Professional Gifting has become a corporate distributor for custom hats by AHEAD. AHEAD Capsare not your typical mass produced product. The most popular styles are embroidered before they are ever assembled and require 6-8 weeks production. We do carry blank stock that can be turned in 5 days or less with standard, decorations.
AHEAD is the leading headwear company in US golf markets. Their commitment to quality not only in product, but also in customer service is second to non.
Look for additional style images as our custom selections growContact your Professional Gifting sales representative for stock availability and pricing.
As an avid sampler of many of my vendors custom logo apparel, I almost always judge a garment by how often I wear it. Next, I look at the garment from a decoration standpoint. Does the garment embroider well? Can it be digitally printed and screen printed well? In many cases, the difference in price can be $1 or $2, and it is the difference between 1 wear and 100 times the garment is worn. Depending on how the garments are decorated and how many units you are looking for price range is between $10 and $20 each.
1. The Z700 by Zorrel. My 2 favorite colors that I own are black and white, but it comes in 15 different colors. My most favorite feature is the open end sleeves and the 70% cotton/30% microfiber fabric.
2. While the Zorrel piece is more practical, this baby pique thermal from Next Level also features the open ended sleeves and probably the softest feel in the industry. We also lead all of our tee shirt sales with the next level collection.
4. American Apparel is the next on the list with the 4407 and probably my favorite with cuffed sleeves. Color selection pales to the zorrel selection, but it still has a huge brand appeal, even though I am not a big fan of their model shots.
5. Next on deck is another long time brand name… Champion!!! While sporting a Champion logo on the sleeve cuff, this is more of the traditional athletic long sleeve tee shirt form yester-year. Thick material and very durable.
6. As we move more into the basic brand shirts, my first quality pick out of the name brands would be this 5186 by Hanes. The 6.1 ounce, 100% cotton fabric offers a number of colors to make a good fit in your sports wear collection. Price also starts drawing closer to the $10 range.
7. When we start looking at some of these core name brands such as Gildan, Fruit of the Loom and Hanes, the issue becomes more about stock availability, delivery time and color selection. Every brand shown here has a place and has certain quality traits. Also, most of these are 100% cotton or some sort of blend. 100% polyester gear is also available, but really falls in a different category.
In order to save the most amount of your time and money, forward us your artwork and allow us to help you find the best choice for your next event.
Hats have been around forever and yes, the styles have changed to some degree, but in general, so many are the same. I started seeking new creative hat ideas and came up with these. Custom Fedora Hats!!!
This particular style, available in 10 colors, fall between $8 and $10, depending on your quantity and decoration.
Be sure to contact your Professional Gifting sales associate for additional information.
Does your company have a special event coming up? Do you want to do something a little bit different for your next promotion? Many times the standard items you would like to use are boring and have been used over and over again. Maybe it’s not the item that is a bit drab, but the artwork you use.
Professional Gifting has a number of graphic artists that help you design artwork that is appropriate to your event. Sure there is a cost for this, but it will make all of the difference in the world. Especially when it comes to logo apparel, our customers know that their product is going to get worn for years to come.
Next time you ask yourself… Where do I get cool artwork made up? Be sure to contact your sales representative at Professional Gifting.
Scout bags are one of the latest styles that you are starting to see in retail. Price on this brand ranges from $25 to $60. We are finding that while they are more expensive, the overall design and perceived value is on the top of most designer womens list of core accessories.
For many of our customers, we will simply add a client branded luggage tag to the item.
I find bags are similar to tee shirts, in that 70% of the decision to buy a tee shirt is based on the art or graphics. 20% is based on quality and 10% is based on price. They really do offer a number of options.
If you are looking for something similar, except at a lower price, you might consider the Key West line of bags.
With pricing falling ion the $30 range, with your logo embroidered on it, this makes for the next best substitute for Scout.
Do you have a project coming up where you need a tote bag? Be sure to contact your Professional Gifting associate for additional information.
Every year we have a universe full of custom logo apparel that floods the market before golf season. There are constantly new product launches as well as closeouts and discontinued items.
Professional Gifting has recently contracted with Callaway Golf and will be distributing their apparel line and their bag, or soft goods line.
In describing the Callaway line, I would say that the overall designs are straight forward and probably on the conservative side in color. The quality however is rock solid and Nordstrom quality. Here are a few of our favorites.
