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Meet Jim Dorsey of Coastal Printworks in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Dorsey.

Jim, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Coastal Printworks, Inc. / CPI / has been in business in the same North Hollywood location for 32 years. We operate a state-of-the-art screen-printing and Direct to Garment Printing (aka DTG) business with an international portfolio of clients in a wide range of industries from the international museum and art trade / the non-profit community / corporate and small scale retail / entertainment / the fashion business and so much more.

We operate four 12-color TAS conventional screen-printing presses as well as three BROTHER GT782 Direct to Garment machines. We also employ a full-time Art Director and Digital Director to assist with our clients’ needs when it comes to making their artwork / art files perfect for whichever medium that they will be printing in.

Over our 32 years in business we have been a proud partner in the wearables programs for the likes of Patagonia / The North Face / Timberland / OBOZ Footwear / SCARPA / La Sportiva / Los Angeles County Museum of Art / New York MOMA / Yoshitomo Nara / Henry Rollins Band / System of a Down / Shepard Fairey / In-N-Out Burger / Il Fornaio Restaurants / Malibu Shirts / Disney Animation Studios / ONE.ORG and dozens more iconic and less than iconic brands and organizations.

During my 31 years with Coastal Printworks I have had the fortunate pleasure of playing a much greater role with many of these prestigious clients rather than simply being a vendor. On the contrary…when managing complicated, multi-level projects I have found myself functioning more as a team member and/or project manager rather than someone who just provides a printed tee shirt.

We have built our business on an easygoing style of dealing with clients combined with a purposeful and professional approach to helping all of our clients realize their designs on whatever fabric they are printing to. It is this approach to doing business that has earned us the reputation as “Museum Quality Screen-Printers”.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
All businesses / regardless of their size or the industry that they are in / have some struggles along the way. Our business has the luxury of the fact that tee shirts are in universal use across the widest possible platform.

Our day-to-day challenge is to continuing growing by expanding our client base and managing that growth.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Coastal Printworks – what should we know?
We are a “Museum Quality Screen-printer” specializing in reproducing any type of art on fabric. We do this in a conventional way…using screens as well as printing with DTG or Direct to Garment Printing.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Loyalty to our customers. High quality work. Fairness to our staff. Great work ethic. Easygoing, yet knowledgeable, manner of doing business.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Coastal Printworks
    7344 hinds Avenue / No. Ho, / CA / 91605
  • Website: www.t-shirtprintingspecialist.com
  • Phone: 818.281.6414
  • Email: jim@coastalprintworks.com

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