Can I have my own labels?

We supply all our own products with plain unbrandedlabels so you don't need to worry about relabelling.

We specialise in the print here and have found that relabelling is a taboo among micro t-shirt brands; we advise not to worry about it: Most customers, even from private label brands, dont look at the hem label or neck label with any interest.

If you really want to spend more to get your labels put in then we'd recommend giving it a good Google search to see who can help locally to add the labels in after you've received your printed garments from us.

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Screen printing runs start at 50 garments with the same design. This is due to the complicated set up process, which becomes economical in larger quantities. This minimum only applies to the print, you can mix and match garments and sizes for no extra, as long as the print is the same. If you are looking to order just a handful of shirts, we recommend DTG digital printing as for digital printing we have no minimums. Digital printing is more expensive than screen printing, but it's more flexible. You can print one single garment with no setup cost using our low volume t-shirt order t-shirt designer. To get a quote for screen printing, please click here to calculate a price online.

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We offer a wide range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and accessories for both men & women. We've also got a wide range of colours available in kids t-shirts too.


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We can do that. Rapanui isn't about dictating what you should and shouldn't do. We believe it's our duty to make all the information available to you, but the choice is yours: Organic cotton is better for the environment, climate, the people who make the shirts and as well as having a great quality feel, it's kinder to skin. That's why we recommend it, and only use it in Rapanui shirts.

After that it's your choice: If you want Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, American Apparel or Sols products to save a few pennies, we will print on them if you wish. They're not as good for the environment or the people who made them, but if you choose to instruct us, we can source them in. Economies of scale and our industry contacts mean that we can often sell them wholesale for less than you'd buy them as an individual.


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We supply all our own products with plain unbrandedlabels so you don't need to worry about relabelling.

We specialise in the print here and have found that relabelling is a taboo among micro t-shirt brands; we advise not to worry about it: Most customers, even from private label brands, dont look at the hem label or neck label with any interest.

If you really want to spend more to get your labels put in then we'd recommend giving it a good Google search to see who can help locally to add the labels in after you've received your printed garments from us.

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Yes. In conjunction with our partner facility in India, we have the capability to help turn any garment vision - shorts, swimwear, t-shirts, sweats, aprons and bags into real products. We manufacture custom garments for some of Europe's biggest brands, including Red Bull, RSPCA, WWF, Lush Cosmetics and CocaCola. Garments designed to your specification can be matched from a sample or created to specification from your garment technitian's tech pack. Bulk runs have a minimum order of 5000 items per style.

 

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Sure thing, all our base garments are available at an MOQ of 50 items without embellishments. You can get a quote here.

 

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Yes we do! DTG printing is only economic where screenprinting is impossible, for example on ones and twos, low volume runs below 50 garments. Above 50 we recommend considering bulk screenprinting. Digital direct to garment printing prices are available including volume discounts online via our t-shirt designer tool. Using this tool, you can design and order online for DTG printing.

 

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For bulk screen printing we advise leaving 4 weeks for your order to be processed, printed and shipped - including artwork proofs. We can turn around shirts in a much shorter time although rush service charges may apply. If you are ordering for an event or have a hard deadline, please let us know.

For DTG digital printing, small runs are normally completed and shipped the same day. For high volume (10,000 units or more) we will ship your order direct from our partner facility in India. This will take around 10 to 11 weeks from order to delivery, and credit is structured accordingly.

Please note: if you miss your booked production slot by filing a late payment or PO, your order may be rebooked at the next available slot, which may delay your order by a week or more.


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Yes - we have pre-printed samples in stock and ready for immediate dispatch. They consist of a DTG print on the front, and a screen print on the back. The samples are fully refundable - so when you are happy with the quality, we can get the ball rolling with your order straight away and you can return the sample t-shirt. Buy your sample online today.


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Yes of course – you’re more than welcome to order custom shirts and sell them on again. Studio is best for unique digitally printed shirts for small runs. Once you start ordering 50 or more items with the same artwork, the price goes down substantially as it becomes more viable for us to start using screenprinting. You can get a quote here.

If you’re also interested in selling your designs online, our new service – Teemill – lets you build a completely customised store and sell your designs online. It’s totally free, and we send you half the profits. You can get started on Teemill here.


We can give you a price instantly online: To do that we need a little information about what kind of product and print you would like a price for. In brief, single colour screen printed t-shirts are the best value way to go if you're looking for a large number at a low price. Screen printing works by printing one colour at a time, so if your design has lots of colours, it will cost a little more. The setup is time consuming, but once you get going it's very low cost, so Screen printing becomes economical for orders over 50 garments of the same print design.

For lower numbers, DTG (digital garment printing) is great as there's no set up. Infact we have a dedicated factory that prints t-shirts, even 1 offs, at affordable prices. It is much more expensive than screen printing, but its possible to order just one or two completely customisable products. To get a price now, click here to calculate quote.

 

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Easy! It's not about finding a new supplier, our economies of scale, sustainability and product quality make us the best value printer in the UK. Most often price control is about reigning in design choices.

