Our Story

We started Custom Apparels Startups because while we were helping people with the right equipment and training – there was a real need for help in other areas like Marketing, Sales, Pricing, Graphics, Customer Service – all the things that are part of a successful business outside of the equipment used to make the products.

ColDesi and all of our people, companies, brands, and friends in the custom apparel industry are committed to helping you succeed in any way we can. Custom Apparel Startups is an important part of that!

Fun Facts:

In our more than 50 years in business, we’ve helped 30,000+ people get started in or expand their custom apparel businesses.

Between 125,000 and 200,000 custom t-shirts are printed using our direct to garment printers EVERY MONTH.

That’s approximately $1,600,000 in gross profit that is injected into our customers’ pockets every 30 days.

Some cool facts about Colman and Company…

Billions of our rhinestones are on t-shirts all over the world. We have sold enough royal thread to connect our store to the sun.


Mark & Marc

Mark Stephenson - Marketing Pro

Mark Stephenson – Director of Marketing, ColDesi, Inc.

Mark has been shaping the marketing messages of ColDesi and it’s brands for more than 11 years. His video content on the ColDesi YouTube Channel, Live Webinars, Articles and Advice on the Custom Apparel Startups Podcast and Facebook Group has helped ColDesi launch and grow more than 40,000 small businesses.

Also an online course creator, Mark created the flagship for Custom Apparel Startups, “How to Start a Custom T-Shirt Business“. And he has 2 successful courses on including How to Double Your Pay Per Click Performance and How to Get Found for Free Online

But what Mark is MOST proud of is each one of the 179+ Episodes of the Custom Apparel Startups Podcast



Mark has been involved in Sales and Marketing for more than 30 years and has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner and marketing consultant.



Specialties: Online Marketing, Pay Per Click Advertising, Video Marketing, Webinars, SEO, Egotism

Marc Vila – Director of eCommerce Marketing & Automation, ColDesi – Co-Host CASPodcast

Marc has worked in sales and marketing since 2003 with experience in outsource management, finance, decorated apparel, commercial equipment, and supplies.

He entered the apparel business in 2008 in equipment sales for embroidery, garment printing, and rhinestones. Since then he’s managed and marketed the eCommerce side of ColDesi at Colman and Company where he’s launched over a dozen new products, been in hundreds of videos and become an industry expert in the complicated field of eCommerce.

Marc is responsible for the creation of the Custom Apparel Startups Podcast and lends his sales and marketing experience out to customers that need help through the Custom Apparel Statups Facebook Group and responding to phone calls and emails about growing a custom apparel business. 

You can find Marc’s writings on the Colman and Company Blog here and his videos on both the ColDesi YouTube Channel and one dedicated just to Digital HeatFX here


Specialties: Sales, Copywriting, E-mail Marketing, Customer Experience, Online Customer Experience, Phone Sales

“The Best Way to predict your future is to create it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


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