10 tips to starting your own fashion business

If you’ve searched for, and found, this article then it’s more than likely because you’re thinking about starting your own clothing line and you’re interested to know the tips about how to make it successful. Starting your own clothing line is a fantastic experience and it’ll be a tremendous learning curve for you and it will help you a lot with personal growth and, if successful, financial growth as well.

Many people believe that if they build it, people will naturally come and guess what? Nothing happens. No sales :(.

So, to help you get off in the right direction, here are 15 questions that you should be asking yourself when you’re trying to get your T-Shirt business off the ground.

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What do you do when your wardrobe becomes full of event T-Shirts?

Yes, you’ve just signed up for yet another popular race. Of course, you’ll get your runners bag and, of course, you’ll receive the typical sporting event T-Shirt.

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The more events you sign up to the more T-Shirts and free goodies you’ll receive – this is fairly standard. One thing that isn’t accounted for though is the lost space in your wardrobe from all of the new clothing that you’ve received. Well, keep on reading and I’ll explain how you can recover the space that these T-Shirts keep on stealing from your wardrobe in the best possible way.

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The 5 worst football kits – ever!

Whether you’re thinking about starting a 5-a-side team or an 11-a-side team, creating or joining a football team with your mates is the perfect way to get fit and have fun at the same time (providing you like football of course!).

Being part of a football team gives you a great feeling of unity and it gives you the feeling that you’re on par with Messi, Suarez and Neymar Jr. in the bromance category – and this truly is an unbeatable feeling. Inevitably, though, this unity will arise due to a shared hatred of someone on the opposing team – and more often than not it’s for an insignificant or stupid reason – such as an uneven beard or overly hairy arms (something which definitely means that they’re an evil person).

The feeling of unity comes because of a shared love for your team. All of the players become a large family. There’s no better way to show this unity and to intimidate your rivals of course than to create your own custom sports shirt.

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Movember Charity T-Shirt Ideas

Movember Charity T-Shirt Ideas:

You may have noticed that it’s fast approaching that time of the year when we need to add an additional 5 minutes onto our car journeys in the morning because we need to de-ice the car first. It’s also dark when we leave for work in the morning and it’s dark when we arrive home from work, and, for some reason, there’s an increase in the number of men walking around the streets sporting questionable moustaches.

In case you wasn’t sure why they’re doing this it’s because it’s almost officially MOVEMBER SEASON!

That’s right, November is the one time of the year where it’s socially acceptable for men to now only grow moustaches but also feel proud to have one – which is great for those of us who not only have the ability to grow a moustache but also for those of us who secretly like having a caterpillar growing just below our nose.

Don’t fit into either of these categories? Not a problem as you can still show you support for Movember by wearing an epic moustache-tic (see what I did there?) charity T-Shirt.

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Freshers: Expectation vs Reality

Now that the summer is here, it’s safe to say that Freshers week and the beginning of the term will be with us before we know it. This means that thousands of fresh-faced, wide-eyed, nervous 18-year-olds will be preparing for their first year and dreaming of what life will be like at a university.

However, the truth is that returning students will know that the pre-fresher dreams are a far cry from the reality of what you will experience during your years at University. So, to help all new freshers get started on their path to understanding the full goings on of University – I’ve decided to write this list of expectations vs reality so you get a real understanding of what to expect:

1. Your Student Loan:

Expectation:

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That moment when you receive your first student loan payment will leave you with a feeling of being rich. The next round of drinks are on you, your wardrobe will be updated with brand new clothes and you’ll have enough leftover change to live like royalty.

Reality:

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. You’ll soon realise that your loan isn’t a lot of money at all. Once you’ve bought your food and your essentials you’ll be left counting your change trying to scrape together enough 5 and 10p’s to afford the cheapest larger on offer (even if you don’t like larger).

2. Your Student Halls:

Expectation:

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For the amount that you’ll pay on halls, it’s easy to expect to get a modern day sanctuary complete with a huge double bed, TV, plenty of natural lighting and enough storage space to hide away all of your belongings leaving you with plenty of room for activities and to get your head down and study.

Reality:

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Your room will be a box. After Freshers your box will be full of pizza boxes, dirty underwear and general rubbish scattered around everywhere (and even hiding under your bed). As your room won’t be much to look at to start with, you’ll somehow get used to the mess and won’t care if it remains like this until Christmas when you’re waiting for your parents to come and get you to take you home to your spotless bedroom where your washing will be done and food will all be prepared for you.

3. Campus Architecture:

Expectation:

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When you watch videos and see pictures of your university you’ll think you’re going to study in a castle. With huge stone buildings, mowed lawns, lakes, and bars dotted all around campus.

