November '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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8 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 8 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH Stay up to date with what's happening in the world of apparel decorating and news relevant to your business. BIC Graphic and Cap America Enter Strategic Partnership FREDERICKTOWN, Mo.—BIC Graphic North America and Cap America announce a strategic partnership. Through the partnership, BIC Graphic NA offers an assortment of 11 best-selling Cap America styles. The collaboration allows access to Cap America headwear for promotional prod- ucts distributors, including headwear and USA-made knits. "Partnering with Cap America is BIC Graphic's true entrance into the head- wear category," says Kelly Diomeda, BIC Graphic outdoor and leisure prod- uct manager. "Our customers have been asking for retail-style caps and knits they can be proud to put their logo on, and a partnership with Cap America is absolutely the best way we can meet this demand. Offering their high-quality headwear provides a simple solution for customers who are looking to con- solidate vendor spend." Cap America president and COO Mark Gammon, says, "This partnership is the culmination of over three decades of hard work and dedication to the Cap America brand. We are excited to move forward with another industry-leading supplier like BIC Graphic, to provide high quality, retail- inspired headwear to a more diverse market." Custom Ink Acquires Sidestep FAIRFAX, Va.—Custom Ink acquires concert merchandise app and website Sidestep through its apparel company Represent. Sidestep en- ables artists to sell merchandise to fans before, during, and after perfor- mances. Sidestep CEO Eric Jones assumes the role of head of music at Represent and heads up operations for musicians and events in the industry. Sidestep's footprint in the global market spans North America, Europe, and Australia and includes a series of high- profile artists including Adele, Guns N' Roses, and Beyonce. According to TechCrunch, Be- yoncé invested $150,000 into the app back in 2016. The announcement comes during a busy year of changes at the company. In April 2019, Custom Ink entered into a definitive agreement with an investor group to recapitalize the company for its next phase of growth. ZDHC Expands Textile Contributor Lineup AMSTERDAM—The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme welcomes new contributors to its Value Chain Affiliate cat- egory. Two of the three new groups include textile companies. Through joining the category, the companies commit to ZDHC's vision of wide- spread implementation of sustainable chemistry. The newest groups include Smart Shirts Limited, a subsidiary company of Sunrise Group. The group operates a complete supply chain of yarn spin- ning, fabric weaving and finishing, garment manufacturing, and import and export trading. In addi- tion to Smart Shirts, ZDHC welcomes American & Efird (A&E). A&E joined the organization initially in 2017, and ZDHC says the new category furthers the company's commitment to sustainability and chemical management. Elevate Textiles, parent company of A&E, announced in a separate statement that it is also expanding participation in the ZDHC program across its entire portfolio of brands including Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components. PRINTWEAR PEOPLE Trimark (Pittsburgh, Pa.), the ap- parel division of Polyconcept North America (PCNA), announces the hire of Kate Boyce as vice presi - dent and general manager. Boyce oversees all aspects of Trimark's business in the U.S. and Canada, including product strategy, marketing, sales, and service. "Kate is an energetic and results-oriented leader with a real passion for apparel," PCNA president David Nicholson says. "Her success in developing and growing brands in the fast-moving retail sector is a tremendous asset to PCNA as we continue to expand our apparel business." Boyce holds more than 20 years of experience in the industry, including a tenure at Dick's Sporting Goods as VP of women's apparel and VP of outdoor apparel and outerwear. During her time with the com - pany, she led strategic initiatives to expand the Dick's product portfolio, drive sales, increase margins, and grow market share in the apparel sector. "I am proud to join Trimark, a strong brand with a deep legacy of bringing innovative and retail-inspired active and outerwear to market," Boyce says. "I look forward to working with the teams at both PCNA and Trimark, leveraging my experience to help to grow the business and build upon the company's position as an industry leader." InkCups (Danvers, Mass.) names Frank Milne as vice president of finance. Milne comes to the role with more than 25 years of executive-level experience. As vice president of finance, Milne is responsible for overseeing Inkcups' financial operations, as well as business development and process improvement. "Frank's extensive knowledge and experience cou- pled with his hands-on leadership approach will serve as an asset to Inkcups," says Benjamin Adner, CEO of Inkcups. "We are pleased to add Frank to our team." Milne comes to the company from Symmetry Medi- cal, a contract manufacturer for orthopedic medical devices. He holds B.S. and MBA degrees from South- ern New Hampshire University. PW Boyce Milne

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