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Quality Uniforms Make All The Difference To A Sports Team

What would the Toronto Maple Leafs be without their vibrant blue jerseys, embellished with a classic leaf design? What would the Montreal Canadiens be without their instantly recognizable “Club du Hockey Canadien” C emblazoned in red, white and blue? The short answer is, they wouldn’t be the same. A team uniform is so integral to the identity, spirit and quality of a team, which is something that we at R&P Prints know well.

Often we get teams who are just starting out in a league – whether it’s a rec league, work league, children’s league, pro league, etc. – who haven’t played with uniforms yet. And once we print them their uniforms, we’re told the difference is like night and day. Even if they’ve just ordered custom shirts in Toronto for their Friday night softball league, it makes a difference. All of a sudden they’re playing more confidently, as a unit, and everyone on the team feels like they belong to something special. It has prompted us to look at the matter more closely: why do quality uniforms make a positive difference in a sports team?

The Feeling Of Confidence

Ever wondered why militaries or police forces use uniforms? Part of the reason is because, when you feel like you are part of a greater unit, you feel more confident in your abilities. You look good and you feel good, which in turn translates to a better performance, whether it’s on the ice, the floor, the field or the diamond. Bonus points if your uniform is red, since statistically those teams win more.

A Strong Team Identity

You can’t necessarily wave a team flag around before your game, so the next best thing is a well-designed, well-made uniform that projects a strong team identity. As mentioned, teammates want to feel like they are part of something special, and a quality uniform does that. At R&P Prints we make custom embroidered clothing in Montreal Toronto and elsewhere, and have seen a lot of uniforms come through. You give us your logo, and we’ll make the best team outfit you can imagine, all for a low price and with a quick turnaround.

Designed For Performance

Team uniforms aren’t just about the logo. They’re also about the garment itself, which is often optimized for performance in a particular sport. Whether it’s a breathable mesh tank top for running up and down the basketball court, or an insulating fleece jacket to keep you warm on the hockey sidelines, uniforms serve a practical purpose. They are designed to move well and regulate body temperature so that you can play to your best ability.

Unique And Marketable

If you are part of a pro league that has its eyes set on exposure, then a good design, coupled with a quality screen printed or embroidered uniform, is the perfect marketing recipe. It’s an integral part of your team’s branding and can be leveraged to sell merchandise. In fact, if you want to order merchandise for your team to sell, contact us – we offer the best embroidered and screen printed clothes in Montreal Toronto or wherever else you may be!

You’ve got the skills, but have you got the clothes to match? Contact R&P Prints and let’s make your perfect uniform together. Go Team!

A Short Guide To Rebranding Your Company

Times change, and so do logos. What was once fashionable – even cutting edge – will one day begin to look dated, or will no longer reflect your target audience’s sensibilities. It takes a shrewd businessperson to realize when it’s time to rebrand a company, especially since, for many businesses, a logo is such a large part of the overall identity. There may be nostalgic, even sentimental attachments to your logo.

But it might be time to take the plunge. And when you do, R&P Prints will be here to offer our t shirt printing services in Toronto Montreal or wherever you are based, to help put your rebranding on some custom apparel and get your new look out in the world. Before you decide to rebrand, however, let’s take a look at a few frequently asked questions surrounding the change: When should you change your logo? Why should you change your logo? And how should you change your logo?

When?

There’s no hard and fast rule for the amount of time a company should keep any given logo, but there are indicators that a logo might be dated. If your logo is so old that it no longer reflects your company’s image adequately, or if it seems to be aesthetically stuck in the past, it’s time to consider updating. A lot of times you can just tell – you can tell when your business’ branding is becoming less relevant to your audience. Also, if your logo smacks of those tell-tale 80s or 90s design trends… it may be time to rebrand!

Why?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that your leads aren’t converting into sales as well as they used to. It could be because your branding is no longer relevant, either because you have evolved or because your key demographic has. Getting a logo to line up with your brand’s message can be tricky, but it’s necessary to remain competitive. Take a look at your competitor’s logos and see if they are implementing certain design concepts that might be giving them an edge.

Of course, companies don’t rebrand just to improve business– some do it because business is improving and expanding and they want to capitalize on the momentum. Your business might have simply outgrown its logo, and since it’s no longer lean times, you want a fresh new redesign.

How?

The short answer, really, is that you should consult with a designer. The longer answer is that you should try to keep abreast of current design trends without losing your original branding’s charm. In 2018, as in the past couple years, brands have been skewing towards more minimal, flat designs (with notable exceptions, of course), so you could always consider simplification. This kind of rebrand helpful because it translates well across mediums – it will look at good on a business card as it will with the custom embroidery in Toronto we offer.

