Vantage Apparel acquires majority stake in Krakow-based Lynka

Lynka Sp. z o.o. has recently concluded a deal with a new strategic partner.

A Top 40 US Supplier, Vantage Apparel, announced it has acquired a majority stake in the leading full-service European Corporate Apparel supplier, Lynka, headquartered in Krakow.  This acquisition will make Vantage the largest global supplier and decorator of corporate apparel — offering its decoration services in both North America and Europe / EMEA region.

Lynka’s previous shareholder, Berendsohn AG of Hamburg – a leading promotional products distributor, has fully exited the business and will continue working together as a key customer of Lynka.

Known for its well-stocked multi-brand wholesale apparel and merchandise, Lynka will add to its existing portfolio Vantage’s core product assortment; making way for global uniform programs which have been growing markets for the two companies over the last 5 years.  “Our partnership with Lynka will allow distributors with global customers to achieve consistency in not only their apparel merchandise assortment, but also the quality of decoration that have been a pinnacle of achievement for both Vantage and Lynka through the years,” says Ira Neaman, CEO of Vantage Apparel.  Neaman continues, “I’m proud to bring Vantage’s reputation in superior decoration and back-office technology services to the world stage.”

Lynka’s leadership will remain intact with founder and shareholder John Lynch, a New Jersey native, at the helm as President; leading the over 250-member team in Poland, which services customers across 25 countries in Europe including the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, CEE and further afar.  Lynka ships decorated apparel anywhere in Europe in as little as 3-10 business days.

“I have personally known Vantage for well over a decade,” says Lynch. “Whenever we shared war stories over the years, Ira and I always agreed that Vantage and Lynka are remarkably similar companies – our unique one-stop-shop solution, our top-notch decoration, and in particular, our approach to business including our core values. I can’t imagine a better partner than Vantage for the future.”

Like Vantage, Lynka is known for its award-winning embellishment, having won more awards for decoration than any other European apparel company.  They are one of the very few WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified apparel manufacturers in Europe — insuring safe, compliant and environmentally friendly practices. 

Since being founded in 1992, Lynka has decorated over 85 million garments, more than any other EU company. Having recently relocated to a modern 100,000 ft2 decoration and logistics facility outside of Krakow, Lynka offers its clients a wide portfolio of apparel brands along with a full range of decoration methods including screen print, embroidery, transfer-print, sublimation, and direct-to-garment digital printing, with the newest Kornit technology.

Single-piece garment decoration and full Print-on-Demand (POD) services are fast growing and important parts of both companies’ strategies.

For more information on Vantage and Lynka’s global apparel and decoration services, please contact sales@vantageapparel.com or in Europe, marketing@lynka.eu

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About Vantage Apparel

Vantage Apparel has been a leading innovator in the promotional apparel industry since 1977. With over 1,200 embroidery heads, Vantage is the largest apparel decorator in North America and has won the PPAI award for embroidery for 25 years in a row as well as the ASI Distributor Choice award for decorated apparel for 14 years. The creator of Logogevity™, their single-vendor solution for custom logo apparel includes leading retail brands Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Greg Norman Collection as well as proprietary labels Vantage and Vansport. The top 3 US wholesalers ship FREE freight, no minimums to any of Vantage’s 3 facilities. In September 2019, Vantage was voted Best Place to Work in the promotional products industry by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI).

For more information, please visit our website www.vantageapparel.com

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