What techniques are used to make Little Legends products?
- We generally use 2 types of techniques to produce our products: DTG printing and embroidery.
What is DTG printing and what are the pros of producing DTG items?
- DTG printing is a process of printing on textiles using specialized aqueous ink jet technology.
- DTG offers a stronger bond between garment fibers and the pigmented inks, versus traditional screen print, vinyl and sublimation designs.
- With DTG printing, you'll never have to worry about your designs peeling off after a year or two, or even a few washes as the ink absorbs directly into the fibers of the garment. Designs are longer lasting, and durable through multiple wash cycles.
- For DTG products, we use Kornit Water-based and NeoPigment inks that are Oeko-Tex™ certified, which means they are safe to print on children’s clothing and reduce environmental waste. These inks provide a high washing colorfast AATCC rating of 4.
Why does my shirt have a vinegar smell?
- When unpacking a new shirt or hoodie with a direct-to-garment (DTG) print, you might notice a vinegar-like smell or an off-white residue. Don't worry, that's not unusual - it's from a natural and non-toxic fixation agent applied during the printing process and it's not permanent.
- The solution is simply to wash the garment! Neither the residue nor the smell is permanent and both should go away after one wash.
How is DTG and Little Legends considered sustainable?
- Consumers demand responsible production practices, and DTG delivers. By eliminating inventory waste, removing harmful plastisol and byproducts from production, using a water-based pigment chemistry, and optimizing productivity relative to floor space, DTG answers the widespread demand for safe, sustainable, eco-friendly (low carbon footprint) practices, without sacrificing quality or profitability.
- Traditional retailers produce items before putting them up for sale, so they’re always manufactured in bulk to save money. In contrast, Little Legends only makes products when an order is placed, limiting our stock to items that already have a buyer. This lets us avoid the overproduction that is widespread in the rest of the industry. Unsold stock is usually thrown out or burned, with fashion retailers alone wasting 92 million tons of textile each year.
How long does fulfillment take on each order?
- Fulfillment time is the time it takes to make your custom-ordered product. This time does not include shipment time. Our fulfillment time is calculated in business days, and it’s appx. 2–5 business days for all production techniques.
- Thus far in 2023, over 95% of our orders are being shipped within 5 business days, and more than 75% of our orders are shipped within 3 business days or fewer.
- Fulfillment for large orders may take longer on average, but we still try our best to fulfill them within 5 business days.
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