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St. Patrick’s Day

Here we are, it’s already coming up on St Patrick’s Day! The transition from pink and red hearts to GREEN clovers. This is THE big Irish day. Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’re simply commemorating the Christianization of Ireland during the 5th century by Maewyn Succat. The Irish patron saint was actually British. According to the legend, he was sold into slavery in Ireland when he was a teenager, became religious, escaped back to England, became an ordained priest named Patrick and started converting all of the Irish Celtic pagans to Christianity. He was the one who originally introduced the Holy Trinity to the King by using the shamrock thus making it a popular symbol. The holiday marks St. Patrick’s death and has been observed as a religious holiday in Ireland for over 1500 years. Ireland only officially started celebrating the day in 1903. Since the Emerald Isle is mainly catholic and St. Patrick’s Day usually falls on Lent, it used to be a quiet and religious holiday – until the 1960s, when a law allowed pubs to open on St. Paddy’s Day. (Never call it St. Patty’s Day!) Now, the 17th of March is a moment of celebration for those of Irish descent all around the world.

Green is everywhere, people buy goodies to accessorize their outfits and every pub is decorated in green and clovers for the big crowds coming in to drink the traditional green beer. Even rivers, monuments and even ski resorts have all been turned green to commemorate the occasion. Ironically, even though everyone goes green, Patrick himself apparently preferred blue and proof can still be seen on old Irish flags. During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, wearing the clover and the color green became a symbol of nationalism – and it stuck.

This is also a great time of year to take advantage of our fun and affordable Promotional Products for your company or personal party as giveaways or commemorative items. Some of our fun and most popular items are silicon wristbands, Can Koolers, stadium cups, lanyards, or Coasters to put under the many beverages that will be consumed. Don’t forget to decorate the place with printed inflatable balloons.

Do you want to personalize some goodies for your next event? Contact Signet Screen Printing and Embroidery today and let us help you personalize your holidays year-round!

Southern Girl

Southern Girl

Let us Bring Out the Southern Girl in You!

What is a Southern Girl? There are many definitions, but here are the top 10 ways to help identify a true Southern Girl:
1) Simple, yet elegant.
2) Loves jeans and cowboy boots.
3) Frequents places that serve sweet tea.
4) Listens to mellow music.
5) Full of Southern hospitality.
6) Generous, sweet, and always polite.
7) Y’all is the only pronoun they need.
8) When it comes to hair – bigger is better.
9) Any sentence started with “Bless your heart…” could be good or bad.
10) They live by Reese Witherspoon’s words “If it doesn’t move, monogram it!”

How can we help you show off the Southern Girl in you? Whether it be through monograms for your clothes, hats, shoes, or even your vehicles – we’ve done it all. How about a nice custom designed shirt with your favorite Southern saying in sparkle?

Visit our website page to Design Your Own, check out our various apparel catalogs, stop by, or call us and let us bring out the Southern Girl in you!

Fall Coats

Fashionable Coats

Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, but as we woke up the last couple of mornings and felt the crisp air, it was a clear reminder of how fast it’s approaching – it’s time to start thinking about coats. Although we are still able to enjoy the warm afternoons, the evenings and mornings are already dropping into the freezing temperature ranges. Don’t fret though, with our fast turnaround time, you can still get your stylish cold weather gear in plenty of time!

We have many varieties of coats to choose from – whether outside brings a mild chill or the extreme cold. You can also make your choice based on style and functionality. The ideal winter coat is made to keep you warm, easy to layer under, easy to move in, not too bulky and, ideally, something that you don’t feel like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Stay Puft while wearing it. Stay trendy with a double-breasted, mid-length, classic coat or add style and functionality with one of our parkas. Already have all of the basics? Then update your coat closet with classic fall colors like red, deep purple, and dark blues.

