From dirt to shirt in 600 Miles
TS Designs is a full-package, wholesale, custom printed apparel company, selling primarily T-shirts. It created a competitive niche in the United States through a patented, eco-friendly printing process called REHANCE, and sourcing North Carolina cotton directly from local farmers. They’ve also been instrumental in inspiring the production of the first certified organic cotton in the state.
The company has woven together a North Carolina-based value chain called Cotton of the Carolinas, under the slogan "Dirt to Shirt in 600 Miles." The program impacts 500 jobs in the state in a completely transparent supply chain. The key to success, says the president Eric Henry, is "to keep the soul of the business intact."
There is nothing on the market like the Cotton of the Carolinas t-shirt brand. TS Designs is leading the industry by bringing the entire process, from dirt to shirt, back within arm’s reach – or at least, a day’s drive. Everything happens within 600 miles. It’s not just USA made; it’s Carolina made.
Today, TS Designs still sells largely to local, environmentally and socially-conscious businesses and organizations that make up The Green Movement, but also prints for any organization looking for a better quality product with a better environmental and social impact. An example of a successful triple bottom line business as the continuously work to improve their social and environmental influence.