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© 2023 – Beechfield Brands Ltd. All Rights Reserved. W623 Fairtrade Cotton Classic Shopper WESTFORDMILL.COM PENCARRIE 0800 252 248 | BTC ACTIVEWEAR 0800 012 4542 PRESTIGE LEISURE UK 0800 652 1234 | RALAWISE 0800 212 180 consciously crafted. 04 images JUNE 2023 Published by: 360 Communications Ltd Images, 360 Communications Ltd, Citibase Brighton, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST, UK 01273 748482 | Advertising: Editorial: Subscriptions: | Images is free of charge to UK subscribers Publisher/advertising: Jonathan Vince | Features editor: Rachael Glazier | News editor: Mark Ludmon | Publishing assistant: Gaby Bowring | Design/Production: ATG Media | Printing: Stephens & George Ltd | Goat Mill Road,Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3TD (issn 0966 7512) Opinions expressed by contributors in this magazine are not necessarily shared by the Publisher. Editorial contributions are invited, on the understanding that the Publisher has the right to alter or abridge all such material as he sees fit. While the greatest care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the Publisher accepts no liability for either errors or omissions. EDITORIAL this year’s top brandable apparel made from organic and recycled fabrics. Fabrics and garments are only a part of the wider, more complex eco-textiles story, however. As a decorator, the products you use to embellish your garments with are just as important. Thankfully, as you’ll discover in ‘Grab the essentials’ (page 56), there is an ever-increasing range of consumables that will help you to tick all of your environmentallyconscious customers’ boxes. Madeira is a leader in this area with its Sensa Green and Polyneon Green embroidery threads, Marathon’s threads are Oeko-Tex-100 certified, MagnaColours has long been waving the flag for water-based screen inks, and Dae Ha UK has both Oeko-Tex and ISO14001 certification for its new DTF film, which is manufactured using 40% recycled polyester. Speaking of Dae Ha UK, the company has announced that it is partnering with ink manufacturer Mexar whose Indie Ink-branded DTF inks are the only DTF inks manufactured in the UK. The inks, along with the company’s DTF films and powders, are also Oeko-Tex Eco Passport accredited. We caught up with Andy Hancock, managing director of Mexar and Indie Ink, to discuss the challenges and potential of the DTF printing process. You’ll find plenty of fascinating comment, insight and advice in ‘Indie Spirit’ (page 54). Along with garment and consumables choices, cutting out waste plays a critical role in attempts to make the garment and textile decoration industry ‘greener’. Former responsible sourcing and ESG director for Asos, Simon Platt, will be one of several experts discussing how decorators can eliminate inefficiencies in production at the upcoming Kornit UK Live event, which takes place at T Shirt & Sons, in Westbury, on 21 June. Turn to page 27 to get a flavour of the event and to reserve your space. Jonathan Vince SIGN UP! Register now to receive your own FREE monthly copy of Images: UPDATE CONTACT DETAILS Moved to new premises? WFH? Update your details online: JUNE 2023 VOL.32 NO.6 IMAGES DIGITAL STATS 1 April-30 April, 2023 Users: 29,764 Page views: 36,113 Top post: 222 views @ImagesMagUK Impressions: 5,527 Top tweet: 893 impressions Profile visits: 274 @ImagesMagUK Reach: 2,298 Page visits: 188 @imagesmaguk Reach: 2,014 Profile visits: 212 In a poll of 2,000 UK consumers, 70% said they would be less likely to buy from a brand that made false claims about products being organic Greenwashing won’t wash There can be little doubt that consumers have a growing appetite for garments they consider to be environmentally-friendly. However, as a couple of recent polls reveal, that growing appetite is accompanied by an increasing intolerance for ‘greenwashing’. A poll of 2,000 UK consumers as part of Organic Textile Week in May revealed that almost three in five (57%) felt it was important that the clothes they buy are genuinely sustainable, while 70% said they would be less likely to buy from a brand that falsely claimed its products were organic. Meanwhile, a poll of 1,000 small businesses by Novuna Business Finance found that nine in 10 of these businesses check the sustainability credentials of companies before deciding to work with them. Of those polled, 89% check ‘green’ claims and 58% actively seek out official certifications. Taken together these findings provide an added incentive – if any were needed – to ensure that your own products and processes are squeaky clean and a match for customers’ expectations. To get the ball rolling, why not turn to ‘Green is the new black!’ (page 42), where you’ll find a showcase of

