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Bid Day Boxes 2019 are live! We are teaming up with the amazing people at Riff Raff and Pigmint for the THIRD year in a row to bring you the best Bid Day Boxes out there. We want to be there every step of the way for you and help make recruitment and Greek life an unforgettable and stress-free experience for your soon-to-be sorority gal. Let us start helping you by putting together the best Bid Day box that is every sorority girl’s dream!
the b-regenerous collection In the Spring of 2018 our CEO, Ben Clark, commissioned Alyssa Bird to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for his office. This piece would be made up of many intricately bound test print t-shirts. You might not know, but every shirt that we print here is tested often many times to get every line, color, and placement to match the artwork proof. During this process we’re left with shirts that have variations of the same print in many locations all over the shirt, maybe even the inside and outside. Although they come out looking fun, we aren’t able to use these shirts for anything more than testers moving forward. Fast forward let’s say a year later to spring of this year, a collection was born! The “B-Regenerous” collection culminated into 17 unique looks that made their way onto the catwalk of the 2019 NWA Fashion Week and even into Alyssa’s Regenerous Designs jewelry pieces. Now let’s recount how it all came to be! For the last 10 years we’ve been investing our time and resources in continuing to lessen B-Unlimited's impact on the environment. It’s written in our organizational values, “Our planet was here long before us and will be here long after. We choose to invest our time & efforts effectively for our future and yours.” What this means for us is choosing to use water-based inks even though it’s much harder to work with, its taken us substantially longer, and cost more than that of an operation that uses plastisol inks. The waste that comes from water-based inks is much better for both the machine operators and the environment, so we knew we had to pursue this method of printing if we really wanted to live out our professional convictions. Regenerous Designs focuses on handmade accessories, made by up-cycling fabric and other resources that would have otherwise been thrown away! So here we are, B-Unlimited choosing to focus on leaving as minimal of a footprint as we can on this Earth, partnering with a company who uses what is often seen as a waste in the fashion industry to be further used and made into a completely new piece. I mean, it just seems too perfect right? Alyssa was the sole designer of every piece and let us just say… SHE KILLED IT! Everything came out so amazing and so much more than we could’ve ever imagined. Between our strategy meetings she’d stop by, pick up another box of test print tees, and then head out to work her magic. She said it best in her blog, “Creating this collection was definitely a “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” kind of situation.” That’s one of our more well-known mantras here in the office, because we simply can’t accomplish what happens here without the help of every single beautiful person on our team. The collaboration came to its final name by combining our business names, B-Unlimited & Regenerous Designs. It’s not quite that simple though! If we are to regenerate all of our resources, including what many deem as waste they then are unlimited. B-Regenerous is built on the foundation of innovation, resourcefulness, and collaboration. The Crew worth every shout out! Alyssa Bird: Owner of Regenerous Designs Photographers: Luke Davis, Heather Hill, Bryant Penzo Videographers: Nick Bahash, Cubby Hoover Makeup Artists for the Photoshoot: Emily Sconyers Pa Xiong Veronica Lopez Hair Stylists for the Photoshoot: Emily Agular Summer Foster Tory Kuru Models: Ella Goldsmith Ethan Nash Gelynda Johnson Jen Davenport Lexy Winham Maddie James Nia Lashae Pa Xiong Paola Cortes Rochelle Bailey Sarah Barrow Shawn Burns Summer Foster Tatum McClure Valeria Quiroga Trigo Ashley Little of Material Concepts for helping make the men's blazers Additional Helpers and Supportive Friends: Sydney Hoover Olivia Conarroe Morgan Scholz Bailey Darter Katelyn Simms Kyle Sconyers Julia Andriotis-Sharp Travis Sharp Christina Duggan Matt Brunson Jen Simmons Nate Clark Dianne Raphael Drew McLaughlin Grant Williams K.C. Shaver Linda Bird
As the Spring semester is in full swing there are so many socials, philanthropies, and recruitment events to prepare apparel for! On top of your already crazy busy schedule there’s no doubt it’s all becoming overwhelming already. At this point in the semester, you might have some last-minute designs you want to squeeze in before everyone leaves for the summer or you already may be dreaming about the hits you’re going to make for the fall. Whether you’re in the now or planning ahead here are five things you need to know about what is currently trending in the T-Shirt world: Custom-made illustrations.If you haven’t noticed, we’re starting to see this theme become prevalent in many companies. We have top notch artists here who will gladly turn your sketch, or even your idea of a sketch, into a reality. Bold colors are in.The bolder, the better. Make a statement with a shirt color, or