New direction. New Focus.

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We started Discreetly Greek in 2009.

Almost after 6 years of being in business this summer, we started this journey to be the flagship of Black Greek paraphernalia showcasing the college experience without using ANY Greek letters.

Some told us, it couldn’t be done. Some told me it would be hard to have Greeks, especially members of Black Greek Lettered Organizations step out of the box with their ‘nalia.  Our goal was to brand OUR company. To have other greeks wearing OUR name and logo to represent their organization. It took a lot of planning, plenty of trial and error, and designs that didn’t sell.

Six years later here we are. One of the most well known Black Greek clothing companies in the nation. Some of our shirts themselves are now synonymous with Google searches of certain orgs. We have started a movement and inspired many other brands to do the same thing.

Earlier this year, we really wanted to change how we sell and who we market to.  Our inbox is usually filled with questions like:

Why don’t you sell more XYZ org designs?

Where are the fire shirts or ABC org?

Usually I try to come up with a fancy way to answer the question and sidestep the real reason we have awesome Alpha shirts, and very limited shirts for other orgs. The real reason is passion. I bled, sweat, and cried for Alpha. There is no way I can have the same passion, the same drive, and even the same “insider secrets” to make hot shirts for other organizations.

So as of 2015 we have directed ALL of our focus on selling and creating the hottest Alpha inspired shirts and garments. Not because we don’t care about the other orgs, actually on the contrary, when we do new clothing for other orgs, we want it to be the best. We do not want to put out sub-par clothing just for the sake of putting out new designs. We pride ourselves on our artwork, and art direction we give to our commissioned artists, and we want to keep making the best clothes and designs possible, not the MOST.

When we started this company we wanted to be an art driver brand. We branded ourselves as the Signature Lifestyle brand for Greeks. We are connected to the black Greek social life. During the most trying times in our nation, we have been in the forefront fighting for justice, fighting for civil rights, and fighting for change. We want our brand to convey that college experience. The more direct our focus, the more direct our branding stategies can be.

Which brings us to our new line! Our Spring 2015 line is called: The GOLD STANDARD. We named our line to show the Alpha Spirit. Alphas not only have the recognition of being the first Black Greek Lettered Organization, but still remaining a trailblazer in Greek Life after 100+ years on the yard.

We reprinted our Hard Days – Long Nights crew neck now available in gold. It was one of our best sellers last year during winter with our crew neck fleece, so we wanted to come back this spring with the GOLD version for Alphas.
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Our next shirt in the release is our new G.I. Joe inspired Cobra Commander. We know the cobra is an iconic symbol in Egyptology and with members of Alpha during their favorite party strolls or step shows so we wanted to create a shirt to bring in some of that classic imagery. We haven’t seen too many shirts with a cobra, and with Alpha trying to get away from the imagery of Apes we thought this was a good opportunity to start that trend.16783888361_bf05523a17_z16785037375_2a8df0ac02_z


Our final shirt in the release is my personal favorite from the 2015 collection: The GOLD STANDARD. We really wanted to showcase our style with a street wear design originally inspired by the Yellow Tea Rose. Made in Ithaca was created to be a simple, clean, edgy graphic with an overlay of tattoo styled roses within the bold seven for “The Jewels”. We also added a bottom and top rocker to emulate motorcycle club member jackets to really tie in the Street Wear theme.
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I hope you enjoy the new Discreetly Greek line: GOLD STANDARD, I hope you understand our vision, and the choices we are making with our brand.

Thanks for the read!
Rashaun Owner, creative director
Discreetly Greek Brand
Signature Lifestyle Brand

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Vanity Fair :: Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.

From Vanity Fair
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/12/bill-cosby-beverly-johnson-story


BY VICTORIA WILL/AP PHOTO.

Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched. Cosby cut a striking figure on-screen then. He was funny, smart, and even elegant—all those wonderful things many white Americans didn’t associate with people of color. In fact, as I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

Imagine my joy in the mid-80s when an agent called to say Bill Cosby wanted me to audition for a role on the The Cosby Show. Cosby played an obstetrician, and he sometimes used models to portray pregnant women sitting in his office waiting room. It was a small part with one or two speaking lines at most, but I wanted in.

