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Laundry Love Helps Those in Need

Everyone deserves to have clean clothes. In our opinion, this is a basic human right. No one should have to live their lives feeling dirty and filthy with who knows what growing who knows where.

A charity called Laundry Love agrees with us. This organization out of Portland, Oregon “aims to help people who are struggling financially by partnering with local laundromats to offer free laundry services.”

The magic has been happening for over a decade since the organization launched in 2002 out of Ventura, California. It all started when Greg Russinger, the national director, helped a man in need who just wanted to be treated like a human being. The homeless man felt that people treated him worse because he didn’t have clean clothes. So, Russinger made that happen for the man by finding a laundromat and giving him the money and supplies to clean his clothes.

Since then, Laundry Love has helped about 300,000 people get clean clothes. This has totaled to over 450,000 loads of laundry to people without homes or jobs. These services are also extended to people who have survived natural disasters and people who are just generally down and out. Laundry Love will even help a person get a job interview wtih properly laundered and starched clothes.

In some of the larger branches nationwide, Laundry Love offers more than laundry services. They really try to connect the community to the heart of the issue by offering tutoring services for disadvantaged children, basic medical care and even care packages of food.

For many people, the impact of the services offered is huge. Many homeless and other people down on their luck are able to get back on their feet with the help of Laundry Love. There are numerous reports of these same people returning to Laundry Love to pay it forward.

In one case, a homeless man came back and offered $2 in quarters to Rusch, a member of an Arkansa-based branch. The man said, “I don’t need Laundry Love’s services anymore. The help that you guys gave me allowed me to get back on my feet. I know the power of what [$2] can do.”

While $2 may not seem like much, the gesture is what counts.

You can become a part of this humanitarian effort in your area. There are Laundry Love branches all over the country. To take the gesture a step further, give someone a shirt embroidered with a heartfelt message from the pros at custom embroidery in Las Vegas. You can really make your gift personal with the help of American Stitch. For more information about this embroidery store, contact 702.233.8567

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New Workout Clothes Incorporate Technology

Technology is infiltrating every aspect of modern life. It’s no surprise that clothing is getting the same upgrades. This is especially true for workout gear.

If you work out regularly, you know how durable your clothes have to be. Whatever your particular workout routine, it can be assumed that your clothes undergo a lot of stress from the workout itself to the laundering after. Even if you don’t work out regularly, there’s a good chance you appreciate the strength and flexibility of workout clothing. They’re comfortable and most recently, can double as business casual.

That is why it seems more and more clothing companies are incorporating technology into their creations. There seems to be an expectation that every new clothing release is capable of more than the one before it. The result of this can be seen most in the numbers. While general clothing sales have struggled, workout clothing sales have soared in comparison following this motto. In one year, active wear sales have increased 8 percent. The sales of other clothing rose only 1 percent in comparison.

It is very possible that the higher sales are due to the technology. People will buy multiples of the same thing as long as they think the new item is better than the last. In 2015, clothing companies will be taking advantage of this in a whole new way.

The Stuff of Science Fiction

Perhaps one of the most interesting developments is the addition of Kevlar and Cordura. Reebok will be adding Kevlar to almost all its merchandise. Cordura, a super strong material found on car seats, was released in July. The names of the fabrics alone make it sound that active wear of the future will be the stuff of science fiction.

Another popular development is the incorporation of anti-stink technology. Different companies achieve this with different methods, but the end result is the same. You can have a heavy workout and not smell. Of course, you won’t leave the gym smelling like a field of flowers. The technology just neutralized the odor causing bacteria that get trapped in the threads of the fabric.

Active wear isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting developments. Some of them are down right weird. One German company is known for making the threads of their clothes out of sour milk! This sounds odd, but it’s true! The bad milk is dried until it’s basically a protein powder, then it is fed into a machine with water until it becomes doughy. The fibers are made from feeding that dough through holes smaller than a strand of your hair.

Oddly enough, clothes made from this sour milk fiber are resistant to fire and bacteria. It is even compostable and edible since it’s made mostly of milk and water. The project hasn’t made it to the market yet, so don’t go planning your desserts.

Once you have your newest gear, get it personalized at American Stitch. Your clothes deserve to be as unique as you. For more information about custom embroidery in Las Vegas, contact 702.233.8567.

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Try On Clothes Without Trying Them On

For most people, getting into the clothing store to try on clothes is time consuming and annoying. Hopefully soon, you won’t have to.

