Why is it that when you receive an apparel order, sometimes the same colors will come in different shades?
Hello everyone. This is a question that I have heard many times over the years. You order navy blue polo shirts, they come in, and yet they are not all the exact same shade of navy blue. What gives? I will tell what you the deal is. Two words… DYE LOTS. A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. When a manufacturer has their apparel item made overseas, quite often, they make the same item in several different factories. Factors such as price of material, availability of material, and production capacity play key factors in that. For example, you will notice that when the color does not come in the exact same, on the label it will say made in China on one, and made in Vietnam on the other. Check it out next time. Because they were made in different factories, the color dye lots are not identical, and thus the different shading.
If you want to have a better shot of avoiding that scenario, ask the place you order your logoed apparel from (preferably that should always be me), to make sure the country of origin is all the same for the apparel order you are placing. Otherwise, what I described above can definitely happen.