Behind The Scenes - Apparel Production
May 25, 2019
We love our city. Hamilton is where we live, where we work, and where we play. So when it comes to our screen printing and embroidery production, we like to keep things as local as possible. But we also have a laser-like focus when it comes to quality manufacturing. We want to offer you products that will stand up to your rugged yet sophisticated lifestyle. Because those are the products we want ourselves: ethically-sourced, locally-made, durable goods.
Screen Printing Production
All of our screen printing production takes place inside The Cotton Factory, the former historic site of The Imperial Cotton Company and now home to creative agencies, small manufacturing companies and lightweight industry. During the late 19th to early 20th century, Hamilton’s textile production was one of the city’s largest industries, second only to the steel mills.
In 1900, it was within this very building that James M. Young led his Imperial Cotton team. So we see it as fitting that this is where we print and process all of our apparel today, less than 3km from our very own Steeltown Garage Company here in downtown Hamilton.
On the top floor of the old Storehouse building inside The Cotton Factory is Witly, a locally owned and operated independent screen-printing and fulfillment operation. We design everything in-house here at Steeltown, but when it came to production, we worked closely with the rad team at Witly to print our entire Stay Wild SS19 Collection.
Just 2km down Barton St, past the old strip club, past the jail, and past the general hospital, is Breakaway Distributing. Owned and operated by a local family, Breakaway has been handling our hat embroidery since day one, when we brought them the concept for our now-famous STL⚡TWN Snapback.
Since then, we've brought pretty much all our embroidered headwear collection to the folks at Breakaway, including our new Steeltown Script 5 Panel Caps, our Golden Trucker Hats (now sold out), and even the leather logo patch that adorns Hunter Bauer's flat track racing suit.