Here are a few tips on the top Coat Trends:
3-in-1 Coat – For versatility with the changing temperatures, go for the 3-in-1 coat that gives you the ability to add or remove a special liner and jacket shell. Layer them all together or wear them as individual pieces as the weather dictates.
High Collar – If you don’t like to wear scarves, a high-collar coat is the one for you! It’s an absolute life saver during the bitter winter months.
Hooded Wool Coat – Hooded coats are always great for extra protection against the cold. Pick a nice wool coat in a trendy color to protect yourself against the harshest cold temperatures.
Pea Coats – Slightly shorter and boxier than most coats, they are great for everyday wear and can be worn to work and social functions seamlessly and fashionably.
Trench Coats – This classic coat never goes out of style. Traditionally longer and belted, this coat can be worn to school, work, parties, etc. Single or double-breasted, it’s functional and fashionable.
Winter Parkas – Super warm and sporty, the parka is always a great choice. To keep a modern look, pick one that has a cinched waist to avoid the puffed up look. As the climate changes, so can the need…get one with a detachable hood or fur trim to keep you warm in the harshest temperatures and be removed when it gets warmer.

Regardless of the coat you choose, add your company logo, personalize it with a monogram, or just show off your unique style! Check out all of our varieties or come by Signet today to choose the right look for you! Not ready for the winter coat just yet? You can also choose from an assortment of fleeces, vests, and lightweight jackets. Whatever the need – we will find the one that works for you.

HalloweenHalloween T-Shirt – Show Your Creativity!

Not sure what to be for Halloween this year? Want to save money on expensive costumes? Do you like to wear Halloween themed shirts more than just on Halloween?

Come by our showroom or check out our Design Your Own website app and have one of our top notch artists create a custom Halloween shirt for you, your family, or even a group of friends (think M&M’s or Skittles). Whether it is a fun saying, a super hero, a traditional Halloween icon, or a personal design, let us help you create a fun and personalized shirt.

Choose from standard Halloween colors or select a high-visibility color that will provide extra safety for trick-or-treaters. Long sleeve, short sleeve, or even hoodies – the options are endless! Get creative and order yours today and have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Happy Trick-or-Treating!

Get Your Pink On

Breast Cancer Awareness – Get Your Pink On!

Fall is fast upon us. While some people dread the upcoming cold, others revel in the changing season and beautiful, vast array of colors. The vibrant changing of the trees, the bright oranges of the pumpkin patch, and the greens and reds in the apple orchards – all waiting for the picking. But in October, our favorite color is Pink – the most recognized color for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is a disease that has or can change the lives of anyone in an instant. Whether it is a close friend, spouse, or family member, it’s a scary diagnosis that affects 1 in every 8 women (12%) in the U.S. For women, breast cancer has the highest death rate of all cancer types and is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed next to skin cancer. There is hope – there are very successful breast cancer treatments available, but it is critical that everyone is aware of how important early detection is to overcoming this disease. We may not be able to change the beautiful scenery outside to pink, but we can definitely show our support to all those around us that may be dealing with this disease directly or indirectly.

In honor of the fighters, survivors, and angels – Get Your Pink On! Put your inspirational message and the Pink Ribbon on Hats, Polo’s, T-Shirts, Socks, Bags, Promotional Products, and much more! Add the Pink Ribbon to your company logo, design your own awareness slogan by using our website app or coming by and talking with our talented Art Department. Fly a Pink Ribbon flag, hang a sign or banner for all who pass to see. At Halloween, hand out fun awareness gifts like silicone bracelets with motivating messages or an awareness button with inspirational sayings. The ideas and options are limitless – all of which will spread awareness, hope, and the vital message reminding women to perform self-exams or be seen by a doctor and could potentially save a life.

For the month of October, Signet will donate 10% of profits for all purchased Breast Cancer Awareness apparel and products to the Winchester Medical Center Cancer Center. So we encourage you to “Get Your Pink On” and help give the gift of health, safety, and education by spreading awareness. Together, we can make a difference.

 

Statistics provided by: BreastCancer.org

School PrideSchool Pride T-Shirts

Show Your School Pride with Custom Designed Shirts!