I was in the midst of an ugly custody battle for my only child. I needed a big break badly and appearing on The Cosby Show seemed like an excellent way of getting Hollywood’s attention. I’d appeared in one or two movies already, but my phone wasn’t exactly ringing off the hook with acting jobs.

Cosby’s handlers invited me to a taping of the show so I could get the lay of the land and an idea of what my role required. After the taping I met all the cast and then met with Cosby in his office to talk a bit about the hell I’d been through in my marriage. He appeared concerned and then asked what I wanted from my career going forward. He seemed genuinely interested in guiding me to the next level. I was on cloud nine.

I brought my daughter to the next taping I attended. Afterward, Cosby asked if I could meet him at his home that weekend to read for the part. My ex-husband had primary custody of my daughter at the time, and I usually spent my weekends with her. Cosby suggested I bring her along, which really reeled me in. He was the Jell-O Pudding man; like most kids, my daughter loved him. When my daughter and I visited Cosby’s New York brownstone, his staff served us a delicious brunch. Then he gave us a tour of the exceptional multi-level home.

Looking back, that first invite from Cosby to his home seems like part of a perfectly laid out plan, a way to make me feel secure with him at all times. It worked like a charm. Cosby suggested I come back to his house a few days later to read for the part. I agreed, and one late afternoon the following week I returned. His staff served a light dinner and Bill and I talked more about my plans for the future.

After the meal, we walked upstairs to a huge living area of his home that featured a massive bar. A huge brass espresso contraption took up half the counter. At the time, it seemed rare for someone to have such a machine in his home for personal use.

Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk. (When did a pregnant woman ever appear drunk on The Cosby Show? Probably never, but I went with it.)

As I readied myself to be the best drunk I could be, he offered me a cappuccino from the espresso machine. I told him I didn’t drink coffee that late in the afternoon because it made getting to sleep at night more difficult. He wouldn’t let it go. He insisted that his espresso machine was the best model on the market and promised I’d never tasted a cappuccino quite like this one.

It’s nuts, I know, but it felt oddly inappropriate arguing with Bill Cosby so I took a few sips of the coffee just to appease him.

Now let me explain this: I was a top model during the 70s, a period when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a health spa. I’d had my fun and experimented with my fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and drugged good.

BY DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR

Bill Cosby in 1978.

[Editor’s Note: Cosby’s attorneys did not respond to Vanity Fair’s requests for comment.]

My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop. Cosby motioned for me to come over to him as though we were really about to act out the scene. He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself.

As I felt my body go completely limp, my brain switched into automatic-survival mode. That meant making sure Cosby understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.

“You are a motherfucker aren’t you?”

That’s the exact question I yelled at him as he stood there holding me, expecting me to bend to his will. I rapidly called him several more “motherfuckers.” By the fifth, I could tell that I was really pissing him off. At one point he dropped his hands from my waist and just stood there looking at me like I’d lost my mind.

What happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was in fuller play by that time. I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 110 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked and clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs.

It was still late afternoon and the sun hadn’t completely gone down yet. When we reached the front door, he pulled me outside of the brownstone and then, with his hand still tightly clenched around my arm, stood in the middle of the street waving down taxis.

When one stopped, Cosby opened the door, shoved me into it and slammed the door behind me without ever saying a word. I somehow managed to tell the driver my address and before blacking out, I looked at the cabbie and asked, as if he knew: “Did I really just call Bill Cosby ‘a motherfucker’?”

Why that was even a concern of mine after what I’d just been through is still a mystery to me? I think my mind refused to process it.

The next day I woke up in my own bed after falling into a deep sleep that lasted most of the day. I had no memory of how I got into my apartment or into my bed, though most likely my doorman helped me out.

I sat in there still stunned by what happened the night before, confused and devastated by the idea that someone I admired so much had tried to take advantage of me, and used drugs to do so. Had I done something to encourage his actions?

In reality, I knew I’d done nothing to encourage Cosby but my mind kept turning with question after question.

It took a few days for the drug to completely wear off and soon I had to get back to work. I headed to California for an acting audition. Not long after arriving, I decided I needed to confront Cosby for my own sanity’s sake. I thought if I just called him, he would come clean and explain why he’d done what he had.

