In a world of fast fashion and cheaply-made low-quality clothing, custom apparel seems a thing of the past. It can be hard to find local places that will make your custom t-shirt, dress, or apron idea come to life. Luckily, in Boston there are a handful of shops keeping the art of custom clothing alive.

The Spot Clothing Showroom
380 Dorchester Ave.
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4771

The Spot Clothing Showroom is one of the most well equipped and popular custom clothing companies in Boston. Within their small brick and mortar shop in South Boston, The Spot can make customer design ideas come to life via digital printing, embroidery or silk screening. Employees are skilled artisans known for their talent and taste. In addition to printing and embroidering on classic t-shirts, The Spot also does sweatshirts, polo shirts, and more, which makes it a great option for sports teams looking for updated gear.

(Photo Credit: Spreadshirt)

(Photo Credit: Spreadshirt)

186 South St.
Boston, MA 02111
(800) 381-0815

Spreadshirt in downtown Boston, just a short walk from South Station, is another great option for custom apparel. Spreadshirt has a classic storefront, but also does a lot of business as an online retailer. They offer design-your-own apparel services that includes non-traditional items like aprons, backpacks, and tech cases. Their easy to use online tool is great for small business looking to drop ship logo items directly from sales on their website.

(Photo Credit: 9 Tailors)

(Photo Credit: 9 Tailors)

9 Tailors
132 Lincoln St #1l
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 286-6135

Custom clothing isn’t just about cool designs and silk screening. It is also about handmade clothing from talented designers, and custom tailoring that gives clothes a good fit and a new attitude. 9 Tailors on Lincoln Street is a clothing shop offering custom tailoring for men’s and women’s garments. This includes high end pieces like suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, and dresses of all kinds. 9 Tailors is known for their professionalism and the calm, upscale ambiance of their shop.

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(Photo Credit: Emulsion Printhouse)

(Photo Credit: Emulsion Printhouse)

Emulsion Printhouse
450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(888) 960-7966

Emulsion Printhouse is one of the most popular custom apparel options in Boston. In addition to being conveniently located in the SoWa artists’ district, they also provide some of the most high quality clothing options around for your custimzation pleasure. They also pride themselves on in-person consultation to give customers the best experience and ensure ideal outcomes. The best part is that most orders ship for free. This is a great deal in an expensive industry!

(Photo Credit: QRST's Custom Shirts)

(Photo Credit: QRST’s Custom Shirts)

QRST’s Custom Printing
561 Windsor St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-3335

QRST’s in Somerville is the ultimate local print shop. They consult on design and screen print or digitally print all their t-shirts and custom clothing in house. And unlike many local screen printing shops, QRST’s is surprisingly affordable, even competitive with online digital print shops. They print on high quality, American made clothing items like American Apparel t-shirts and others. Looking for a higher-end look for your custom apparel? No need to look further than QRST’s because they also offer custom embroidery services. Call or e-mail them with your project idea for a quick estimate, or visit them in person on Windsor Street.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on