Fitle is a new France based program that is making it so that you can try on clothes without ever having to actually try them on. You get to make a 3D avatar of yourself to try on your clothing options for you.

While it sounds farfetched, it’s not. All you have to do is make an avatar. You take four pictures of yourself from different angles with your smartphone. The Fitle program then constructs your avatar with your exact measurements. You don’t have to worry about sizing because the program is wrong only 1 percent of the time.

Fitle also helps you hone your style while shopping online. You can save items you buy in a virtual closet. Then, while you’re shopping for shoes, you can make sure they match the top you bought weeks ago before purchasing the shoes.

Save Money

Perhaps the biggest benefit to this program is the amount of money you’ll probably save on shipping costs. Having a true-to-size avatar of yourself means the clothes you order will most likely fit. So then you won’t have to worry about pesky return shipping rules and fees to exchange those jeans that don’t fit the bill.

Save Time

There is also a huge increase in convenience. With the launch of this program, you no longer have to wait in lines for fitting rooms or at the register. You cut out huge windows of time by being able to shop accurately without ever having to drive somewhere.

Fitle isn’t the first program to hit the market making these claims. But it certainly seems to be the best. Many of these kinds of programs worked relatively well. Unfortunately, the accuracy of its system relied on the user being able to take and input accurate measurements. If you got anything wrong, the whole program became faulty. Many probably received a lot of ill-fitting clothes.

Bodymetrics is a similar program. Like many others out there, Bodymetrics only worked if you went in to the store to get your body scanned into the system. That’s what makes Fitle so great. You can do this simply and accurately with your smartphone.

Are you ready?

For now, the creators of this company is still working on getting all the pieces to the puzzle to fit. It takes time to develop the technology that will make stores compatible. Currently there are only a few brands that have been integrated so that their products can be seen in 3D on an avatar. These brands include popular names like H&M, Levi’s and Ralph Lauren jeans. With proper funding, this list will expand significantly.

Until this awesome technology rolls out, you still have a lot of simple fashion options. If you hate trying on new clothes, don’t! Spruce up a top already in your closet with the help of an embroidery store in Las Vegas. For more information about available embroidery services, contact 702.233.8567.

 

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Hey Guys! You Don’t Have to Hate Shopping Anymore

It’s a relatively common understanding that men hate shopping. Statistics say the dressing rooms, the lines at the register and a number of other regular shopping experiences makes you guys hate the process.

Thankfully, you don’t have to hate shopping any more. There is a new approach to online shopping that can take the hassle out of your fashion sense. This new approach is the integration of an online personal shopper.

Many men’s clothing stores are using this tool to help you pick out your clothes and mail them to you. Nordstrom and Urban Darling are both launching a personal shopper service this month. Some of the service options include being paired with a stylist to make your fashion choices for you. Another option is to fill out a style profile that does the same thing without the higher price tag.

The cool thing is, these online personal shoppers aren’t as expensive as you may think. A monthly subscription can cost around $60. Some subscriptions cost no extra outside of the cost of the clothes you were already going to buy. In an effort to help you better understand how these services can benefit you, here are a few details on a couple of our favorite services.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club is an online personal shopper that services brands like Theory, Rag & Bone and Salvatore Ferragamo. This shopper service is great because there’s no monthly fee. All you pay is the price of the clothes. Shipping is free too.

Once you sign up, you have to fill out a survey that gets information about your size and style preferences. It will even ask questions about what you like to do for fun before a stylist picks out ten things for you to wear. You pay for the ones you want, and they are shipped to you for free. You can choose how often you get a shipment, and you can cancel your membership anytime.

The only possible downside to this is the price of the clothes. The brands served by Trunk Club are higher end, so one item of clothing can run anywhere from $100 to $300. If the price of the clothes doesn’t bother you, then this is a great way to make shopping easier.

Bombfell

Bombfell is another online personal shopper with no monthly fee. It serves less expensive brands like French Connection and Original Penguin. Again, the shipping is free and you only pay for the clothes you want. A piece of clothing through this service can cost an average of $60. Other than the price of the clothes, Bombfell works a lot like Trunk Club. It’s even low risk with the ability to cancel your subscription anytime via email.

With the use of either of these services, you get fashion you love without the frustration that comes from traditional shopping. You get to skip the scavenging through mounds of clothes and online pages. You can get clothes that look well put together without any of the hassle. Once you have perfected your style, take one of the shirts to a custom embroidery store in Las Vegas to make you stand out even more. For more information about available embroidery services, contact 702.233.8567.