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INDUSTRY NEWS 06 images JUNE 2023 Brother adds GTX DTG printer with orange and green Brother has expanded its GTX600 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer series with the new GTX600 Extra Colors, which extends the colour gamut with orange and green. It allows for more printed colours and promises more vibrancy and more detailed results because of the greater depth and wider colour spectrum possible. The GTX600 Extra Colors features six Brother-made staggered industrial print heads with internal cooling fans to ensure continuous printing operation. Due to the staggered arrangement of the print heads, white ink is printed first, followed by orange and green, with CMYK as the top layer. The inks are filtered and degassed to guarantee high print quality up to 1,200 dpi, and it has a built-in air filter along with plates in different sizes to handle a wide range of textiles. The plates, which are up to 61cm, are designed to be easy and quick to change. The printer can automatically adjust the plate height to create the best distance between print heads and textile. Brother has also announced that it is building on its expertise in industrial garment printing to enter a new area of the market with a latex wide-format printer, the WF1-L640. It is designed for a large range of applications such as banners, drawings, window graphics, storefront signage, trade show graphics, vehicle wraps and outdoor advertising. Epson launches SureColor F2200 DTG printer Epson has launched a direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the SureColor F2200, tailored for medium-volume production and capable of direct-to-film (DTF) printing. Described as “a significant upgrade” to its SureColor F2100 large-format printer, the new SureColor machine is aimed at start-up companies or mediumvolume businesses that need high levels of flexibility and accuracy with fast turnaround times. It was unveiled at this year’s Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich in May as part of Epson’s digital printer range for dye sublimation, DTG and direct-tofabric printing. Designed to produce complex designs on a variety of garments, the SureColor F2200 uses Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head technology for fast printing and data processing speeds. This results in a productivity increase of up to 25% over the SureColor F2100 on light garments, and up to 15% for darker garments, while maintaining a high print quality. It has a compact, flat-top design that allows for easy installation into smaller spaces. Features include a transparent lid and internal light, which enable quick print-status checking, while an intuitive 11cm touchscreen makes operation fast and simple. Next Level Apparel switches to recycled polyester Garment supplier Next Level Apparel has announced that it is transitioning its entire product line of polyester blended fabrics to recycled polyester. It made the move at the start of March, impacting all incoming fabrics from then onwards, and it follows the company’s 2019 launch of its Sustainable Collection, manufactured from an eco-friendly fabric made with 70% recycled material. Next Level Apparel CEO Randy Hales said: “Our transition to recycled polyester marks a big step in our ongoing sustainability efforts – and we’re proud our company ethos is reflected in the products we produce.” Earlier this year, the company transitioned all incoming fabric to 100% US-grown cotton. Next Level Apparel garments are distributed in the UK through wholesaler PenCarrie. Next Level Apparel’s Style 4600 is made from recycled plastic bottles The F2200 is supplied as a complete package including consumables, warranty, servicing and support. The new Brother GTX600 Extra Colors has an extended colour gamut that includes orange and green The new Epson SureColor F2200 DTG printer Follow the links to the news stories online

