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Spreadshirt GmbH
IndustryCustomized Apparel and Accessories
FoundedMay 2002; 17 years ago (2002-05) (as Spreadshirt)
Leipzig, Germany
FoundersLukasz Gadowski
Matthias Spieß
Gießerstr. 27, Leipzig, Germany
Key people
Phillip Rooke, CEO
Lukasz Gadowski, Founder
Matthias Spieß, Co-Founder
Rezzo Schlauch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
ProductsT-shirts, Apparel, Accessories
ServicesScreen Printing, Digital Printing, Flock Printing, Flex Printing, Digital Transfer, Vinyl Printing, Thermal Sublimation
RevenueUS$120 million (global revenue)[1]
Number of employees
500+ (January 21, 2019)
WebsiteSpreadshirt.com, Spreadshirt.co.uk

Spreadshirt is an e-commerce company that offers print-on-demand for clothing and accessories. It operates in Europe and North America. Customers can access products designed by others or create their own designs. It is also possible for vendors to create their own shops. Spreadshirt owns and operates printing factories.


In May 2002, Spreadshirt was founded in Leipzig, Germany by Lukasz Gadowski and Matthias Spieß. The company is self-funded. Michael Peterson joined Spreadshirt as executive director in 2004.

In August 2007, Jana Eggers became CEO replacing Gadowski who is now Spreadshirt's President.[2] In 2011, Phillip Rooke became CEO, replacing Jana Eggers.[3]

Spreadshirt’s headquarters is in Leipzig. Spreadshirt has branch offices in Berlin, Germany and Greensburg,United States. Spreadshirt has printing factories in both the Pittsburgh suburb of Greensburg, Pennsylvania[4] and Henderson, Nevada. In Europe Spreadshirt has 3 printing factories Leipzig, Germany, Legnica, Poland and Krupka, Czech Republic

Company brands[edit]

Spreadshirt manages several brands, including the main Spreadshirt brand, its shop system Spreadshop and the professional textile print service TeamShirts.[5]

It acquired the T-shirt design competition site laFraise in 2006 from Patrice Cassard,[6] and integrated it into the main Spreadshirt brand.


Spreadshirt has ecommerce sites and marketing in 18 countries

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

2017 Sales was 106m euros and they printed over 4 million items globally. Each week, 30,000 new designs are submitted to the Spreadshirt platform.


  • Online-Star 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year: Lukasz Gadowski[7]
  • Europe's 500 2006[8]
  • Red Herring 100 Europe Award 2006[9]
  • Founder Champion 2005
  • German Founders Prize 2005
  • HP Business Innovation Award 2004
  • Future Sax 2002

See also[edit]

Self-printing products[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.spreadshirt.com/newsroom/facts-figures/
  2. ^ Spreadshirt's Gadowski Passes CEO Baton to Eggers
  3. ^ Spreadshirt Appoints Phillip Rooke CEO
  4. ^ "Hiring, business rise at Greensburg plant of T-shirt firm".
  5. ^ https://www.spreadshirt.com/newsroom/facts-figures/
  6. ^ Cassard, Patrice (2007-07-19). "Ma retraite à 35 ans!" (in French). laFraise. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  7. ^ Online-Star 2006: Pressemitteilung Archived 2007-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20081203111848/http://www.europes500.com/pdf/Europes500%20listing%20Web.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Red Herring 100 Awards Archived October 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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