I dialed the private number he’d given me expecting to hear his voice on the other end. But he didn’t answer. His wife did. A little shocked, I quickly identified myself to her in the most respectful way possible and then asked to speak to Bill. Camille politely informed me that it was very late, 11:00 P.M. and that they were both in bed together.

I apologized for the late call and explained that I was in Los Angeles and had forgotten about the three-hour time difference. I added that I would call back tomorrow.

I didn’t call back the next day or any other day after that. At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife. How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn’t afford that after my costly divorce and on going court fees.

For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible. So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness. But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed.

Still I struggled with how to reveal my big secret, and more importantly, what would people think when and if I did? Would they dismiss me as an angry black woman intent on ruining the image of one of the most revered men in the African American community over the last 40 years? Or would they see my open and honest account of being betrayed by one of the country’s most powerful, influential, and beloved entertainers?

As I wrestled with the idea of telling my story of the day Bill Cosby drugged me with the intention of doing God knows what, the faces of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and countless other brown and black men took residence in my mind.

As if I needed to be reminded. The current plight of the black male was behind my silence when Barbara Bowman came out to tell the horrific details of being drugged and raped by Cosby to the Washington Post in November. And I watched in horror as my longtime friend and fellow model Janice Dickinson was raked over the coals for telling her account of rape at Cosby’s hands. Over the years I’ve met other women who also claim to have been violated by Cosby. Many are still afraid to speak up. I couldn’t sit back and watch the other women be vilified and shamed for something I knew was true.

BY KAL YEE.

When I sat down to write my memoir in 2013, I pondered if I should include my Cosby experience. I didn’t want to get involved in a he-said/she-said situation. Now that other women have come forward with their nightmare stories, I join them.

Finally, I reached the conclusion that the current attack on African American men has absolutely nothing to do at all with Bill Cosby. He brought this on himself when he decided he had the right to have his way with who knows how many women over the last four decades. If anything, Cosby is distinguished from the majority of black men in this country because he could depend on the powers that be for support and protection.

I had to use my voice as a sister, mother, and grandmother, and as a woman who knows that, according to the C.D.C., nearly one in five women has been sexually assaulted at some time in her life, and that women of color face an even higher attack rate.

In part because of what happened to me nearly 30 years ago, I have agreed to serve on the board of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. The experience has been as humbling as it has been rewarding. Many of the young children I work with have been sexually abused and I watch in awe of their bravery as they work to recover and feel better.

How could I be any less brave?

Beverly Johnson was a top model during the 70s and 80s and was the first African American woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.

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5 Unique Black Greek Apparel Shops Online

Traditional Black Greek apparel is widely available at various online stores. However, if you are looking for unique Greek paraphernalia that will make your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters jealous — we’ve got you covered. From t-shirts and jackets, to hoodies and everything in between, we have researched five online shops that will “Turn Up” your Black Greek apparel game.

Discreetly Greek

Discreetly Greek: Thunder Power Bebop Shirt (Omega Psi Phi)Known for its clean, cutting edge, and vintage designs, Discreetly Greek is a fashion forward signature brand started in 2009 by Rashaun Collins. While the site boasts a variety of Black Greek apparel, they are particularly famous for their t-shirts without the use of Greek letters. New products include the “Deltas Never Forget!” deep v-neck shirts, and the “Karrots & Diamonds Kappa Tank.” Their top selling product is the “Thunder Power Bebop”, this Que Dawgs shirt was inspired by 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and vintage bands t-shirts. As a special thanks to HBCU Lifestyle readers, you can use the promo code: HBCULIFESTYLE for a 25% discount on your whole order. This promo ends on December 12, 2014. View their Instagram @discreetlygreek.

Bloody But Unbowed

BUBB Greek Gifts: Work, Pray and have a GPA (Delta Sigma Theta)Bloody But Unbowed (BBUB) is a phrase that means “proud of what one has achieved despite having suffered great difficulties or losses.” The team at BBUB has an arsenal of unique designs displayed on crewnecks, T-shirts and buttons for you to represent your Black fraternity or sorority. BBUB’s top selling products include the “1908” and “Ice Cold” button packages and the “You have to work, and pray, and have a GPA!” T-shirts. Custom orders are available for individuals or chapters with your line name and number on the back of any available products. Check them out on Instagram @bbubgreekgifts.