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INDUSTRY NEWS 08 images JUNE 2023 PRINT SHOP POOCHES # 91 Bella Whether it’s pedigree pups or mangy mutts, decorators’ dogs are valued members of staff at embroidery and print shops from Barking to Furness. This month we have Bella from Embello in Tamworth Full name: Bella Breed: Cocker spaniel Age: One year old Time at company: Eight months Job title: Chief happiness officer Job description: Making people happy and causing mischief! Special skills: Having zoomies around the desks and running off with anything you leave on the floor. Favourite colour: Embello orange: #E96924. Because that’s the colour of our office, where she loves to have her zoomies! Record numbers at first Print & Stitch roadshow of 2023 The Print & Stitch roadshow has returned, with the first event of 2023 attracting a record-breaking number of visitors. Taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde in Glasgow in April, the show welcomed 115 visitors. Show organiser Emilia Hepple said: “Our roadshow is designed to bring products directly to our customers so that everyone in our industry can easily access a local show to keep up to date with the latest products and technology and receive expert advice directly from the suppliers.” Exhibitors in 2023 include Asquith, AWDis, Beechfield Brands, BTC Activewear, Craghoppers Expert, DecoNetwork, Fruit of the Loom, Henbury Brands, Madeira, PenCarrie, Premier, Pro RTX, Ralawise, Regatta Professional, Result, Ribbon Writer, Russell, Stocks, Stormtech, TheMagicTouch GB, Trotec and Wilcom. The next show is on 13 June at Newport, then Croydon on 15 June. To attend, register at Sportswear firm supplies wheelchair tournament Tarw Sports – a new sister company to Carmarthenshire-based Print Inc – supplied branded clothing for the Wheelchair Rugby European Championship in May. As sponsor of the tournament, it provided all the workwear and commemorative clothing for the 50-strong team of officials, all the volunteers, the teams in a celebrity match and all competing nations, including Wales and England. The garments were produced by Tarw Sports, which was launched last year by entrepreneur Angela Windsor to offer a bespoke solution for branded sportswear for amateur sports teams and military teams. Based in Cross Hands, Tarw was set up to provide print and embroidery services; its name is the Welsh word for ‘bull’ to reflect the ‘bull-minded mindset’ of refusing to give up or give in. Supacolor seeks to build heat transfer education Bella practising her ‘I definitely broke nothing important during my zoomies’ face Visitors at Print & Stitch in Glasgow Welsh wheelchair rugby home uniforms manufactured by Tarw Sports Follow us on Twitter @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 images JUNE 2023 Andrew Maylor has been promoted to managing director of embroidery supplies specialist Madeira UK, taking over from Karen Burrows, who has taken on new roles within the Madeira group. Andrew, who joined the company in 2017 as head of sales, took on his new role at the start of May. Karen, who has been managing director since 2001, has now become chairman of Madeira UK. She has also been appointed senior adviser to the board at Madeira Germany, continuing her focus on the strategic development of the global business. She will remain as sales director for northern Europe and as a non-executive board member at clothing industry trade body, the PCIAW. Karen originally joined the Madeira group in 1985 in purchasing and stock control, gradually moving into sales, marketing and business development. Charlotte Clarke has been appointed the new managing director of the UK arm of European workwear manufacturer Alsico. Currently serving as UK commercial director for the business, she will take over from current managing director David Toon, who is stepping into the role of chairman from 1 October. She has overseen the transformation of Alsico’s sales operation and has been responsible for driving sustainable business growth. She has more than 20 years of experience within the industry and held multiple senior positions at Alsico and at safety workwear supplier Arco. Charlotte said: “I look forward to combining my passion, commitment and experience in the sector to build upon the fantastic foundation delivered by our team and drive our strategic vision forward.” Print-ondemand and fulfilment company Printful has appointed Parsla Basko as its chief people officer. Parsla will be looking after the company’s teams around the world including the UK. With an extensive background in human resources and recruitment, she brings “significant experience in strategic talent management, effective employer branding and company culture development”. She joins Printful’s management team alongside Alex Saltonstall, who joined as CEO in October last year, and Adam Malpocher, who took over as chief financial officer in February this year. Takaaki Hagiwara has been appointed as the new managing director of Oki Europe with the aim of strengthening its position in the professional printing technology market and also spearheading its growth in the EMEA and India regions. Takaaki, who has been with the white toner printer manufacturer since 1990, previously served as VP corporate planning Oki Europe, and was engaged in the transformation and administration of the business. In