DTG, Screen Printing, and Mixed Media Designs


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Jeff Lavin from One Off Apparel joins us to talk about DTG, Screen Printing and Mixed Media Designs. Jeff has a story many of us recognize, starting off in his parent’s basement, making some beer money in college and falling in love with garment decorating. He has grown his business from the basement to a woodshed to a commercial building in West Boylston, Massechesuts. He now does work for the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox plus he has found his sweet spot in mix media and also 500 to 5,000 piece orders. He shares with us a ton of great tips on how mixed media can fit into your shop, where he sees the market heading and how to grow your business from the basement to reality. He is a guy you want to root for as he is a super person and someone to emulate.

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DTG, Screen Printing and Mixed Media Designs

Jeff Lavin is the owner of One Off Apparel. He founded the company in 2007 and began printing shirts in his parents’ basement after graduating college. Over the last 12 years, he has grown his business to 20 full-time employees and now operates in a 10,000 square foot facility outside of Boston in central Massachusetts. One Off Apparel is known for its high quality, quick-turn screen printing and also their private label and retail-ready services. They work with the entire gamut of customers… everyone from Joe the plumber all the way up to Nike, Reebok, Hasbro brands, and professional sports teams.

Aaron: So this show came about after you were gracious enough to let me use some photos of some cool stuff you are doing with DTG and screen printing at your shop. Can you tell us about those projects and give us some details as to the process?

Terry: Jeff, tell us a little bit about how you came to be in the business.

Aaron: DTG is an industry still very young. Where do you see this process in the future?

Terry: Multimedia means multiple steps, which means added time to each garment. Are people for the most part willing to pay for this “value add” or is there price resistance?

Aaron: Is there a particular style or combination of decorations that you find customers value the most? What grabs their attention?

Terry: Do you have any tips for decorators who want to get started in multimedia decoration?  What’s the most important thing to know about it and what are some common pitfalls they need to avoid?

Aaron: Matt Foley with SanMar suggested that you focus on Quality, Speed and Price. That’s a tricky combination. Do you have secrets to share?

Terry: We hear you do a lot of quick turn work for Boston Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox. Tell us about that experience.

Aaron: How can people get in touch and where can they learn more about your company?

Oneoffapparel.com and of course you can follow Jeff and his company on Instagram @oneoff_apparel

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