A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with Travis from Marsuno, an amazing design and printing company we work with down in So Cal. Marsuno is making many moves this year as Travis explains below in our one-on-one interview with him. Check it out:
Name: Travis Lefebvre
Title: Production manager
Company: Marsuno Creative in Garden Grove, CA
What do you guys do: Design, Printing, Web and graphic design, garment printing, and finishing.
When did you get started with direct-to-garment (DTG): We started the printing side of our business last Spring, in 2014. A client we already worked with on the web side, sells these printing machines; we saw what they can do and realized there was a lot we could do with not only for our brand, but for a lot of our clients. Over the past year, we've pushed the direct-to-garment side of printing and it has helped our brand grow and meet a lot of our new customers like FAZE Apparel.
What is difference between DTG and regular screen printing: There is no set-up fee with DTG and there's the ability to do small qualities with unlimited colors. You can’t do that with screen printing. With direct-to-garment, it’s easy to go from design to finished product in a matter of minutes. It allows you to do more samples and try new things.
Favorite brand: So many brands are doing a lot of cool things like, Hasta Muerte (our in-house brand), but another brand I really dig is Stampd LA. Their clothing is super clean, high quality and the craftsmanship is amazing. That's definitely a cool brand that I look up to. Even with the small team that they have, they're able to accomplish a lot – their stuff looks top notch.
Where do you see the future of street fashion: With new printing methods like UV and DTG, the cost of printing is only going to go down. This is going to open the market for new brands. I think these massive DTG machines that can print a shirt in 30 seconds is definitely going to change the game from regular screen printing as it is now. And the designs of these shirts will be able to show more, like photos, more colors and all over printing. It will be cool to see all these print methods being used on not just shirts, but also on hats, jeans and a lot of other cool things.
What can we expect from you guys in the next year: You can expect us to keep growing and keep the quality on point. In the past year, we took this direct-to-garment business from printing 1 shirt a day to 100 shirts per day. That's something we want to keep pushing and offer our clients more. Expanding into cut and sew and keep moving forward is our goal.
What is this new new market place you just launched: Street Wear Official was launched 2 months ago and is our new online market. It's a streetwear hub that focuses on independent brands from the all over the US. We're just looking to take a bite out of Karmaloop. They're the biggest animal in the industry, but they fall short in a few places, so we plan to cover those gaps.
What is your FAZE (Fearless And Zealous Everyday): My FAZE is coming to work everyday and doing right by our customers. Everyday is a different job from printing and designing to meeting new clients. Everyday is different and that's what makes my job really fun.
Favorite meal?: Hot dogs all day everyday, or if I happen to be home back in Canada, poutine (French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds).
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