2023 | PPAI Best in Show Lookbook

Most years the crew from Fairware makes an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to our industry’s largest supplier trade show - The PPAI Expo. This year, our first in person trip since 2020, brought a slew of fresh ideas and showcased an amazing number of sustainable products. We had a few key takeaways that we’re excited to share.




Fairware helps you to better engage your customers, employees and partners through the creation of sustainable, custom branded products. We ensure your promotional merchandise helps tell your story and animate your brand. Our mission is to change the world through our services and helping others make better choices through buying. We’re committed change makers and we’re seri- ous about sustainability. We bring emerging retail, consumer and sustainability trends to the forefront of promotional campaigns and product assortments. We’re sustainable brand strategists and merchandise is our medium.

We do the homework on ethical sourcing and sustainable materials so you can rest assured that your marketing merchandise lines up with your values.

Cheers, Team Fairware



Hey 2023, we’re ready to roll.

Most years the crew from Fairware makes an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to our industry’s largest supplier trade show - The PPAI Expo. This year, our first in person trip since 2020, brought a slew of fresh ideas and showcased an amazing number of sustainable products.

We had a few key takeaways that we’re excited to share.

Custom Made Easy – Our ability to do lower quantity fully custom products is increasing by the day and we we’re thrilled to meet with manufacturing partners who can make you something unique to your brand and style. Sustainable Lifestyle – Bring it on! There has been a huge shift with our industries top suppliers towards sustainability, whether it’s zero-waste and reusable themed products to alternative textiles like cactus leather, we’re seeing more and more merchandise that meets our expectations of ‘good’! Experience First – Whether suiting up your team for yoga, getting top customers out on custom branded paddle boards or gifting your crew pickleball sets – we have more to offer than ever before to keep your people active and to create experiences and connections through merchandise. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few cool board games for those who’d rather chill.

Entertainment is Back – Branded kitchen items have the most recall of any promo- tional item – celebrate in style with charcuterie themed kits or mixology inspired gifts.

Here is a snapshot of some of our favorite products and trends. Read on.

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CUSTOM MADE EAS Why add just a logo when we can build you a custom-built collection from the ground up? Fully custom programs with surprisingly low minimums.



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A classic mid-weight flannel shirt - Choose from 7 of our finest brushed 100% BCI cotton flannel swatches. 178 GSM/ 5.3 oz. Studies have found that casting your line or smelling a handful of hops are best expe- rienced in these flannel colors.

Custom pattern to showcase your brand, while you pick your pockets, buttons and labels. All Eco-friendly Custom Button Ups have the option of a long or short sleeve. Classic worn-in feel. Made with no plastics. Breathable and soft. 100% sustainably sourced, BCI-certified cotton.


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SIGNATURE CREW T-SHIRT - CUSTOM COLOUR MATCH An absurdly soft unisex t-shirts are made from a custom fabric that is a blend of two yarns (50% Supima Cotton and 50% Micromodal). Modal comes from recycled beech wood, which is a natural and sustainable source of raw material. So, eco-friendly and naturally absurdly soft. This t-shirt is made and manufactured in California and available in any custom colour of your choosing.



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UNSTRUCTURED CAPS + 100% brushed polyester bill/crown. 5 panel camp hat flat bill unstructured. Bill made from recycled materials. Two outside embellishment options. 100% nylon bill/crown cap. 6 panel flat or curl bill unstructured. Bill made from recycled materials. Two outside embel- lishment options.



Go crazy with your straw hat. Print an all-over print on the polyester under brim to really stand out at the beach party. For bonus points: Check out our button up shirts and board shorts, which also allow for allover printing to create a full set - shorts, button up, and a hat to match. Hat fabric: Crown: 100% straw. Under brim fabric: 100% polyester. Black drawstring closure.

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REVERSIBLE SYNTHETIC JACKET One Jacket, two looks. Insulated, water-repellent, and fully reversible. You now have the ability to keep one side neutral and let your creativity flow on the other. Upgrade to recycled insulation and fully insulated hood.