Greek Gear

Alpha Kappa Alpha Keep Calm T-ShirtsGreek Gear has one of the largest selections of officially licensed Black Greek apparel on the web. Started back in 1999 by Joseph Tantillo, Greek Gear is considered one of the top experts in the fraternity and sorority market. If you are seeking unique gifts, or want something for yourself – there are good chances that Greek Gear has it in their Divine Nine collection. To keep things fresh and unique, they constantly add new products and update their existing designs. Whether you are looking for t-shirts, custom line jackets or twill hoodies with beautifully sewn Greek letters this is the shop for you. What’s more? You can design your Greek T-shirts with their handy online customization tools.

All Greeked Out

Brown & Gold All Greeked Out (Iota Phi Theta)All Greeked Out, also known as AGO is a new clothing line started by two HBCU alumni that attended Cheney University and Delaware State Universities. Unlike many other Black Greek Apparel shops, AGO focuses on detailed artwork, and they do not print official signs or shields. Products include the “All Greeked Out”, and the “Greek Alphabet” T-shirts in the various Divine Nine organization’s colors. If you are looking for something not available on their site, custom orders are available by request. Instagram @allgreekedout.

It’s A Black Thang.com

It's A Black Thang Zeta Phi Beta capIt’s A Black Thang.com is known for its superior collection of African- American products and gifts. Included in this collection are some hard to find Black Greek apparel, and related products. From graphic T-shirts, Nascar style jackets, cardigan sweaters and caps being their key offerings. Their excellent selection of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities paraphernalia is sure to help you represent the pride and commitment to your Black Greek Letter Organization. When you visit the website’s homepage, look for the “Fraternity and Sorority” tab on the left of the page.

Art for arts sake…

Flock of sheep, New Zealand, Pacific

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
– WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech to Royal Academy of Art, 1953

We receive of lots of emails, comments, or inquries on when we will release tees for other organizations, or why we don’t have the same amount of items for other organizations like we do for Alpha.

Our easy, political response is money and cash flow. As a small business, the amount of your cash flow can make or break a business. I spent easily the first 3-4 years running Discreetly Greek soley on my own personal disposable income. With that being said,  let’s just say we had two designs per each org in the divine nine. With 9 orgs that would be 18 different designs. With prints in the numbers of 50-100 shirts  for each design, that could easily be 1000 to almost 2,000 tees on hand at any time. After a while, keeping that many different designs stocked at all times, the inventory alone could easily take over a small home business.

We also have to take into consideration demand and where sales come from.  Alpha, AKA’s, Deltas, and Kappas round out the biggest consumers for Greek paraphranalia. I beleive it is loosely connected to when organizations were founded and their current membership numbers. Which brings us to why we print what we print.

We strive high to create out of the box designs, creative and edgy artwork that make you really think. Some orgs allow for less cliche designs than others. If we printed clothing and apparel with letters it would be easier to have items for all orgs, but we don’t want to put out subpar work just fill a spot or a need.

Let’s take Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for example:
With Egyptology as its main focus and framework, the inspiration is virtually endless, with super greek spellings using PH, using the rich colors of black and gold that easily attract the eye, and even the informal mascots: the ape and Pharaoh, coming up with Alpha designs are usually pretty easy for companies that aren’t even greek based. If you go to any picnic or live event you will see vendor tables filled with Alpha inspired stuff, because ultimately the imagery is well known and it is easier to convey your message on apparel. A lot of the “vendors” you see selling Alpha wares can easily make a quick buck using very easy, cliche designs that have sold for years.

Same thing holds true for Deltas and Kappas and AKA para.  Kappas have the most informal “mascots” and imagery representing their organization. With the playboy bunny, red and white striped KANE, the use of diamonds, super greek spelling of anything with a C changed to a K, Kappas have many different ways to convey a message via apparel. Phi Nu Pi, JAPAN, Nupes and Pretty boy correlations are also other ways to to be inspired for alternate ideas.

