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Anyone interested in the history of the corporate uniform should get themselves to The National Maritime Museum in London over the summer.
The museum has over 7000 corporate uniform items – one of the biggest collections we know of. Highlights include a captain’s full dress coat of the same 1774 pattern worn by Captain Cook, and three coats belonging to Lord Nelson including the uniform he was wearing when fatally wounded at Trafalgar.
There is also a superb example of one of the first Royal Navy corporate uniforms.
Anyone with an interest in the history of uniform design and manufacture, as well as more broadly in dress codes and fashions since 1600, should give it a visit!
At Keltic, we’re always keen to keep in touch with our customers and be involved in new developments and events. We believe a good relationship between customer and supplier brings great trust, which leads to a more efficient and enjoyable process for all.
One valued customer who we regularly supply corporate suits for, Worsbrough Brass band will be travelling to Schwabish Gmund in Germany this July for a forthcoming tour. The band was formed in 1993 by a group of children and their parents. Only a small group with not much funding, their enthusiasm and talent secured them a national lottery award to fund for a new set of instruments. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and have won numerous awards including the recent 2010 win as ‘Yorkshire Area Championships’.
Schwabish Gmund in Germany is the twin town of Barnsley; apparently it is another mining town but whereas Barnsley was a coal mining town they mine for Gold. This year is the 40th celebrations for the twinning of the towns and Worsbrough Brass are going as guests of a local German Band. During the 6 days they will perform at 4 concerts, a friendly football match, and a beer and sausage evening, enjoying a barbeque of the delicious local meats before they leave. A number of the band have visited the region before and reported that it’s a very beautiful area.
For their upcoming tour, we have kitted them out in our formal uniform suits and matching bow ties and scarves. To show our support, in exchange for their loyal custom we have sponsored their corporate shirts.
If any of our customers reading this would like to be involved in future blogs, please get in touch. We’d love to feature your organisation, and if you have a great photo like this one showing off your new look, all the better!
This season patterned blouses are continuing to be a big trend in the corporate wear market, especially in the summer time. Patterns including stripes, checks, spades, diamonds and everything in between are ideal choices for uniforms in and out of the office.
What people want from their uniforms in the summer is comfortable, breathable and fashionable clothing, easy to maintain and looking good throughout the day. Printed workwear blouses are a comfortable fit and offer plenty of room, enough length so it doesn’t creep up when sitting down and sleeves that aren’t too tight. Also fabrics that are soft touch which don’t cling are ideal for comfort in the summer.
Patterned workwear blouses also come in a variety of colours, ideal to match with your company colours or to offer plenty of choice if you have a large number of staff to provide uniforms for. Your staff will certainly thank you for a comfortable blouse with a smart pencil or long line skirt if this lovely weather continues.
Leave a comment or contact us if you want us to blog on more useful information on your summer uniforms.
On a hot day like this, polo shirts are an ideal uniform piece to wear whilst at work. The polo shirt teams up both a casual and smart look, keeping you comfortable throughout the working day.
Corporate work wear such as polo shirts and t-shirts are constantly adapting to suit wearers’ needs. Ranges now include lady fit options for female staff for a more feminine look and most now come in a variety of different colours, ideal to match a corporate colour of your company. New designs including tipped polo shirts and contrast designs are also becoming very popular.
A new development in the workwear and corporate clothing sector now includes performance active fabrics. New wicking fabrics have been introduced which provide improved air circulation and allow moisture to escape easily through the garment, keeping you cool and dry. This is a great addition to a uniform if you are in and out of the office and need your uniforms to look smart and fresh throughout the day.
For further details on our full range of performance active wear then leave us a comment or send your questions in via our contact page.
I think we can all agree the recent sunny weather has proven summer is definitely on its way. Now is the time to be thinking of changing your office uniform to something more appropriate for the coming summer months ahead. Here are our top tips and rules on how to get it right this year.
- Relax your uniforms. Summer weather can sometimes bring a more relaxed feel to the office; therefore let your uniforms do the same. If stuck in a stifling hot office, why not ditch the heavy suit jacket and opt for a short sleeve blouse/shirt and waistcoat look. Still effortlessly smart with a pencil skirt for the ladies and coordinating lightweight trouser for the men.
- Layer up lighter fabrics. If in and out of the office, you may need to contend with uncertain temperatures. Layer up with a smart tank top in a cotton blend fabric with a cotton blouse/shirt. Light weight fabrics such as cotton, linen and summer-weight wool can make all the difference, if in an important meeting you don’t want to be worrying about feeling uncomfortable in your uniform.
