I am very interested in starting a tee shirt and accessories brand using Option 2 (using a POD Vendor)and have a couple questions. I would like to include my brand name on a tagless label in the neckline of the shirt as well as on the accessories and was wondering what all I need to do to do that? Would I need to do anything legally such as get a trademark or copyright? My other question is do you know a POD vendor that offers printing on women’s muscle tees or sleeveless shirts (like you would work out in or wear for summer, not tanks but sleeveless) and also distressed hats. I’m looking for these types of products and want the softer thinner tee shirt material, I believe its a cotton and polyester mix. Any help would be appreciated. I am super excited about getting started on this. I am already working in the national marketing/media field so have some great connections to market this business. Thanks in advance!
All of the top POD tee shirt companies offer a huge range of tees, hats, and more. The tissue tees you describe are available with most of them, as are tri-blends, tank cuts, sleeveless, and performance athletic tees. Printful, Custom Cat, and Printify all are good places to find these types of products. You can go into their online catalogs and see which one best meets your product assortment needs.
Most will also do the tagless branded label inside, but it does cost extra. Each of these POS websites explains the label imprint process. Usually, it’s just an add-on image when you create your tee in their app.
As far as a trademark, you can protect your brand logo with a registered trademark, which gives you legal recourse if you grow huge and competitors try to knock-off your line. But most general tee designs can’t be copyrighted or trademarked easily, it’s the logo and maybe a tagline that’s most often registered. I hope this helps, good luck!