Impressions Industry Impact Awards: Something for Everyone

More than two-dozen categories span the length and breadth of the decorated apparel industry

By Adam Cort, Content Director

August 29, 2023

With 26 separate categories, there’s a place for everyone when it comes to the recently launched Impressions Industry Impact Awards, designed to celebrate the best of the best from across the decorated apparel industry. A complete list of categories follows. For information or to enter your company, program or product, CLICK HERE. And good luck!


1. Best decorating company with sales of $1 million or more annually

2. Best decorating company with sales of $1 million or less annually

3. Best screen-printing shop

4. Best digital-decorating/heat-pressing shop

5. Best embroidery shop


1. Best new embroidery tech

2. Best new screen-printing tech

3. Best new heat-pressing tech

4. Best new digital decorating tech

5. Best New Online Services/BMS system


1. Best E-Commerce Store/Platform

2. Social Media/Influencer Award

3. Most Innovative Marketing Initiative/Concept

4. Best Business or Shop Logo


1. Best New Casual Wear/T-shirt

2. Best New Headgear

3. Best New Athletic Apparel

4. Best New Placketwear

5. Best New Activewear


1. T-Shirt of the Year

2. Screen Printing Design of the Year

3. Embroidery Design of the Year

4. Digital Decorating Design of the Year

5. Most creative decorating initiative/design


1. Green Award for Environmental Business Initiatives/Practices

2. Social Justice (Internal DEI efforts and worker empowerment)

“We’re excited to launch Impressions Magazine’s Impressions Industry Impact Awards,” Bill Gannon, SVP and Editor-in-Chief of Emerald, the publisher of Impressions Magazine, recently said. “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.”

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.”

Pricing for the contests is $249 for the first registration and $99 for each additional entry until the November 20 cutoff date. To enter, CLICK HERE