his new role as managing director, Takaaki’s focus will be on the continued development of solutions for verticals and new applications. CHANGING FACES Madeira UK chairman Karen Burrows and managing director Andrew Maylor Banner backs book donation campaign Schoolwear supplier The Banner Group has announced the Banner Book Drive to make reading more accessible to underprivileged children. The company has formed a partnership with Children’s Book Project, a UK-based charity that redistributes new and gently used books to children and their families as well as schools. The Banner Group is encouraging staff across its business, as well as customers, to make a donation of any good-quality used books to the Children’s Book Project for gifting to children and schools. Announcing the new initiative, the manufacturer stated: “At the Banner Group it’s our mission to give every child the chance to shine. When we discovered that one in five disadvantaged children don’t own a book, we knew we needed to get the group involved.” To get involved with the Children’s Book Project and donate, visit The Banner Group has launched the Banner Book Drive. [Credit: Andrea Piacquadio (Pexels)] Charlotte Clarke Parsla Basko Takaaki Hagiwara Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 14 images JUNE 2023 Clothing company Wawwa has come up with an innovative approach to creating decorated garments: add a dotted grid to the bag, T-shirt, cap, sweatshirt or hoodie and let the customer add their own magic using the embroidery thread and needle that comes included with the item. Called the Wawwa Worker’s Club, the new initiative aims “to bridge the gap between the brand and its customers, celebrating those who work, create, and experiment” by allowing customers to add their own personalisations. “We’re passionate about sewing and the skills that go with it, so giving an opportunity to share that in a simple way is exciting,” says the brand’s co-founder Sean Geaney. “With the Wawwa Worker’s Club, we’re thrilled to provide our customers with the chance to express themselves creatively on our garments, whilst celebrating their hard work and unique world views.” He adds: “At Wawwa, we believe that creating small batches of handcrafted garments and accessories is a way to showcase individuality, creativity, and a commitment to ethical manufacturing that minimises environmental impact, whilst encouraging sewing skills fosters a ‘DIY repair it all’ attitude, something the industry needs to reduce waste and lengthen a product’s life cycle.” DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Getting creative with the Wawwa Worker’s Club Stevenage Embroidery This pretty design was embroidered onto aprons by Stevenage Embroidery in Hertfordshire for the Garden Terrace Tea Room at Knebworth House. DECORATOR REPORT Suppliers in the garment decoration sector are coming together for Headwear Live 2023 – the only UK event dedicated to hat heat printing. Organised by heat transfer specialist Target Transfers, it is aimed at showing the trade everything they need to know to design, decorate and sell branded hats. Taking place on Wednesday 28 June, it will feature hat and accessory supplier Beechfield Brands, wholesaler Ralawise and digital cutting specialist Graphtec GB. More guests are due to be announced soon. Visitors can attend either the morning slot or the afternoon slot. It is being held at Target Transfers’ Heat Printing Innovation Center in Braintree in Essex. Registration is open at custom. Suppliers to partner on Headwear Live hat printing event Headwear Live will cover all aspects of hat heat printing Read our full-length Decorator Reports online:

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INDUSTRY NEWS 16 images JUNE 2023 View daily news updates at: Nine in 10 small businesses check for sustainability credentials Nearly nine in 10 small businesses said they checked the sustainability credentials of companies before deciding to work with them, according to new research. Polling more than 1,000 small business leaders, Novuna Business Finance found that a focus on sustainability was becoming increasingly important, including scepticism of “bold” green claims. The survey revealed that 89% would check claims and 58% would actively seek out official certifications, accreditation and listings to ensure that an organisation was meeting certain sustainability standards. Around a third would check an organisation’s listing as a sustainable business on groups such as the Federation of Small Businesses. 