The more history, informal secrets or mascots, the easier it is for NON members of said to make apparel that is wearable to someone that has a deep connection to the imagery.

That is the exact reason our Discreetly Greek inspired Alpha Phi Alpha shirts have a little more POP to them, only because we have a connection to Alpha within our heart, as an owner and creative director, I try not to play favorites, but I also have to think of the business and where sales trends are coming from. It would be a better business decsion to reprint a hot seller, than take the risk or printing a tee that might not sell, or as fast to keep cash flow and print perpetually to always have our best sellers stocked.

As a small business, each print or new item we release, each dollar spent has to be weighed on what opportunity cost is, and what we we have to forgoe for not allocating those funds to another print.

If my awesome customers, fans, and followers would like to submit ideas, we would love the opportunity if we can use your ideas to fit our brand asthetic.

Please send all emails to sales@integralapparel.com with the subject “IDEA TRAIN”

If your design is used in any way you can receive some free gear and even be paid cash for your idea!

Thanks for the read!

Rashaun Owner, creative director
Discreetly Greek Brand
Signature Lifestyle Brand

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Snapbacks are the new black!

We are nearing the Discreetly Greek 5 year anniversary and we have a learned a lot in the last few years.

Every year we add a new goal or way to push ourselves as a brand. In 2014 we wrote on our goal board to “Scare Yourself in 2014” When I wrote that, I didn’t know what that meant, but I did know what it DIDN’T mean.

In the past we spent a lot of time posting teasers and sending out designs to members of the other orgs to confirm if a new item would be a hot seller. It definitely helped understand other organizations and their need for more fashionable ‘nalia, but it also told us that we didn’t trust our brand and direction.

Don’t get me wrong, we still need to run new ideas by our informal DGRK Street Team of supporters, but we also need to TRUST our knowledge of the industry, greek fashion and what our customers want to see and wear. We started this company knowing we wanted to be the PHIRST (excuse the supergreek spelling) greek ‘nalia company to BRAND itself and not the organizations letters themselves. It took some time but we are now at the point where we can take on bigger projects and apparel items that WE want to wear. Which brings us to the Snapbacks!

We worked hard on this new addition to our collection and worked with a great artist to take our art direction to a new level. The Ithaca Pharaohs Snapback and tee was created and inspired heavily from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
We noticed members of Alpha naturally gravitating to the MLB team the Pittsburgh Pirates black and gold P hats, but we wanted to create our own imagery playing off Egyptology and gave Ithaca a new baseball team!

We opted to go with a two-tone black-billed, heather bodied Original Chuck snapback with a solid black snap closure. We feel it really ties the whole Pittsburgh Pirates Greek parody together. The P from the hat can also be seen in the design on the bust of the Pharaoh as well as in the custom lettering at the top of the design. We also took it another step and did custom “New Era” Parody stickers to compliment the hat!

 

 

Kudos to the artist: Colin Gauntlett – www.designsbygaunty.com for bringing the idea to life from sketch to cotton!

 

 

 

If you have been following us you can see in every line release that we add to the collection we strive to get better and continue to strengthen our brand and following. You will continue to see more logo work and emphasis on the lifestyle of being greek and not always connecting to one org.

Thanks for the read!
Rashaun Owner, creative director
Discreetly Greek Brand
Signature Lifestyle Brand

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Combed, tubular, and tri-blend, Oh my! T-shirts 101

Welcome class! Please make sure you pull out your syllabus..
Tell me you don’t miss hearing those words every semester!

When I started Discreetly Greek in 2009, I thought I had it all figured out. I knew which shirts I wanted to print on, my price point, my demographic and audience, even how I wanted to BRAND our company as the go to in Greek Inspired ‘nalia but around every corner we learned some new and very humbling experiences.

I wanted to help some new designers and possible future clothing line owners with the some small details and key terminology in the apparel and clothing industry that we are ALL scared to ask what the terms really mean because we assume everyone knows these answers! Remember: there are no stupid questions!

