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Politics in the digital age This past election cycle rewrote the rules for digital campaigning. Most media coverage, especially after the election, has focused on how a brand of digital terrorism – viral campaigns based on fake news stories, fueled by fake social media accounts......

American Apparel Reportedly Making Clothes Outside U.S. American Apparel is reportedly outsourcing to other countries, marking the first time in 28 years the fashion-retailer hasn’t exclusively made its items in the United States. According to the New York Post, the company has been producing shirts......

Trump Reelection Seems to Focus on Merchandise (Again)     Donald Trump has gotten an early start on his reelection effort, having raised $13.2 million in the first quarter of 2017. According to Politico, much of that has come from merchandise sales. As we saw......

The Best Progressive Bumper Stickers In many ways vehicles are extensions of ourselves.  When we put bumper stickers on our cars its in may ways like getting a tattoo – a projection of who we are and what we value.  Think about those “I am the NRA......

Ripoff T-shirts take a bite out of March for Science fundraising March for Science organizers, worried that unauthorized sellers are cutting into their fundraising efforts, have been playing whack-a-mole for months in an effort to shut down new stores and targeted social media advertisements. In recent weeks, they’ve......

Let’s Talk About What’s Happening To The Democratic Party This week, newly minted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will travel cross-country with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison on a Democratic Party “unity tour” that will take them to Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska,......

WSJ: Trump 2020 Committees Paid Trump Companies Close To $500K   President Donald Trump’s campaign has directed nearly $500,000 to Trump-owned properties, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of Federal Election Commission reports published Saturday. Trump, who filed paperwork for his 2020 re-election campaign......

Let's be honest. There's nothing quite as cool as well-designed political t-shirts. Over the last decade or so we've seen an explosion of creativity applied to political t-shirts from all corners of progressive politics (sorry GOP, your stuff still sucks). To recap the awesome work that's come out recently we've compiled our list of the 20 best political t-shirts....

6397 Barack Obama T Shirts Sweatshirts Restocked If you fell in love with 6397’s simple Barack Obama T-shirts, you’re not alone. When the tees debuted last fall, they sold out immediately after influencers and street style stars showed them off on Instagram and incited jealousy......

The Story Behind “I’m With Her”    At an event in March put on by the New York chapter of the professional design association AIGA and the design team for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, graphic designer Ida Woldemichael opened her speech with a bang. “So you’ve all heard the......

Are You Hot Enough to Hawk Merch at the Trump Rally? If you’re attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Municipal Auditorium tomorrow, keep an eye out for pretty people. They might be getting paid to be there. No, really. This isn’t a George Soros paid-protesters......

Let's be honest. There's nothing quite as cool as well-designed political t-shirts. Over the last decade or so we've seen an explosion of creativity applied to political t-shirts from all corners of progressive politics (sorry GOP, your stuff still sucks). To recap the awesome work that's come out recently we've compiled our list of the 20 best political t-shirts....

Trump rallies: Campaign-funded, for a reason – CNNPolitics.com Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s executive director, said the move will allow Trump to rely on the campaign’s “very effective method of promoting his appearances and filling these venues.” It also means the campaign use campaign dollars......

Two weeks after Mardi Gras we couldn’t ignore this article published by The Conversation, given its relevance to eco-friendly merchandise. Author David Redmon does and excellent job highlighting the destructive impact Mardi Gras beads have on the environment and the foreign workers who make them:...

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Politics in the digital age This past election cycle rewrote the rules for digital campaigning. Most media coverage, especially after the election, has focused on how a brand of digital terrorism – viral campaigns based on fake news stories, fueled by fake social media accounts......

American Apparel Reportedly Making Clothes Outside U.S. American Apparel is reportedly outsourcing to other countries, marking the first time in 28 years the fashion-retailer hasn’t exclusively made its items in the United States. According to the New York Post, the company has been producing shirts......

Trump Reelection Seems to Focus on Merchandise (Again)     Donald Trump has gotten an early start on his reelection effort, having raised $13.2 million in the first quarter of 2017. According to Politico, much of that has come from merchandise sales. As we saw......

The Best Progressive Bumper Stickers In many ways vehicles are extensions of ourselves.  When we put bumper stickers on our cars its in may ways like getting a tattoo – a projection of who we are and what we value.  Think about those “I am the NRA......

Ripoff T-shirts take a bite out of March for Science fundraising March for Science organizers, worried that unauthorized sellers are cutting into their fundraising efforts, have been playing whack-a-mole for months in an effort to shut down new stores and targeted social media advertisements. In recent weeks, they’ve......

Let’s Talk About What’s Happening To The Democratic Party This week, newly minted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will travel cross-country with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison on a Democratic Party “unity tour” that will take them to Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska,......

WSJ: Trump 2020 Committees Paid Trump Companies Close To $500K   President Donald Trump’s campaign has directed nearly $500,000 to Trump-owned properties, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of Federal Election Commission reports published Saturday. Trump, who filed paperwork for his 2020 re-election campaign......

Let's be honest. There's nothing quite as cool as well-designed political t-shirts. Over the last decade or so we've seen an explosion of creativity applied to political t-shirts from all corners of progressive politics (sorry GOP, your stuff still sucks). To recap the awesome work that's come out recently we've compiled our list of the 20 best political t-shirts....