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DECORATOR REPORT Pro-Ad hails success of returning merchandise show More than 1,000 products were showcased for buyers of workwear and promotional and corporate clothing with the return of the Pro-Ad Merchandising Expo. Taking place for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, the event featured 30 stands from suppliers of garments and other products for branding and promotional use. Held in March at Kingston Park Stadium in Newcastle upon Tyne, it was hailed a success after 450 product enquiries on the day and 20 direct orders placed within a week of the show. Production experts and corporate clothing and workwear specialists shared the latest garments and clothing accessories, demonstrating branding techniques to help marketers explore the different ways of branding and personalisation. Pro-Ad Merchandising Expo in Newcastle upon Tyne Better Cotton-licensed cotton farming in Pakistan Kingly shortlisted for international green company award Promotional textile specialist Kingly was shortlisted recently for ‘Green company of the year’ in the BizX Awards for companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Held as part of April’s BizX 2023 event for business leaders at Excel London, the awards celebrated the achievements of winners and shortlisted companies. High profile speakers included Lord Coe, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Mary Portas. Kingly, which operates across Europe including the UK, was recognised because of its commitment to sustainability and its mission to minimise the negative impact of the garment and textile industry – initiatives include its zero-waste sock knitting facility and its upcycled socks. Chris Churchman of Action Coach (left) with Kingly CEO Rob Armour

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INDUSTRY NEWS 20 images JUNE 2023 New technology produces pretreated T-shirt New technology launched in the US allows for the production of pretreated garments that are ready to print. Hanes Branded Printwear has unveiled the Hanes Perfect Pre-treat Tee, manufactured with its new PrintNow technology for use in direct-togarment (DTG) digital printing. The T-shirt comes ready to print anywhere on the garment – front, back, neck and sleeves – with no need for pretreatment. Hanes estimates it will cut DTG production time by around 40%. While there are no plans to distribute garments featuring PrintNow technology in the UK, RTP Apparel’s ready-to-print T-shirts, which also require no pretreatment, are distributed in the UK by Sol’s after the product’s launch in 2016. Want to know what your industry colleagues really think of the garments and accessories they decorate? Each issue, one reader tells us why they rate a particular product Mark Speakman, UK and Europe sales and business development director at 1WorldPrint, says his favourite products to decorate are the EarthPositive Unisex Jersey T-Shirt (EP100) and the EarthPositive Classic Shopper Tote Bag (EP70) from Continental Clothing. “We love to print on higher end garments, such as the EP100, as we feel the fabric allows for a better print and end result,” explains Mark. “We do a lot of printing for the music industry, and the last few years has seen them move away from the cheapest garment out there to a more high-end product, as music fans are now looking for quality and garments that last!” Both the T-shirt and tote bag are available in a great range of colours, adds Mark. “We’ve recently printed all the merchandise for Sam Ryder’s sold-out tour — they used the EP70 in natural and for their tour tee, the EP100 in stone wash black.” When printing on the EP100, Mark’s tip is to apply the base layer with gentle pressure, and not force it onto the T-shirt. “Just print on the top to give the base a nice smooth and bright layer, and don’t under or over flash it. If you follow this one simple step, the garment will look amazing, regardless of how many colours are printed on top!” READERS’ CHOICE Find our digital editions online: Artwork printed onto the new Hanes Perfect Pre-treat Tee 1WorldPrint printed Continental Clothing’s EP100 tees and EP70 tote bags as tour merch for Sam Ryder ColorGate introduces version 23 of Productionserver ColorGate unveiled the latest version of its Productionserver software for colour management, RIP and print data generation at this year’s Fespa Global Print Expo. The new ColorGate Productionserver 23 family of solutions for garment and digital printing promises new possibilities for automated colour correction. Highlights of the new version include improvements to the user interface, making it easier for users to work with ColorGate software and for new customers starting out with it. ColorGate’s Fingerprint technology allows for digital samples to be created from raster data and also from PDF files.