Stand out in a crowd and show your school pride with t-shirts that you can easily custom design with Signet Screen Printing and Embroidery by coming into our showroom or using our easy online Design-Your-Own website app.

Contact us today for your Class T-Shirts, “Loud Crowd” tees, Club tees, Proud Parent apparel, or School Staff tees and polos. We can provide your school with most anycolor or style you want from neon pink to tye-dye to camo.

Whether you come by our showroom, call or e-mail us, or visit our online design app, let us help you show your school pride this year!

 

Applique

Applique

An applique is a design that is created by applying a smaller piece of fabric to a surface pattern that is used to decorate a garment or product. It is attached by using a satin stitch overlapping the edge of the material to ensure stability and a neat clean edge.

Make your company logo, favorite design, or personal monogram stand out from the rest by using the different features of fabric, a variety of our metallic and other specialty threads (we even have glow-in-the dark), or even combining your emblem with an applique.

Visit us to check out the many possibilities – Our extremely talented and creative embroidery department would love to help you create the look that you’ve been searching for to make your everyday apparel, gifts, or company basics stand out from the rest – Let’s get creative together!

Placket

A placket is the opening at the neck of a garment. Specifically with polo’s, the term placket refers to the double layers of fabric bands that surround and reinforce fasteners such as buttons, snaps, or zippers. It was originally designed to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are now also being used as a design element.

Men’s polo plackets typically feature 2 or 3 buttons and women’s can have as many as 5 or 6 buttons and run halfway down the shirt to create a distinctive feminine look. The women’s polo can also feature a Johnny collar which is a placket style with an open, short V-neck that does not have fasteners.

Today’s placket trends are largely influenced by the expansion of fabric blends. With the move to polyester and spandex or Lycra blends, the shirts offer more stretch and flexibility that makes them more comfortable and drape better. These fabrics also allow for more vibrant colors that don’t fade as much or as fast as 100% cotton shirts.

Next time you are searching for the perfect polo, make sure to pay close attention to the placket and the various options you can choose from. Visit our website or contact one of your friendly Signet reps today to help you pick out yours!

T-Shirt, History, Screen Print

 

Follow along on our timeline that highlights the great moments in T-shirt history! From the early 1900’s, the T-shirt originally was designed for submariners. Now a combination of functionality, personality, and comfortable fun, the T-shirt is one of the most popular items ever!

 

Visit our website here or contact one of our friendly representatives to go over the many T-shirt variations and customizations for you – whether it be for work, a family event, class reunion, or just everyday fun, the choices of fabric, colors, and designs are endless!

Polos

The Classic Polo

The original polo wasn’t actually a polo at all, it was a button down long sleeve shirt created by John E. Brooks after attending a polo match in 1896 and noticing all of the collars were buttoned down to avoid flapping in the riders faces. The polo shirt became popular when it was worn by Rene Lacoste at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in 1926. He wasn’t happy with the breathability of the standard starched long sleeve shirt, so he designed and wore a loosely-knit collared tee with a 3-button placket and short sleeves thus paving the way for the classic polo design of today. Lacoste and his friend then opened up their own line with the famous alligator logo only to be challenged in popularity by the Ralph Lauren Polo in 1972 that featured the polo player and quickly became an article of clothing worn as a societal status symbol. Fast forward to current day, the polo is still common attire that comes in many varieties of color, fabric, pattern, plackets, and style, but maintains the classic short sleeve, collared appearance. The alligator and Polo symbol have now been replaced with company logo and other embellishments.

Call your friendly Signet representative to pick from our many varieties of polo shirts…classic and modern…and have our expert team embroider your monogram, name, company logo, or whatever else one’s imagination inspires. Need it fast? Signet will have your polo’s completed within 8 business days. Stop by, visit our website, or call us today (540.665.9651) to get your customized polo’s!

Check out our many varieties of polo shirts in one of our catalogs here!