bespoke printed t-shirt

Bespoke T-Shirt Manufacture Vs Wholesale Garments?

bespoke printed t-shirt

Many brands contact us about bespoke t-shirt manufacture, but end up going for wholesale off-the-shelf printed t-shirts, so with that in mind, let’s look at both options, to better assess the most suitable option for you.


What is an off-the-shelf wholesale t-shirt?

This just means the product already exists. It’s been made according to the manufacturers desired measurements & fabric composition, as opposed to being tailor made to your own requirements.

This is perfect for smaller orders (less than 5000 products), and generally the best option for most brands. 

A few reasons why this is a great option:

  • It’s readily available, meaning a turnaround time of days, rather than months.
  • The fit & fabrics have been tried and tested by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of happy customers.
  • It’s more cost effective on smaller quantities
  • You can still have custom t-shirt printing, embroidery and labels with off-the-shelf products

What is bespoke t-shirt manufacture?

This is where you have a t-shirt, or any product for that matter, tailor made to your measurements with specified fabrics. With the bespoke manufacture of garments we generally have a minimum order of 5000+ units. Like most we are not able to build products bespoke to your specification on any quantity lower than this.

A few reasons why this is a great option:

  • On this kind of quantity prices can be very cost effective
  • The fit and fabrics can be tailored to your needs exactly
  • You have access to a vast volume of your own stock

How can I make the products my own if they’re not made bespoke?!

The vast majority of our off-the-shelf products can be customised with print or embroidery, providing a great way to make the products your own, with your logo or design.

We don't offer label removal or woven labels. However, we appreciate as a brand you may not wish to have manufacturers labels on your products, therefore we do have a few options that may be suitable. You'll find them among other handy tips in our quick guide here

If woven labels are essential we'd suggest buying your products and decoration with us and using a relabelling company, so you can ensure you comply with the legal requirements associated with relabelling. You can read more on this here.


Where small production runs are required, off-the-shelf products like those found in our Online shop are generally the best option. This is an option often utilised by small and large brands alike, helping to minimise the need for huge order volumes that are only really suitable for extremely large retail orders.

If you’re looking to order less than 5000 garments at a time, then our Online Shop is where you need to head. We have over 17,000+ product options available, the vast majority of which can be custom printed or embroidered with no minimum order. We additionally hold the most comprehensive range of sustainable and organic wholesale clothing in Europe. If you can’t find what you need, or need a helping hand in selecting the right product you can request a quote here.

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