Lo-Fi Merchandise was founded in 2001 and is located in Cologne, Germany. We are dedicated to creating high quality merchandise and to offering the best possible service to both our bands and to their fans. All of the Lo-Fi team are passionate music fans and share a common interest in fashion and media. Our experience continues to be built upon a professional & competitive foundation. We work across a range of venues, from the smallest clubs to the biggest arenas and festivals in Europe.
Lo-Fi specialises in: TOURING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, E-COMMERCE, DISTRIBUTION and LICENSING.
General inquiries: office[at]lo-fi-merchandise.com
In screen-printing, embroidering and all other kinds of product manufacturing: quality matters and the small details are essential to us. When our products meet our clients (bands or fans), our reputation grows with their satisfaction. We have complete confidence in all of our different production partners and thus we are able to develop efficient and competitive collaborations that are in our clients’ best interests. Most of our production is done in Germany to ensure the shortest supply chain possible.
screen printing, foam&3D printing, discharged, floc printing, transfers embroidery, woven patches, lasered or overlock border all offset print products (stickers, posters….), all metal products (jewellery, metal lighters, pins….), temporary tattoos, music boxes, cases for mobile devices, lanyards, all bags (tote bags, army bags…), slipmats, wristbands, underwear sets, mugs…..
At Lo-Fi, we strive to do what's best for our planet. To us that means sourcing organic cotton and recycled materials whenever possible, ethical working conditions for everyone involved, and keeping delivery routes short. We hold ourselves to high ethical standards and expect the same from our partners. 100% of our printing and embroideries as well as around 80% of the production of our accessories are done locally.
There are numerous forms of tour services, from simple delivery to bands up to a full selling & accounting service. In all cases our production department is in permanent contact with our bands when they are on the road in order to ensure a profitable tour for all. We offer full assistance for perfect logistic, sales and stock managing at no charge because it is in everyone’s best interest. Very often, we suggest that bands keep their tour merchandising under their own control. Lo-Fi assists you anyway! However, we can adapt to the individual needs of individual bands (designs & ideas, advice on quantities, provide a seller, work with concessions, reorders & stock management, tour accounting etc.). On the larger scale, we have worked with big venues all over Europe, including arenas & festivals, and we are used to dealing with concessions, optimisation of sales areas, vending management, daily settlements & reporting.
Probably our favourite part of our work at Lo-Fi because this is what merchandising is all about. Where music looks good, sales are better! The love for the music, the following of trends & fashion, and collaboration with the artists are winning ingredients for merchandising we can all be proud of. We can create designs or assign different kinds of artists we are working with. But what really differentiates us from other merch suppliers is our capability to turn an existing visual concept (album cover for example) into a complete merch collection. Not only do designs need to be adapted to the image of a band, but also the choice of products is just as important. We all agree that Mariah Carey can sell pink trucker caps but that Slayer can't. Everything in between requires experience and knowledge and years of analysing the music merchandising market. As concerts goers and workers in the field we constantly keep in contact with fans and with trends.
The Lo-Fi Shop was simultaneously started with the creation of Lo-Fi Merchandise as a single man company. The belief that e-commerce would grow and have such an important place in our business has paid off. Our Online Customer Service is worldwide (about 40% Germany, 15% Scandinavia, 12% UK, 10% France, 8% USA….) and profits from an excellent reputation. It provides a full service to customers around the world, multiple payment forms are accepted and shipments are processed within 2 working days maximum.
Beside the Lo-Fi Shop we offer our bands individual online stores with the same administration qualities. We take care of all possible links and social networks store apps. At last all our bands profit from targeted promotional campaigns, handling fullfilment, either globally or individually.
Lo-Fi Merchandise distribute to web stores and retailers all across Europe. Furthermore, we have partners covering small physical stores in Europe and major distributors for High Street distribution as well as different chain stores across the continent
If you are looking for a license contract with a big advance of money that keeps your band's name prisoner to a major business strategy made by lawyers and accountants for the next 5 or 10 years…. you'll hate us! Lo-Fi Merchandise is an independent company with a professional team - just as a band should be. Our agreements are comprehensible and don't mention time periods. A band’s freedom of choice is the best guarantee of our competence.
However, we do offer the possibility to customise a licensing program in the case of a special product development through sub-license deals. We can offer, manage, negotiate with the appropriate sub-licensees in order to maximize the revenues driven by a license. All deals are proceeded under approval & in collaboration with the artist (or mgmt).
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Lo-Fi Merchandise is an independent licensing and merchandising company, established in 2001. We are specialized in touring service, manufacturing, product development and distribution for Europe. Our team is dedicated to providing the best quality, value & service to our bands but also to their fans…. 363x24h per year (not on Christmas & New Year's Eve…sorry). Our years of experience combined with our passion for music, media and fashion ensures that we can provide competitive prices with probably the best service in the business.
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