INDUSTRY NEWS Avery Dennison to grow decoration services with takeover Avery Dennison is growing its presence in the garment customisation sector by acquiring a designer and manufacturer of embroidered patches, heat transfers and other embellishments. It announced in April that it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Lion Brothers, which is based in the US and has sites in Hong Kong and China. It has 450 employees and reported revenues of around $65 million (£52 million) in 2022. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023 when Lion Brothers will become part of the Apparel Solutions business within the Solutions Group of Avery Dennison, a specialist in materials science and manufacturing. The purchase will “significantly” expand Embelex, Avery Dennison’s full-service, end-to-end portfolio for on-product branding, graphics and trims. Inky Cow Screen Print Co. These paw-some bags were screen printed by Inky Cow Screen Print Co. in Burgess Hill for local dog grooming company The Paw Revolution. DECORATOR REPORT Gildan spotlights supply chain for Fashion Revolution Week Garment manufacturer Gildan supported this year’s Fashion Revolution Week by highlighting people at every stage of its supply chain. Through social media activity and a new video, it spotlighted the people behind its yarn-spinning, textile and dyeing operations as well as those who sew and distribute the final product. Since 2013, Fashion Revolution has called on everyone to demand greater transparency from brands by asking #WhoMadeMyClothes? This year, it is asking a second question as well: #WhoMadeMyFabric? Founded in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, Fashion Revolution has grown to become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilising citizens, brands and policymakers through research, education and advocacy. An embroidered emblem from Lion Brothers Arco launches ‘responsible’ workwear range Safety and workwear specialist Arco has launched a new range of workwear that is ethically sourced and produced with a fully traceable supply chain. The new “responsible” garments are made with durable fabric and reinforced features to increase the longevity of clothing that has been created for use in tough working conditions. The range has been developed with responsible clothing manufacturer Lyfcycle, with a unique QR code on each garment that allows users to trace its journey through the supply chain with the use of an app. All garments are made from Global Recycled Standard-certified recycled polyester as well as with Better Cottoncertified cotton. Headquartered in Hull, Arco has a national network of safety centres and stores, and provides decorating services. Arco’s new ‘responsible’ workwear 22 images JUNE 2023 Gildan supports Fashion Revolution Week Check out our Instagram Stories for the latest industry news @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 24 images JUNE 2023 Newsletter to aid garment decorators using AI images Atkinson Consulting is launching a newsletter to support garment decorators using the Midjourney artificial intelligence platform that turns text into images. The weekly Midjourney Print Creativity Newsletter aims to share ideas, Midjourney prompts, practical applications, how-to tips and resources with its readers. The focus is on providing tips and inspiration for creating stunning printed products using the images created on Midjourney for those who want to “take their print game to the next level”. Based in San Francisco, Midjourney was launched last year using AI to generate images created through textual descriptions. Midjourney-generated image of ‘the elephant in the room’ Merchr gains ethical charter New print-on-demand platform Merchr has been recognised for its responsible business practices with accreditation under the Good Business Charter. It was awarded the certification after meeting criteria set by the Good Business Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organisation that launched the charter in 2020. Merchr satisfied 10 components: paying the real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee wellbeing and representation, diversity and inclusion, environmental responsibility, paying fair tax, commitment to customers, ethical sourcing and prompt payment. The business, which was launched earlier this year, has its offices and production facility in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and a marketing and development team in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Sarah O’Donovan, brand and marketing coordinator, said the company supported and encouraged employee wellbeing by providing flexible working arrangements, training and development programmes, and an inclusive culture. [L-R] Merchr head of operations Jack Fox and brand and marketing coordinator Sarah O’Donovan Companies warned over misleading organic claims People are turning their backs on clothing brands that are