Since 1950, Alvin & Co. has refined and mastered the unique service of kit building for educators. We have provided custom kits for universities, colleges, trade, and secondary schools from all over the country.


Because we are the leader in quality drafting tools, we offer the best selection and value in our field. Along with our own brand, Alvin & Co. is also one of the largest distributors of art materials in the country. We stock over twenty thousand unique items to choose from when having us build your custom kit.

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We offer a large selection of pre-made kits composed of our best selling tools. We have collections from beginner to post-grad. Our pre-made kits are always in stock, ready to ship.

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Need a customized selection of tools? We will help you craft a kit just for your class with the exact supplies and materials you want. We have designed custom kits from A to Z.


With over 200 partners, Alvin represents the best brand names in art supplies and materials. When designing your custom kit having so many choices allows you to dial in just the right mix of quality, selection and value for your students.



What are your terms for payment when ordering kits? We have flexible payment terms with Alvin kits. Fall semester kit payments are due on October 1st, and winter semester kits are due February 1st. Depending on your ship date, that can be up to sixty days terms.

What is your kit return policy? All of our kits are returnable within 30 days of receipt. Only complete kits will be credited and are subject to a 25% restocking fee. 

Can I pick the date that my kits will ship to me?  Yes, you can plan ahead,  place your order and then schedule a delivery window. Due to our seasonal volume, it is difficult to get orders turned around in under two weeks in our busy period (August & December). Order early and have it arrive right on time.

How early can order my kits? Your kits can be ordered anytime, the earlier the better. Early orders allow us to commit the inventory for your kit.

Do you do custom orders for items you don't carry? Yes, we are always happy to investigate special orders and items we don't normally stock, provided it is with a vendor that we are partnered with. Some special order items also would have minimum quantity commitments. These requests require some lead times, and can alter shipping dates.

What is the minimum amount of kits I have to order? 5 kits.

Are the materials discounted? Yes, we offer wholesale and volume pricing on kits.

Is there a shipping fee on returns? Yes, if you are returning kits for credit. No, if you are returning or exchanging merchandise that is damaged or defective.

Is there a penalty for reducing my order quantity? There is no penalty to reduce your kit quantity before it ships. We encourage you to over estimate your needs and adjust quantities before we ship. We always commit the stock to your kits when your order is placed. Once we ship your kits, any returns are subject to a restocking fee and you are responsible for shipping fees.



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