with the graphic on a shirt. Whether the actual shirt is a bold color, or the design pops off the canvas, bold colors are catching eyes this year. Asymmetry is out of place and in style.Shift things up! Whether it is with the font and words or the design all together, not all things have to be perfectly symmetrical. BIG FONTS. Big fonts get the point across in a creative way. With new typography and fonts developing every day, use your words! Minimalism. It’s here, it’s simple, but makes a big statement. More and more we’re seeing designs get smaller, and simpler. Even though the design is minimal, it’s doing the maximum. Don’t just take it from us! Check out how the Phi Delta Theta t-shirt chair at the University of Arkansas stepped up the design game in a whole new way. What’s up, my name is Ken Shew and I’m the T-Shirt Chair for Phi Delta Theta at the University of Arkansas. Whenever it’s time for one of our functions or events, I usually start by just looking online for things related to the theme if I don’t already have an idea in mind. I’m not sure if everyone else is the same way… but I’m pretty picky on what I want on shirts, even down to the font. Usually I try to provide the art team with fonts I like, a sketch of what I want the graphic to look like, or some example photos I find online to draw inspiration from. It blows my mind every time how easy B-Unlimited makes it, and how good their artwork is. One example was our Christmas shirt. I sketched out generally what I wanted… Santa with crossed arms wearing a Phi Delt Christmas sweater… and sent it to B-Unlimited for them to make a proof. The final product ended up being even better than what I pictured, but still being generally what I sketched. Not everyone has drawing capabilities, so while it is so awesome to see a sketch turn into a graphic there are definitley other ways to do it. I think the best approach to creating a t-shirt is find some graphics you like that have to do with the topic. Once you find some things you like, send B-Unlimited all of them. That way the artist can pull from all of them and make a super cool shirt instead of just asking them to copy one design. For me, it’s important to do shirts unlike any we’ve previously done, and stay relevant to what people want to see. It’s hard to find a balance between too trendy, and classic, but sometimes if you release something you may be surprised how well it sells. One example is when we did tan hoodies, and white hoodies. From what I have seen, a fraternity does a gray crewneck every year with a pretty generic design, so it was somewhat risky to change it up on everyone. Although these were really minimalistic and only had small font on them, they were some of our best sellers! We had to put the flag hoodies back up because more people wanted them once they were out. That being said, don’t be afraid to release something that you’re afraid people may not want because you never know, and there’s no harm in trying something new! Keep following along for more trends, tips, and tricks for how you can be the best apparel chair your chapter has ever had before. Check out our Pinterest page if you need some inspo to shake up your designs!
Let's be honest, winter in Fayetteville be pretty cold and dreary so it's not like we needed much of an excuse to hit up the west coast, but this just happened to work out for us! Nine members of our team headed out to sunny California in January to attend the annual Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) in Long Beach. It’s kind of like the World Fair of the garment printing industry...picture an indoor convention center the size of several football fields filled with all of the latest innovations in equipment, ink, and apparel. Oh, and people - lots and lots of people from around the globe were also there. We get it, probably sounds kind of nerdy of us to geek out about apparel and inks, but we're always trying to stay on top of apparel trends and continuing our printing expertise so that you guys know you're getting nothing short of the best. We attend this event every year to explore new industry ideas and meet with our partners and vendors. It’s how we stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest products, processes, and presses that help us design and deliver awesome apparel to you. This year, we invested in another 12-head press, explored new apparel partnership opportunities, and set up some strategic meetings to start planning our 2019 Origins Academy. (Haven’t heard of Origins? Check it out HERE!) We also managed to have a pretty good time...but we always to do that! Evidence can be found in the photos below.
We've officially kicked off this year's print parties! What started as simply a dream for us, that is, getting to host our community in our HQ turned into a reality over the past couple of years. During the remodel of our space we kept hosting in mind, and it has turned out to be the absolute best! Each school semester we are fortunate enough to host several sororities from the University of Arkansas to print their own tees! Usually these are for sisterhood events or new members. Last night we hosted U of A AXO - they're always so fun to have in the place we call home! Check out some photos from our event HERE. Feel free to use any of the photos, but please tag @bunlimited.
