I thought about that too. alterativeapparel has a custom garment process, but those minimums make me think twice every time.You know, we could commission their mill to make us somethign like that, but it woudl have to be around 1,000 pieces.
alternativeapparel.com said:minimums and lead times:
In-Stock Fabric (refer to Fabrics page for in-stock fabric)
Men's style minimum: 1200 pieces per style/per color, 100 per size
Women's style minimum: 1800 pieces per style/per color, 100 per size
**We can accommodate smaller color minimums per style for some fabrics, call for
Sample Lead-time: 2 weeks
Bulk Lead-time (from sample approval): 6 weeks (domestic production), 8-12 weeks
Non -stock Fabric
Minimum - 4800 pieces per style, 1200 per color, 432 per size
**Some fabrics require larger color minimums, call for details.
Sample Lead-time: 2-3 weeks
Bulk Lead-time (from sample approval): 90-120 days
More than that - Alternative Apparel said that to me in an email:Tgraphics said:Hi,
Are you saying that enzyme washes the guts out of the fabric so if you want a heavy weight soft tee you should start with a real heavy weight fabric then enzyme wash?
All agreeing on the same idea of "quality"? Weight, sizing, fit? And then agreeing on the colors? It might be an interesting challengeI would think a group buy on this forum could hit 10,000 easily.
I think the end buyer doesn't mind paying for design printed on a higher quality t-shirt (again, depending on the market).The question is, does the public care enough to cover our small increase in cost?
I don't know how many people are "plenty", but I'm sure a $60 pricetag would cut out a significant number of t-shirt buyersThen again, plenty of folks pay $60 for Zimmerli
Rodney said:If you are in the "fashion t-shirt" market (oddica/threadless/johnny cupcakes/etc), I think you could recoup your extra costs pretty easily. With a $20-$30+ selling price, there's enough profit margin there for added garment costs.