Tee business is on fire right now. According to a survey by Statista, this industry is expected to explode from $1.6 billion currently to over $3 billion by 2025 in the US.
With loads of affordable options to market online, more and more entrepreneurs are dying to jump in. But, there is always two sides of the coin. Industry’s attractive revenue growth and ease of market access is packaged with highly competitive market forces.
This should not be surprising for warrior entrepreneur like you. Because every business is in its heydays attracts hundreds of entrepreneurs to jump into the bandwagon.
The only way out of the fierce competition and endless price wars is “Branding”. That is the art and science of creating memorable stories that make you stand out from the crowd.
Along with other things, this required a great quality brand – an excellent fabric in our case.
If you are not sewing your own t-shirts, one way to capitalize on this aspect is to source a high-quality fabric from top blank t-shirt brands.
Yes, they exist and in numbers.
In words below, we went through the tiring process of research and listed the top blank t-shirt brands to help you skip the hassle.
Here are they.
Gildan is incredibly comfy and stylish as hell. This fabric makes your customers stand out from the crowd with their extraordinary fitting. Not just t-shirts, they offer a wide variety of sport shirts, fleece, and accessories in a range of fabrications, sizes, and silhouettes.
The variety is huge to an extent of making you confused. You don’t have to worry, though. The official website provides an easy to use interface for smooth navigation. Do talk to your embroidery digitizer before making any decision.
Their t-shirts are popular for their soft feel, and comfortable fitting. They have close to 200 colors, filtered with color group and patterns, to choose from.
2. BELLA + CANVAS
This brand goes to an extra mile for manufacturing a supreme quality fabric to their customers. They are pretty serious about their production process so much so that they even came up with a name -Airlume Combed and Ring-Spun Cotton.
This sophisticated process of refining cotton is reaping benefits for them. Tee manufactured like this is not only soft but makes it ideal for screen printing.
They allow you to order a sample first. Check out them first before printing hundreds of your design. Their ladies tank tops are really nice and soft. Whatever item you chose from the, you really can’t go wrong with them. No chance. They are a top brand.
Yes, I know what you are thinking. Their brand name is weird. But, here is the thing. This good quality brand gives other top brands a run for their money. Most of their products are price competitive, comfortable, and near perfect fittings.
They showcase a wide variety of crewnecks, V-necks, and scoops with varied lengths of sleeves. What this means is that you can offer this variety to your own customers as a T-shirt brand.
They also have a not so good feature when it comes to their hoodies, though. They stitch their own label directly into the fabric. Getting rid of them is a task in itself so talk to your embroidery digitzing service provider to get around it.
This brand is on a head-to-head competition with top brands in my list. They provide you several types of styles to choose from. They are everyday streetwear with stunning colors on the table.
Their fabric is thick as well as super soft. The only thing they do fall short on is their average fits. If you are too picky on fits, do read their return policy before ordering.
Additionally, if you are just starting out in a t-shirt industry, this is a great starter brand, just learn how to digitize a logo, and you are good to go.
Keep in mind, they do take care of t-shirt brands like you. For example, they are generous in giving quality discounts on certain products.
I really liked their decorator resources section on their official website. Here, they have posted educational resources for garment printing. It seems like they really want to help you out with technical details.
5. AMERICAN APPAREL
This Los Angeles based brand (owned by Gildan) is the largest apparel manufacturers and marketers in the North American market. They are known to be pricier than the rest of the list, but almost all quality products are usually expensive. They are one such product.
Their fabric is stunningly great quality. You will notice this the moment you touch any of their product. The classic 50/50 crew neck, for example, is premium quality, ultra-soft, and lightweight. There is hardly anyone who can beat them with such great quality.
As I said earlier, if you really want to stand out as a quality brand, you should seriously consider having American Apparel merch on your store.
6. NEXT LEVEL APPAREL
Next level is a premium fashion-forward brand. It beautifully accentuates men, women, and unisex styles. Their special tees attract youth because of their fresh and trendy colors and super soft fabric.
Some of their products are unbelievably fit. If you have picked the right tee, it will look like a custom made stitch. Since they are super fit, some customers might consider it short.
A way around it is to give your customers a fair idea about the shirt sizes. You can do this through an online tutorial for digital customers. For retail drop-ins, train your customer service staff.
One factor that is unique to this brand is their outstanding customer service. Their specially trained customer service reps are eager to go an extra mile in answering your queries and solving problems.
Although blank t-shirt industry is not crowded with a number of brands, they offer an – what seems like – an infinite number of product varieties to choose from. This is equally painful for both new and experienced entrepreneurs.
I hope this list helps you land the right decision in choosing the quality product.
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