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Everything you need to know about Impressions Expo 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas, the Southwest's premiere decorated-apparel event

Impressions Expo Fort Worth has been logging record numbers as the good times continue to roll for the decorated-apparel industry. Photo courtesy of Impressions Expo

June 2, 2024

With another successful Impressions Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey, now in the books, it’s time for apparel decorators and the screen printing, embroidery, heat pressing and digital decorating equipment and materials suppliers of the world to starting thinking about the 2024 Impressions Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. Keep an eye on this page for the latest information on everything you need to know to make the Southwest’s premier decorated-apparel trade show and your own business a success, including: registration deadlines, conference session info, networking opportunities, Shop Talk with Ink Kitchen updates, exhibitor news and debuts, and much more.

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Record Numbers of Exhibitors Signing Up for Impressions Expo Fort Worth 2024

Following in the wake of an outstanding 2023 Impressions Expo Fort Worth, this year’s event, set for Oct. 24-26, looks to be bigger than ever with a record number of exhibitors already committing to setting up booths there.


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Impressions Expo Fort Worth decorated apparel trade show

Registration Open—and FREE!—For Impressions Expo Fort Worth 2024, Oct 24-26

Join thousands of industry professionals for the South’s leading decorated-apparel trade show. Act now to take advantage of a free expo pass rate. (Prices increase on July 2nd.)

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Impression Industry Impact AwardsImpressions magazine Announces Awardees as Part of its Inaugural Impressions Industry Impact (III) Awards

The newly created Impressions Industry Impact (or III) Awards highlight the best of the best in terms of the industry’s latest advances. Categories include everything from the best new heat-pressing technology to the best in blank apparel and everything in between. Look for details to come with the 2025 III Awards program as well!

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La Tonn Roberson, Shop Talk, lady print bossFort Worth Shop Talk: Apparel Decorating, a Guide for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

In this Shop Talk discussion, recorded at last year’s Impressions Expo Fort Worth, host Rick Roth, founder of New England’s Mirror Image Screenprinting & Embroidery and the Ink Kitchen, talks with Dallas-based La Tonna Roberson aka Lady Print Boss, a veteran business coach and decorator in her own right, about what it takes to get a successful decorated-apparel business off the ground. To see the complete video, click here.

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The Future of AI is Now at the 2024 Impressions Expo in Fort Worth, Texas

It seems like only yesterday generative artificial intelligence (AI) and AI in general were being described as the technology of the future. But if the experience of the first two Impressions Expos of 2024 is any indicator, the future is now. Whether it was on the conference side of things, the Shop Talk stage or across the show floor as a whole, it seems AI is now everywhere, with more to come at Impressions Expo Fort Worth this October. For more click here.

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Special Report: New for 2024 at Impressions Expo

If there was ever any doubt the decorated-apparel industry was back following the trials and tribulations of the past few years, those doubts were put to rest by the first two Impressions Expos of 2024, in Long Beach, California, and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Fort Worth Logo Impressions Decorated apparel industry ExpoExpo Scene: Fort Worth Texas 2024 for Decorated Apparel

Given the current strength of the custom decorated-apparel industry, there’s never been a better time to check out the industry’s latest and greatest at Impressions Expo Fort Worth, set to take place Oct. 24-26. As always, the event will feature an unparalleled assortment of suppliers and hands-on conference sessions (the latter beginning Oct. 23), all expressly designed to help you grow your business. For details, click here.

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Impressions Expo Fort Worth Texas 2023

Impressions Expo Fort Worth Booking Record Numbers of Exhibitors

Following up on an outstanding Fort Worth expo in 2023, this year’s event has already broken the century mark, with 104 exhibitors reserving 27,000-square-feet of floor space, and more coming in weekly. For details, click here.

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Dave Conner STAHLS, Rick Roth Ink Kitchen shop talkFort Worth Shop Talk Video: Heat-Transfer Apparel Decorating

In this Shop Talk discussion recorded as part of Impressions Expo Fort Worth in 2023, host Rick Roth of the Ink Kitchen talks about how to avoid a few of the most common heat-press decorating mistakes with heat press and heat transfer expert Dave Conner of STAHLS’ Transfer Express. To watch the entire conversation, click here.

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Ink Kitchen, Impressions Exhibitors/Attendees Help Out with Local Charity, More Planned for Fort Worth

In addition to the abundance of commerce that took place at last month’s Impressions Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Ink Kitchen, with the help of supporters throughout the decorated-apparel industry, was also able to help give back to the local community: specifically, by helping out Adelaide’s Place, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing safe place for women who are otherwise without a home. As in year’s past, Ink Kitchen will be doing that same at the upcoming expo in Forth Worth. For more information, click here.

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Pricing best practices embroidery businessFort Worth Shop Talk Video: Focus on the Business side of your Embroidery Business

In this Shop Talk session from last year’s Fort Worth Expo, Jennifer Cox of the National Network of Embroidery Professionals says embroiderers (and decorators) need to be sure they don’t get so bogged down with the technical side of the business they fail to address issues like pricing and placing an accurate value on their work. To watch the conversation video, click here.

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Impressions Expo Forth Worth: Conference Presenter Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline for those interested in presenting as part of the Impressions Expo Fort Worth conference program, Oct. 23-26, only have a few more days to register. Organizers are looking for expertise in any one of seven primary educational tracks: screen printing, embroidery/digitizing, heat-applied graphics/DTF, DTG, graphics/design, sublimation, business best practices and the role of generative artificial intelligence in the area of design. For more information, click here.

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Impressions Expo Shop Talk decorated apparel industry experts

Impressions Expo Forth Worth 2024: Save the Date!

All three Impressions Expos have been on a roll of late and Impressions Expo Fort Worth, set to take place Oct. 24-26 (with the event’s attendant conference program kicking off Oct. 23) looks to continue the trend. Conference presenters continue to sign up; the Ink Kitchen, with industry veteran and Mirror Image CEO Rick Roth, is busily lining up participants for its celebrated Shop Talk panel; and expo organizers are fast running out of prime show space due to the number of exhibitors throwing their hats into the ring. This is a show that screen printers, embroiders, digital decorators and heat press specialists of all stripes are not going to want to miss out on—whether they’re in the market for a new piece or equipment, looking for the latest in thread, inks, dyes or transfer equipment or getting the skinny on the latest business and management practices. Attendee registration will be opening in early June. So, keep an eye on this space!

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Impressions Expo Fort Worth decorated apparel trade show attendeesImpressions Expo Fort Worth 2023 Another Success

Impressions Expo and the decorated apparel business remain on a roll, with crowds and the overall feel at last week’s Impressions Expo Fort Worth confirming the industry continues to sustain its post-COVID momentum. In terms of raw numbers, this year’s Impressions Expo Fort Worth saw a show floor chock-o-block full, thanks to a 25 percent increase in the amount of exhibitor space and an 8 percent increase in attendance compared to 2022—a year that was already seeing the event returning to pre-COVID levels. For more on the Impressions Fort Worth 2023, click here. For more on Impressions Expo Fort Worth 2024, click here.

 

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