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Who’s Who of Apparel Brands You Can Find on Printful

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Printful offers products by many different brands, giving you plenty of options to choose from. But sometimes the abundance of choice can become disorienting – which brand should you go with?

The best way to assess the quality of each company’s products is to order samples and then decide which ones you like the most (remember that Printful offers samples at 20% off with free shipping!). But that’s not the only thing that matters. The company’s manufacturing process and business goals can be equally important. And sometimes simply knowing that the company has been around for decades or that it supports a worthy cause can give you that extra bit of assurance that casting your lot with them will be worth it.

So in this blog post, we take a look at some of the apparel companies whose t-shirts you can buy at Printful: Alternative, American Apparel, Anvil, Bella + Canvas, Gildan, Hanes, Los Angeles Apparel, and Next Level.


Alternative

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  • Founded in 1995.
  • Part of the manufacturing process takes place in the USA (product design, garment dyeing, eco/organic yarn and fabric development).
  • Also manufactures in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Egypt, China, Thailand, India.
  • Claims that 80% of Alternative’s garments are made with sustainable materials and processes.
  • In 2012, Alternative collaborated with actress Olivia Wilde to create a messenger bag with proceeds going to a charity helping the people of Haiti.
  • To view all Alternative products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Alternative product is the 1070 short sleeve men’s tee.

American Apparel

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  • Founded in 1989 by Canadian entrepreneur Dov Charney.
  • Filed for bankruptcy in November 2016, was acquired by the Canadian company Gildan in February 2017.
  • After Gildan’s acquisition of American Apparel, some of the most popular products will continue to be manufactured in the USA, while other products will be made in Honduras.
  • While American Apparel is still in transition process after being purchased by Gildan, its products aren’t yet regularly available at Printful (if you’d like to read more about American Apparel’s previous history and the current situation, check out this blog article).
  • Famous for provocative and often controversial advertisements (NSFW!).
  • Launched a campaign “Legalize LA” in 2008; has supported GLAAD and its causes (a specially designed t-shirt was created, and 15% of all net sales were set to go to GLAAD).
  • American Apparel’s and Los Angeles Apparel’s tees are the only “Made in the USA” options currently offered by Printful.
  • To view all American Apparel DTG t-shirts we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular American Apparel product is the 2001 short sleeve men’s t-shirt.

Anvil

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  • Founded in 1899 as a workwear brand – this is the oldest brand that we have!
  • Acquired by Gildan in 2012.
  • Manufacturing process (controlled by Gildan): yarns, mostly made of US cotton, are sent to textile facilities in Honduras and the Dominican Republic; cut parts are sewn in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua; Gildan also operates a small facility in Bangladesh.
  • Provides an exhaustive glossary of various textile-related terms.
  • To view all Anvil products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Anvil product is the 980 short sleeve tee with a tear away label.

Bella + Canvas

  • Founded in 1992 by high school friends Danny Harris and Marco DeGeorge.
  • Claims that the production process is 100% sweatshop-free, but doesn’t specify on its website in which countries manufacturing takes place, apart from the USA.
  • The Bella + Canvas tees that are available on Printful are made in Bangladesh, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
  • Maintains a blog called “Beyond the Blank” that covers various industry-related topics like different types of fabrics, printing, and even provides marketing and sales advice.
  • Puts emphasis on the environment: according to the company, its headquarters in Los Angeles are solar-powered, and the Bella + Canvas warehouse located there is 100% paper-free.
  • To view all Bella + Canvas products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Bella + Canvas product is the 3001 unisex tee with a tear away label.

Gildan

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  • Founded in 1984 in Canada.
  • Has expanded its business by acquiring several other clothing brands, including American Apparel, Anvil, and others.
  • Manufactures in Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Mexico.
  • Garment dyeing and yarn spinning takes places in the USA; has a sheer hosiery manufacturing facility in Canada.
  • Aired a Super Bowl commercial in 2013 with a slogan “Every thread counts”.
  • Runs a campaign “The next generation of underwear” with ads celebrating the things that dads have taught their sons, but inviting them to choose more fashionable undergarments than their dads.
  • To view all Gildan products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Gildan product is the 64000 unisex tee with a tear away label.

Hanes

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  • Founded in 1901.
  • Part of Hanesbrands Inc., which calls itself the “world’s largest marketer of basic apparel.”
  • Claims that “nearly all of the cotton the company uses is grown and harvested in areas of the southeastern United States”.
  • Most of their t-shirt manufacturing is located in the Caribbean basin.
  • Runs a campaign called “Hanes for Good”, which puts emphasis on environmental and social responsibility.  
  • Has had a series of advertisements with Michael Jordan, a spokesperson for the company for more than 25 years.
  • To view all Hanes products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Hanes product is the 5180 t-shirt.

Los Angeles Apparel

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  • Founded in 2016.
  • Founded by the former CEO of American Apparel, Dov Charney – although Los Angeles Apparel is the youngest brand we offer, its CEO comes with considerable experience.
  • Manufactures in the USA.
  • Charney intends to build a company similar to American Apparel, but plans to do it “at an accelerated pace”.
  • In the future, Los Angeles Apparel plans to go into retail as well.
  • Los Angeles Apparel’s and American Apparel’s tees are currently the only “Made in the USA” options offered by Printful.
  • To view all Los Angeles Apparel DTG t-shirts we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Los Angeles Apparel product is the 20001 men’s t-shirt with tear away label.

Next Level

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  • Founded in 2003.
  • Next Level’s fabrics are produced in China and the USA; garments are assembled in China, Mexico, and Central America.
  • Company headquarters are located in California.
  • Was one of the companies bidding in the auction of American Apparel, but lost out to Gildan.
  • To view all Next Level products we offer, click here.
  • Our most popular Next Level product is the 6733 women’s tank top.

This covers some of the larger companies whose products we offer. Hopefully, we’ve given you a better picture of the brands that we feature on Printful. Are there any others that you’d like to find out more about? Share in the comments!

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    1. Nora Inveiss

      Thanks for the feedback! We’re sticking with LA Apparel for now, but we may be open to other made in USA brands in the future.

  1. Darryl Lewis

    Other style shirt options would be nice such as button downs that would allow for all-over printing. This includes all-over printing for sweaters. Afterwhile, options run short.

  2. Sidian Jones

    Interesting article but for me, as a store owner, it didn’t hit the right information.

    What about price ranges? Quality or thickness of cloths? Listing more than one popular item of each brand? Color variety? Types of clothing?

  3. Marcos

    Printful should carry Alstyle 1301 for a distiinctive street wear shirt. Its by far one off the best w/ tear away lable.

    Also if you have already changed all your brother printers to Kornit Avalanch 1k, the max print are should be at least 15 x 19 those machines are way more capable than 12 x 16.

    Besides that, Printful is awesome. Seems like you guys are always progressing, very easy to use site with lots of varieties, great customer service and expanding to Europe. Great job

    CRIME0341

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Thanks for the feedback and the kind words! You can submit your product requests here:

      I can’t say specifically which Kornit models we use, but the print area will stay the same for now.

  4. Amanda

    Love the shirts, just ordered an Anvil all over print and LOVE it! Putting a request in for long sleeve all over print tshirts and tapestries!

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