The Personal Touch of Monograms

Embroidered Jacket with embroidered monograms

The personal touch of monograms offers a unique touch that I’ve seen resonate deeply with recipients over my years at Northwest Custom Apparel. It’s not just about adding initials to a piece of fabric; it’s about crafting an identity, a sense of belonging that speaks directly to someone’s individuality. When I hand over a monogrammed gift, I witness a connection—a physical manifestation of thoughtfulness. It’s a classic, timeless method of personalization that never fails to impress.

The beauty of monograms lies in their simplicity and elegance. They transform ordinary items into keepsakes. I’ve found that the care we put into each stitch reflects the consideration the giver wants to convey. That makes monogrammed gifts unique—they’re personalized in thread and sentiment.

Versatility in Personalized Gifting

Building on the timeless appeal of monogrammed items, I’ve found that their versatility makes them ideal for a wide range of gifts, from corporate tokens to personal accessories. Monograms can adapt to any occasion, whether it’s a tastefully embroidered logo on a high-quality polo for an executive retreat or a beautifully stitched initial on a baby blanket.

Monogram on black full zip nurse jacket

They’re not just for show; they’re a way to make the recipient feel unique, recognized, and valued. At Northwest Custom Apparel, we’ve honed the art of personalization to ensure that each gift, whether for a client, employee, or loved one, carries a unique touch that resonates with the individual.

It’s about creating a connection; monograms bridge that gap with elegance and personal significance.

High-Quality Embroidery Craftsmanship

Beyond their versatility, the high-quality custom embroidery craftsmanship sets our monogrammed gifts apart. As the Operations Manager at Northwest Custom Apparel, I’ve seen firsthand the meticulous attention to detail that goes into every stitch. We’re not just slapping initials onto fabric; we’re creating a piece of art. Our skilled embroiderers use top-of-the-line equipment to ensure each monogram is crisp, clean, and durable.

I take pride in that our products can withstand the test of time. Whether it’s a cozy robe or a sturdy backpack, our monograms don’t fade or fray. This dedication to excellence makes our embroidered gifts present and lifelong keepsakes. And that’s something I’m genuinely proud to stand behind.

A Touch of Embroidery Luxury

My team’s expertise in embroidery transforms each monogrammed gift into an emblem of luxury. We understand that the perfect present isn’t just about the item itself but the experience it creates. When I select a thread or fabric, I’m not just choosing materials—I’m curating an aura of elegance. Each stitch is a testament to our dedication to quality and the pursuit of perfection.

An embroidered monogram adds a bespoke touch that off-the-shelf gifts lack. It’s not merely a name; it’s a personal signature that I carefully crafted to reflect the recipient’s uniqueness. It’s these details that elevate a simple gesture into a luxurious offering. For me, it’s not just embroidery; it’s a way to weave luxury into the fabric of everyday life.

The Personal Touch of Monograms is Timeless

I ensure each embroidered monogram gift becomes a cherished keepsake, transcending the fleeting trends of the present with its timeless appeal. When I create a monogram, I’m crafting more than a gift; I’m forging a link to the past and a nod to the future. There’s something profoundly personal about a piece that bears an individual’s initials—it’s as if I’m weaving their very essence into the fabric.

These gifts stand out because they resonate with the receiver on a deep level. They aren’t just picked off a shelf but thoughtfully chosen and meticulously made. This level of personalization ensures the monogrammed item won’t be forgotten in a drawer but will be treasured for years to come.

Personalizing My Raider Cap: A Las Vegas Monogram Story

Man Wearing Raider Cap with lady in front of Allegiant Stadium in Last Vegas
Erik and his wife Wendy getting ready to watch a Las Vegas Raider game.

In Las Vegas, a Lids store caught my eye. Rows of baseball caps beckoned. As a Raider fan, one cap stood out. I chose to personalize it, adding ‘Mickelson’ to the back.

Watching the embroidery, a simple cap became a part of me. It was no longer just merchandise, but a symbol of my passion.

Strolling down the Strip, the cap on my head, I felt proud. It was more than fandom; it was a piece of my identity.

This Las Vegas experience underlines my belief in personalization. Embroidery isn’t just a service; it’s crafting items to reflect individual stories.


In the end, it’s the personal touch that makes embroidered monograms an unbeatable choice for gifting. They’re versatile, crafted with quality, and add a luxurious feel to any item.

As I’ve seen at Northwest Custom Apparel, these stitched symbols offer a connection that stands the test of time, turning simple gifts into memorable treasures.

There’s nothing like the joy of giving—or receiving—a gift personalized to perfection. It’s an art that never fades.

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Production Team: Folder

Antonio Massey recently joined NWCA in June of 2022. His role on the Production Team has greatly improved our processes and productivity. Antonio is always willing to lift heavy boxes or help his co-workers during busy times. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog and mastering video games.


Alicia Wada

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Alicia Wada is passionate about helping her co-workers at Northwest Custom Apparel in any way that she can. She works in our Shipping and Logistics department. Alicia, who goes by Ali, has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She lived in Japan for ten years and recently brought her family to America in 2019. She is interested in learning crafts and textile art from around the world.


Erik Mickelson


Erik Mickelson’s position as Manager is more than a job, it’s a passion. It’s always fun and exciting because he enjoys marketing, computers, and coming up with innovative ideas to help NWCA grow. He majored in accounting and finance at Washington State University, graduating in 1996, and returned to school to obtain his Master of Business from WGU, graduating in 2016. Erik continually strives to advance his education through podcasts, audiobooks, and industry tradeshows. He is married to a remarkable and caring wife named Wendy, a Registered Nurse, with whom he shares his many hobbies and a love for the outdoors.