1. Reduce the number of applications or prints. Lose that sleeve print, back print and neck print, and stick with the traditional chest print area: From almost a million t-shirts printed, we've never seen a simple front print design outperformed by a tee with loads of applications on the front, back, sleeve etc. Yet they can be double or triple the cost! Keep it simple.

2. Reduce the number of colours. Screen printing works by setting up and putting down each block colour, one after the other. This means that if you have 8 colours in a really busy design, you'll find the setup cost proportionally higher with the increased complexity of the job. Simple, one colour designs that contrast well with the garment are super popular in our experience, and the price is lower.

3. Increase the volume. Much of the cost of the printing is in the setup and quality checks before printing. So increasing the order size by 10% will not increase the order price by 10%. Although re-orders are easy at Rapanui factory, it's much more cost effective to order more now, than top up later.


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Shipping is flat rate £15 per carton, which holds approximately 80 t-shirts. We can ship almost anywhere in the world. Our dispatch team inspects your garments for quality, prepares the garments in printers folds (10 grouped in size) and ships in a single environmental polybag inside a quality cardboard box. This creates minimal waste compared to individually bagging and tagging garments.

If you have specialist dispatch requirements please let us know so that we can calculate the pricing for your consideration. If you sell online you may want to consider our dropship service where we pick, pack and ship direct to your customers for online brands.


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To screen print a shirt, we cut a negative from a silk screen for each colour. We then use the silk screen to print one colour at a time. For best results, faster service and potentially lower cost please supply artwork to scale, in vector format (.Ai for CS5 or .pdf preffered) and with each colour layer separated, named with the colour or pantone colour reference that you would like printed. Please read our artwork guide carefully to ensure the highest quality print.


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Digital direct to garment printing is a little different to screen printing, in that we can print full CMYK process colours. This means that you can supply a JPEG, bitmap, vector, whatever. Because of the thread count or the roughness of a t-shirt, expect a print quality that looks around about 150dpi - not quite as sharp as paper (it's a fabric after all!) The print area is around 30cm X 40cm and DTG orders are placed via our online t-shirt designer tool.

We recommend downloading our template and designing in photoshop, saving for web as a PNG24 with transparency. Gradients are supported, but work much better on light garments. With DTG artwork, please also look out for detail - at a lower resolution than your screen, a t-shirt print of a detail (i.e. tiny text less than 1mm) may not resolve. For fastest service, best quality and lower prices, we recommend choosing a white garment for DTG as a first choice.


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To draw or redraw artwork from scratch is a time-consuming task that has to be completed by experienced professionals. For orders over 1000 items, artwork support is free. Orders below that volume incur a charge, at £50 per hour. Preparing your own artwork correctly is free, and we'll give you a template with instructions!

 

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We can screen print onto the front and back, but we don’t have the facility to print all over garments using sublimation and it’s not something we will do in the future. It requires a special t-shirt (polyester, which is basically plastic) and a sublimation paper larger than the shirt for each t-shirt. This means lots of waste bits of paper and a t-shirt itself that does not meet our standards of quality or material provenance. It's just not something we want to do.

Our maximum print area for screen printing is 29cm by 42cm and for digital printing 30cm by 40cm. With the screen printing placement we can print up to the hems but not over the seams. If you would like to see the placement options for digital printing, head over to the online studio.


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Your design, your copyright. All artwork is stored on a 256-bit encrypted secure server against your order, and is only accessed by our printing team - It's very unlikely that will be raided to publish, share or sell on the internet. Remember, Rapanui has a team of designers that design t-shirts on contract for some of Europe's biggest brands. We're not stuck for ideas and wont be stealing yours.


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Firstly it's best to scale your artwork in your document setup, and provide us with dimension and placement information (i.e. 20cm x 20cm, 8cm down from the neck seam). Please understand that despite some high-tech equipment and processes in our factory, screen printing is still a skilled, artisanal manufacturing process. Manually putting the t-shirts on the platens means millimeters of variance in print application: Each shirt is truly unique and hand crafted, from the cotton reels, cutting presses and sewing benches.

To match colour, we use the Pantone colour book, Pantone cross-referencing software and ink reference guides. Please note, if you use your monitor to get a Pantone, it may not match your printed product due to variance in monitor colour displays. It is best to use a known Pantone, or a Pantone book under a calibrated daylight bulb for exact match.


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Not unless you are having the same design on children and adults. Please note, the same design will be applied on the Small size garment as the XXL garment.

At first glance, the print will appear "bigger" on the small person, and "smaller" on the large person. Despite this, experienced printers know that larger people tend to grow 'out' as well as wider so in actual fact, the prints look the same and natural when worn.

For this reason it is standard practise in the industry to scale a print to a "medium" size t-shirt, and print this design on all sizes in your print run.


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The best thing to do is to communicate exactly how you want your garments and design to look, using these handy guidelines we’ve made. Include as much information as possible such as dimensions, placement distances, pantones and we’ll follow that guideline.

