Why Do Communities Matter?

When we opened our doors for business in 2007, Sanmar was our first supplier relationship.

After 49 years in business, they've become an industry leader. They lead not only in the scope of their organization's size but the size of their hearts.


There's been a lot in the news recently about small business, but what's amazing to me is when a small business becomes large without losing the heart, passion, and care that started their business. The t-shirt is an iconic symbol of American style, and so it was the product founder, Marty Lott chose when starting out. He launched SanMar in 1971 distributing t-shirts from his parents’ basement in Seattle. Today SanMar employs more than 4,000 people nationwide and offers 21 retail, mill and private label brands, and counting!


SanMar is one of our partners that is extremely transparent about their commitment to responsible sourcing. What exactly does that mean for your brand? SanMar Family Values are at the heart of what they do. As a company, they strive to make a difference every day in the lives of their employees and the people who make your products around the world. They are committed to investing in each other and supporting all of their employees, helping them to grow and thrive in their chosen career paths. Take a look at why they are one of our key partners for your branding needs.

Their founder, Marty Lott, instills a vision that permeates through the company of treating each other with respect and dignity- reminding us that life is too short to not be nice.

You've heard the phrase that cotton is woven into the fabric of our lives, right? It's so true. Apparel is the go-to item that unifies us. We get dressed every day. What do we wear?

  • A favorite concert t-shirt that rocks?

  • A sharp polo shirt demonstrating company pride?

  • A town league softball cap?

  • A business traveler’s bag sporting a slick logo?

We all wear apparel, it unites people and builds up teams, groups, and communities. Apparel is also a connection to our lives. We often save tees from our past that no longer fit just because it holds a memory. A tee can be pretty basic, but it can also share hopes and dreams. The designs we create and the messages you want to turn the blank canvas of a tee into statements or images that make us feel part of a larger group. Our Communities.


Tee shirts can be found in sports arenas, schools, coffee shops, restaurants, charity runs/walks, and in support of local businesses. Take a look at this gallery of some of our tee designs our clients have selected over the years for their events and outreach.


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