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Coffee Tees San Diego-based Domestic Stencilworks was inspired by kale juice dripping on a tile floor. Co-founder Alex White's wife was using their juicer, and he was amazed by the juice's intense pigments. He began experimenting with foods and juices to create food-grade dyes for the printing he does with his father-in-law and co-founder John Mohr. "It took more than two years to develop a dye that was viable on garments and that would last through washings," White says. They finally found something that would last: coffee. "All we need is spent grounds." he says. After approaching local coffee shops to collect their spent grounds, White says he has found they are open to it - provided he leaves a bucket with them. "It's a free waste product." White and Mohr use laser-cut stencils and a manual screen-printing press to apply the dyes to garments and flat Domestic Stencilworks uses spent coffee grounds from local coffee shops to create foodgrade dyes for screen printing. stock products like posters and cards. Mohr has more than 35 years of printing experience under his belt and, according to White, is a perfectionist. The tandem focuses more on producing high-quality work than on high-quantity orders, although they are set up to print about 10,000 products per month. They print on garments that are made of 100% cotton, 50/50 cotton/ poly blends and tri-blend fabrics, and the dyes hold up through multiple washings, White says. The local coffee community provides a big customer base. White says it's a cool way of marketing, as coffee shops can order shirts made with their own spent grounds. As for the future, White says he and Mohr are having so much fun that they are focused on staying busy with small batches of quality, hand-crafted products. "We really want to stand behind any print we do," White says. We'll drink a cup o' joe to that! For more information, please visit - M.M.H. alphabroder Launches Team-Concept Brand The Ladies' Championship jacket (style TT74W) is part of alphabroder's new Team 365 collection, and features a 2.8-ounce abrasion-resistant 100% nylon taslan shell with polyurethane coating for enhanced wind and water resistance, according to the company. alphabroder, Trevose, Pa., has released its new Team 365 collection. Drafted with brand partners ALO Sport, Champion, Dyenomite Apparel, Headsweats and Flexfit, this proprietary team-concept brand is committed to the singular vision of providing teams - and those who coach, cheer and support them - with the best gear in the industry, according to the company. 14 Impressions | April/May 2015 Rooted in the tradition of classic team sports, the collection includes 16 team colors and multiple product categories across all price points, and targets end-user categories such as competition and training, coach and staff, warm-up and travel, sideline, team and championship jackets, fan and support gear, and hats and bags. alphabroder also offers Team 365 accessories, including performance headwear and bags. The Team 365 Convertible Sport backpack (style TT102) acts as both a backpack and duffel. It features straps in special zippered sections that convert the bag into a backpack, as well as several compartments for shoes, wet clothes and a cell phone. For more information, please visit - L.M.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - April 2015

Impressions - April 2015
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Product Gallery
ISS Conferences
Lucrative Lids
Sporty and Spirited
Trending: Allover Printing
Rush Hour
Shop Spotlight
Embroidery Technique
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Technique
Digital Decorating
Online Directory
Ad Index

Impressions - April 2015