Custom Gildan T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Hoodies: All You Need To Know.

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Gildan is a popular brand when it comes to custom printed T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. There are many questions around the Gildan brand regarding quality, company practices, best garment pieces, to name a few, and we answer them in this article, based on our experience.

There are good reasons people choose custom Gildan T-shirts and other Gildan basics for their customized apparel.


Gildan garments are well made with seams and hems reinforced, ensuring they hold up well  with frequent movement and stretching.

Fabric Quality

Gildan typically uses heavyweight cotton or cotton blends for their t-shirts, which are known for their sturdiness and resilience that can withstand the wear and tear associated with manual labor.

Made For Customization

Gildan garments are made with customization in mind. Their high stitch density fabrics provide a smooth printing surface that will endure the screen printing or embroidery process. They provide a good looking customized final product that holds its shape and stands many washes. 


Gildan products typically cost less compared to some other brands. This makes them a popular choice for bulk purchases for work and school uniforms on tight budgets, especially for workers who need to replace their workwear frequently due to the nature of their jobs.

Variety and Color Selection

There is a whole gamut of basic apparel products in various styles and sizes, with over 60 colors to choose from for most styles. Each style has versions for children, ladies and men, making it easy to have the same style of shirts for everyone in your team and school. You will always find the style, color and size shirt that suits your requirements.


Gildan shirts are generally comfortable to wear, with soft fabrics, roomy fits and tagless shirts, which is important for workers who may be wearing these shirts for long hours. 

Where are Gildan T-shirts Made?

Gildan has manufacturing facilities in several countries, including the United States, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Bangladesh, among others. The specific location of production can vary depending on the product and other factors such as cost, logistics, and capacity. 

Gildan has faced criticism in the past regarding labor practices in some of its overseas factories, and the company has taken steps to address these concerns through various initiatives and partnerships.

Is Gildan a Socially Responsible Company?

As one of the largest apparel manufacturers, we are glad that Gildan has adopted significant sustainable and ethical practices:

  • Their  manufacturing process utilizes 45% renewable energy.
  • They partner with Better Cotton to improve cotton farming globally
  • They use OEKO-TEX certified low-impact dyes
  • They have removed polybags from all their products except whites, to reduce plastic waste 

They also have implemented community programs that supports education and have been recognized globally for their sustainability practices and community support

Favorite Gildan Tees & Sweatshirts

Now let’s look at the most popular Gildan styles, the ones that customers request the most. 

Gildan Heavy Cotton and DryBlend® T-Shirts

These are probably the most popular Gildan custom Tees. They are the preferred ones for workers’ uniforms in so many different industries, especially if their work requires them to be in constant movement. 

Both the heavy cotton and the DryBlend are made with reinforced double stitched hems and seams, with tear-away labels, in sizes ranging from youth to adults up to 5XL. 

In addition, they come in 60+ colors, including safety orange and green and they have short and long sleeve versions of each. 

The main difference between the two is the fabric.

The heavy cotton is made of pre-shrunk 5.3 oz 100% cotton.

The Gildan DryBlend® is made of 50/50 cotton/polyester with moisture wicking properties. It’s available with pockets as an option, which makes it the preferred shirt for workers who need to keep small tools handy at work.

Gildan Softstyle® T-shirts 

This is another highly popular style. The Gildan Softstyle T-shirt is a soft lightweight shirt made of 4.5 oz ringspun cotton, with a modern fit and seamless body. It’s well suited for younger audiences who prefer a fashionable look.

Just like the other Gildan T-shirts, there is a Softstyle® -shirt for everyone. They have children and youth shirts, two feminine versions for ladies that includes a V-neck in addition to the round neck, and of course, the adults unisex style with inclusive sizes in a choice of short or  long sleeves. 

See the Gildan Softstyle collection 

Gildan Custom Sweatshirts

Gildan sweatshirts are available in various styles, including crewneck sweatshirts,  hoodded, and  full zipper jackets, made with various materials in all sizes including youth and a ton of colors.

The Heavy Blend is made of 8-ounce cotton-poly blend,it’s warm and stylish, double lined, double stitched, has dyed-to-match drawcord and front pouch pockets.

The Softstyle is made of 8.4 oz  80/20 cotton blend and has a more trendy fit.

The 9 oz  DryBlend® Sweatshirts are made for active work, with moisture wicking properties and available in safety colors.

See the Gildan sweatshirt collection

You Can’t Go Wrong With Gildan For Your Custom Apparel

There are many brands to choose from when it comes to T-shirts and Sweatshirts. But if you’re looking for good value in custom T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, Gildan has earned the #1 spot as the brand of choice for many businesses and organizations.

Whether you’re looking for the basics or a fashion forward brand, we’ll make it very easy for you to get what you are looking for.

Contact us to get started!


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