There are a number of reasons a company might rebrand. Some companies do it to remain competitive; others do it to catch up in relevance with their competitors; yet others do it because business is booming and they want to ride the wave. Whatever the reason, and however you go about it, R&P is there to help facilitate the change, with our custom t shirt printing company in Montreal Toronto, and wherever else in Canada you might need us. If you feel like it’s time for a change, contact us and we’ll help get your new logo out in the world.

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.

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.

How To Start A Successful T-Shirt Business

One of the more straightforward businesses to start would have to be a t-shirt business. Now, that’s not saying that it’s going to be a guaranteed moneymaker, nor that the process of creating and actuating a profitable idea are easy, but it is straightforward. With e-commerce platforms in Canada like Shopify, there isn’t even much of a need for the traditional brick and mortar setup, and with our t shirt printing services in Toronto and other big Canadian cities, producing the shirts is a cinch.

There are a few steps involved in ensuring that your t-shirt business is successful, which we will detail in this post, but what they essentially boil down to is that you want to target quality at every step of the process, from the idea generating phase, all the way through to having your shirts screen printed.

Generating Ideas

This is the very first step on the road to opening a t-shirt store, and it involves recognizing a vacancy in the current market and carving out a niche. Go on Instagram and you will find very successful t-shirt businesses that create hip Simpsons t-shirts, or Toronto TTC shirts, or t-shirts based on 80s morning cartoons. Ideas are limitless, and this phase requires only that you brainstorm ideas and then verify that the ideas have not been done before.

Validating Those Ideas

Of course, you represent a very small statistical sample, and what you find attractive or marketable might not fit a broader taste. You want to validate your ideas, both with your own personal network of friends and follower as well as strangers. Reddit can be a very useful tool for procuring strangers’ feedback, as can Kickstarter. If your first ideas don’t happen to fly with people, don’t be bull-headed and press on with them, but also don’t be discouraged. Just head back to the drawing board.

Creating Designs

For this stage, you can either use online templates, or follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial on t-shirt design. If you have a larger bankroll, you can also pay a designer to help with this stage, which will ensure that the design is finished properly and can be scaled to fit different items of apparel.

Choosing Quality T-Shirts And Printing

This is where we at R&P Prints are happy to help. Sourcing quality clothing can be difficult, but we stock the best brands at the best prices. Pair that with our superior t shirt printing services in Montreal and Toronto and you get a foolproof, quality, affordable experience. You don’t want to go through all the effort of validating and creating your designs, only to create low quality productions of them. And, as an added benefit, you can do all this from the comfort of your computer by ordering custom t shirts online through our website.

Deciding How To Sell Your T-Shirts

As mentioned, you can sell your t-shirts through an E-commerce platform and save on overhead costs, or you can open a pop-up store in the city. Try collaborating with an existing business, like a coffee shop, bike shop or bookstore to save money.

Marketing

The modern way to go about marketing a t-shirt company is to take to social media, integrating Instagram, creating a Facebook store and buying ads on both those platforms. This is a proven method for generating interest, but you can also couple it with some old school, word-of-mouth tactics. Take out a table at one of the many street festivals in the city and show off your new creations.

If you want to start a profitable business, or if you simply want an outlet for self-expression, a t-shirt business can be a low-stakes, fun and easy way of doing that. We at R&P Prints will make the process easier on you by ensuring quality materials, impeccable service and a quick turnaround time. Contact us today with your ideas!

Gear Up For Your Summer Golf Tournament The Right Way

You might be wondering why you’re reading a golf tournament article in the midst of winter – that’s understandable. But in order to successfully put on a golf tournament, you need to start with months of planning, countless hours spent cold calling sponsors, securing volunteers and schmoozing with a golf course president in order to secure your day. Likely, a lot of that stuff was done months ago, as were the food and beverage menus and much of the actual planning of the day. Now, with just a few months to go until the sunny summer weather, it’s time to start turning your attention to the smaller details: the newsletters, flyers, email blasts and, yes… the custom apparel.

There’s a lot to order for a golf tournament – items that we’ll be looking at in further detail this blog post – and at R&P Prints we know the importance of a quick turnaround. The sooner you have your custom apparel and accessories, the better peace of mind you’ll have and the better marketing you’ll be able to do.

Custom apparel and accessories are of vital importance to a golf tournament because they offer ticket buyers a tangible return for their money. Even if your tournament is a fundraiser (which they generally are), it’s still important to show gratitude to participants by giving them some swag, and, being able to play with custom wearable products bearing the tournament name, they will feel more as though they are contributing to something important.

For shirts, you have a number of tees and polos to choose from, whether the Nike Mobility Heather Pique Polo we offer, to the Basic Solid Polo, or the A-Game Colour Block T-shirt – those are just a few of many, many shirt options we offer. You can also decide whether you’d rather have the shirts screen printed or embroidered. It all depends on the look you’re going for, and the budget you’re working with.

