It was Easter 1984, and Peter Joyce was lying on a Magalluf beach soaking up the sun. A man strolled by wearing a “Big Country” T-Shirt, it was then that Pete’s fashion victim friend commented that the image looked far too small bearing in mind the text contained the word BIG. This led to a conversation about how images were applied to T-Shirts and was it possible to produce one-offs with unique trendy designs?
PING! That was Pete’s eureka moment and thus Totally Original T-Shirt Printers was born.
Starting in the surroundings of his humble bedroom and armed only with some primitive screen printing equipment, Pete produced some individual T-shirts for himself. His friends loved them and soon they were asking him for their own special one offs. His passion for quality and meticulous attention to detail was now earning him glowing reviews and requests for bigger orders. He then invested in some basic machinery and started to produce small to medium sized production runs.
Thirty years later TOTShirts, has become one of Britain’s leading T-shirt printers and garment decoration specialists, with Pete leading a highly trained team housed in a 36,000 SQ FT fully equipped facility in North London. They deliver the complete garment solution; including design, origination, decoration, sourcing, processing, application, finishing and packaging ready for delivery. Recently TOT has invested in a digital print system that now enables them to produce very high quality one offs and small print runs – bringing them full circle. Oh, and Pete’s still waiting for someone to put in that order for a big ‘BIG COUNTRY’ T-shirt!