When it comes to basics, Every guy needs a couple of mock turtlenecks. What makes this one so cool is the micro pique finish. it is also a nice light weight. I have not worn it a number of times yet to see how well the neck holds up, but I am sure it will get worn 25 times or more this year.
Callaway offers 3 garments that are priced in the $30 – $40 range. The entry level Classic Pique comes in a number of great colors. It retails at $38 blank. There’s even a companion style for ladies!
The two below don’t really impress me… However the ladies is rock solid! I especially like the Callaway logo on the bottom shirt tail.
Here is another one of my favorites. The color selection is bold and it’s available in mens and ladies sizes. Retail price is $45 and we will offer a $10 discount per shirt with your 24 piece order, with mention of this post. Embroidery is included.
As we move up the line, The mens and ladies Dry Solid Polo rocks!!! This 4.75 ounce 100% polyester, moisture wicking fabric feels great. The open cuff sleeves add to the luxury look. Retails at $59 each with discounts also available to existing customers.
During our trip to Las Vegas, we added the Tommy Bahama line of apparel to our product offering. Tommy Bahama is a brand that is recognized by executives throughout the USA for their high quality.
Tommy Bahama shirts have always been recognized for their full back embroidery designs, which are still available to you in limited designs.
One of the latest technologies that has come to life in the apparel industry is a process called “Direct to Print”. This is the equivalent of sticking your shirt into your ink jet printer at home. Of course, these are printers designed especially for apparel and the inks used are all geared for clothing. Trust me, you can not print a word document with this.
As a special offering for the month of February 2010, we are offering samples of the Tommy Bahama, silk camp shirt, with your full 4 color process graphic for $95. This includes a typical $75 setup charge. Normal minimum order is 24 pieces. Be sure to send your artwork at 300 DPI, to size. We prefer an EPS file for Adobe, CS3 or less.
There are hundreds of camp shirts that you might want to consider if you don’t have a $100 budget, in fact we offer a number of styles that would be adequate in the $40+ price range. Sometimes you just need to make an impression.
Place your order for 24 shirts or more anytime in 2010 and receive a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses.
For more information on how to include Tommy Bahama in your next promotion, contact your Professional Gifting sales associate.
After a number of meetings with company representatives, Professional Gifting Incorporated has learned that UA has re launched their sales channels through corporate markets. The best way to get UA is for you to go to their website (see above), pick the style you want and contact us with the part number, sizes and color you want, and we will check stock. Your price will be the retail price, plus decoration charge and setup. We will not ship blank goods.
Under Armour is becoming one of the most asked about clothing lines from our corporate clients. Customers are starting to ask themselves, does it make more sense to give a higher quality garment to fewer people? How can I get my target audience to wear my logo more frequently?
While bringing UA on board is a big win for us, ordering is not quite as easy as with a number of other brands. Here’s why…
There is no dedicated stock for corporate markets. This means that they are more likely to be out of stock on some items which could make it difficult for us to offer product in long term programs.
Under Armour’s largest customer is the US Military. They get first take on all products.
The product can never be discounted.
Delivery times will range from 2-4 weeks.
Where do we see the majority of sales coming from?
High Schools: While we do a lot of sport uniform sales, almost every student wears UA underneath.
Construction: Anyone who has an outdoor work force.
Emergency Personnel: Under Armour is one of the few suppliers for Flame Retardant gear.
Golf Shirts: Their moisture management fabrics are second to none.
Corporate Wellness Programs: Corporations offer incentives for their staff to lose weight and stay fit. Give an Under Armour piece of apparel for every time an associate visits the gym for at least 45 minutes, 35 times per quarter.
While there are a few down sides to the distribution of the brand, a nice benefit is that we have access to their full line of apparel and gear. This includes hats, caps, under garments, footwear, etc. They are one of the only companies that makes a satin lined fleece beanie cap too.
For the larger story on the beginning of Under Armour, we found this clip.
Under Armour is certainly not the right product for every apparel need, but if your target audience is mostly athletic, your organization will be the bomb!!!
If you have any questions about Under Armour or about the 100′s of other name brands that we represent, be sure to contact your PGI sales professional at 800.350.1796.
Professional Gifting is a WBE, woman owned business that specializes in the art of gift giving, creative marketing solutions and incentive travel/merchandise programs.