trending promotional item for the past 30+ years

Custom Printed Hipster Trucker HatsYou could say that custom trucker hats are a new and modern promotional give away, but really this casual promotional headwear item stems back from the 70’s. Originally referred to as feed caps or gimme caps, farming supply companies printed their corporate logo on low cost mesh back caps. Truck drivers would be given these hats as freebies while delivering supplies, purchasing supplies or just stopping by 7Elevens. The Trucker caps were worn by most drivers due to their one-size fits all adjustable snap closure, breathable nylon mesh back, sweatband and printed foam front. The name Trucker Hat was a huge success because the marketing strategy of the supply companies attracted the right customer to advertise their business logo and found a niche market that years later would become a fashion phenomenon.

Fast-forward to the year 2000 when key celebrities sported custom designed hats as a stylish throwback that made Trucker Hats cool to the masses. This opened up the opportunity for unique branded headwear to make a splash in the promotional merchandise market. Not only did the hip casual customizable hat look good on everyone, it came at a low cost. To this day, worldwide companies, like John Deere, will choose to print thousands of hats over t-shirt because the cost is significantly less.

Now what actually makes a Trucker Hat the fashion weapon that it is? First and foremost it is an affordable product that can be utilizes to advertise a business! Besides being a cheap promotional product, there are a couple ways that set it apart:

  • A customizable trucker hat is traditionally 2 toned, 5 panel mesh hat. Four of the five panels are nylon mesh and match the bill color of the hat. The last panel is usually a white foam material that is big and tall. Why is big and tall important… there is sufficient space for a bright logo imprint!
  • Baseball caps traditionally are embroidered, but Trucker Hats are either screen-printed or has a sew-on patch. Printing allows the cost to stay affordable.
  • These hats come in a variety of colors allowing more design options. From hot pink to camouflage there is something for everyone
  • Its popular fashion statement allows you to advertise a business, captures an audience that will sport your promotional head apparel, and be that free gift that a potential customer appeals to.

If you work, own or market for a business, you’ll need to know the following:

Tradeshow promotional products – the Trucker Hat is the best advertising giveaway product on the market! Promotional Trucker Hats are worn and not compartmentalized in a house, stuffed in a drawer or thrown in a trash. If you think about it, someone is more likely to donate the hat to the local thrift store and it will continue to be circulated. Including Trucker Hats as a part of your business promotional campaign is a budget conscious merchandise option. Because a trade show’s success or failure hinges on getting the right people to stop, Trucker Hats will be the tradeshow giveaway that potential customers will want!

trucker-hat-exampleUniform Hat – Over the years many businesses have had to watch every dime they spend on uniforms. From getting damaged to fading, uniform apparel needs to be replaced a couple times a year. Trucker Hats are far better than the baseball caps options. Traditionally baseball caps are embroidered, come in size S-XL forcing companies to keep a big stock, and can cause the head to sweat. Major companies have switched to the Trucker Hat Uniform and wouldn’t ever go back! Not only does your printed logo pop on the white background, the employees also enjoy the comfort fit and feel of the Trucker Hats. Budget friendly, durable, unique branding, and stylish…

Alternative ventures with Trucker Hats– these stylish caps are versatile to no end. Therefor they aren’t only for a business market, they are for anyone and everyone!

  • Bachelor Trucker Hats & Bachelorette Trucker Hats – a memento to save for a lifetime
  • Free gift- birthday parting gift, annual BBQ gift, etc.
  • Family Reunion Item- assortment of colors for extended family distinction
  • 5k team, half marathon team, tough mudder team hat, etc.- blocks the sun, breathable mesh, light weight, and super cool
  • Golf Tournament Hat – better cost than a fancy polo and protects the head
  • Sports Team Uniform Hat – print your team logo on a hat
  • Landscape Company Hat – outfit all the workers to promote branding
  • Construction Company Hat – outfit all the workers to promote branding; breathable hat
  • Promotional Concert Product – band members and managers this is a must-have item

Trucker Hats are that long lasting promotional product that will continue to be valuable to all businesses, event committees, sports teams, celebrations, fashion statements, tradeshows, work wear uniforms, and more.

