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Magnum Strider Boot runs half marathon!

Last Sunday, Keltic Clothing Director David Barry ran the 13mile Bupa great Birmingham run, a fantastic charity event, and with the help of the Keltic staff, raised £500 for BRAKE, the road safety charity.

Magnum Boots charity run

Magnum Boot success in charity run

Next week, Keltic launches the magnum strider boot, which is manufactured by magnum footwear, who is owned by hi tec, and uses trainer technology for the first time in a uniform boot.

Many parking, security and warden staff walk up to 13 miles- the equivalent of a half marathon- every shift- and so to show just how comfortable these new magnum boots are, David ran the Birmingham half marathon in them!

The proof of how comfortable, lightweight and breathable the magnum strider boot is is that David finished the run in exactly the same time as last year, when he was wearing his £130 Nike Air Max running trainers!

Following on from the success of the Magnum Strider shoe, Keltic Clothing is launching the Magnum Strider boot, priced at £66.95, next week.  It has all the features that have made the shoe such a phenomenal success, but includes additional ankle support, and because it covers the ankle, it gives extra water resistance too.

David comments “the strider boot felt great to run in- it’s so lightweight and breathable I could hardly tell I was wearing them.” This bodes well for the thousands of parking, warden and security staff who will be issued with the magnum boot as part of their uniform. At Keltic we certainly like to put our money where our mouth is!

We all want to say well done to David for his great efforts and look forward to hearing what his next charity effort will be!

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Ideal corporate knitwear fashion for the winter

Ideal for the winter months ahead, a great trend we spotted in the latest edition of Elle was teaming up a chunky roll neck jumper with a fitted pencil skirt.

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Company sweaters on trend

This simple but very fashionable look can be created with our very own stock roll neck corporate jumpers and brand new Vienna skirt providing a practical uniform for your working day that is also very on trend.

If you follow fashion in your own wardrobe, why not do the same with your uniforms!

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New corporate suit collection interprets latest fashion trends

Jared Leto has landed a modelling contract with Hugo Boss, and in the latest issue of GQ

he’s wearing a rather fetching slim-lapel suit, much like our own Milan Jacket. Our Milan Jacket also includes a number of other key details such as a ticket pocket.

Our Corporate Wear Department interpret the latest fashions from the catwalk and the high end retail brands into fabrics and styles that will perform and last when worn as part of a work uniform. We’re really proud of our latest collection; the Europa Collection of corporate suits, which we think achieves this perfectly.

Fashion isn’t just for women and our full range of male uniform suits have been designed to offer fashionable styles and choices, to create workwear suits you feel both comfortable and confident wearing.

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Corporate blouses: the Pescara blouse a big hit this autumn!

If autumn isn’t vibrant enough for you, why not add a splash of additional colour this season with our very striking striped Pescara blouse.  Flying off the shelves, our very flattering company blouses have caught the eye of many of our customers and provided a very fashionable and comfortable alternative to our plain colour styles.

Company blouses

Ladies Corporate Blouses this Autumn

The Pescara blouse was launched earlier this year, and we’ve already sold many thousands to organizations as varied as councils, hotels and surgeries.  It’s now doing better than ever, along with its matching long sleeve alternative which is ideal for when the colder weather approaches.

Patterns and stripes have been all the rage this year, and our ladies corporate blouses will not let you down on comfort or fashion.



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Uniform wear required outside of working hours

A recent story by the BBC covers the very interesting story regarding uniform clothing and the importance of its role. It’s been suggested that police officers should wear their uniforms on the way to and from work to increase police visibility and increase public reassurance.

It’s been suggested that more awareness of Police Officers in public, such as on buses and trains, will be a “key strategic priority” going forward which helps in the visibility and availability of officers.

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Uniform clothing under spotlight

This story has caused much debate among officers and the public. Many have claimed that because most officers’ travel to work by car, the change would not have that much impact, and most importantly if an incident were to arise, whilst they will be in uniform clothes they will not have the protective equipment needed with them or the back up support.

This story brings to light the importance of uniform wear  it shows the impact a uniform can make on public perception and on society in general. It’s great to see uniform clothing being a hot topic once again! Keep updated with further uniform clothing news each week on our blog.

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Staff uniforms on the way to being 100% recycled

Following on from our Olympics recycled uniform blog earlier this month, another great staff uniform story has caught our attention.

At Keltic, we are keen to move forward with recycling and help make our environment a much cleaner and friendly place to be, so we note with interest that the UK’s largest fast food chain McDonalds  will from 2012 be introducing 100% recycled uniforms in time for the London Olympics .