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New LED Jacket Helps Nervous Bikers

A graduate from Central Saint Martins invented clothing that will be safer for bike riders. Will Verity has developed a jacket with LED lights, which begins flashing when cars approach the cyclist. Female bike riders all over the world no longer have to be afraid of riding at night.

Light up clothing

In the UK, about 25 percent of bike riders are female, but in the Netherlands, over half of all cyclists are women. Many surrounding countries also consist of about 50 percent female bike riders.

A report by Get Britain Cycling found that less than two percent of the population rides their bikes. Verity wondered why this number was so low. After creating a jacket that will make riding safer, researchers expect the number of bike riders to increase by as much as 25 percent by 2050.

While researching UK bike riders, Verity found that cyclists are overwhelmingly white, male and between the ages of 25 and 44. Less women ride their bikes because of their fear of accidents.

Verity decided to look more in depth at the roles of cyclists and drivers. Essentially, drivers act as a predator on the hunt for their prey, the bike rider. He decided that the prey needed something to scare off the predator. After thoroughly researching the issue, Verity came to the solution of the LED jacket.

LED jacket to help cyclists

The jacket is illuminated by LEDs and the closer a vehicle approaches a cyclist, the faster the lights will flash. The jacket is lightweight and made from waterproof material, so cyclists can wear it in any condition.

Verity explained that his ultimate goal was to change the visual language of cycling jackets. Currently, there are a few jackets on the market catered toward cyclists. However, they all appear too similar to road signs, highway maintenance workers and other barriers in the environment. This causes drivers to view cyclists as obstacles instead of people.

This new LED jacket was created in an attempt to move away from this visual language and develop a new perception. Verity wants drivers to treat cyclists with respect and safety. As a result, more women will be encouraged to ride their bikes.

The jacket was created as part of Verity’s graduate project for his BA Product Design course. The jacket received overwhelmingly positive feedback, which resulted in its display at Part 2 of the New Designers Exhibition at London’s Business Design Centre in July.

Both designers and architects are always trying to improve roadway safety for drivers and cyclists in the UK. In response to many cyclist deaths in 2013, the volume of proposals has significantly increased. Other proposals included Norman Foster’s idea to build a network of elevated cycle pathways above London’s railways. Additionally, a cycling organization came up with an idea of developing a truck that doesn’t have a blind spot.

The LED jacket may promote safety for cyclists, but is it stylish? It can be with the help of the custom embroidery services available at American Stitch. The staff offers a variety of unique designs that can be used on your clothing or accessories. Find out how you can enhance your wardrobe with custom embroidery in Las Vegas by contacting 702.233.8567.

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Waterless Dyes Can Help Save The Environment

Between pollution and global warming, the environment is taking hard hits. Though we can’t reverse the ill effects we’ve already caused, we can take steps to prevent further damage. There are several clothing companies jumping on the earth-friendly bandwagon.

Every year, textile industries waste trillions of liters of fresh water by polluting them with chemicals. This ‘wastewater’ is often dumped into the sea spreading it throughout the globe. The textile-dyeing sector creates vibrant hues for fashionable benefit, but this also produces catastrophic chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Factories in China produce as much as 40 percent of these chemicals.

Three companies have researched a solution to this problem. The companies developed a waterless dyeing technology that will still allow us to have vibrant, colorful clothes without leaving a carbon footprint. Two companies are American, AireDye and ColorZen, and the third is Dutch, DyeCoo.

The companies didn’t work together to create it. In fact, each process is very different from each other. However, all of them have the same results. Barely any water is used and even the quantity of chemicals has drastically reduced. The dye actually dries faster using this method, so there is a decrease in energy consumption as well.

Even with all these benefits, the only way it can make a huge impact is if this technology became used throughout the entire textile industry. Many textile companies are reluctant to try this new method. Fabric has been dyed using water for centuries now. Old habits can’t be changed that easily. Also, because the technology is new, it is very expensive to install and it can only be used with specific types of fabric.

A professor at the University of Leeds explained that ColorZen has been using this type of technology for over 20 years.

Every year, China’s textile industry disposes 2.5 trillion liters of waste water into the ocean. Among these hazardous chemicals are tributyltin, pentabromodiphenyl ether, phthalates, perfluorooctane sulphonate and aniline. Many of these chemicals have actually been banned in other countries because they have been linked to cancer.