6397 Barack Obama T Shirts Sweatshirts Restocked If you fell in love with 6397’s simple Barack Obama T-shirts, you’re not alone. When the tees debuted last fall, they sold out immediately after influencers and street style stars showed them off on Instagram and incited jealousy......

The Story Behind “I’m With Her”    At an event in March put on by the New York chapter of the professional design association AIGA and the design team for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, graphic designer Ida Woldemichael opened her speech with a bang. “So you’ve all heard the......

Are You Hot Enough to Hawk Merch at the Trump Rally? If you’re attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Municipal Auditorium tomorrow, keep an eye out for pretty people. They might be getting paid to be there. No, really. This isn’t a George Soros paid-protesters......

Let's be honest. There's nothing quite as cool as well-designed political t-shirts. Over the last decade or so we've seen an explosion of creativity applied to political t-shirts from all corners of progressive politics (sorry GOP, your stuff still sucks). To recap the awesome work that's come out recently we've compiled our list of the 20 best political t-shirts....

Trump rallies: Campaign-funded, for a reason – CNNPolitics.com Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s executive director, said the move will allow Trump to rely on the campaign’s “very effective method of promoting his appearances and filling these venues.” It also means the campaign use campaign dollars......

Two weeks after Mardi Gras we couldn’t ignore this article published by The Conversation, given its relevance to eco-friendly merchandise. Author David Redmon does and excellent job highlighting the destructive impact Mardi Gras beads have on the environment and the foreign workers who make them:...

These Hillary fans are suddenly thrilled with the Trump bump | New York Post These Hillary fans are suddenly thrilled with the Trump bumpBy Michael Kaplan March 11, 2017 | 7:13pmModal Trigger17Street vendors selling anti-Trump buttons stand on Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower. Tamara BeckwithWhile campaigning......

Campaign buttons, of one form or another, are nearly as old as America itself. For George Washington’s first inauguration, his supporters sewed onto their coat lapels actual buttons stamped with our first President’s likeness. Since then the button has been a mainstay of the American political landscape as it continued to evolve into the ‘safety pinback button’ we know today....

How do you measure the success of your e-commerce with merchandise? No really, that wasn’t rhetorical, how do you? It’s unfortunate that we see upstarting e-commerce merchandise programs fail to collect and analyze data. The problem, as Huffington Post points out, is that in the absence of data analysis you are essentially “flying blind” when it comes to important decision making about your web store. ...

We've talked a lot about 'resistance merchandise' since Trump took office. As Dan Zak write in the Washington Post, most of the merchandise we see employs verbal Jiu Jitsui - taking insults that Trump has hurled at others, and using them against him. It certainly makes for both entertaining and compelling merchandise. Here is our list of best resistance merchandise (to date)....

As Donald Trump generates a swell of public outrage and protest, it comes as no surprise to see anti-Trump opposition merchandise springing up like wildflowers. Over the years we’ve studied what makes some oppo merch really good, and what makes some oppo merch super lame, and here’s what we’ve found....

In 2016 FII purchased the nation's only union-operated digital direct to garment (or DTG) printer. DTG has revolutionized t-shirt printing, offering many efficiencies over screen printing. FII is the first and only vendor to bring DTG capability into the political merchandising market, and its clients are reaping the many benefits....

If you were attending a Women's March or watched it on TV there was one thing you couldn’t miss - the PUSSYHAT! Prior to march day, the Pussyhat Project made free knitting instructions for the hats available on their website, and encouraged women to wear the hats on January 21. The project was started by two friends who wanted a way to create a striking visual statement at the march on the National Mall, and to provide solidarity with women who were unable to make it to Washington....

Merchandise isn't rocket science, but there are a few essential merchandising best practices that are often overlooked. When thinking about merchandise for campaign be sure to follow these five best practices for campaign merchandise....

Let’s get one thing straight. Having “cool” merchandise won’t single handedly turn your snooze fest of a campaign into Obama ‘08. It seems that every election cycle more and more campaigns experience major backfire through ill-conceived attempts at creating cool merchandise. To make sure you don’t fall into the cool merch trap keep the following principles in mind....

Our opposition research on Republican merchandise turns up some real gems. We’ve quietly chuckled while watching them stumble with merchandising fails. Here is a quick recap of some of what we think is the dumbest Republican Merchandise....

Cafepress has received some attention for having predicted that Trump would win the 2016 election when all polling suggested the opposite. In place of polling data, the company used internal sales data of unofficial merchandise to successfully predict the outcome. It’s a pretty clever way to sample public opinion, but a flawed one. The Cafepress sample was undeniably skewed to favor Trump. Rather than it being an indication of misstep by the Hillary campaign, the Cafepress data actually underscores how Trump was outflanked by Hillary and her supporters....

We love CBS's "Sunday Morning". So we were pumped when they featured one of our favorite suppliers Gill Studios along side one of our favorite clients Hillary Clinton. Bumpers stickers are a uniquely American product, and Gill has a proud history of manufacturing American made bumper stickers with union labor....