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Realtree Camo Zippers by YKK: The Perfect Detail


Details make the garment. The quality of your apparel is reflected in the little things. That’s why when you see an extra touch, like a Realtree camo zipper on a piece of Realtree clothing, you know that the designer left nothing to chance. Every stitch, pocket, snap and zipper were planned and designed with utmost care.


YKK® has produced and marketed fastening products for more than 75 years and understands the importance of detail. Users of YKK Fastening Products benefit from YKK's network of 111 companies operating in 71 countries around the world. Since the company's founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, service, value and innovation in the production of fastening products such as zippers, hook & loop fasteners, plastic buckles and notions, webbing, and snaps and buttons.


Based on the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™ corporate philosophy - no one prospers without rendering benefit to others - YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society through its operations and constantly seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its diverse customers. YKK brand fastening products are used around the world, and it continues to meet the challenge of further increasing the value of its brand and creating new demand for its products. YKK has entered the outdoors/camo market and outdoor clothing manufacturers who appreciate the little extras are now turning to YKK for its Realtree zippers.


YKK’s relationship with Realtree began about three years ago when one of YKK's global marketing account executives approached Realtree with the idea that YKK could print Realtree patterns on its zippers to match the fabric on its customers' garments. YKK worked closely with its customers and Realtree to make this idea a reality, and is thrilled to launch this exciting and unique product line. YKK looks forward to further growing its partnership with Realtree.


YKK Camo Zippers in Realtree Camo


YKK offers three Realtree® patterns, Xtra, MAX1, and MAX5, for printing on zippers. The patterns can be printed on the front side or the reverse side of the zipper, or both. YKK is also able to apply Realtree patterns on its AquaGuard® reverse-coil zippers with a PU film to offer a water-resistant option. The company offers YKK® PRIFA® zippers with Realtree patterns for standard coil and AquaGuard® zippers in sizes #3 and #5. It can also print on #5 and #8 size RC zipper chain for use on backpacks and luggage.


Realtree YKK Zippers


Customers need to have license with Realtree to use PRIFA® zipper printed with Realtree patterns. Due to the characteristics of ink-jet printing, blurring and misalignment may occur, especially with AquaGuard® . 


For more info, check out www.ykkfastening.com.


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