Our clothing may look beautiful but the ocean sure doesn’t. In 2010, China begin conducting the operation Green Storm, which shut down companies illegally disposing waste water.

Apparently, the textile dyeing sector isn’t the only one polluting our waters. China’s Ministry of Supervision found that water pollution accidents in all sectors of the textile industry has risen to 1,700 a year, which equates to five a day.

Though major toxic spills are important to handle right away, they aren’t anything in comparison to the hazardous substances dumped in the water on a daily basis. Some suppliers are worse than others, including Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss and Victoria’s Secret.

If more companies got on board with the waterless dyeing technology, it could make a drastic change in the environment.

DyeCoos’ technology works by using carbon dioxide. It is heated and compressed until is becomes a supercritical, the state between a gas and a liquid. As the carbon dioxide acts as a solvent and solute, color pigments are then able to penetrate into textile fibers. No chemicals or water are needed. The dyeing time is also much quicker, so energy use has reduced by 50 percent. The most beneficial aspect of the technology is that 95 percent of the carbon dioxide can be recycled and used again.

AirDye’s approach is completely different. Traditional methods meant dipping the cloth in a bath with dye and water. AirDye uses pressure and heat to transfer a special formula from paper onto polyester. The color will actually last longer on clothing using this method.

ColorZen’s method actually changes the molecular composition of cotton fibers. After treating the fabric, the dye uses 90 percent less water and 95 percent fewer chemicals.

Though it may be a while, if ever, for the entire textile industry to follow suit and adopt one of these methods, society can take steps to do their part. Instead of supporting these companies, people can buy plain clothing that doesn’t require dye. American Stitch can spruce it up by embroidering whatever designs you desire on your clothing. For more information about Las Vegas embroidery, contact 702.233.8567.

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Clothes That Save The Earth

A group of London-based researchers are on the cutting edge of fashion, creating a new twist on apparel that could change the world. Catalytic Clothing has invented a laundry detergent that will reduce pollutants in the air. Once this new, innovative product finally gets released, air pollution shouldn’t be as big of a concern for people.

How does it work?

This new laundry detergent uses similar technology as seen in smog-eating billboards, sidewalks and buildings. When you use this detergent, tiny particles of titanium dioxide line your clothes.

The chemicals that are left on your clothes became reactive when light shines on them. The electrons will react with the air to break the pollutants into two radicals, which are extremely reactive molecules. The radicals will then react with the pollutants, catalyzing their oxidation and producing a safe by-product.

How much air can be purified through this method?

According to the company, if a person wearing the clothing moves quickly enough, one square meter of fabric can obtain 0.5 grams of nitrous oxide. On average, small vehicles will release this about 0.017 grams of this pollutant per mile.

London College of Fashion professor Helen Storey stated, “If you were to unravel the fibers in clothing and set them out as a single surface, we’re all wearing the equivalent of a tennis court. The other advantage is that we walk around in pollution, and that movement is an aid. It allows more air to be purified.”

Catalytic Clothing is currently talking with a large laundry manufacturer in order to get the product on the market. To make a significant impact on eliminating air pollution, the catalyst has to be incorporated in every detergent. The only problem that may arise is getting consumers to buy it.

Will consumers choose to help environment?

Many consumers prefer the scent of good smelling detergents when making their selection of laundry products. However, in order for the product to work, the detergent has to be unscented. Consumers aren’t going to like that.

Individuals don’t personally benefit from the detergent either. The air you walk through will get cleaned, so a person walking behind you would benefit by breathing in clean air. It is going to be a challenge to market a product where someone else gains the benefits, but the idea behind this new detergent is to encourage everyone to use it to make a substantial change in air quality.

The company is currently researching the product to ensure its safety, and hopes to release it to the public within the next two years. Though the product does not actively attract pollutants to clothes, there is some risk for all new products. Currently, the detergent is not able to break down all pollutants, so some will still be left on the clothing. But with further research, Catalytic Clothing aims to fix this problem.

Using this detergent may save the world from pollution. While you help save the world, American Stitch will provide you with stylish clothes to wear. The design staff can produce custom logos and designs for your apparel. For more information about custom embroidery in Las Vegas, contact 702.233.8567.

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Bug Repellent Clothing

Along with the summer heat comes a variety of pesky bugs. Everyone wants to go outside and enjoy the sun’s rays, but the bugs that come with the sun can make going outside very unpleasant. While there are plenty of bug repellent sprays to prevent these pests from bothering you, many of these can smell awful and won’t work for every type of insect. Fortunately, a clothing company in Minnesota has created a line of apparel that can help with this problem.