Call Planet Apparel today, as we know how to make this promotional item a huge hit!



Planet Apparel Super HeroComic-Con is upon us and we know things can happen. You haven’t ordered your custom printed shirts, your printer dropped the ball or your order got delayed in shipping but you have to have your order! Look no further! Planet Apparel is here to save the day.

Planet Apparel offers custom screen printed orders for T-shirts, sport shirts, shorts, tanks, sweatshirts and more. Call us today at (858) 569-2090 or fill out the form below so we can get you back on track!

Our services:

  • Custom Silkscreened T-shirts up to 10 colors
  • Low minimum – 24 qty
  • Famous brand names or cost effective promo T’s
  • Fast turn-a-round
  • Film separation service – Just send us your art
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  • Delivery to the convention center (depending on qty’s)
  • Competitive pricing

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So you’ve been chosen to purchase your company’s printed T-shirts or embroidered goods. Congratulations! Now what do you do? Well if you’ve never had any apparel customized before, here’s a quick guide to help you out.

1. Should you use an online company that’s out of state or should you buy local?

* Make sure to consider your deadlines first. If you need your order by a certain time you may need to add up to 5 days shipping otherwise you may have to pay for overnight shipping.
* Typical turn-a-round time for most screen printing companies is 7 to 10 working days depending on size and complexity of order. Consider when you need your order in hands by including ship time or you may have to pay a rush fee.
* If you have problems with your order and they need to replace the order for whatever reason, the above issues remain as issues.
* Orders shipped out of state used to be shipped tax free. The laws are slowly changing so orders shipped out of state are being taxed. Check into this before ordering to make sure.
* Are you the type that needs to look, touch and feel? Purchasing your custom shirts locally can help you with the ordering process by going to a showroom and checking out all of your printed garment needs.

Showrooms like Planet Apparel’s are fully equipped with ink charts, shirt samples, catalogs, examples of types of printing and more to ensure you get what you are looking for in an order the first time.

2. What is the custom T-shirt printers print defect rate?

* Most screen printing companies have a 2% to 5% plus or minus defect rate. This means if you order 100 shirts, they may misprint up to 2 to 5 shirts and not supply them to you when the T-shirt order is completed. Also sometimes, the manufacturer supplies defective shirts. Be up front if you need your order to be exact. You don’t want to come up short handed.

3. Screen Monitors and Ink colors don’t necessarily match correctly.

* Your computer monitor is probably not calibrated to exact colors unless you are a graphic artist. What you see on your screen may not be what the screen printer sees. Check with ink matching guide like the Pantone Matching System to make sure the colors are accurate. There are dozens of shades of blue including light blue, sky blue, baby blue, Carolina blue, Columbia blue, bright blue, peacock blue, cyan, reflex blue, royal blue, navy blue, deep navy blue and everything in between can totally be left up to interpretation. Work with a company like Planet Apparel that has accurate color matching systems that will get your order right every time.

4. Will the printer stand behind their work?

* What if a problem does arise? For whatever reason, make sure you choose an established and honorable silkscreen company that will take care of their orders and mistakes. There are so many horror stories where the local T-shirt guy made a mistake and didn’t honor fixing the order. There are other stories of the local garage printer that ran off with the deposit to never be seen again. Saving a few bucks and ordering on the cheap may have you spending triple the amount on your order because of this type of thing. Be careful!

5. Does the screen printer have a garment license?

* It is illegal to operate an apparel printing company in California without a garment license. This license ensures the screen printer is in compliance with state laws including workers comp, liability insurance and other regulating factors. If you buy from a company that doesn’t have this license you are supporting an illegal print shop. Check before ordering.

So enough of the scare tactics, ordering custom printed shirts or embroidery should be fun and easy when you choose the right company. Let Planet Apparel take care of all your print and embroidery needs and you’ll find you won’t need to concern yourself with any of these issues.

Start today by checking out are online catalogs, fill out a quote request or simply call us for a free quote at 888-682-9971. We look forward to hearing from you.