CUSTOM SYNTHETIC JACKET A fully customizable premium synthetic jacket that lets you choose from 23 colours for the 9 different panels, YKK Zippers, hood or no hood, and chest pockets! It’s the perfect layer or light jacket for shoulder seasons.

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SUSTAINA LIFESTYLE Our suppliers continue to role out more and more classics with sustainable textiles.



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MAVERICK BUTTON-UP All the cozy feels to keep you warm. It features a touchable waffle outside that’s paired with a dreamy jersey inside. Ready for brunch or building a fire. Made with the equivalent to 14 recycled bottles per shirt.

SCIROCCO LIGHTWEIGHT SHELL A shell that is resolute about providing maximum outdoor protection. The urban styled shell shuts the rain and the wind out with its exclusive H2XTREME® waterproof/breathable technology, roll-away hood, and waterproof zippered chest pockets.

Shell: 100% Recycled Polyester Twill Lining: 100% Recycled Polyester


AURA PACKABLE ANORAK This North End Unisex jacket is packable by folding it into the zippered pouch pocket. Travel with it or stow it away for when the weather turns. Sure to keep you dry and warm with it’s water repellent/water resistant exterior and 100% polyester UTK SubDown TM fill.

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AVALANCHE FLEECE SHIRT The effortlessly stylish Avalanche Fleece Shirt made from Recycled Polyester charms in all settings. Its on-trend detailing elevates its practical design features with unisex sizing. 75% Recycled Polyester/25% Polyester Fleece.

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RE-SPUN POCKET TEE Made with recycled polyester, the Re-Spun Pocket Tee features, you guessed it, that little pocket. But, also, that gorgeous texture with black specs through out.

SPORT JOGGER A casual sport jogger made with heavyweight active fabric is durable yet cozy, so it’s great for workouts in cooler temps. Carbon-peached on both sides so you’ll never wanna take it off. Mens fit and Ladies fit (shown on left page)


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MAPLE - SUSTAINA EDGE KNIT • 60/40 Polylana® fi • 11 1/4’’ knit with 2 3/ • Product traceability • Global Recycled St

• 70% certified organic cotton • 30% recycled polyester • 6-panel, structured with curved bill • Adjustable plastic closure • Tear away label • Manufactured in a WRAP certified factory




fiber/acrylic /4” pre-established cuff y via QR code label tandard

• 4 1/2” pre-established cuff • Made of 60% Polylana® fiber/40% acrylic • Polylana® fiber is made of certified recycled polyester and modified polyester • It is the low-impact alternative to 100% acrylic and wool and is OEKO-TEX® certified & PETA approved

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Getting outside is trending for 2023 and there were some fabulous picks to help get your crew outside in style.




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LUCI BEAM 2-IN-1 SOLAR HEADLAMP AND FLASHLIGHT First-of-its-kind 2-in-1 solar powered headlamp and flashlight. Featuring 300 lumens, a water-resistant body, and transformative design, this long-lasting and rechargeable light delivers impressive performance with the ability to switch from handheld to headlamp in a snap.

LUCI SOLAR STRING LIGHTS Keep 18 feet of 100 lumens worth of light in your pocket and bring a little sunshine with you everywhere you go. Reveal the 10 nodes of warm white LEDs hidden within the expandable unit. The lights last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and can be recharged easily with the power of the sun (via the connected solar panel), or with a USB.


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SMASHER PICKLEBALL SET The Smasher Pickleball Paddle is a powerful paddle intended for a wide range of players. Features include a large shape to allow for more solid contact and a nice sweet spot, as well as a protective edge guard to prevent chipping. Includes 2 paddles, 2 high-vis- ibility pickleballs, all packed in a mesh sling bag

CUSTOM BRANDED POPSICLE SKATEBOARD Brought to you by Sole Bicycles this skateboard includes 7 ply Maple Deck (7.8” x 31”), Trucks, Bearings, Wheels, grip tape and all the hardware you need.