The Ticked Off Clothing Company treats all their clothing with permethrin, which is a very powerful pesticide that keeps away most insects. The best part about wearing clothes that contain permethrin? People that wear this type clothing won’t have to worry about bug bites.

Brian Sularz is a huge outdoors man, and loves to go out fishing. Mosquitos and other pesky insects would always put a damper on his fishing trips, but not anymore. Sularz is a big fan of the Ticked Off Clothing Company. He stated, “It’s nice to be in the outdoors without getting chewed up.”

Repelling Insects

The clothing company began with an idea by Mark McAlpin and his brother. Currently on the market, there aren’t many clothing options that offer bug repellent clothing for consumers. Permethrin is used to treat military clothing, but there are very few companies that offer it to the public. McAplin took advantage, and started the business in May. He decided that fisherman, campers and yard workers should be able to buy this type of clothing.

The company carries shirts, jackets, hats, pants and socks laced with permethrin. Right now, shirts are their biggest seller. McAlpin explained that the permethrin is strong enough to keep away red ants, chiggers, midges, deer flies, deer ticks and mosquitoes. As soon as the insect comes in contact with the shirt, it crumbles up and dies.

Many people that enjoy or work outdoors will become susceptible to Lyme disease or West Nile. By wearing clothing woven in permethrin, these diseases aren’t a worry anymore. This type of pesticide is approved by the EPA and appears to be highly effective, which is why McAlpin is confident of his product. He stated, “If you doubt it, I’ll refund you 100 percent.”

One of the biggest advantages of the clothing is not having to wear lotions or sprays. The clothing doesn’t have the same awful smell as many of the bug repellant sprays do.

Clothes by the Ticked Off Clothing Company are made in America, and are mainly sold online. However, there are a few local bait shops located in Minnesota that carry the brand.

American Stitch is your source for designing one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing. The Las Vegas embroidery shop has an exceptional staff that can produce unique apparel for business, formal or casual occasions. You can even get custom embroidery on other items such as backpacks, hats or even pajamas at an affordable price. For more information about available custom embroidery services, contact 702.233.8567.

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Baseball Team Misspells Name On Shirt Giveaway

It’s one thing to make an error in a baseball game. It’s another to make an error on 15,000 jerseys, misspelling the name of your star player in the process. That’s exactly what happened at a recent Colorado Rockies game, where a Troy Tulowitzki jersey night turned into a marketing snafu, thanks to thousands of jerseys being misspelled.

Giveaways are a huge perk for sports fans, and jersey nights are often among a team’s busiest nights. Many times, fans choose to buy tickets for giveaway nights solely for the item that is being handed out. That didn’t stop the Rockies from messing up a giveaway item of the top player on the team. After discovering that 15,000 jerseys had a name spelled incorrectly on the back, the Rockies went ahead and handed out the shirts anyway.

You would think that the team of a player who has been to All Star games and has won Golden Glove awards would know how to properly spell that player’s name, but apparently the Colorado Rockies don’t have spell check on their screen printing machines. Instead, Troy Tulowitzki became Troy Tulowizki for a night, providing the Internet with a wide range of jokes to make at the Rockies expense. With the entire sports world laughing at them, the Rockies were left to clean up the eggs on their faces and come clean about their botched giveaway.

The Aftermath

With such a major marketing snafu, the Colorado Rockies organization couldn’t just sweep this issue under the rug. The Rockies sent out an official apology to fans, explaining that they felt the need to hand out the misspelled jerseys instead of sending fans home empty handed. As a result of their negligence, the Rockies have agreed to do something that should please just about any fan that picked up a misprinted jersey. Colorado has pledged to offer a replacement jersey, which can be traded in at Coors Field or a number of Rockies team shops throughout the month of September. Additionally, the team has vowed to offer a free ticket to each fan for every misprinted jersey they receive. A classy move for sure, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that a professional baseball team misspelled the name of their best athlete on a giveaway item.

This problem would not have occurred if a quality screen printing and embroidery shop were printing jerseys for the Rockies. Embroidery and screen printing offers a large variety of creative control. You can get virtually anything embroidered on your clothing. You can create the design you want, and American Stitch will produce the exact design that you want featured on your clothing. This Las Vegas embroidery shop offers services at an affordable price. For more information about embroidery in Las Vegas, contact 702.233.8567 today to speak with someone about the design of your next piece of attire.