Reality:

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Unfortunately, the majority of universities aren’t like this and instead you’ll get modern buildings which aren’t very much to look at. There will be roads, the occasional hedge, and questionable looking buildings dotted around. Fortunately, this won’t be the case for many students so if you’re lucky you expectation could become a reality.

4. Your Deadlines:

Expectation:

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With the amount of money you’re spending on your course, you will plan to be super-organised, all work will be completed before the deadline and you’ll have plenty of time to meet with your tutors whenever you need. Of course, not everyone will be as organised as you, but this doesn’t bother you because you know that you won’t be distracted.

Reality:

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Despite your best efforts, you will be distracted, the majority of your coursework will be left until the last minute and energy drinks will become your new best friend. You’ll perfect the art of skim reading, typing at well over 100 words per minute and you’ll be able to work perfectly with next to no sleep and a drip supplying you with a constant source of caffeine.

5. The Opposite Sex:

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Expectation:

Now that you’re going to university you’ll start to think that everybody is going to be super attractive. Late nights studying, partying, and tonnes of alcohol won’t touch the stunning sex-gods of your university.

Reality:

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With pints of larger costing roughly £1.60, discounts on takeaways, and the lazy lifestyle of students, the average student will gain 1 stone within their first year at university – and that will also include you.

6. Your Lectures:

Expectation:

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You’re taking your dream course, you’re inspired every day by lecturers are basically a modern day Einstein. You’ve seen enough films with depict university life to be brilliant and amazing and every student there is constantly inspired every day to become the best person that they can be.

Reality:

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Lecturers will read off powerpoints which are available on the student portal. The majority of the time that you turn up, you’ll be sleep-deprived, hungover or possibly still drunk. You’ll struggle to get the motivation to survive through the lecture, nevermind becoming the best version of yourself.

7. Freshers Week:

Expectation:

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It’s amazing, you meet amazing people who become your best friends. You and your friends get freshers T-Shirts and you spend every amazing second of every amazing day together having the best time of your life.

Reality:

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You arrive home before 12:30am every day a drunk mess because you can’t handle the amount of drinking and shots that you have. You’ll have half eaten kebabs littering your room and your tongue will feel like a carpet. The chances of you remembering anything will be slim – let alone trying to remember the names of those you met on the night out.

8. How You Look:

Expectation:

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When you’re preparing for life at university, you’ll pack your favourite clothes because you’ll want to look your best at every single moment because, you know, you never know who you’ll meet on any given occasion.

Reality:

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Your onesie will become your best friend. You’ll spend most of your time wearing it and it won’t be long before your onesie becomes an acceptable clothing option for when you’re leaving your flat.

9. Your Flatmates:

Expectation:

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The people that you are selected to live with (although it’s random) will become your best friends. After university, you’ll all live in the same apartment building and you’ll have a friendship that’ll last the rest of your life.

Reality:

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Your flatmates will be slobs, you’ll hate at least one of them and no one will bother to do the washing up or run the vacuum around. Your kitchen will look like a bombs hit it and someone will keep on stealing your milk from the fridge.

The truth is that you’ll have so many expectations going into university and you’ll be let down on the majority of them. Regardless, you’ll still have the time of your life and you will make lasting relationships with other students.

Custom Stag Party T-Shirts

A stag night, stag party or stag do – however you want to name it, it’s the infamous rite of passage that every groom must endure before taking the plunge from bachelorhood into marital life.

Often the occasion is dubbed “the last night of freedom”, a stag party is designed to be an unforgettable event which is enjoyed by a man who is about to tie the knot in the company of his best friends and comrades.

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Such a magnanimous occasion takes careful consideration and, typically, several hours, days, weeks and maybe even months to plan it correctly. It also depends on the calibre of the best man and the wedding party which has been selected by the groom. Any best man or wedding party which is worth their salt will make the stag do their life’s mission to provide the groom with the best night of their life, whether he remembers it is not really their concern as he will be forced to enjoy himself.

Planning and organising a stag party takes a lot of consideration such as choosing the location (whether you stay close to home or go abroad). In today’s modern age, budget airlines such as Ryan Air make it quite affordable to plan a stag as a mini-holiday. popular destinations include Krakow, Dublin, and Riga. These destinations are then closely followed by Prague, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Budapest and Barcelona.

But as many will undoubtedly tell you – where you throw your stag is only half of the fun!

There are of course other considerations that you have to take into account which involve the events and the activities which you’ll be undertaking throughout the duration of your stag event. These will include what to do during the day and throughout the night until everyone passes out through alcohol consumption goes to sleep. Popular activities typically include the likes of knocking back copious amounts of alcohol, gambling, and strippers other forms of adult entertainment. Cough.