INFLATABLE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD Get your brand out on the water with this custom stand-up paddle board. Encourage an outdoor experience just like your brand does. Single Layer, Single Chamber Parts include: Carrying Bag Repair Kit Detachable Big Fin Aluminum telescopic paddle: 171 - 212cm Hand Pump 10’ Leash

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NOMADIX ULTRALIGHT TOWEL Made for the ultra-lite traveler. We’ve developed a material that feels good on your skin, wicks water away with ease, and dried quickly - all while taking up as little room as possible.

CUSTOM TRIPPY CHAIR Two things you’ll never outgrow: adventure, and this chair. Even with its small frame, the Lil Trip boasts the same comfort, premium craftsmanship, and 1000 pound capacity as any other Trippy Chair.


OSPREY DAYLITE® Lightweight, durable and comfortable, the Osprey Daylite® is well-loved for a reason. Reach for it when running everyday errands, going for a quick hike, or heading out of town. Constructed from high-quality bluesign®-approved recycled fabrics, GRS-certified recycled nylon and a PFC-free DWR coating.

OSPREY DAYLITE® Backpacks that are perfect for day hikes and everyday use. Integrated rain cover keeps your pack and gear dry. Trekking pole attachment with upper compression strap capture. Internal hydration sleeve accommodates up to a 3L reservoir (not included). Ventilated AirSpeed back panel. Scratch resistant organization pocket for sunglasses and electronics. Stretch mesh side pockets for storing smaller items. Sternum strap with whistle.

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CHEERS! Whether mocktails or cocktails - there were some awesome finds on the show floor this year to help you cheer the year in style.


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Custom-branded cans of sparkling water! The sparkling water is available in standard 12oz aluminum cans that are infinitely recyclable & sustainable. This water is bubbly & simple sparkling water with a clean aftertaste. Each can of this sparkling water 100% custom-designed and digitally printed, and can include any colors, logos, images, branding, copy or text you desire.



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ELIAS TUMBLER - 40 OZ . Features include copper vacuum insu- lation, stainless steel rim, dual-purpose push-on clear lid, matching sliding closure, flexible wide silicone straw and a powder coated finish.

KAMBUKKA ETNA GRIP 17 OZ. Features include copper vacuum insu- lation, stainless steel rim, dual-purpose push-on clear lid, matching sliding closure, flexible wide silicone straw and a powder coated finish.


ELEMENTAL STAINLESS TUMBLER & CERAMIC LID - 12 OZ. The design features a ceramic lid, a textured grip, no-slip bottom and a curved interior that’s easy to keep clean. Maintain the temperature of hot drinks for up to 6 hours or cold up to 18!

W&P PORTER GLASS - 15 OZ. Best suited for wine or cocktails, the Porter Glass is crafted from durable, high-quality glass and wrapped in protective matte silicone. BPA-Free and dishwasher safe.

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CORKCICLE® PINT GLASS - SET OF 2 Every CORKCICLE® purchase helps bring clean water to people in need through CORKCICLE’s partnership with charity : water. Simply pour, sip, and enjoy with this set of two double-walled Pint Glasses. Each glass is designed to hold 16oz (465mL) of your favorite brew and is truly a beer lover’s dream gift. Features a modern, double-walled design that retains temperature longer and prevents condensation. Glasses are easy-grip with flat sides.



The Whiskey Wedge perfectly chills your favourite spirit making it the ideal whiskey glass for anyone who enjoys sipping. During freezing, the ice forms a wedge shape on one side of the glass. When you pour a drink, the wedge melts slowly to help retain your drink’s full flavor.

PARTY TIME STAINLESS TUMBLER -20 OZ. 18/8 stainless steel single wall tumbler. Perfect for home and outdoor activities or events. Looks like a solo cup but custom branded and reusable.

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BEST IN OFFICE Custom FSC Certified notebooks? Check. Amazing desktop chargers? Yup. Fabulous everyday carry bags for getting from point a to point b?

