Bag the Habit – Tote bags

Reusable shopping totes and produce bags bags by Bag the Habit, available at

Bag the Habit

Made from premium recycled fabrics with low-impact dying and finishing and fair wage, minimal waste manufacturing in Los Angeles and Mexico. Chic, sturdy and perfect for everyday wear.

These bags are of a quality we don’t see every day, so the October Screen print dept. were more than happy to supply a 4 colour process printed label onto a natural fabric for a bagthehabit special order.

Liam Gallagher’s new Pretty Green Range

Liam Gallagher’s new Pretty Green Range, yet to be released.

Some words from Terry Christian about the man behind the brand.

Pretty Green, taken from the title of a Jam song, is to be the name of Liam Gallagher’s new clothing range: classic styles as befitting a true star and reflecting the tastes of his audience. Liam says he is sick of the studenty skinny-jean look and wants to bring lads’ fashions back, and what true lad wouldn’t want to look like a rock star?

Gallagher was always going to be a star, from the first time I saw him, singing shyly at the Boardwalk club on a bill with Molly Halfhead and a band called the Cherries, to larging it up to full houses at Earls Court and Maine Road. If you were a 15-year-old kid sitting in your council house watching the telly, you’d want to be Liam Gallagher and to look like him; you wouldn’t necessarily want to look like Brandon Flowers or Russell Brand. The older I get and the more I hear the middlebrow brigade in their Hush Puppies sneering at Gallagher, the more I embrace the lad. To be annoying people still after all these years, he’s got to be doing something right.

Gallagher was always a bit of a style icon in his native Burnage. According to his old mate from school, Mark Bierne: “He was always smart, with good taste, a sort of Sixties-influenced mod look with a bit of Stone Roses thrown in. He used to love those Belstaff leather jackets, Converse boots — a classic, young-lads-around-Manchester look, really — but he carried it off well. It was the sort of look most of us were trying to perfect. He always looked good, even when he was broke.”

In the book Brothers from Childhood to Oasis, Gallagher’s older brother Paul told of how the 14-year-old Liam would help himself to his stuff while he was out at work. “Things would always go missing from my bedroom: adidas bags, T-shirts, the lot. It was my shirts that bugged me, especially my Ben Shermans. I’d complain and our Mam would just say: ‘Leave him alone, Paul. You’ve plenty of money for shirts.’ He always wanted to look perfect; he used to smother his hair in my gel, nicking my deodorant and aftershave too. He wouldn’t go out unless he looked perfect.”

Back then Gallagher was very much a young lad on the dole in a new band (Noel hadn’t joined Oasis yet and Liam, Bonehead, Guigsy and Tony McCarroll were still called Rain). He’s remembered for occasionally descending on offices in New Mount Street in Manchester, where small record labels, independent music pluggers and the Inspiral Carpets were all based. He would flog jeans and T-shirts out of a huge holdall: mainly Calvin Klein, Stone Island and that type of gear. There was a lot of it about at the time, allegedly thanks to a Burnage contact at Manchester Airport.

In many ways, you could say that selling clothes was Gallagher’s first real earner from the music business, but then that was what scallies did.

No doubt the glossies will sneer at a working-class kid who dares to call young student types sartorially challenged. Personally, I look forward to rummaging through his new collection, perhaps out of a holdall sported by some young scally in a bar in town.

Times March 20, 2009

ColorForward 2010 – premier color forecasting tool

ColorForward TM is a major initiative of Clariant’s global ColorWorksTM design centers.

• The premier color forecasting tool in the plastics industry.
• An annual endeavor by an international team of color experts.
• Helping designers and brand managers make successful color choices for tomorrow’s product.

ColorForward is an essential guide for marketers seeking a competitive advantage.
• Identifies cultural and lifestyle trends with true global relevance.
• Analyzes societal and mass-market influences.
• Forecast colors are springboards for inspiration, interpretation and adaptation to specific product and market requirements.

Download PDF here

Win $5,000 cash in Hurley’s t-shirt design contest

Microphone For Youth is a series of Design Challenges that will occur 20+ times a year. Anybody can upload their art/design and let the world vote on their design. Each user can vote on a shirt once, giving it between 1 and 5 Hurley points. The design with the most Hurley points will win. Prizes will vary by challenge.  


