one69A Launch DTGMCR Website.
We decided at the start of 2019 to look into new technologies. We visited the printwear and promotion show at the NEC in Birmingham to see what was on offer. The thing that stood out the most was Direct to Garment (DTG) printing. We trawled the whole show, looking at all the different brands of printers, getting samples and asking questions. We left knowing we were going to buy the Epson F2100 DTG Printer.
A month passed where we pulled together a business plan. We secured finance and ordered the printer. Part of the business plan was to build a new business and website to go with the new technology. We love screen printing and we will always offer the analogue way of printing through one69A but thought the DTG should be a stand alone company.
The main advantages of DTG over screen printing is not having any setup costs or minimum orders. It works just like a normal printer apart from firing ink on to fabric rather than paper. The DTG can also print full colour images and print on dark garments. For prototyping and small orders it is ideal. For limited colours and larger order, screen printing is still the better medium for the job.
For the new website we wanted to allow the customer to design their own t-shirt online. Choose colours of garments, the design that goes on them and how many they want. There are options to have t-shirts delivered or pick up from our base at Islington Mill. You get a full price for the job and can order straight away.
We also have a shop on the new website where artists and designers can sell their wares. We get sent artwork that gets uploaded to the site then customers can browse and buy the garments. All the products are printed to order so there is no need to hold stock. The artist or designer does not have to put down any money. All they need to do is send the artwork over, share it on social media, get orders in, then get paid. We are trying to make the making, buying and selling process as easy as possible, at the very best quality.
Have a look at our new website. Let us know what you think.
The one69A team.x