Veronica Beard in the NY Times!

Congratulation to our client Veronica Beard, who are featured in the New York Times today – including a great video segment about this team of same-named sisters-in-law!

There are a lot of prints in this video, and we’re proud to say Angel was involved in most of them. Here’s just one:

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We’re the place for lace

It looks like the lace trend, big for Fall ’13, is not going anywhere anytime soon. Our clients are loving our new collection of vintage lace swatches, lace eyelets, and full garments of lace and lace prints.

Our only frustration is that we have to wait a whole year to see/buy what our clients create!

To view the latest collection, contact Rachel at 212-937-7676; or rachel@angelnyc.com.

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Rebecca Taylor’s rose jacquard

In addition to traditional print artworks, Angel’s design studio can also help you create custom jacquards.

For example, take a look at this sweater Rebecca Taylor has made with the rose jacquard we developed for her.

To explore what we can do for your line, contact Sarah Woodruff at sarah@angelnyc.com, or (212) 937-7772.

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Angel Vintage at INDIGO, July 22nd & July 23rd!

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Be sure to stop by the Indigo print show and check out our latest vintage collection! We’ll be showcasing a beautiful new selection of summer, trans, and fall with some special new groups:

  • Scenic Conversationals
  • Status Scarves
  • Romantic Florals
  • Boho and Folk
  • Tropical Florals
  • Indian Woodblock
  • Paisleys & Foulards
  • Lace & Eyelets
  • Metallic Geos & Florals
  • New Kimono Textures
  • 20′s & 30′s Florals

We are located at Booth 2C35. We are giving way a surprise treat – so we hope to see you there!

Angel Tech Brief No. 5: Screen Printing

Screen printing is more often than not the process we use to print designs on fabric (see our previous technical post, Angel Tech Brief No. 2, to learn more about our other methods of fabric printing). Screen printing is the process of printing on fabric by pushing ink through a mesh screen and onto the fabric. Each color in a print has its own screen; a print can be as simple as one screen (two colors, including that of the base cloth), or can get as complex as 16 screens/colors.

How are screens made? To start, a mesh screen is stretched over a frame, and is now ready to be prepared for printing. To get the specific design onto the screen, our mills use a technique not unlike processing a photograph: the “stencil” for the design is created through a process that blocks off parts of the screen to create a negative image of the design. That way, when the ink is pushed through the screen, the positive image of the design is left on the fabric.

After the screen is created, the next step is to actually push the ink through the screen and onto the fabric. This can be done by hand, using a large squeegee. However, machine printing (an automated version of the same process) has become more common in recent years.

Screen printing is the least expensive – and quite often the best – means of getting your designs onto fabric. While it has its technical limitations, it allows a vibrancy and saturation of color that cannot be matched by the digital process (at least not yet!).

Please call Sarah Woodruff at 212-937-7772 for more information on how we can print fabric for you.

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A peek at our mill’s screen printing facilities in Korea.

Angel Tech Brief No. 4: Fabric Construction

Ever wonder what kind of fabric would be right for a specific print or garment style?  What the differences are between each different fabric?

Chiffon:

Chiffon is a lightweight, plain weave fabric that is often created with a twist yarn in both directions.  This twist yarn helps create some natural give/stretch but also can cause a rougher hand feel.

There is are also ‘flat’ chiffons, which are created with a much flatter, filament silk yarn.  This chiffon version is much softer and has a flatter surface area, but can a have tendency for yarn slippage in lighter weights.

Angel Chiffon Reference

Charmeuse/Satin:

Charmeuse is a lightweight fabric that is woven with filament yarns in a satin weave construction, where the warp threads cross over at least three or more of the weft threads.  This satin construction creates a shiny, luxurious face to the fabric, while the backside remains matte.

A regular satin differs from charmeuse in that it is usually heavier, and has a slightly more structured hand. However, the weaving method is the same for both.

Both satin and charmeuse drape beautifully, and have a natural flow against the body – but these types of fabric need to be handled carefully in sewing, as they can snag easily.

Angel Satin Reference

Habotai:

Habotai uses a basic weave construction, and can have a stiffer, more structured hand.  This type of fabric is most often used for linings.

Duppioni/Shantung:

Both duppioni and shantung fabrics are created using a lower grade of silk spun yarns, so there are slubs on the surface of the goods forming a more textural effect.

These types of qualities are recommended for more allover patterns, as there is a tendency for staining or misprinting in large flat color patterns.

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For more information on any of the above fabric types, or if you are interested in finding out more about another fabric, please contact Sarah 212-937-7772.

Angel Tech Brief No. 3: Discharge Printing

While we use the overprint screen technique most often, there is also another technique that we use regularly: discharge or extract printing.

The discharge technique differs from regular screen printing in that the fabric is piece-dyed first, and then a chemical is applied to bleach/deactivate the dyestuffs used on natural fabrics such as silk.

We use this discharge method mainly on simple designs having a dark ground, to help eliminate the need for a screen break, allowing us to produce a continuous design.

Angel may also recommend the use of this discharge method to eliminate any overlapping of screens that can create a trapping or halo around the motifs.  The discharge technique can produce a much cleaner and more crisp print outcome which is often more desirable in simpler patterns.

Although a great technique for continuous designs, there are a few limitations to this discharge method.  We often can’t recommend this type of process since we can only apply this technique on 100% silk. This type of process can also weaken the dyestuffs, which can adversely affect colorfastness in bright colors.

Below are a few discharge prints from our open line.  For more information, please contact Sarah at 212-937-7772.

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