Embroidered Caps, Industry Tips

4 Profitable Baseball Cap Suppliers in the Pacific Northwest

Northwest Custom Apparel is fortunate to represent all the major cap Suppliers in the Pacific Northwest.

Richardson Caps

We represent four leading cap suppliers in the Northwest. Richardson caps out of Springfield, Oregon. Richardson specializes in team baseball caps. They offer as many variations of caps as you can imagine. Their website is www.richardsonsports.com. You can design your team cap online. Richardson is now a second-generation cap company offering direct and 3D puff embroidery. The only problem is that you have to get your order in early to ensure delivery for your season. The goto cap from Richardson is always the style 112. Kelly Richardson and Erik Mickelson enjoy working together on cap projects in Oregon and Seattle.

Richardson 112 Hat and Embroidery Shop

Richardson’s long-lasting partnership with Northwest Custom Apparel for 40-plus Years

Pacific Headwear

Pacific Headwear is a hat distributor in Eugene, Oregon, and is a spinoff of Richardson Caps. One of the founders is Don DeZarn, who is also friends with Jim Mickelson. Don is an Explorer at Don DeZarn in Eugene. They offer direct embroidery, 3D Puff print on caps, and blank caps that we can direct embroider on. Recently Pacific Headwear was bought by Augusta Sportswear.

Fahrenheit Headwear, a Seattle Cap Supplier

Century 21 is based in Seattle and offers inspiring embroidered caps for the corporate and resort markets. They specialize in overseas custom embroidered caps at very competitive prices. Design your caps online by visiting their website and let us know your thoughts. Century 21 in the granddaddy if you want custom caps at a reasonable price. Likewise, we enjoy representing this company because of its quality and service.

The President of Century 21 Promotions (not Century 21 Real Estate) is Jeffrey Hoch. Kraig Nagy has been the Custom Embroidery Sales Manager since 2006. They are both good friends with Jim and Erik Mickelson.

embroidered cap machine SWF
Century 21 and Jeff Hoch Use Similar SWF Embroidery Machines like Jim Mickelson

Outdoor Cap

Furthermore, we like another embroidered cap supplier, Outdoor cap, based in Bentonville, Arkansas. They offer many embroidered caps, such as hunting caps. Moreover, they are also licensed to offer the famous Mossy Oak line of caps. http://www.outdoorcap.com

Craig Mahan is the Head of Strategic Development of Outdoor Cap. Craig’s background comes from Walmart’s Finance & Strategy – Global Leverage. Erik and Craig both hold MBAs that assist them with building their companies.

Embroidered Caps in Seattle

Sublimated Patch on a Trucker Cap
Sublimated Patch by Kraig at Outdoor Cap

Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars Cap Connection

Kelly Richardson is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Likewise, Erik Mickelson graduated from Washington State University. Erik and Kelly both ended up in the embroidery headwear business. Erik and Kelly followed in their father’s footsteps and took over the family embroidery businesses.

Kelly Richardson of Oregon and Erik Washington State Caps

Kelly represents the University of Oregon headwear. Erik represents Washington State University headwear. Erik and Kelly are big football fans, and when their college teams go to a Bowl game, they make thousands of caps. When the Oregon Ducks go to the Rose Bowl, Kelly probably embroidered over 100,000 Oregon caps. Likewise, Erik makes thousands of caps when WSU goes to the Rose Bowl (Since 2003). Not as many caps as Kelly, but enough to keep Northwest Custom Apparel’s cap factory busy. Erik and Kelly are the monarchs of caps in Washington and Oregon. Nobody can make quality, price-competitive caps like Erik and Kelly. The person that sells the most bowl game caps gets a dozen doughnuts from Portland’s Legendary Voo Doo Doughnuts.

Sublimated Patch on a Trucker Cap
Erik takes trips down to visit Kelly Richardson’s home state of Oregon. Voo Doo Doughnuts in Portland is Excellent

About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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