Ruth Nhoung

Production Manager

Ruth Nhoung is our Production Manager and Northwest Custom Apparel is lucky to have her. Thanks to her vast knowledge of machine embroidery and dedication to creating a comfortable and supportive work environment, the production plant runs smoothly and customers are pleased with our work. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her siblings. She says, “I love everything about Northwest Custom Apparel: the people, the atmosphere, the work, and the customers. I love what I do and I embrace all of NWCA’s core values”.


Steve Deland

Art Director

Steve Deland has been our amazing Artist since 2017. He loves working at Northwest Custom Apparel because he appreciates the goal-oriented, progressive-thinking management style. He is most passionate about his art, which includes scroll saw woodwork, and his five grandchildren.



Taylar Hanson


Taylar Hanson is a highly acclaimed Saleswoman at Northwest Custom Apparel. She has a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles from Washington State University. “Go Cougs!” The best part of Taylar’s job is getting to work with longtime customers who trust us to do the best work and take care of their needs. She is passionate about appreciating nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Nika Lao


Nika Lao is very knowledgeable in how the business is ran because she began as an Embroidery Machine Operator and has worked hard to become the excellent and personable saleswoman she is today. She enjoys the stress-free environment and the many chances to connect with her co-workers over potlucks, BBQs, and bowling parties. Nika is a proud sister of two highly successful brothers and can boast mastering three languages herself: Khmer, Thai, and English. She is an avid camper, enjoys going to farmer markets, and loves cooking.


Bradley Wright


Bradley Wright has been a vital team member of NWCA since 2017. As our accountant and knower-of-all-things, Bradley is proud to work closely with his wonderful colleagues. He studied at the University of Washington. These days he dedicates his free time to his new house.


Dominic Nguyen

DTG Operator

Dominic Nguyen recently joined our Direct-To-Garment department. He says he loves the family work environment at Northwest Custom Apparel. In his free time, Dom likes to listen to music, hangout with friends, and play video games. He comes from a very big family which can be very chaotic at times, but is always exciting.


Sothea Tann

Production Team: Trimmer

Sothea Tann recently joined the Production Team in 2022. She finds Northwest Custom Apparel to be a good working environment with helpful and friendly staff. In her free time, Sothea spends quality time with her family and, overall, focuses on a peaceful and happy lifestyle.


Brian Beardsley

DTG Supervisor

Brian Beardsley has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. He is our DTG Supervisor. Brian loves that he gets to work with high-tech machines in a fun atmosphere. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He said, “I always wanted to create visually interesting assets in a variety of mediums”. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, playing video games, designing, and playing his guitar.


UT Tri Tran

Embroidery Machine Operator

UT Tri Tran loves Northwest Custom Apparel so much that, although she has already retired after a long career in machine embroidery operations, she is happy to return part time. She says, “I love the family style work environment and how everyone shares food, laughter, and fun on a regular basis.” In her free time she is dedicated to living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle with her friends and family.



Embroidery Machine Operator

BunsereytheavyHoeu, who goes by Theavy, won our Operator of the Year in 2021. She takes on many roles in the production team. She says, “These are not my co-workers, these are my family! I cherish all the memories we make together”. When she goes home to be with her family, she makes the most of her time with them by holding family get-togethers and even karaoke competitions.


Sreynai Meang

Embroidery Machine Operator

SreynaiMeang is a hard-working Machine Operator. She is most passionate about helping people. Sreynai, who goes by Nai, likes to exercise in her free time and talk with her family in Cambodia.


Kanha Chhorn

Embroidery Machine Operator

Kanha Chhorn has been an Embroidery Operator with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. She is delightful and always makes everyone smile and laugh. Kanha takes on additional tasks that allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations. In her free time, she can be found at her local temple or spending quality time with her family and friends.


Savy Som

Embroidery Machine Operator

SavySom is one of our Machine Operators who is passionate about embroidery and sewing. She enjoys working at NWCA because of its flexibility. She has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family on the weekends.



Embroidery Machine Operator

SorphornSorm has been a Machine Operator since 2011. One of her four sisters works here as well. Her other relatives are in Cambodia. In her free time, Sorphorn studies English, listens to music, and enjoys exercising.


Jim Mickelson


Jim Mickelson, after a successful career with a major oil company, founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. This was the first commercial embroidery in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Jim has become the guru of embroidery never refusing to answer a question or offer advice to his fellow embroiders. Jim and his wife Leeanna raised four wonderful children who went on to successful business careers.

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The company I work for has been buying custom apparel for the team members for years now. We love working with NW Custom Apparel because the process is easy, delivery is timely, and materials are high quality. Anytime I’ve ever had an issue, they’re quick to resolve it. We’ve purchased both embroidered items and DTG graphic tees. We’ve purchased blankets, shirts, jackets, hoodies, etc. Everything ends up looking super professional, and our team members always have positive things to say. Ally is always there at the warehouse with a smile and a friendly greeting when I pick up materials. She is so helpful and respectful. Taylar is a wonderful customer service rep. I’ve sent her some complicated orders—like 20 different items with all different colorways and styles or 150 items with three different styles—and she is so good at getting everything just right. I plan to continue purchasing from NW Custom for high-quality custom apparel.
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