The story reported by the Guardian claims the restaurant “has been hitting back with a series of green and social initiatives” and has created “a uniform design model for the future which others can follow.”

We can all learn from this example and begin to think of the environmental impact of staff clothing, rather than it being just a uniform.

For further corporate clothing developments, keep posted!

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Welcome to our brand new Funeral Wear Department

As expert suppliers of formal clothing, Keltic have been tailoring uniforms and accessories for a wide range of organisations, from Five star hotels to prestigious office developments for over 20 years. After 12 months’ extensive research and development, including speaking with over a hundred UK funeral directors about their clothing requirements, we are delighted to announce that we have just launched our new funeral wear range. We feel that our renowned service standards, superb garment quality and attention to detail really has something  new to offer for funeral directors of all sizes.

Funeral wear range

Keltic launch Funeral Clothing

The funeral market is a very important sector and it’s extremely important to create the most smart and approachable image possible.  Our funeral clothes range from jackets, trousers and shirts through to more specialist items including top hats, frock coats and tails.

Our specialist service also includes bespoke manufacturing of garments, alternations for specific needs and incredibly unique items no other sector currently has.

We stand alone from other funeral wear specialists by our unique approach to uniforms. From years of experience, our team will be able to guide you through the process of selecting funeral clothing for your staff.

For further information enjoy browsing through our webpage or contact us to speak to an advisor.

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Olympic uniforms made from recycled material – is this the way forward for corporate workwear?

To celebrate 323 days to go until the London Olympic Games 2012 we spotted a very interesting story in relation to the new Olympic uniforms for 2012. Plans are to be put in place for the new corporate work wear to be made from recycled material including special recycled shoes, buttons and drinking bottles to be the first 100% recycled bottle in the world.

We find this to be an exciting story within the workwear and corporate clothing sector as going green and recycling is the way to go for the future.  We may even see future developments in corporate workwear whereby off the shelf uniforms will be made in more ‘green’ ways.

The Chief executive Herbert Hainer for the Olympic Games has said that ‘Every product within the volunteer staff and the torch relay and within the village will have recycled material.’ Who knows what the future holds for corporate workwear uk products if these recycled uniforms are a success for the Games.

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Uniform rules ok? Boy defies “no shorts” rule & wears a skirt!

Here’s a light-hearted story for a Friday. A 12 year old boy has launched a one-man campaign for justice by defying school uniform rules that outlawed shorts and wearing a skirt to school!

The young man borrowed his 11-year-old sister Joanna’s skirt, complaining that “I realised short skirts are allowed but shorts are not, which means there is something wrong in the rules and it should be changed. I thought I could use this silly loophole to my advantage.” We doubt that his own particular brand of political protest made him that popular with his mates, but this discussion of uniforms certainly caught the eye of the Sky News.

The sight of a line of po-faced young lads holding up banners proclaiming “Cool shorts not hot pants” and “”What’s wrong with my legs?” certainly amused us and put us in a jovial mood for the weekend, which is set to be a sunny one according to the weatherman.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, and we’ll be blogging again early next week on the topic of uniforms uk and worldwide.

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How to care for your office suits

Below are our great tips on the care and cleaning of your suits. By following these easy care instructions, you will guarantee to maintain the looks of your tailored office suit.

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care for your Office suits

For weekly care always rotate your garments. After each wear, brush your jacket and hang it up on a hanger that fits the shoulders.



Washcare instructions for your office suits:

1. Empty all pockets and remove any badges from your jacket.  Place garments into the washing machine with garments made from the same fabric and colour only.

2.  Machine wash as wool on 30degree setting and short spin cycle.

3.  Remove Garments immediately from the machine when the wash is finished.

4.  To Dry: place the jacket back on the hanger; shake into shape by gently straightening the seams.

5. Fold the trousers to the front creases and hang on a separate hanger.

6. Allow both garments to dry naturally.

7. Do not tumble dry.

Finishing: If required, press the garments using a cool iron over a damp cloth.

We recommend washing your office suit jacket between 4-6 times per year.  If your jacket is badly stained you should have it professionally dry cleaned.  Washing and cleaning too often will reduce the life of all clothing.

It is a good idea to have your jacket pressed professionally at the dry cleaners once a year to reinvigorate the jacket and give it that factory finished look it had when new.

We hope this advice comes in useful, for further information on our office suits or further garments feel free to contact us – were here to help!


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