intentionally misleading them about the organic content of their products, according to a new poll. In the survey of 2,000 people across the UK, two thirds (70%) said that if they found out a brand was falsely claiming their products were organic, they would be less likely to purchase that brand in the future. The poll, run as part of Organic Textile Week ( 15-21 May), revealed that 59% were “angry” or “disgusted” to find that some clothing brands claiming to be organic may actually contain hazardous synthetic pesticides and other chemicals. It was important for almost three in five people (57%) that the clothes and textiles they bought were genuinely sustainable. Consumers were not interested in buying from companies who engage in greenwashing – making false or misleading claims to exaggerate their sustainability efforts. Over half (56%) did not know how to recognise whether or not an item of clothing or textiles were certified organic or not, such as looking to see if it had a Gots (Global Organic Textile Standard) logo. The first UK Organic Textile Week was launched by Organic UK, the Organic Trade Board (OTB), in partnership with Gots with the goal of raising awareness and educating consumers. Textile manufacturing with organic cotton in Tanzania. [Credit: Gots] Pride Of Place This vibrant logo was embroidered onto workwear by Pride Of Place in Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, for SW Gardens DECORATOR REPORT Find us on social media: @imagesmaguk

INDUSTRY NEWS 26 images JUNE 2023 Wild Thang opens warehouse after £2m development Wild Thang, the branded clothing and merchandise specialist, has launched its new warehouse after a £2 million development of the business. The opening marked the culmination of a four-year project to create a world-class headquarters and manufacturing hub for the business at its base in Liverpool. It celebrated the launch with an event, the Wild Thang Expo, inviting customers to tour the new facility in Bootle, including a chance to see clothing and other products on show from 14 trade suppliers. Managing director Andrew Dwerryhouse and commercial sales director Sarah Howarth gave a presentation on the company’s £2 million development journey. They also provided detail on the company’s new sustainability pledge, launched at the Good Small Business Awards in March, committing itself to becoming net zero by 2030. Wild Thang’s new headquarters and manufacturing hub Gildan predicts growth despite dip Gildan Activewear has confirmed its expectation of growth in 2023 despite an “uncertain” economic environment and a dip in firstquarter sales. It reported that net sales for the three months to 2 April were $703 million (£560 million), down $72 million (£57 million) and 9% year on year, in line with expectations. In activewear including blank garments, sales were down 12% to $588 million (£467.8 million). The company said this reflected “anticipated headwinds tied to the current demand environment and to strong comparative periods in the first half of 2022”. Its predictions for 2023 include fullyear revenue growth in the low singledigit range and full-year adjusted operating margin landing within the company’s 18% to 20% annual target range. Materials and content for the Screen Print Mastery training programme Gildan predicts full-year revenue growth Dalesway launches online training programme for screen printers Equipment supplier Dalesway Print Technology has launched a comprehensive online training programme for screen printers and small business owners. Called Screen Print Mastery, it consists of easy-to-follow modules covering screen printing techniques and processes as well as practical advice on managing and growing a screen printing business and marketing. The Technical Mastery part of the programme provides a quick-start method to get to the first printed shirt as quickly as possible. A troubleshooting section and in-depth technical knowhow on every aspect of the production process also ensure that students truly grasp the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’. Zuzette Stocking, the founder of Screen Print Mastery, said: “Screen printing can be a challenging and competitive industry but, with the right skills and knowledge, anyone can succeed.” Stahls’ to triple size of Hotronix heat press factory Heat transfer specialist Stahls’ International is tripling the size of its manufacturing facilities in the US to keep up with increasing demand for its Hotronix heat presses. It is in the final stages of expanding its state-of-the-art facility in Carmichaels in Pennsylvania with an additional 3,250 sqm of manufacturing and finishing space. This will bring its total manufacturing and warehouse space up to around 9,300 sqm – three times the manufacturing capacity that the company had a year ago. Stahls’ International is part of GroupeStahl, which also includes UK supplier Target Transfers. Work is progressing on Stahls’ Hotronix factory