Simply upload a copy of your design, it needs to be a JPEG. Within 48 hours it will appear on Microphone For Youth and you can start the campaigning! If your design wins we will request a higher resolution version, be sure you can provide this otherwise we’ll have to choose another winner.

Take the Mic, the stage is yours!

Goto the Hurley website for more info and entry procedures.

Vanilla Pink – T-shirt design, T shirt printing & Urban style

“Think Vanilla Pink, think contemporary style, and a fusion of funk and sole that transcends every boundary of urban chic clothing. Vanilla Pink represents an aspirational brand that embodies every facet of the word originality. Using a unique blend of design and colour, Vanilla Pink epitomizes an attitude and swagger that celebrates urban fashion with style and grace.”

Quote: Vanilla Pink


At the heart of Vanilla Pink’s ethos is the brand logo, the gingerbread man.

The gingerbread man uses a number of ensembles to create unique characters, each with its own flavour, giving Vanilla Pink the depth to capture your imagination and transcend our message of creative design and inner funk.

They call it ‘FunK Shui’…what do you?

green rope


Vanilla Pink’s journey began in 2006, its founders two influential figures on the UK Urban scene had a vision to create a movement they coined ‘Funk Shui’, a belief in the artistic freedom of expression and an interest group that motivates individuals to strive for success and enjoy the fruits of life.

purple shutter shade


As the phenomenon that is ‘Funk Shui’ gathers pace, a journey that began in London, now crosses territorial and cultural boundaries, we call on those before us to help spread the message of originality.

Kitten Magazine – fashion design is still sexy

Kitten Magazine is a new fashion magazine with a focus on all things new and emerging. Published four times per year each issue is based around a theme and features stunning models wearing the hottest new fashions from established and emerging designers.

Kitten Magazine

In addition to the photo pictorials Kitten also showcase fashion strait from the runways of the worlds fashion capitals and interviews with people who are shaping the industry from art and design to music and movies.

Kitten is a unique magazine read by both men and women alike. Male readers enjoy the beautiful pictorials and stunning models along with thought provoking interviews. Female readers enjoy the latest in fashion along with an insight of new trends to come. Kitten is a new kind of magazine, a bit fresher, a bit edgier and a bit sexier than what most fashion readers are used to. Kitten love to push the limits and go where other magazines don’t dare to. Kitten create content for print, video, internet and multimedia. 

For more information please visit: or view copy on Issuu (highly recommended).

Screen printing and T shirt printing techniques

Plastisol – the most common plastisol based print used in garment decoration. Good colour opacity onto dark garments, clear graphic detail, with as the name suggests, a more plasticized texture. This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink.

Water Based inks – these penetrate the fabric more than the plastisol inks and create a much softer feel. Ideal for printing darker inks onto lighter coloured garments. Also useful for larger area prints where texture is important.

Discharge inks – used to print lighter colours onto dark background fabrics, they work by removing the dye in the garment – this means they leave a much softer texture. They are less graphic in nature than plastisol inks, and exact colours are difficult to control, but especially good for distressed and vintage prints.

Foil – is what you would imagine. A glue is printed onto the fabric and then foils applied for a mirror finish. Due to the gold or silver foil used, minimum quantity of 100 applies.

Glitter/Shimmer – silver flakes are suspended in a plastisol ink to create this sparkle effect. Usually available in gold or silver but can be mixed to make most colours.

Metallic – similar to glitter, but smaller particles suspended in the ink.




Expanding ink (puff) – an additive to plastisol inks which raises the print off the garment, creating a 3D feel.

Caviar beads – again a glue is printed in the shape of the design, to which small plastic beads are then applied – works well with solid block areas creating an interesting tactile surface. Minimum quantity of 100 applies.

Four colour process – artwork is created using dots (CMYK) which combine to create the full spectrum of colours needed for photographic prints – this means an infinite number of colours can be printed using only 4 screens, making the set-up costs viable. The inks are required to blend and are more translucent, meaning a compromise with vibrancy of colour.

Gloss – a clear base laid over plastisol inks to create a shiny finish.

Nylobond – a special ink additive for printing onto technical or waterproof fabrics.

Mirrored Silver – Another solvent based ink but you can almost see your face in it.





Special effects

Fluorescents, Phosphorescents (glow in the dark),

Thermochromics (colour changes with heat)



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