CustomInk opens new headquarters in Fairfax

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CustomInk, a custom t-shirt company, announced the opening Thursday of its new 72,000-square-foot headquarters in the Mosaic development in Fairfax.

After 50 percent revenue growth in 2013, the company said it plans to continue to expand during the next year by creating 95 new jobs. This would be in addition to 420 local employees and 600 others around the country.

To celebrate the opening, CustomInk will hold a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, April 11, at noon. On hand will be local Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Monumental Sports CEO Ted Leonsis.

Before going into politics, Warner was a telecommunications executive and venture capitalist who made investments in hundreds of startup companies. Leonsis is a former AOL vice chairman and co-founder of Revolution Growth, which invested $40 million in CustomInk last November.

“CustomInk’s business is about fostering a sense of community, so we are excited to be joining Mosaic, one of Northern Virginia’s most vibrant emerging communities,” said CustomInk co-founder and President Marc Katz.

Mosaic, located at 2910 District Ave. is a mixed-use urban retail project.

Since its founding in 2000, CustomInk has grown to be a major player in the $5 billion custom apparel market, with about $200 million in annual revenues. The company has sold over 50 million shirts. allows people to design and order custom t-shirts and accessories while enjoying free design support from CustomInk's staff.

As part of its ongoing expansion, CustomInk recently opened a new production facility in Dallas, Texas; expanded to a new location in Reno, Nevada; and plans to expand another production facility in Charlottesville.

Operations at the new location will range from software engineering to design, finance, marketing, customer care and production art.  As the anchor commercial tenant for Mosaic, CustomInk will occupy three floors in a location with 50 percent more space than the company’s previous office in Tysons Corner in McLean. 

“Mosaic was designed for fast-growing and innovative companies like CustomInk, and we are delighted they will serve as the anchor commercial tenant,” Jodie McLean, president and chief investment officer of EDENS, said in a statement. Edens is the developer of Mosaic.

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