Whether you want water base, discharge, CMYK, burn-out, or plastisol specialty inks like glitter, foil, flock, or glow-in-the-dark, we can do it. These skills separate us from the "mom and pop" shops and allow our clients maximum creative expression. our other services like custom dyeing, labeling, and packaging make us a one-stop t-shirt destination.
Adam Campos started designing t-shirts for student organizations at Stanford University in 1994 during his junior year. Five years later, as a MBA student at UCLA he decided to go beyond his own school and started Avant Garde Apparel Group. In 2000, he contracted a small Los Angeles manufacturer to produce "baby doll" fitted women's tees, a style that he saw was popular in Latin Ameria and Europe, but not yet accepted in the US. The fledgling manufacturer (American Apparel) convinced him to use their blanks instead. Avant Garde quickly expanded from UCLA and USC to colleges all the way to Syracuse University in New York. Adam knew he was on to something, but problems with screen printers made it difficult to deliver quality products on time. In 2001, Adam decided to start his own screen printing shop to control quality, deadlines, and costs. Avant Garde set up shop in the downtown Fashion District on the corner of Los Angeles and 7th (a block from Skid Row in those days). Within a short while, the company's reputation grew, and nearby clothing companies began to call on Avant Garde to produce their t-shirts. Some of those brands were Nautica, The Hundreds, John Varvatos, 55 DSL, Young & Reckless, Clover Canyon, DASH, American Apparel, Brian Lichtenberg (BLTEE), Diamond Supply, and many others. Working with fashion brands attracted bigger names in film (The Oscars, The Hunger Games), TV (The Voice, America's Got Talent), sports (Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers), music (Avicii, Celine Dion, Coachella Music Festival), theme parks and museums (Universal Studios, Skirball Museum), consumer brands (Nike, Pepsi, Blackberry), and organizations of all types. Today Avant Garde's work can be seen in stores and businesses around Los Angeles as well as across the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Australia, Russia, Poland, and Japan. Celebrating thirteen years of printing t-shirts, avanTgarde is more committed than ever to the goals of righting the wrongs of the screen printing industry. We strive to:
Deliver 100% quality (no damages or incomplete orders)
A 2% misprint ratio is industry standard. When you order from avanTgarde, if you pay for 100 t-shirts, you get 100 good t-shirts.
Meet client deadlines/due dates
avanTgarde has never missed a deadline in thirteen years. Pulling all-nighters, driving orders across state borders, and making miracles happen have helped us maintain that record.
Provide transparent pricing and honor price quotes
Price bait and switch is commonplace in the industry. You get quoted $1 per shirt only to receive a bill for $1.75 when you pick up your order. We publish our prices online and honor a quote once given. You will not be hit with hidden fees or or other price increases.
- Adam Campos, Founder
Adam Campos created the frocket (pocket t-shirt where the pocket is printed or of a different fabric) in 2009. The idea didn't catch on until 2012 and is now all the craze on college campuses. We can sew on custom pockets to create your very own frocket tee or tank top! Just choose your all-over pocket print or a fabric color, and we will sew them on.
For the fourth year in a row, the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team selected avanTgarde as one of its t-shirt vendors. At each home game, the Kia Fan Patrol t-shirts are thrown out to the crowd by the Clippers Spirit dancers. Done to raise the energy level at Staples Center in the 4th Period, the t-shirt giveaway is a crowd favorite.
Since 2009, we have been making our own t-shirt styles. This allows us to offer our customers truly custom t-shirts and stay ahead of the fashion curve (after all, that's what avant garde means). All we need to get started is a sample or description of what you want.
We offer direct-to-garment (digital) t-shirt printing. Unlike screen printing, DTG printing has no set-up fees or minimum order requirements. That means you can print as many colors as you want for one low price - even if you only need one t-shirt. This is a good option for one-offs and samples. Our machine can print on colors/dark fabric, too!