We get it! Between family activities, Christmas parties, and gift shopping the holiday season is easily the busiest time of the year. It's hard to make it to every store to check off each person on your list. We've put together a little gift guide with some of our Natural Threads products to help lift your load just a bit! Here's your new list, made easy: For your grandma, we think she'll love the Arkansas Outline Sweatshirt. Perfectly cozy and she can support every team with only one sweatshirt! Shop this sweatshirt here. For your grandpa, we've picked out a couple options! Either our Good Game Sweatshirt paying homage to the Arkansas basketball team or the Spirit of the Buffalo tee. Shop the sweatshirt here, and the tee here. For your dad! Let's be honest, dads can be hard to shop for. The Arkansas Dad Hat or our Cedar Falls tee will definitely leave him asking where he can buy more this Christmas. Shop the hat here, and the tee here. For your mom, who definitely deserves a great gift, we suggest both the Wooo Pig embroidered tee she can dress up or down and the Hogs Club sweatshirt is perfect for when she needs some cozy couch time! Shop the tee here, and the sweatshirt here. For your brother, who probably already has everything or just doesn't respond when you text him and ask what he wants... our Vintage A Hat and Arkansas USA sweatshirt will definitely have him saying a few extra "Thank You's" at the dinner table. Shop the hat here, and the sweatshirt here. For your sister, whether she's older or younger she'll love the Stacked WPS Tee or the Arkansas Corded Sweatshirt in retro red. Shop the tee here, and the sweatshirt here. Bonus List:Trendy BFF - Cropped Arkansas Hoodie or ARK HenleyThe Hog Fan - Good Game SweatshirtLoyal Local - Fayetteville Hometown Crew or Fayetteville Distressed Tee The Recap: Grandma: Arkansas outline sweatshirt Grandpa: Good Game Sweatshirt or Spirit of the Buffalo Dad: Arkansas Dad Hat/Cedar Falls Tee Mom: WoooPig embroider tee/ Hogs Club Sweatshirt Brother: Ebbetts field A hat/ Arkansas USA Sweatshirt Sister: Stacked WPS or Arkansas Corded Crew Retro Red Happy Holidays!
We get it... figuring out where to start when it comes to ordering custom apparel can be A+ overwhelming. Hopefully this blog post can help you narrow down some options for garments and colors. You can find us online shopping all day, every day looking for the latest and greatest products and designs to bring to you guys! We can quite honestly do it all: stickers, tees, water bottles, socks, sweatshirts, and hats to name just a few. Greek organizations across the country rely on us to make sure their chapter has the best apparel. We always want you to feel like you’re working with a local company, even if you’re 500 miles away. ALL THINGS SHIRTS At B-Unlimited, we're pretty much all about t-shirts. It can be a little intimidating trying to figure out what it all means, but we’ve got a guide for you! We’re talking terms, colors, and t-shirt hacks. T-SHIRT TERMS SS - short sleeve LS - long sleeve CC - Comfort Colors PR - a simple tee that reflects your organization (AKA not event specific) Bella - Bella & Canvas soft shirt COMFORT COLORS GUIDE Here’s a guide for comfort colors shirts. Using this guide here is the breakdown of different colors and the different official Comfort Colors names for each shirt. These are just some of our favorites, but always feel free to let us know what color you’re looking for when working with one of our Account Managers. The Greys: Granite, Grey, Charcoal The Blues: light blues - Chambray, Ice blue, Periwinkle, Island Reef, Mystic Blue; darker blues - Denim, Blue Jean, Denim, China Blue and Midnight The Greens: Aloe, Celery, Kiwi, Celadon, Island Green, Lime, and Blue Spruce The Purples: Violet, Wine, and Purple The Reds: Crimson, Brick, Red, Paprika, Chili Pepper, and Cumin BELLA + CANVAS GUIDE The way we screen print allows Bella tees to be an amazing option! Our super soft and breathable prints matched with the softest-ever tri blend tee will raise your bar. We’ll throw a few of our favorites below to save you some work of sifting through all the colors, trust me, there’s a lot. White Fleck Triblend, Oatmeal Triblend, Grey Triblend, Denim Triblend, Mauve Triblend, Blue Triblend What about sweatshirts? We know it’s not always about t-shirts, and especially as the weather cools off we wanted to give you our must have sweatshirts too! Check out the sweatshirt guide below.
