Introducing the Impressions Industry Impact Awards

June 23, 2023

Emerald Expositions and Impressions Magazine are excited to announce the launch of an all-new awards program—the Impressions Industry Impact Awards—designed to celebrate the best of the best from across the decorated apparel industry.

Building on the magazine’s more than four decades of experience, the awards include 26 different categories covering everything from the latest in blank apparel to the most innovative screen-printing, heat-pressing, embroidery and digital decorating tech, and the year’s best marketing efforts in the areas of social media and e-commerce.

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The Impressions Industry Impact Awards will highlight the best of the best from across the decorated apparel industry. Photo by PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

Other categories include those recognizing outstanding design in the areas of screen printing, heat-pressing and digital decorating; a green award for best effort in the areas of environmental impact and sustainability; a social justice award for best effort in the areas of DEI and worker empowerment; and a T-shirt of the Year award.

Decorators, designers and equipment and materials suppliers alike will be able to enter in the category (or categories) of their choice through Nov. 20, 2023. Early-bird pricing will be available through July 20, 2023.

“We’re excited to launch Impressions Magazine’s Impressions Industry Impact Awards” said Bill Gannon, SVP and Editor-in-Chief of Emerald, the publisher of Impressions Magazine. “With more than two-dozen Industry Impact Awards nomination categories, there are many exciting opportunities for companies large and small to participate. It is our hope that those who win an award will experience many lasting and positive benefits in the areas of press coverage and overall industry recognition as befitting their excellence.”

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A number of blank apparel categories will also be part of the mix. Photo by PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

Impressions Magazine’s content director, Adam Cort, added that by complementing the Lifetime Achievement awards Impressions Expo has historically supported as part of the Shop Talk expo program organized by the Ink Kitchen and industry veteran Rick Roth, the magazine’s Impressions Industry Impact Awards will allow an even wider variety of industry players to be recognized.

“It would be hard to imagine a more creative or tech-savy group of companies and professionals than those making up today’s decorated apparel industry,” Cort said. “A professional decorated apparel awards program highlighting the creativity and hard work that serves as the bedrock of the industry is long overdue.”

Early bird entry pricing (through July 20) is $199 for the first entry and $99 for each additional entry. After that, pricing will be $249 for the first registration and $99 for each additional entry until the November 20 cutoff date.

To see a full list of award categories, read the rules and enter, click HERE.