Lily and Herman Munster - His & Her Couples Shirt - Great for Valentines Day or a Wedding Gift
Jack and Sally - His & Her Couples Shirt
Wall-E and Eve - His & Her Couples Shirt
Angel and Stitch - His & Her Couples Shirt - Valentines Day - Disney Vacation

Wait it's 2018 already?!

January 25, 2018 

Whew how time flies! It's been over a year since our last post and a lot has happened since then! We've finally moved the business out of our house and found a much larger one room office suite. At least it seemed larger at the time compared to when we worked out of our living room at home.

The suite was actually part of a 2 room suite, we took half and passed on the other room. It's located on the 2nd floor of a shared Commercial building on Post Road in Fairfield, CT. Our neighbors on the 2nd floor are made up of various therapists, designers and I believe a garage door installation company. Todd Tuozzoli a therapist moved in a month right after we did into the adjacent empty suite we passed on. He's a real cool down to earth guy.

The above picture is the office suite obviously full. This was back in late July 2017 It took us a weekend to move everything and about a week to set up.

I saw some pics online on Pinterest of things built out of 2x4's so I actually built another desk out of 2x4's. After all lumber, screws, drill bits and sandpaper it cost less than $50.00 to make.

I purchased a couple more racks at Costco,  put together a large 4x8' work table w/"Rhino Mat" which is a great product and a few other small purchases here and there to make it comfortable.

Then it got real busy...Class of shirts was hugely popular! Here's some pics of some of our happy customers kids.

Eventually sometime in October after only 2 months we started to think that the "large" office suite wasn't big enough anymore because we were getting even busier and work started piling up. Our normal 3-5 day turnaround time became 5-7 business days...then eventually it became 7-10 business days! We couldn't keep up and we needed help! We started to regret passing on the 2nd room of the suite, but it was alright Todd's a cool guy and I'm glad he got the space. But there was a point last year where I was really worried.

Then out of the blue without even asking our landlord, Abe randomly stopped by to speak with us about a larger space being available downstairs if we were interested. WOW It was fortuitous how things turned out. 

So the first week of November 2017 we moved downstairs into a much larger space with an actual street level storefront. Our shop has been a work in progress for the past 3 months. Here's some pics of our space now.

Our main work area

The mannequins found a new home by our front door...

We picked up another Geo Knight heat press with stand...

The small office in the back we set-up with our Roland vinyl printer that we also picked up last year.

We hired two employees a very happy Ryan full-time (see below selfie) and Andrew part-time (not pictured). Dave's in the background (he's camera shy).

Finally our shop sign lit up at night over our front window!

This was our last big purchase made last year and it was actually installed  by Superior Signs from Monroe, CT on December 22nd just a few days before Christmas.

2017 turned into a very memorable year and I want to take this moment to thank all of our family, friends and of course all our great customers for making it great year! Thanks everyone and thanks for reading!

-Dustin

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Summer/Fall 2016 - Class of 2029!

October 29, 2016

Our end of Summer into Fall 2016 sales started off with a huge bang. The "Class of..." T-shirt was so popular! For nearly a month straight not a day went by where I wasn't pressing at least one Class of 2029 or 2030 T-shirt. Here's a few pictures that our customers and fellow parents shared with us. They're all great pictures of the kids wearing the "Class of..." shirts we made.

So Awesome!!

 

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Behind the scenes production

June 7, 2016

We've been pressing many customized shirts and posted up pictures for viewing. Here's a look at some of the shirts we've recently done including a little bit of our process leading to them being finished.

Fairfield Dojo

The order was for 29 ladies tank tops, which the customer supplied. Here's our production table and some of the ladies tank tops. There's actually a shirt being pressed in the picture.

Here's some of the vinyl after it was cut and mostly weeded waiting to be pressed.

To ensure that our products are of the best quality, we carefully align and measure each shirt. I personally like to stay within a 1/16th of an inch spacing difference from each side of any given shirt. I sometimes take measurements and adjust as many as 5 to 6 times just because I'm a perfectionist and genuinely care about each finished product.

Freshly-pressed shirt.

A vertical shot of the finished shirt.

 

Raulindo Auto Body Inc.

This custom order was for 30 double-sided navy short sleeve t-shirts. Weeding the front vinyl took some time as it was an immensely detailed graphic with text.

A close-up of the front vinyl weeded.

Again, we strive to ensure that every shirt we press is straightened, carefully aligned, and most importantly looks great. In the below picture, you'll notice that we took measurements from the top to the bottom and from the sides.

Front-pressed.

The back of the t-shirt pressed and finished.

Some other custom order shirts we pressed:

The Memphis Mortician band shirts - They're based out of NYC and have a very unique trashy garage rockabilly sound to them. They needed some shirts to sell to their fans and ordered a mix of short sleeve t-shirts and zipper hoodies.

FANCI at the Ansonia Nature Center ordered 14 zipper hoodies for their members. The two pictures below show the front and back of their zipper hoodie.

Custom order of five t-shirts for a customer's family. Two of the shirts were for the family's grandparents. The grandparents have been married for 39 years and have 15 grand children!  The pink UPC design t-shirt was customized specifically for the grandmother.

'Dad' t-shirt for the customer's brother.

All shirts tagged, bagged and ready for the customer!

Custom birthday shirt for my daughter's preschool classmate and friend, Linnea. Her birthday theme is ponies and horses. Happy 5th Birthday Linnea!

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