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Clothing Brand Tips: T-shirt Blanks & Brands

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

Well... you've started a clothing brand. You're buying at wholesale and your graphics are on point, what's next?

Narrowing down a solid consistent t-shirt blank to print on. This should be a process... your t-shirt brand will be known for the fit, style, and quality of the tee and manufacturer selected. Now that you can buy direct at wholesale from manufacturers like American Apparel, Gilden, Alstyle, Next Level, or Bella Canvas. You should be finding out which t-shirt style works best for your brand. Sticking with a consistent brand and style for your tees is important. So once you've made your selection it's best to stick with it.

Today we'll take a look at some of the industry's top styles and brands. We'll offer some useful feedback and ratings.

Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt 2000


Price: $

Quality: C

Details: "Gildan is a leading provider of everyday quality family apparel, including t-shirts, fleece, underwear, and socks. Our Classic Short Sleeve T-Shirt provides a roomier fit and is offered in a wide variety of colors." - Gildan 

  • 6 oz. 100% preshrunk cotton

  • Industry-leading assortment of colors

  • Soft premium cotton for added comfort

  • Classic Cut for roomier fit

  • Double-needle stitching in sleeves and bottom hem for extra durability

  • Style 2000

American Apparel 2001 Unisex T-Shirt


Price: $$$

Quality: A+

Details: "The Fine Jersey Crewneck T-Shirt is our softest, smoothest, best-looking short sleeve crewneck." - American Apparel

  • Fine Jersey (100% Cotton) construction

  • Heather Grey contains 10% Polyester

  • Durable rib neckband

  • Made in the USA of US and Foreign material

  • Style 2001

Alstyle 1301 Adult Tee


Price: $

Quality: B+


  • 6 oz/yd2 | 10 oz/ly | 203 g/m2

  • 100% cotton jersey

  • Set-in rib collar with shoulder-to-shoulder taping

  • Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

  • Preshrunk to minimize shrinkage

  • Tear away label

  • Available in 41 colors

  • Style 1301

Next Level Cotton Crew 3600


Price: $$$

Quality: A

Details: "The perfect printing staple. This fabric is comfortable and lightweight. Printer's preferred fabric for discharge and DTG printing." - Next Level

  • Fine Jersey

  • 100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton

  • 32 singles. 145 grams/4.3oz.

  • Crew Neck

  • Set-in Collar 1x1 Baby Rib. Side-seamed

  • Tear Away Label

  • Style 3600

Bella Canvas Unisex Fine Jersey Tee 3001


Price: $$

Quality: A

Details: "This updated unisex essential fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves and designed with superior combed and ring-spun cotton that acts as the best blank canvas for printing." - Bella Canvas

  • Sideseamed. Retail fit.

  • Unisex sizing. Shoulder taping.

  • 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton

  • 32 single 4.2 oz.

  • Style 3001

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