One of the most fun and rewarding positions in your chapter is being the t-shirt chairman. Take it from me, I not only work for B-Unlimited but I’m also a t-shirt chair for my sorority! Making shirts for your sorority or fraternity means seeing your designs worn by people all over campus – I mean, let’s be honest, that’s pretty sweet! As you are gearing up for the rest of the semester use these tips and tricks to keep you on top of your game: First off, contact B-Unlimited to design shirts for your chapter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started! Send a survey to your chapter asking what kind of shirts and designs your members like. Ask for their preference on t-shirt brands, kinds of sweatshirts, and shirt colors too! Start the semester off with two or three fun PR shirts and begin planning buttons and stickers for football game days. (New members LOVE anything with their new letters on it – you remember those days!) Make t-shirts for initiation, sisterhood events, philanthropy dinners, homecoming, and events in between as you want. Stay organized by making a list of events early in the semester and know which events need shirts. For dad’s day events, make a t-shirt for girls, a polo for dads, and a baseball cap or cups with the football schedule! Trust me, your dad might pretend he doesn’t want to wear your letters, but he’s all about it. Put shirts online before functions, philanthropy dinners, and other events and keep them up a week after to allow people to continue buying after the function or event. As fall rolls around design PR long sleeve henley’s, sweatshirts, and long sleeve t-shirts that are sure to be a hit with your chapter. Tell your chapter the deadlines to order shirts and when t-shirt pass outs will happen. At B-Unlimited we’ll even send you text updates to remind you about when the shirt is coming offline. Just ask your account manager how to sign up! Keep a folder on your computer of designs you like and look for inspiration around you! Design shirts with significant things relevant to your chapter and university. Look at other shirts and think of things you would change and do it differently. Reference B-Unlimited’s Pinterest account and B-Unlimited artwork gallery on our website for shirt designs! It’s all about inpso, and we are not short of that around here. Seriously, drop us a line at email@example.com. We’d love to help you get started! As t-shirt chairman, I have found my chapter is happy with designs that are a mix of fresh new ideas as well as sometimes bringing back the classics. Talk with your friends and ask what people are liking and want to see! - T-Shirt Chair Insider
Many people don’t know, but there is more than one type of screen printing method! If you’re a details person, you should totally read below about why we try to use discharge water-base over plastisol when we print your shirts. If you’re more of a visual person scroll down to watch a video we put together showing how printing with water-base ink can be the best decision for you and your organization. What is plastisol? If you’ve ever worn a printed T-shirt when you’re running or working out and the big print on your shirt sticks to you like a back-sweat magnet, chances are, that is a shirt printed with plastisol ink. The way plastisol ink is printed, it is laid down on the top of the garment almost like icing on a cake. You can definitely feel that it’s there and sometimes so much so that it feels similar to that of sand paper because it’s such a thick ink. After many washes this type of print can crack and even end up peeling off of the shirt. A positive trait of plastisol ink though, is it can print on anything & can give you more accurate color results. At B-Unlimited we print with plastisol when absolutely necessary. An example of this would be if a company contacted us to print a logo on their shirt and it was important that colors were a match for their branding! What is discharge water-base? This type of printing really depends on the material of the garment! It prints really bright and clean on 100% cotton garments. It can give fun and faded looks on tri blends and 50/50 garments, but unfortunately won’t print on polyester garments. With discharge printing the ink is printed into the fabric and actually replaces the pigment in the fabric of the garment with the pigment of the ink, thus actually becoming a part of the shirt for as long as the life of the shirt. It’s actually pretty magical. As this ink is laid into the shirt and cured through the dryer you won’t even feel that there’s a print on this garment. It’s just as soft as the original product the ink goes on and gets better with every wash. So what does that mean for you? We’ve got a short video at the bottom of our blog post here giving you an illustration on the breathability difference between plastisol and discharge water-base. The plastisol holds in all water and moisture, but the water-based discharge print allows the water to flow through very easily. An example would to be to imagine yourself walking across campus on a hot day and feeling shirt sticking to you, and not having breathability – this would be a plastisol printed t-shirt. At B-Unlimited we print with lots of different kinds of ink. But we specialize in soft, environmentally friendly water-based discharge ink. Ask your Account Manager for your next design to be printed with the softest ink we have and see the difference for yourself. Water-Base vs Plastisol Breathability & Water Test from B-Unlimited on Vimeo.