Customized Letterman Sweater

If you’ve received an Uncommon Goods catalog in the past few weeks, you may remember seeing this Customized Letterman Sweater. This item is only available through Uncommon Goods but there are a few other businesses involved (including us).  Like our tagline says “Every Garment Tells a Story”.

This story begins with our original partnership with Ripon Athletic.  A few years ago, through a network of friends, it came to our attention that Ripon Athletic was a bit slower during the fall season (when football season was underway and baseball uniform production was yet to begin). We asked if they’d be interested in helping us sew our sock monkey mittens during that time. They accepted and it really helped both of our companies to have that arrangement.  A year later, Uncommon Goods came to us, asking for a spring skirt that had an athletic feel, we knew just the people to help us fulfill that request.



As our relationship with Ripon Athletic continued we were thrilled to find out that they were the owners of the authentic Sand Knit label.   It could be found on athletic uniforms, apparel, and letterman jackets.  Items with that label were considered to be vintage by many, as it hadn’t been in production for years. Uncommon Goods and Ripon Athletic are now producing a Customized Letterman Sweater with the authentic Sand Knit label.   We are proud to be in business with both of these amazing companies and happy to have been a key stepping stone for their partnership.

But let’s be honest, the best part of this sweater is that your main squeeze can wear it to all of your games!


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5 Things: The Atlanta Gift Show

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sandy Martin to talk to her about the 2012 Atlanta Gift Show.  The show was held July 11th-18th and was made up of 4000 temporary exhibits like us, as well as 5000 permanent showrooms. All were housed within three, separate multi-level buildings.  Here are 5 things I asked Sandy about the show:

1. How was your show experience this year:

This year the show was a great success.  It was wonderful to see our existing customers again and the customers in general were very friendly, which always make for a more enjoyable experience.   It was nice to see the enthusiasm towards our new line.  Last year, customers were a bit unsure of our knit sweaters but this year they were thrilled to see that the line had been expanded. Customers were also extremely excited about our fall knit tops.

2. What item(s) seemed to receive the best response:

Oh gosh, well, the santa tee (available 9/25) was a hit AGAIN at this show.  For whatever reason “he” just always seems to be a classic icon that people can’t get enough of :-)  The same rings true for our whole sock monkey line, people love it.  As far as a new line item, our dog sit stay handwarmers really won people over.  Customers loved the “sit and stay” expression on the palms.  Before going to a show there are always a few items we are anxious to present and this year it was our EIEIO men’s shirt (available 7/25).  We were pleasantly surprised when we received many positive reactions and that people really understood our humor and our inspiration.

3. How was attendance this year compared to past shows you’ve been to:

Attendance seemed to be down a bit but we were lucky to have had our best sales in our history of attending the show. On a merchandising side of things we heard many comments on how good the product line is this year!  We may try to move our booth next year because there is a USA made section at the show and we feel that our brand would fit best in that area.

4. How was the weather in the south:

HOT, HUMID & MUGGY!!  Before leaving the hotel on the first morning I straightened my normally curly hair.  I didn’t give the weather much thought since I’d be indoors all day. Well, on the 1/2 mile walk over to the show, my hair went from stick, stick straight to uncontrollable super curl!  When I later went into CVS to buy a (sold-out) clipboard, I came back with a straightener instead!  Thankfully the show was very cool and comfortable so my hair remained curl free!

5. What’s your favorite place to eat while visiting Atlanta:

If you are ever in downtown Atlanta I would highly recommend the Peasant Bistro, it was wonderful both in service and food.

Thanks Sandy!

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New QR Codes

Our company gets asked many questions related to our products; What is organic cotton, water-based inks, pre-consumer recycled cotton or re-engineered products.   With the help of these fancy little Quick Response (QR) Codes we can now answer those questions with a push of a button.  In our fall 2012 wholesale catalog you will find several codes throughout the booklet, and if you have a smart phone you will instantly be linked to a video that speaks to each of those questions.

To use a green3 QR code, you must have a smartphone with a camera (such as an Android, iPhone or iPod Touch, or Blackberry) and a QR scanning application.  Recommended free apps that can be downloaded through your phone’s app store are:

iPhone/iPod Touch

  • NeoReader
  • Scan
  • QR Reader for iPhone


  • ScanLife Barcode Reader
  • QuickMark Barcode Scanner
  • i-nigma Barcode Scanner


  • QR Code Scanner (Newgen Graphics)
  • QR Code Scanner Pro Free (The Jared Company)
  • Code Muncher QR Reader

Once you have downloaded a QR scanning application, simply open it and direct your phone’s camera toward the code. Hold still, and wait for the application to redirect you to a green3 YouTube video.  We hope you enjoy our videos.


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