Hot products for kids this summer

The memories kids have from camp last forever. Sometimes their swag does, too! They carry, wear, and drink from items they get at camp like a badge of honor. When they see another camper wearing a camp shirt or carrying the camp bag, it’s like a secret club they are both proud to be part of.

So what are the hot items for kids this year? What will kids hold on to almost as long as the fun memories?

cool camp stuff

We can help! Give us a call and we’ll get you ready for summer – or any time you work with kids.

Today’s Tangerine Tango is Tomorrow’s Limealicious Green

Whether you are aware of it happening to you or not, colors evoke a feeling. They make you feel happy or sad; hungry or angry; peaceful or energetic. Color is also trendy, from the pastel, modern and Scandinavian color palette of the 1950’s (Check it out!) to the avocado  green appliances in the 1970’s. And did you know that Tangerine Tango is the color of the year for 2012 (as declared by Pantone)? Read all about it. Those who work in fashion, special events, interior decorating, or graphic design watch and follow these trends.

We work in Pantone colors every day. According to Wikipedia: The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

(We love this picture of the Pantone Color guide in his wheel spokes! Call us color geeks.)









Any logo has specific colors that must be matched in print, on cotton, canvas, etc. We take great care to ensure our clients’ colors are correctly represented on their promo items.

As you plan for the Fall and beyond, think about keeping up with the color trends and putting your customers in what’s hot (of course using colors that complement your logo). Any favorites?

Fall 2012 Color trends (full link here to see men’s and women’s trends):


Even sheep wear fleece. (Well…sorta.)

Considering Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow a few weeks ago and we’re facing six more weeks of winter, we’ll keep our fleece handy for a bit longer. It’s our go-to layer when it’s chilly, and based on many of our orders we know it’s also a favorite for people across the country.

Why is fleece so great? Pound for pound, it provides twice the insulation of merino wool and four times the insulation of cotton. (Not bad.)

It wasn’t until about 1979 and the invention of Polar fleece by a company called Malden Mills (now Polartec LLC), that a fabric was able to be warm, lightweight, and perform well even when wet, although those wearing it will likely perspire less, allowing them to be cool and dry when not active and will retain more body heat when they are active. (Great for skiing, snowshoeing, even dog walking!)


But what’s it made out of? Polyethylene terephthalate (say that three times fast) or other synthetic fibers, or sometimes from recycled plastics such as soda bottles. Typically, it takes about 25 disposed plastic bottles to make enough polar fleece for one piece of clothing.

It’s easy to wash. Easy to dry. Vegan. Comfy. Durable. Looks good. And just feels good to wear. It was even named “One of the hundred great things of the 20th century” by Time Magazine in 1999.

From jackets to vests, blankets to hats…we love fleece! Get some for yourself or your customers. They’ll thank you warmly for it!

Mr. Bubble makes a friend.

Last month we talked about our vintage t-shirt collection [here]. While it’s still small, we’re staying on the look-out for shirts and designs that speak to us.

Today, a recognizable classic:






This classic design originated in 1977. Graphic designer Milton Glaser was recruited to work with ad agency Wells Rich Greene to develop a marketing campaign for New York State. He did the work pro bono, only expecting the campaign to last a few months. Decades later, this icon is still a big seller and instantly recognizable. Doyle donated Glaser’s original concept sketch and presentation boards to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

We just know we like the shirt. And the city.

Source: Wikipedia

Ahhhh….summer camp.

Anyone who has been to camp knows it’s an experience that stays with you forever. You’ll always remember the name of your favorite counselor, the first person you kissed behind the tree (or wish you did!), the crazy camp songs, the smell of the campfire, and the taste of s’mores. Even though you outgrew the shirt you got at camp – the one you wore so much it faded and tattered – you kept it because it was a symbol of one of the best weeks of your life.

We have the pleasure of working with a number of camps across the country. We’re inspired by their passion for camping and for giving kids a great experience. We want to help kids – and their parents – relive the memories of camp all year round. What better way than with some pretty cool gear?

Are you a camp director? Take a test drive on our sample online camp gear store. Tell us a little about yourself and you just might get a little something.  Let us know if you’d like an online store for your camp. (Even though this is a YMCA-focused site, we can tailor for any camp.)

Spread the word to your camping colleagues about this great way to keep your camp top-of-mind all year long!

Not a camp director, but would love an online store for your own customers? Let us know that, too.

Bubbling Kids Clean for 50 Years

Everyone has that favorite outfit or piece of clothing that makes you feel like “you” when you wear it. Might be the perfect pair of jeans or a team jersey or a really comfy pair of pj’s. We’re big fans of t-shirts and there’s something about a vintage tee that – in a strange way – connects us to a bit of history. The more faded the better.

So we’re starting a vintage t-shirt collection. Rather than wearing any holes in them, we’re going to display them like art around the office.

Our first: a 50-year-old classic – Mr. Bubble. (Some fun history here.)








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Birthdays are personal. T-shirts are forever.

Ahhhh birthdays. The one day where you walk around feeling a little extra special – especially when you were a kid.

And it’s no surprise that – even early on – Tyra’s birthday party involved a competition and personalized t-shirts. For her 8th birthday party, her mom planned an Olympic-themed celebration. Everyone got a t-shirt: heat-transferred black felt letters on an orange shirt. As memorable as the shirts, Tyra was kissed by this kid.

And everyone won that day. Especially the birthday girl.

Recently, we created personalized birthday t-shirts for sweet Abigail who had her party at her local YMCA. She looks pretty happy, huh? Everyone should be treated this special on their birthday!

A personalized t-shirt to commemorate a birthday, family reunion, or bachelor/bachelorette party can be a fun way to remember the event for years to come. Even after the party’s over, you can still be stylin’ in your t-shirt.

Hmmmm. And Not a Single Fleece Jacket!?!?

I like to be as stylish as the next girl, but some things are a little crazy even for me. While checking out this Fall’s top fashion trends, I was looking for something I could wear while I was running errands, going to the gym, or just having lunch with some of my girlfriends. Nothing.

Not a single track jacket. No polar fleece. No great fitting t-shirt to show off all the hard work I put in at the gym.

I like to look good (did I say that already?), but I like to be comfortable. I’m pretty practical that way. Good thing Promolux keeps me well stocked in swag.

Get some for yourself. Check out the catalog.

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