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Thirty Years of T-shirts at BSB!

Author: Ryan Rowe | Date: Aug 1, 2019

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Big Star Branding on Thirty Years of T-shirts.

Stack of printed t shirts with left chest design in multiple colors.
Big Star Branding has been in the business for over 30 years. Specializing in custom printed t-shirts, decorated hats, koozies, banners, and anything else you need to promote and elevate your company and brand.  We are in the business of “wowing” our customers. With over 30 years in the industry, BSB continues to expand its product knowledge to ensure the products and services offered are keeping up with the ever changing market trends.  Your brand is our business!  Let us WOW you today
Over the last 30 years we have seen this industry grow, styles change, and quality improve. From "giveaway" T shirts to "retail-ready" wear. Below outlines just how much things have changed over time. 
Our original t-shirt big-seller brands were Sunbelt and Anvil brand t-shirts, which were quintessential 80’s t-shirts that had fun lines & exciting colors. Fruit of the Loom & Hanes t-shirts has always been classic brands that customers trust, recognize and ask for but particularly in the 90’s Hanes created the Beefy-T which had a more substantial, roomier cut & heavier weight fabric which was the style at the time and outsold all other styles.
The early 2000s brought us to styles & colors reminiscent of early Sunbelt with American Apparel brand t-shirts: these were American-made t-shirts with slimmer, tighter silhouettes, lighter, softer fabrics to mimic everyone’s favorite worn-out vintage t-shirt and available in many fun colors.


Gildan Logo Anvil Logo hanes-brand-logo red and whiteAmerican Apparel Logo

T-shirt fabric has evolved in leaps & bounds as well. Initially, we offered two options: 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton polyester blend. Now, Big Star Branding carries more fabric options than you can shake a stick at: including recycled fabrics, bamboo fibers, every possible fiber-blend combination, high-tech wicking & stain-resistant technology and incredibly soft, lightweight, ringspun cotton t-shirts that are just comfortably pleasant to wear. Sizing has also evolved as instead of just t-shirts ranging from small (S) through extra-large (XL) we now offer extra small, slim cuts right on up to 1X through 10X to make sure everyone gets the right fit & looks like part of the team. Most of our shirts are unisex, but we do carry & offer: women’s cuts, children’s sizes & men’s styles when needed. Brands like Fruit of the Loom even offer tag-less t-shirts for custom tag imprints. In the 80’s we would discourage the use of specific t-shirts that shrank or colors like red which could bleed: now all t-shirts are color-safe, do not bleed and are pre-shrunk: things keep getting better! 

 Royal Crown Design Canada Dry Ginger Ale Logo Sonterra Oral Logo DesignCustom T shirt Design Geneva Eagles Design

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So, where are t-shirts today? T-shirt trends don’t seem to hold quite as much sway as the internet makes everything available all the time: customers seem to want to purchase what they like best. So they should, and Big Star Branding offers every price, style & type of t-shirt available from vintage cut v-necks to heavyweight shirts that are durable & stain resistant as well as shirts cheap enough to giveaway & nice enough to want to keep forever. We offer tri-blends and performance t-shirts that come in cool fabrics and fits that are super durable and perfect for sporting teams and athletic training events.  We carry & custom screen print all your favorite t-shirt brands like ADIDAS, American Apparel, Anvil, Bella Canvas, Carhart, Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, Hanes, Jerzees, Nike, Russel & Big Star Branding is an AUTHORIZED UnderArmour decorator and seller. With over a million products offered: if we forget to mention something, just ask a Big Star customer service rep at 210-590-2662.