Furthermore, any stag party wouldn’t be complete without properly humiliating the groom. The severity of such roastings are up to the wedding party to decide, but one you realise that the sky’s the limit and creativity is the key  – you’ll soon think of the best way to do this. Besides which, how many times do you receive a free pass to embarrass your mate? Thought so.

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The groom should be forced to dress in a funny costume and the stag group so all get T-Shirts of the groom in an embarrassing situation printed.

Yep, that means that the last and final ingredient for any successful stag party is printed stag T-Shirts – but I’m sure you already knew that.

The chances of memories from the event being fuzzy, are relatively high. So having T-Shirts knocked up to commemorate the party is a great idea. Call it a souvenir if you will.

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Custom printed T-Shirts will give yous tag party a legitimate look and it will provide everyone who attends the event a keepsake for them to remember years to come. Another benefit of printed T-Shirts is that it gives you a warning of the carnage that may definitely will occur. It can also help eliminate any guess work from the missing person’s report…

I will soon be writing a list of my favourite stag party T-Shirts – so make sure that you stay tuned and if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments below.

 

The top 5 customisation ideas for Freshers Week!

Freshers Week is creeping up on us once again and students from all corners of the UK are preparing themselves to leave their parents, cooked dinners and having their clothes washed for them and be thrust into the big, bad world of responsibility. This time of year presents various different opportunities to get custom printed clothing and accessories.

Whether you’re looking for printed Freshers T-Shirts, pens, or even condom foils (seriously), if you want to be the fashion guru on campus or if you’re looking to be immortalised in stories which are passed around campus many years after your graduation – take some advice from me and read below my top 5 customisation ideas for this years Freshers Week.

1. CUSTOM BAR CRAWL T-SHIRTS:

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Year after year, there’s an increase in printed T-Shirts that stems from groups of students who want their gang to go out on a night wearing their group’s colours. These groups vary between lads and ladies who are looking to spend their weekly food budget on having the best night(s) of the year – also known as the Legendary Freshers Pub Crawl.

The designs range from the simple to the artistic, with many people opted for names and numbers in football style letting on the back combined with humorous quotes on the front. Don’t worry about using rude phrases or naughty pictures – I’m sure that they’ve all been used before.

2.: CUSTOMISED NOVELTY ITEMS:

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If you have a dream of being known as the campus’s Stifmeister then there’s no better way than spending your opening week walking around halls with a pocket stuffed full of custom printed condoms!

OK, so this might not be your ‘thing’, but getting other personalised accessories may just be right up your street.

Personalised accessories such as key chains, lanyards, tote bags, pens, rucksacks or even condom foils are actually not as uncommon as many people think. You might also feel like having your gear personalised might protect your belongings from the campus klepto, or you might think that it’ll help you achieve that legendary status that you’ve always dreamed of.

3: FOR THE ARTY TYPES:

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For many, showing off is a pastime. This is also the case for the arty types who love nothing more than donning their colourful scarf and sipping their cappuccino lovingly in the hope that they’ll be admired by many for their deep-thinking and their unique fashion sense.

Designers, artists and even psychology students from all around the UK will get Freshers T-Shirts printed in the hope that their designs make them the talk of the campus.

Joking aside, over the years, I’ve seen many-a-well-designed T-Shirt. Whether it’s a fairly simple design for yourself, or if you’re looking to earn some extra ££ by created a batch of mixed sizes and selling them during Freshers Week – just image all of that extra money for beer….err, I mean textbooks…..No, I actually did mean beer.

4: SPORTS CLUBS:

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The first few weeks are the best time to join one of the many sports teams or other clubs that are available. If you’re not the sporty type then there’s always the chess club?

Either way, each year printed sports kits are more and more popular showing off the team’s new badge. With recent cutbacks this has become more difficult though as theirs a large possibility that your university can’t afford to provide all of the kits for free (that’s if they can even supply them at all). Fear not my dear students! You can get excellent printed sports kits for a great price with no minimum order quantity as well.

5: BAND T-SHIRTS:

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Students forming their own bands is incredibly common. Whether you’re starting out for fun, or if you’re a serious musician with dreams of hitting the big time – there has been many university formed bands who go on to make successful careers within the music industry.

As a student band, it’s not easy to gain and grow a following but one of the best and quickest ways to develop some loyal fans and advertising is to get some printed band merchandise created.

Whether you’re a folk band, heavy metal band, or if you believe that you can be the next Spice Girls – printed T-Shirts are actually one of the best ways to reach a wider audience as the wear of the T-Shirts is actually promoting your band for you.

These are my top 5 ideas for getting custom gear made for Freshers Week if you have any other ideas, let me know in the comments below!