprocity, which holds that humans feel naturally indebted to someone when they receive of a favour or gift from them, and will try and return the favour somehow. For marketers, that amounts to a simple adage – tit for tat.

  1. The Look Of Quality

At R & P Prints, we’re proud to offer tons of t shirt companies to choose from as well as polos, sport shirts, button-ups (the list goes on!), each of great quality. And in order for all the about points to work well, in order for the shirts to create a sense of unity, create visibility and customer appreciation, they need to be of good quality. Anything you put your logo on, whether it’s your office, your company vehicle or your shirts, acts as an extension of your company, communicating your values and merit to the public. It is of paramount importance, therefore, that you get quality embroidered shirts, like the kind we offer.

If you’re interested in getting custom embroidered shirts for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions – we’re here to make the process as easy and cost effective as possible.

Digital Printing vs. Screen Printing

Digital Printing vs. Screen Printing

Many custom clothing designers are heavily involved in the debate of digital printing vs. screen printing. Although digital printing is a newer process and screen printing is a tried, tested and true method that has been around as early as the Chinese Song Dynasty, many designers are still torn as to which they prefer to work with. Usually, when it comes to digital printing vs. screen printing, many people opt for the latter since they are looking to place a bulk order without sacrificing quality. Continue reading

Vinyl T-shirt Printing vs. Screen Printing

Vinyl T-shirt printing or screen printing? Which one should you choose for your custom clothing? These are questions that many of us ask when we’re looking to outfit an entire team or create custom swag for our employees. While both printing options have their benefits, screen printing is generally favoured by printing houses and designers.

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Screen Printing vs. Heat Transfer

Screen Printing vs. Heat Transfer

When it comes to customized clothing, you may be wondering about screen printing or heat transfer. Both methods are used to create custom designs on everything from T-shirts to hats to tote bags. Each process has their own pros and cons; however, screen printing seems to be the method of choice for most printing companies.

What is screen printing?

Screen printing is a printing process that uses actual screens to replicate designs onto everything from clothing to posters. This process is sometimes referred to as silk-screening or silk screen printing due its early origins when silk was used to transfer pictures and designs to other materials. Nowadays, screen printing involves uses a screen cut into a stencil featuring the design of your choice. Then, ink is spread over the screen enabling it to pass through onto the material underneath. Each colour needed for the design will require its own screen making for a more vibrant design. Screen printing allows for advanced accuracy since the ink will only penetrate the materials underneath in the areas you want.

How does heat transfer work?

Using a combination of heat and pressure, heat transfer relocates a design onto a material. The design is usually broken down into different elements such as letters and pictures so that when they are pressed onto the item the ink is more likely to permanently adhere to the material. In the custom design world, two types of heat transfer methods are used; vinyl heat transfer and digital print heat transfer. For vinyl heat transfer, heavy machinery is needed to cut pieces of the design onto coloured vinyl. Then, the heat from the machine is able to transfer each colour onto the customized item. For digital print heat transfer a special ink is used to digitally print the design onto the material using heat. Machinery is also required for this type of heat transfer.

Screen printing or heat transfer: Which is better?

Screen printing or heat transfer are both common methods for customizing items. Although heat transfer may seem like it requires less manpower, it entails the same amount of time and effort as screen printing. Because screen printing uses different screens for each colour, your items will be more vibrant and have less chance of fading over time. Furthermore, most people are looking to make bulk orders for their customized clothing since it is needed to outfit an entire team or group and screen printing is the better option for larger orders (12 or more). Plus, when you order screen printed items in bulk, you are actually saving money.

R&P Prints can help you decide if you’d like screen printing or heat transfer for your custom clothing. We offer free estimates with no setup fees and a huge selection of clothing like hats, T-shirts, polo shirts, bags, shorts, pants and more. With free delivery and full size runs for women, men and children, you can’t go wrong when you choose R&P Prints for your screen printing or heat transfer needs.