 Click to download photoshop (.psd) files for each type of garment we sell:

 

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Our maximum print area for screen printing is 29cm by 42cm and for digital printing 30cm by 40cm. With screen printing placement we can print up to the hems but not over the seams. If you would like to see the placement options for digital printing, head over to the online studio.


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Our products made from certified organic cotton in an ethically accredited, wind powered factory. We print them in the UK at our award-winning social enterprise using low waste printing technology that we develop ourselves. As a Global Organic Textile Standard certified company our suppliers have been audited for a wide range of sustainability and social criteria, which includes ensuring fair pay and working conditions in our supply chain.

We've designed our own products with unbranded labels so we are able to offer our products to customers who wish to have their own designs printed on our stock. We print products in our own factory here in the UK using low waste printing technology that we've developed in house, and with phthalate free screen printing. Our products and printing process is GOTS certified.

You can read more about the specifics of our product line on the Rapanui website, which has a section dedicated to sustainability.


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Unless instructed otherwise by the client, we primarily print using phthalate-free inks that meet the Soil Association / GOTS standard. MSDS sheets available on request.


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Yes, we have a product creation & fulfilment API. Watch this video to find out more:

The T-shirt API helps mobile and web developers make money from their apps. Here’s how it works:

Say your application lets people manipulate an image, or draw something. Your app POSTs that image to the API, and we return a product for your user. The cart is 100% secure and you can customise it to match your branding. When your customer checks out we print and post direct and give you half the profit. To set up, install and run it’s all 100% free. 

 

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Yes, we've got a great new product for people just like you. New brands, charities, businesses and events can set up a free Teemill account, build a full-feature ecommerce clothing store and start selling their own branded products in less than a day. We print, pack and ship direct to your customers and send you half the profit.

It's great because you can focus on designing and promoting great t-shirt designs, whilst we hold the stock and do all the manufacturing and shipping. It's great because we take care of all the returns and exchanges. It's also great because it's free to setup and run. Alternatively, if you'd like a run of t-shirts to hold as stock, get a quote now.

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Our garments are manufactured in our wind powered factory in India. Our printing factory and offices are based on the Isle of Wight in Freshwater. If you are in the area feel free to pop in for a tour and to get a feel of how our factory works and see the garments. We can also chat over your order in more detail. If you are unable to make it down to the Isle of Wight, contact us to arrange a call at your convenience, and you can buy refundable printed samples online.


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Yes of course – you’re more than welcome to order custom shirts and sell them on again. Studio is best for unique digitally printed shirts for small runs. Once you start ordering 50 or more items with the same artwork, the price goes down substantially as it becomes more viable for us to start using screenprinting. You can get a quote here.

If you’re also interested in selling your designs online, our new service – Teemill – lets you build a completely customised store and sell your designs online. It’s totally free, and we send you half the profits. You can get started on Teemill here.


Most Frequently Asked Questions

We supply all our own products with plain unbrandedlabels so you don't need to worry about relabelling.

We specialise in the print here and have found that relabelling is a taboo among micro t-shirt brands; we advise not to worry about it: Most customers, even from private label brands, dont look at the hem label or neck label with any interest.

If you really want to spend more to get your labels put in then we'd recommend giving it a good Google search to see who can help locally to add the labels in after you've received your printed garments from us.

What to do next:
Click here to get a quote

Yes - we have pre-printed samples in stock and ready for immediate dispatch. They consist of a DTG print on the front, and a screen print on the back. The samples are fully refundable - so when you are happy with the quality, we can get the ball rolling with your order straight away and you can return the sample t-shirt. Buy your sample online today.


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Click here to buy a sample

Shipping is flat rate £15 per carton, which holds approximately 80 t-shirts. We can ship almost anywhere in the world. Our dispatch team inspects your garments for quality, prepares the garments in printers folds (10 grouped in size) and ships in a single environmental polybag inside a quality cardboard box. This creates minimal waste compared to individually bagging and tagging garments.

If you have specialist dispatch requirements please let us know so that we can calculate the pricing for your consideration. If you sell online you may want to consider our dropship service where we pick, pack and ship direct to your customers for online brands.


What to do next:
Click here to get a quote

For bulk screen printing we advise leaving 4 weeks for your order to be processed, printed and shipped - including artwork proofs. We can turn around shirts in a much shorter time although rush service charges may apply. If you are ordering for an event or have a hard deadline, please let us know.

For DTG digital printing, small runs are normally completed and shipped the same day. For high volume (10,000 units or more) we will ship your order direct from our partner facility in India. This will take around 10 to 11 weeks from order to delivery, and credit is structured accordingly.

Please note: if you miss your booked production slot by filing a late payment or PO, your order may be rebooked at the next available slot, which may delay your order by a week or more.


What to do next:
Speed up your order by preparing artwork

Our garments are manufactured in our wind powered factory in India. Our printing factory and offices are based on the Isle of Wight in Freshwater. If you are in the area feel free to pop in for a tour and to get a feel of how our factory works and see the garments. We can also chat over your order in more detail. If you are unable to make it down to the Isle of Wight, contact us to arrange a call at your convenience, and you can buy refundable printed samples online.


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