First Look At T-Shirt Competition Winner Samuel’s Design

You may remember us running a t-shirt competition back in November offering one lucky person the chance to have their 4 colour design screen printed as 25 tees. Almost 600 entries later our contest bot selected Samuel B. Thorne as the winner. He’s spent the last few months perfecting his design and it was screen printed last week week. We’re pretty impressed with what he’s come up with so decided to find out a little more about his drawing habits and existing t-shirt collection.

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London Collections: Men – Highlights from the AW16 Showcase

London Collections: Men drew to a close yesterday after a weekend of showcases, catwalks and celebrity appearances. Though only 4 years young the event has firmly established itself as one of the key dates in the international menswear calendar “emphasising both the creative and commercial importance of British brands and emerging talent”. For anyone thinking ahead and seeking inspiration for their own collection here’s an overview of the key trends that have dominated over the last 4 days and which will determine what you’ll be wearing come September 2016.

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Stand Out With Speciality Screen Printing Inks

The new year might have you thinking about fresh collections and ways to push your brand forward. In the busy independent clothing label market sometimes an original design alone is not enough to set you apart, that’s where speciality screen printing inks come in. Here’s a little breakdown of some of the most popular options available here at 3rd Rail.

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Our Top 10 Tees of 2015

2015 has been a busy year for 3rd Rail with more projects passing through our studio than ever before. From exciting collaborations and exhibitions to jobs which have forced us to really push the boundaries of screen printing all in all we’re pretty happy with how this year has turned out and theres no slowing down for 2016. Here’s a look at some of our favourite t-shirts from the last 12 months.

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Some Of Our Favourite Independent Brands Let Us In On Their Design Secrets

Screen printing for independent clothing brands really keeps our job interesting. It’s extremely rewarding to see someone progress from a small run of their first design to a full blown collection and we love helping facilitate the growth. You may remember our previous post about 5 Ways To Set Your Streetwear Brand Apart From The Rest but what if you don’t have a brand yet and you’re only just taking the first tentative steps on your design journey? We spoke to some of our customers who have managed to successfully launch their own lines by incorporating screen printed garments and asked them:

 What’s the first thing you do when designing a new garment?

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Join the Printed Tote Bag Movement

The popularity of the humble cotton tote has been on a steady increase since 2007 when designer Anya Hindmarch teamed up with Sainbury’s in a bid to encourage a more eco friendly approach to carrier bag use. Her canvas ‘I am not a plastic bag’ tote sold out within an hour. The amount of people who actually used their purchase to lug home their weekly shopping is probably close to none (they still retail on Ebay for around £100) but they were instrumental in fuelling the tote movement.

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