in Pennsylvania Check out our videos on Vimeo: @imagesmaguk JUNE 2023 images 27 AD ADVERTORIAL As the former responsible sourcing and commercial ESG (environmental, social and governance) director for British retail powerhouse Asos, Simon Platts understands the growing call for more responsible apparel. Now an industry consultant who supports retailers, educators and the fashion industry at large, he knows that meeting that imperative requires not introducing more costly materials and restrictions on traditional production processes, but rather eliminating inefficiencies and waste that have long been accepted. In other words, if you leverage state-of-the-art digital supply chains to address the limitations of forecast-based production and offshore fulfilment models, the eco benefits are a natural by-product of those efforts. “The apparel industry can be very inefficient,” says Simon. “Up to 60% of the cost price of a garment can be the fabric alone, but it doesn’t matter what you’re paying if nobody is buying it. We need to be smarter at the front end to be more profitable at the back end.” A more conscientious legacy According to Simon, it’s critical for brands to acknowledge that consumers want the latest styles while also knowing they’re not contributing to ecological harm globally – they are increasingly choosing to build a more conscientious legacy for future generations. Part of this commitment involves recognising that far-flung supply chains are no longer suited to the needs of this moment. Overseas transport and large-scale inventory warehousing aren’t cheap, while today’s web-based, highlypersonalised commerce experiences demand a reactivity, speed, and agility that only digital on-demand fulfilment models can satisfy. “We have massive shopping malls, but people want boutique-type products and service,” he says, addressing the public’s growing appetite for more tailored customer experiences and product possibilities. “Digital print gives manufacturers a reactivity that’s necessary when everything’s getting quicker, and pairing that capability with nearshore operations helps them stay relevant.” Opportunities for growth While relevance is certainly key to surviving the so-called ‘retail apocalypse’ wrought by ecommerce, Simon sees digital on-demand production as not merely enabling resilience, but unlocking opportunities for growth, as well. “If the industry wasn’t under so much financial pressure right now, it would see this is the way to thrive,” he says. “With technologies like Kornit, you’re increasing efficiency and thus net profit. When you can personalise, you’re seeing fewer returns. You don’t need to store unsold merchandise in a warehouse, and you’re not worried about markdowns.” Between public sentiment and the increasing presence of environmental regulations asserting the turn to sustainability – initiatives marked by digital passports, ESG guidelines, blockchain, and other developments – Simon believes the window for manufacturers and retailers to understand, act and leverage true moves towards being more sustainable will open brands up to a competitive advantage. “Now is the time to make sustainability part of your brand’s DNA, before the industry emerges in a better place, with laggards inevitably being weeded out,” he advises. Kornit UK Live As the world’s leading developer of digital solutions for sustainable ondemand fashion and textile fulfilment, Kornit Digital is empowering this industry with the end-to-end production capabilities, business strategies, and accountability to meet these challenges and thrive in the face of economic uncertainty and disruption. Kornit invites you to its UK Live on Wednesday 21 June to learn how businesses like yours can remove excess inventory from your supply chain. Simon Platts brings his perspectives on sustainable nearshore and onshore production strategies, Kornit’s Scott Walton and Phil Oakley will discuss capitalising on new market and cultural trends with transformational digital experiences, and Adam Golder and Simon Calvert from T-Shirt & Sons will share their real-world experiences of building an efficient, agile and resilient fulfilment operation with Kornit’s versatile production capabilities. Network with industry peers, learn about winning production models from those who’ve done it, get hands-on with Kornit systems and apparel samples, and have your questions answered by the professionals and visionaries enabling businesses like yours to capitalise on the possibilities of a digital supply chain. Asos veteran Simon Platts discusses how decorators can eliminate inefficiencies in production ahead of the expert-packed Kornit UK Live event later this month Making sustainability your brand – A digital supply chain for agility and growth – ADVERTORIAL – Reserve your seat today at Kornit UK Live on 21 June by scanning the QR code [above] or registering at Simon Platts Scan this QR code to book your place at Kornit UK Live