Find information related to our apparel products.
Apparel size charts are available on each product listing in our catalog under the Product Details section.
Adding neck labels
We have prepared an article explaining how to add neck labels.
Printing on apparel
Type of printing
Most of the apparel items in our catalog are printed using the Direct to Garment (DTG) printing method because it allows for maximum detail in your design and color options. It is also more cost-effective for our partners.
DTG is a method where a printer directly applies the ink onto the t-shirt with inkjet technology. It involves a special printer which essentially prints the ink design directly onto the garment. DTG uses specialty inks which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment.
Additionally, we offer edge-to-edge in All-Over Print T-shirts and you can check the details out in our catalog.
All of our apparel vendors are using Kornit printers.
For the DTG process, we use Kornit inks for our direct to garment printing that is specific to our manufacturers' presses. These are all water-based inks.
- Offset inks are for paper printing
- Water-based inks can be used for DTG or screen print production.
Read more about Kornit inks here.
Stock vs non-stock
We offer two levels of fulfillment and production time frames. Our standard production time for apparel is 3-4 business days for the items our manufacturers keep in stock. We also allow our partners to sell items that are not kept on-site at the vendors’ facilities. We call these products “non-stock” apparel.
Two Tiers of Apparel Stocking:
Stocked Apparel: These are items that are always available, barring any unforeseen circumstances such as a nationwide shortage of a specific shirt color or brand.
- Stock Apparel takes up to 3-4 business days to produce.
- If the order for a factory stocked garment spends 6 business days in production, you will receive expedited shipping as a courtesy for the delay. If the order doesn’t ship on the 6th business day, we will upgrade the shipping to overnight.
Non-stock Apparel: These are items that we offer in the Gooten catalog but they’re not kept on-site in the supply rooms at the manufacturer. When an order comes in for a non-stock item, the vendor orders the blank apparel item and ships it to their facility to be printed.
- Non-stock apparel items generally take 2-3 business days to reach our vendor and another 3-4 business days for production.
- If the vendor does not ship the item to your customer on the 8th business day after placing the order, we will upgrade the shipping at no additional cost to you.
We do not keep all colors of a specific model in stock. When an order for a non-stock color comes in, our vendor must order the blank apparel item directly from the manufacturer. For this reason, we quote the production time for non-stock items at 7 business days. We recommend checking our in-stock models here before placing your order.
Popular t-shirt models
Choosing the right shirt model from the broad range of our apparel offering might seem slightly overwhelming but don't worry, we’re here to help!
The most popular t-shirts we offer are:
- Bella 3001 (premium)
- Tultex 202 (standard)
- Tultex 213 (standard)
- Gildan 2000
- District DT6000 (basic)
For more information about each of them, please visit our catalog.
Creating artworks for t-shirts
The print area for apparel products starts 1’’ below the collar. If you need your artwork to print lower, you can leave some transparent space on the top of your image.
CF, CB, and CFCB relate to where the design will be printed on the apparel product. This is essentially the location of where you want to print your design on the apparel product.
- CF- Center Front
- CB- Center Back
- CFCB- Both Center Front and Center Back
We have prepared an in-depth article explaining how to create high-quality artwork for our products.
Apparel production turnaround times
The standard production turnaround time for our US-based apparel products is 3-4 business days and we do offer tracking information for all our apparel shipments from our US vendors. However, if you've placed an order for an item that’s currently out of stock, the production time may take up to 7 business days.
Non-stock items require our manufacturers to place an order for the blank product and then they wait for the delivery of the blank product before it can be printed. In some instances where the original order gets misprinted or damaged during printing, another batch has to be ordered directly from the shirt manufacturer which leads to further delays.
The full list of stocked and non-stocked garments is available here.