Give us a call. GET IN TOUCH


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AIR PEN (60% LESS PLASTIC & 30% MADE WITH RECYCLED) Its rhythmic, honeycomb-like structure, which is reminiscent of both modern building elements and natural forms, combines elegance with lightness and power. A writing instrument that eliminates contradictions and creates an entirely new category. How to use less plastic? Simply use less plastic.


THINK MINI Twist ballpoint pen with casing made from molecular ABS recyclate, whose manufacture generates 40% less CO2 emissions than standard ABS. Available with a matte finish in eight standard colours; special colours - ask us about PMS matching.

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COURANT ESSENTIALS CATCH: 3 A multi-coil, single-device wireless charging technology with a familiar valet silhouette wrapped in designer-quality Belgian Linen and finished with soft-touch ABS for added durability. Thoughtfully organize your accessories and charge your devices-all in one place. Up to 10W wireless output.


This eco-friendly wireless charging pad is made with 72.5% certified recycled materials. The embedded magnets allow for hassle-free placement with your MagSafe devices and the anti-slip recycled silicone grip keeps your device in place. And, it charges through most cases less than 3 mm thick, so you don’t have to remove your case to charge your phone.

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REPREVE® OCEAN COMPUTER TOTE Saving the ocean one bag at a

time! This tote is made from recycled ocean plastic and features a padded laptop sleeve in the zippered main compartment, double drop handles, and a adjustable, removable shoulder strap. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.


Not too big, not too small, wearable on your hip or as a tiny sling bag—this pack is ready to roll when you are. Made with organic cotton canvas when you want to move through the day with your hands free


OUT OF THE WOODS® TECH FOLIO This organized does the heavy lifting for you! Designed to keep your tech essentials all in one place, this Tech Folio is the only thing you need to carry. All Out of The Woods® products feature Supernatural Paper™ which is sustainable, washable and vegan. It’s FSC-certified (FSC® C175379) made of tree cellulose, a renewable resource from responsibly managed forests.

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SIERRA JOTTERS The 8.5”x11” Sierra Jotter Notepads are made with 80 detachable sheets of premium soft paper (60# text 90gsm) 100% made in USA 100% FSC® Certified Full-color cardstock with multiple scorings for easy folding over.


Durable, lightweight, washable and sustainable and it has that “jeans tags” material feel. Fits a 5”x8” Notepad.

DENIK SOFT LAYFLAT NOTEBOOK 7”x9” softcover notebook with library quality smyth-sewn binding that allows the notebook lay perfectly flat! Complete with a soft-touch lami- nation, making the covers buttery soft, water resistant, and durable. Lined, blank, or dot grid page options!


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Seeing people IRL - it’s a thing! Welcome your friends in style with keepsake gifts designed to serve it right.



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A great companion piece to the Marrakesh Salad Servers, the Marrakesh Salt Box too is decorated bright coloured bamboo lid.

CROSS BACK BARISTA BIB APRON 100% Cotton Canvas, 9.4oz made bib apron. Denims - 70% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 8.1oz. Supplied with self- fabric straps. Front center pocket with built-in pen slot. Metal eyelets to the waist to facilitate ties.


Inspired by the bright and bustling marketplaces of Morocco, this pair of beautifully crafted salad servers are made from layers of colored birch wood to create a gorgeous color array.


A GREAT IMPRESSION This oversized, sustainable Acacia board (15” x 11.75”) is fire branded with your logo and accompanied by some of our amazing favorites. After nibbling on gourmet Wisconsin cheese and sausage, crunch some fresh-roasted deluxe mixed nuts and top off the flavor experience with creamy chocolate sea salt caramels. Snacking doesn’t get better than this! Serves 8-12.

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NESTING CARAFE & GLASS From every bottle saved a gift can be created. Including these Nesting carafe and glass set made from rescued wine bottles. Refresh Glass creates beautiful, durable, & custom engraved glasses from rescued wine bottles. They are as eco-friendly as they come as they pull from the landfill rather than fill it.

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