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  • Decorated Apparel

As frilly and dated as it sounds, that is our industry.  It is anything connected to embroidery, digital garment decorating, and screen printing. It can cover many areas, but if it’s on apparel or PUT onto any type of wearable material, it technically is decorated!

  • Combed / Ring Spun / Tri-Blend

Combed ring spun cotton Bella tee above.

There are lots of different types of garments to print on, after a while it gets overwhelming to decide on a shirt to print with. Here is a small list of the most general terms you will hear when choosing a garment to print on.

Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fiber, obtained from the seed pod of the cotton plant, that is made into strands of fiber. These strands of cotton fiber are twisted together to make yarn that is then woven together to make a section of material.

Ring-spun cotton starts with the same cotton fiber strands, but in the Ring-spun process the yarn is made by continuously twisting and thinning the strands making a very fine rope of cotton fibers. The twisting makes the short hairs of cotton stand out, resulting in a stronger yarn with a significantly softer hand.

Combed: When cotton is harvested, it is cleaned to remove dirt and seeds, and then carded. Carding separates the fibers and roughly lines them up, so that they all lie in the same direction. When cotton is combed, fine brushes are used to pull out any remaining impurities, along with short cotton fibers. Approximately 15% of the volume is removed, leaving behind only long, straight fibers which are even and aligned allowing for an even more soft hand. Screen Printers usually prefer it because how easily and consistent the ink lays down due to fibers being aligned and combed.
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  • Types of inks and when to use them.

Since we are on the subject of printing and laying the ink, lets discuss inks and some of the most used ink types. The only other overwhelming variable connected to printing besides selecting your blank shirt is the ink. Now if you never knew there were different inks or processes to get ink onto/into the shirt then you might want to speak to your current screen printer to see about alternate options or it’s time to switch!

Discharge inks: Discharge screen printing is becoming very popular in today’s market. Through it is not as environmentally friendly as the Water Based Inks, discharge water based screen printing inks offer a unique solution for garment decoration. This ink can be printed as direct discharge, dye discharge, or used as an under base for water based or plastisol inks. Discharge water based inks generate a softer feel on garments and give a unique vintage look that customer’s love. It actually dyes the area of the shirt where the ink is laid and changes the garment color, allowing for no ink to be felt on the shirt.
$$$ Most expensive

Water Based inks: Water-based inks produce ultra soft prints and are the most eco-friendly inks available. Water-based inks are used by organizations with a desire to maintain a green profile and fashion-oriented companies looking for a soft-to-the-hand feel. With the consistency of water and a translucent base, designing for these inks should be reserved for minimal detail and color. A great shirt to use this method would be dark color print on a light tri-blend garment.
$$ Medium expense


Plastisol:
Super durable and looks great on any color garment. Formulated to achieve superior opacity and color matching accuracy, plastisol inks are the most commonly used inks for screen printed apparel. Made of PVC with an oil base, the hand, or the feel of ink left after it is printed is definitely noticeable, and sometimes can almost seem shiny because of the PVC used and how it is printed ON TOP shirt fibers rather than embedded.
$ Least expensive
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  • Types of tees

Of course we know that t-shirts and other garment use cotton, but what else is out there to print on?

100% Cotton: It’s said that the real advantage of 100% cotton fabrics is their smoothness – some claim it feels better to the skin, have a finer drape, are more breathable, etc. A  major disadvantage for many natural fibers is their tendency to wrinkle, and cotton is no exception. Pure cotton garments need a lot of attention to keep them looking their best.

Tri-Blend: Usually with a cotton, polyester, nylon blend in many cases, blending cotton with other fibers produces garments that are stronger, more breathable and more eye-catching. Synthetic fibers like polyester and rayon can add a more lustrous shine and texture to a shirt that would be impossible to achieve with just pure cotton. Usually limited with the types of inks you would want to print with. Due to not being 100% cotton, it wouldn’t breathe as well as its alternative. A plastisol ink will feel heavy compared to the thin flexible material of the tri-blend, however a water based ink or discharge would compliment a tri-blend very well.
Side seam vs Tubular: The majority of modern T-Shirts have a body that is made from a continuously woven tube, so the torso has no side seams. This is accomplished with special weaving machines called circular looms, which produce seamless fabric for tube tops, stockings, and the like.  More high-end t-shirt blanks lean toward side seams, it allows for the body of the tee to stay in its classic shape without any twisting.

