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A Revolution from One Simple Question…

Louise from Keltic and Danny from our supplier in the West Midlands

Louise from Keltic and Danny from our supplier in the West Midlands

Ethics and sustainability are such an integral part of our company, so when we came across one simple question put forward by an organisation that has the same at the heart of their agenda, it certainly piqued our interest.

#whomademyclothes

Perveen at our West Midlands suppliers making our shirts

Perveen at our West Midlands suppliers making our shirts

Fashion Revolution Week is an initiative that has grown from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and shines a spotlight on the social and environmental impact of our clothing industry.  The idea is that people put a picture of themselves up on social media wearing or holding an item of clothing, and tag the retailer using the hashtag#whomademyclothes

Julie sewing our ties together

Julie sewing our ties together

This challenges the retailer to provide more information about where and how that garment was made, the epitome of that being to show a photograph of one of the factory workers involved in making the item, with the “answer” hashtag #imadeyourclothes

Michelle is checking our fabric

Michelle is checking our fabric

Fashion Revolution Week is primarily for clothing retailers, and we may not be a fashion power-house, we are market leaders in our industry, so why shouldn’t we answer the question too?  Whilst in the uniform industry things move more slowly than the “fast fashion” world exposed in books like “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth L Cline, nevertheless many of the same concerns apply when it comes to the welfare and well being of the workers who make the clothing.  In support of Fashion Revolution Week we are sharing our own gallery of some of the people that make our garments.

Jaswinder and Omi work for our suppliers in the West Midlands Jaswinder works for our suppliers in the West Midlands

Omi works for our suppliers in the West Midlands Omi works for our suppliers in the West Midlands

For most of the photos, we didn’t have to go far, because three of our main factories are within 15 miles of our premises in Walsall, West Midlands and we regularly visit these family run businesses sometimes once a week! We’ve also included images of Chen and Xiaoying from our China factory – it may not be around the corner but it doesn’t stop us visiting them!

Chen in the state of the art factory in China Chen in the state of the art factory in China

Xiaoying in the state of the art factory in China Xiaoying in the state of the art factory in China

Our Factory in China 

Ethics and sustainability are an ongoing discussion for us here at Keltic – they are literally built in to the design and production of our clothing. We are proud to be able to take part in such a successful movement and will continue to push forward with our own progress towards a more ethical and circular economy.

Sajida: We make your clothes Sajida: We make your clothes

Matilda: We make your clothes Matilda: We make your clothes

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Parkex 2019 Success

Another great year for us at Parkex. The stand got so many compliments and our giveaways were certainly a welcome treat.

This year we were focused on ‘parking uniforms in the modern world’ which was certainly a good topic of conversation for many councils. Showcasing all the colour options available in our new range our stand really stood out and gave us a great opportunity to talk to our customers about the new uniforms.

With the new Patrol Shirt and the Patrol softshell being made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, our customers were just amazed and keen to sample the new items and show their team, along with our Magnum Impact boot and Hi Tec Urban Trekker boot which both have Michelin tyre soles and are fully waterproof.

As always its great to catch up with current customers and meet new potential customers. We hope you all enjoyed the show and look forward to working with you more in the future.

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Park Ex Street Style fashion show success!!!

Park ex is now over and we are still getting fantastic feedback from our street style fashion show! Our models did an amazing job strutting their stuff on the cat walk showcasing our traffic warden uniforms and how they have evolved over the years. We started our park ex cat walk show out at the very beginning in the 1960’s and worked our way to our new highly evolved uniforms which we launched from our stand.

We also had the Michelin man getting selfies at every opportunity. Don’t forget to send yours into parkex2018@kelticclothing.co.uk for a chance to win that yummy chocolate hamper. I cant wait to see them all!

Overall we had such a great couple of days and hope you all did too 🙂

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Keltic celebrate the upcoming Royal wedding

So tomorrow is the big day of the Royal wedding and we thought we would join the nation in the celebration. Putting on our own Royal afternoon tea in the office along with some fun and games we had a great day.

 

We wish Prince Harry and Meghan all the best!

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Put a spring in your step with our lightest boot ever!

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Keltic donate fabric for Schools playcare network

We were very happy to be able to donate a large amount of fabric to the Birmingham Playcare Network who will be passing the fabric out across schools in the area.

The fabric will be used for many things including making costumes for school plays, art projects and backing for children’s art display boards.

We are very happy to be able to make these kinds of contributions and will continue to work with organisations like BPCN in the future.

 

 

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New Business Casuals Collection now available!!!

Looking for a corporate uniform to enhance your business image? Fancy making a change to your current corporate uniform? Then check out some of our great new garments…

Our business casual collection is a must have;

An 11 piece collection including chino trousers, chino skirt and tweed waistcoats. A stunning range for both men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keltic are getting festive!

So its officially December and today we are opening door number 6 of our Keltic advent calenders. Well there’s no better way to start the day than with a little bit of chocolate 🙂

And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t partake in the office secret santa! This year we are picking themes out of box and are buying a gift that relates to this theme. We will then lay out all the gifts on the 21st and let the team have a good giggle once there gift is revealed. Don’t worry I will have the camera at the ready!

We hope you are all getting in to the festive mood too. Just remember its only 20 more sleeps until Christmas!!!

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Keltic at the Masquerade ball

So on Friday 1st December it was that time again…the works Christmas party!

This year we went to the Ramada hotel in Wolverhampton for the Masquerade ball. We all got out our suits and gowns and popped on a mask to enjoy a night of lovely food, fab entertainment, drinks and most of all the Keltic teams company.

We danced the night away (some more than others) and had another amazing Christmas party.

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Gifts for Rosedene Dogs Home

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit early here at Keltic and decided we wanted to do something for the dogs at the local rescue centre. Rosedene rescue centre is run only by volunteers and receives no funding at all therefore depend on donations. With the dogs not having a forever home this Christmas we decided to pay a visit and donate some goodies to ensure they have some pressies at Christmas. Buster, a 2 year old staffy, was excited watching us unload the car.

As a team at Keltic we all worked together and brought in old blankets, towels and any doggy goodies we had lying around. We also spent money on getting the dogs lots of food and treats which I’m sure they will be very happy with.

I was lucky enough to take all the donations down to the rescue centre and see how much the donation means to them. As they are limited on volunteers i stayed and walked a dog which was so lovely. Abel, a white Staffordshire bull terrier, was such a pleasure to walk.

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