Welcome to Fifth Column – T-Shirt Printing since 1977


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High Quality T-Shirt Printing Service

If you need high quality printed tee shirts, large or small quantities, Fifth Column have got you covered. T-shirt printing is in our DNA, how we began and what we’ve been doing for a long time. So, whether you’re a band looking to design your own t shirt, a charity in need of promotional shirts, established company or online start-up brand, Fifth Column can help. We’ve been printing personalised t-shirts for over 45 years now and deliver the best results, professionally printed tees, whatever artwork and garment you’ve got in mind. We’re talking great prints, proper customer service, and competitive pricing.

Our Humble Origins

T-shirt printing is where it all started for us. We were the punk rock print shop, t-shirt printers with a passion for brilliant ink and crafting awesome custom shirts. Our story starts in 1977 with a group of friends designing and hand printing now-iconic punk rock t-shirts for bands like X-ray Spex, The Clash, The Jam and The Damned. They cured those hand printed tees in tumble dryers at a local laundrette on Kilburn High Road and sold them outside London gigs. We’re still here, UK based and busily printing – after working for many years from a space above the landmark Kentish Town station, we moved to our 11,000 sq ft North London facility in 2013.

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The punk heritage of Fifth Column t-shirt printers, printing t-shirts since 1977.
Eco-ethical t-shirt printing in the UK.

Fast & Efficient Custom Prints

From first contact to finished product, choosing Fifth Column as your customisation company is a good move. You’re partnering with people who care about you and your requirements and have the know-how to turn that inspired design into a stunning custom print. And, we’ll be with you at every step – quote request, artwork mock-up and approval, finding the ideal garment for your design, right through production to shipping.

Turnaround times vary, every order is unique , but 7 to 10 working days is an average. However, our Express Printing Service can be ready within 24 hours.

Official Stanley Stella Dealer

We’re an award-winning Stanley Stella clothing dealer and very proud of the fact because Stanley Stella are officially one of the world’s most sustainable brands. You can’t beat responsibly manufactured merchandise that’s specifically made to be printed and embroidered. We also source from a variety of other ethical garment suppliers that share our outlook. This is garment decoration with a difference, at Fifth Column standards and service are key watchwords. We love to print and embroider ethical, organic, and Fair Wear products. After all, as t-shirt printers, we know that premium printing looks even better on superior quality blank merchandise.

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Stanley Stella Autumn Winter at Fifth Column.
Ethical printing and organic blank products at Fifth Column, UK printers based in London.

How We Can Help Your Business

Small print run or bulk order, your business is in safe hands. We treat every project as though it were our own. This is personalisation with a genuine personal touch. And our state of the art screen printing carousels can print thousands of full colour, custom t shirts every day. In short, bulk wholesale t-shirt printing is one of our specialities. Plus, our principled approach to business offers that all-important eco-ethical assurance. We can find an environmentally conscious option for you and your customers with our wide experience in sourcing sustainable blank merchandise. Think organic cotton, clothing with recycled content, and vegan-friendly inks.

Our Other Printing Services

Of course, nowadays it’s not all about t-shirt printing. Yes, our working days are still filled with customised t shirts, but our services have expanded to span the spectrum for personalised clothing. High quality embroidery, direct to garment (DTG) printing and garment finishing services ensure we can offer you a comprehensive customisation solution. The t-shirt printing expertise remains, but we also supply superb custom polo shirts, outstanding rebranded hoodies and much, much more besides. All printed and embroidered to the highest professional standards, whatever the type of merchandise and decoration.


  • What is a pantone reference?

    Pantone is a universal colour matching system that’s used in many walks of life and is extremely useful in garment printing. Having a unique code assigned to a colour makes it possible for customers, designers and printers to agree without any doubt as to what is being printed.

  • What printers can you use to make t-shirts?

    There are two main types of machines used by printing companies. That’s to say, an automatic screen printing press and a direct to garment printer.

  • What material is best for t-shirt printing?

    It’s generally accepted that cotton is the best t-shirt fabric on which to print. Put simply, cotton has a natural absorbency which makes it a receptive surface for ink.

  • What is the most popular t-shirt printing method?

    Screen printing, an ancient art now automated, is the best known technique for printing t-shirts. Although, there are several others such as direct to garment, dye-sublimation, and vinyl heat transfer. But, screen printing is enduringly popular – it produces a high quality print and, for big quantities, it’s still the cheapest t-shirt printing available.

  • How much does it cost to print shirts?

    The cost of printing t-shirts depends on a number of factors. For example, the quantity of shirts printed, the design, the cost of the blank tees and type of printing.

Still need help? No problem, get in touch, our experts are on hand to answer all of your questions. Also, be sure to check out our printing and embroidery blog which has a wealth of information about t-shirt printing, custom embroidery and associated subjects.

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