That should give you a good head start when sending emails or quotes to a printer. Always keep in mind, there are lots of variables to printing that totally change how you want the end product to look like. Make sure you work close with your printer and have examples ready of the type of product you are looking for to give them a better idea of which shirts and inks that will work best for your project.

We are sure we missed another few thousand things, but this will definitely get you from behind the eightball! Any questions contact us!Sales@discreetlyGreek.com

Check out our brand!
http://discreetlygreek.com/
The Signature lifestyle brand

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We got featured on the awesome I am the Trend Blog!

Check em out! Great resource and one stop shop for anything Awesome!

IAmTheTrend is an online magazine that finds the newest and coolest indie clothing companies, artists, bands and products and delivers them daily.


 

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Cherry Sauce

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Wicked Clothes

http://www.wickedclothes.com

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City of Win

http://cityofwin.com

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Castle Adrift

http://www.castleadrift.com

castle adrift


The places we will go!

I wanted to give customers, fans, followers, and stalkers of Discreetly Greek a way to see a small window into the order fulfillment (shipping orders) process. I won’t pretend that before I got into the clothing industry that I was a tad bit nervous of the logistics (pun intended) and how it all went down!

Do I ship in a box, a poly, what the hell even is a “Poly bag”?
A lot of those questions came into my head, but once the first order came in almost 3/12 years ago came in, it was too late to think and start DOING!

I have a lot of the smaller, new clothing lines asking me lots of details about running your own independent store, so I wanted to use this almost like a How to and a glimpse behind the scenes.
Sit back, grab a brew or glass of wine and enjoy!

Step 1: SHIPPING
The first step is printing the shipping label. My shopping cart is seamlessly connected to paypal so shipping is rather simple, no one can get anything until you print the label! I don’t use stickers because they are too costly. I use regular old office paper and sometimes I even print old slides from lectures! Hey, recycle, reduce, reuse! I am thinking green!

After printing, it’s time to fill the order. Usually orders are filled in a rush, heading out somewhere, so while reading this feel free to add a few random cuss words and some “babe, where are my car keys comments” while you follow along.

People are always excited to get candy in their order! I see it as a small thank you for their continued support, but also a way to separate my company from others. A miniscule way to say “hey I appreciate your order, and you are not only order #124656. We hand write a note, and draw something on the package as well to let my customers know each and every order is hand packaged and appreciated.

Wife's hand written notes

After the notes, candies, business card and other random goodies go into the bag, than it’s time to double-check the order. I have on several occasions sent the wrong size or shirt to the wrong customer, getting confused on who bought what. After a few lessons learned, I now do each order separate from the others so there is no way to get confused if Joe bought the Alpha Ayes tee or did Jane buy the Kappa Playboy tee!

Once quality control is checked, we double-check weight to make sure it’s ready to go and finish our doodle on the back and it’s ready to see the post man!

Orders in-house are processed usually within the first 24 hours. I ship first class using the USPS. Once it is scanned in, it can be at the customers door within 2 days, but no later than 5. Customers receive a tracking so they know exactly where their tee is once it leaves Discreetly Greek HQ.
So there is a small glimpse into the behind the scenes of Discreetly Greek and how we ship orders. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wholesale inquiries! Sales@integralapparel.com subject: WHOLESALE

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Discreetly Greek – taking over your yard, one tee at a time

Finally!

I finally got my blog up and running! I know, I know it’s been a long time, welcome to the 19th century!

I first of all want to say MANY thanks to all the supporters, the fans, followers, tweeters, googlers, and anyone else had has made the transition from t-shirt hobby to full time independent clothing designer/owner!

This is going to be the place where I:

  • promote
  • hype
  • rant
  • showcase

And anything in between that makes sense in my industry.  I will make sure to highlight people along the way that has helped and mold Discreetly Greek into what it is today! A powerhouse in greek nalia!

So sit back, stay awhile, enjoy the pretty pictures!

Discreetly Greek – taking your yard over – one tee at a time!