Of course, as part of the participant arrival package, you’ll also want custom branded hats. After all, the hot summer sun is going to be out (knock on wood!) and participants will definitely appreciate the protection. For a great basic, check out the Flexfit Pro-formance Cap we offer, which comes in an array of colours, or for something slightly sportier you can take a look at the Contrast Stitch Sideline Cap we offer. The added benefit of distributing hats is that there is a high likelihood that your participants will wear that hat year round: if you run an annual event, that amounts to some great advertising during the off-season!

And to house the whole arrival package, take a peek at the bags we offer. The Big Dome Duffel Bag and Crunch Duffel Bag are both prime examples of great swag, and we’ll make sure your tournament logo and name are branded in big, bright, crisp colours on the bag. Tournament-goers can easily cart around balls, beverages and personal belongings throughout the day in these bags, and, just like the hats and shirts, they’ll be able to use the bags year-round, whether for travelling or hitting the golf course.

With a couple months to go before the big day, it’s definitely time to make use of our custom screen printing services for your bags, shirts and hats. You want to create a professional, unified and classy event, and the best way to do that – at least from a style perspective – is with custom apparel. Not only will the participants be grateful, but you’ll get some sly advertising for next year as well. It’s a cheesy old line, but we’ll say it anyways: make this year’s tournament a hole in one.

What Does Your Upcoming Event Need To Be A Smashing Success?

As the weather here in Toronto teases us with warmer days – days when we can leave the house without gloves and a scarf – we start to think about spring and summer, about the multitude of interesting events it contains. For the organizers of these events, however, this time of year can be a season of panic, of wondering what steps to take in order to wow event-goers with smooth, well-attended festivities.

Whether it’s your event’s first run or its 101st run, there’s always some room for improvement, and we at R&P Prints are excited to help. We believe that with the right branded apparel, you can fine-tune your event every step of the way, making it a profitable endeavor (either for your charity or organization) and a smashing success.

The first thing on any event organizers mind is promotion – how do you market your event to stand out above all the rest. As we mentioned, the sunny season is replete with events, so your first order of business needs to be marketing. Social media marketing can be a wonderful, modern tool for promotion, playing a sheer numbers game to reach a specific demographic. But in order to engage people and drum up excitement, you need a viral campaign that centres on old-fashioned promotional apparel.

Ideally, this was done at least year’s event (if there was a last year) in the form of giveaways or shirt sales, but it’s not too late to give away tote bags, hats, toques or make use of the custom t shirt printing and embroidery services we offer. Getting your branded apparel printed early allows you more time for event marketing, starting early and going all the way up to the event itself. Handing out, or selling, branded apparel at your event will drum up interest even as the even takes place; people around town, who might’ve missed your earlier advertising, will see the apparel and take note.

And not only does custom apparel help advertise your event, but it also helps please your advertisers. That’s right, most – if not all – events rely at least in part on sponsors, and those sponsors like to know that their own name and brand is getting out there. Offering your sponsors a spot on the branded apparel will sweeten the deal, especially if you’re beginning your marketing campaign early. There’s nothing an affiliate business likes more than good exposure – and there’s no better exposure than a walking logo!

Finally, there’s the matter of actually ensuring that the event runs smoothly. Creating an event plan early makes delegation easier, as well as allowing you to choose the dates and locations you want. When the big day rolls around, though, that delegation needs to be visible in some way – giving your volunteers and event staff screen printed t-shirts will help you and other organizers pick them out of the crowd easily. It will also help event-goers identify staff in case they have a question or an emergency. As the go-to expert screen printing company in Toronto we can help you design these shirts to denote different responsibilities or sections.

There are a lot of fine, almost microscopic considerations involved with planning a successful event, from the advertising to the funding to the delegation. It’s amazing that something as simple and humble as quality, custom made screen printed apparel can help through each of those considerations. Together, let’s make this year’s event the event of the season, one that people will be talking about for the rest of 2018, and beyond.

Premium custom apparel, Name brand clothing, Printed to order

At R&P Prints, everything is about quality: quality apparel, quality production, and quality service. We sell premium custom apparel, popular name brands, and a product line that ranges from active wear, to outerwear, to head-wear.  Our customers depend on us for quick turnaround, great print results, and a guarantee of satisfaction on every project.  Best of all, we work with our customers, step by step, making sure that deadlines are accommodated and everything stays on budget. Continue reading

Dress To Impress Toronto – With R&P Embroidery Services!

Nothing makes a statement like the perfect outfit!
And no outfit is complete without the right print or embroidery to show off its brand, cause, or organization.
The initiative and positive attitude that goes into wearing the attire that best represents your brand, is the sure way to exude the confidence and pride that goes hand in hand with the success that you aspire to! Continue reading