- Don’t show too much flesh. No matter how hot it gets in the office, miniskirts and low cut tops are not a professional look. Office uniforms for women are adapting all the time. Garments such as lightweight under suit tops and corporate skirts can provide enough comfort in hot conditions whilst also keeping a professional image.
- Try corporate workwear i.e. polo’s, t-shirts. This smart/casual look is getting increasing popular within the office (see our “Smart or casual; which is best for in the office” blog for further details) and is an ideal uniform fit for the summer months. Choose coordinating men’s and ladies polo shirts or t-shirts with your branded company logo and this can provide a smart office image, while ensuring your staff are happy and comfortable in the uniform choice.
Check back for further useful tips and advice on your uniform needs, if you need a question answering or would like us to blog on something in-particular then please leave us a comment!
By supplying branded uniforms for your team, from smart coordinating suits with pristine embroidered shirts to smart branded polo shirts or printed hi vis wear, you’re presenting a professional and unified image which reflects your company. But what if this image is jeopardised outside of work?
An article posted by Personnel Today says that staff members looking scruffy, smoking in public or displaying anti social behaviour whilst in their company uniform can easily give your company a bad name. It points out that you don’t stop being an employee when you walk out of the door; you’re still representing your company all the time you’re wearing your company logo.
But rather than the traditional approach of setting rules about dress and behaviour, the branding experts recommend a softer, more inclusive approach of instilling the brand values in staff from the outset, so they’re more likely to instinctively act in an appropriate way- with encouragement from colleagues or supervisors where needed.
A key conclusion to draw from the study is the need to provide staff with a uniform that staff are happy to wear. Choosing a uniform company that offers high quality, comfortable and flattering uniforms means staff don’t feel they have to make their uniforms look scruffy, e.g. un-tuck shirts, the instant they walk out of the door. A uniform should make employees look and feel good – then they will be happy to wear it.
Check back for future related posts such as uniforms worn in unusual places and best and worst uniforms!
There are many different style uniforms on the market today, all doing different jobs for different roles, but which really are the best corporate wear uniforms for in the office?
A recent BBC study posted February this year suggests a large decline in smart suits, and reports that smart casual wear is on the rise. There are many benefits of casual corporate wear. By wearing casual uniforms such as polo shirts and smart fleeces, this can help staff feel more comfortable whilst in the office. It’s been suggested the more informal the office, the better the communication which can lead to lower stress levels within the busy working environment.
This can bring up much debate about the image an office environment should portray. A counter argument is if you look professional in your job, you act more professionally too. It’s suggested that people will take you a lot more seriously if dressed in a smart suit and this can provide a lasting first impression of sophistication and professionalism for your company.
As a leading corporate wear supplier, we would add to the debate that whichever type of uniform you choose, be it a suit or casual workwear, it must be well-fitting, well cared-for and kept looking smart and crisp at all times. We’ve all seen ill-fitting poorly-pressed suits and stained ties, and this can convey a slovenly image. Conversely, polos and chinos don’t need to look too “dressed down” if they have smart embroidery and are in your company colours. The old lines between smart and casual are definitely blurring as fashions and attitudes change.
We blog every day with tips and advice on how to portray a professional corporatewear image so check back soon for further posts.
This month we are welcoming in the spring with a fantastic new offer of free collection and delivery of samples. Spring time is full of new plans for the coming summer months ahead, plans for summer holidays and lazy weekends, along with new company budgets, new staff and new summer uniforms.
We all know the benefits of corporate clothing within the workplace, and the importance of staff morale, ensuring everyone feels comfortable in the new uniform choice. An ideal way to ensure this is to sample garments prior to ordering, see our ‘Why try before you buy is a must’ blog for helpful advice.
Our April offer includes our full range of staff clothing including security uniforms, corporate wear, body armour, paramedic and hi visibility clothing. We hope this helps in your decision for choosing your ideal corporate clothes and you benefit from no charges, no obligations and no accusing questions from the boss as to why you have a box load of uniforms on your desk!
To request your samples simply call us on 08450 66 66 99, or fill in your details on our contact us form and we will get a reply over to you straight away.
Nowadays, so much of the news about the economy is gloomy. It looks like the recession is here to stay – at least for a while – so we’re all having to work with what we’ve got. Everybody’s feeling the pinch, and this affects all company marketing decisions, whether its advertising budgets, which exhibitions can be dropped this year, or the type of corporate workwear to supply to employees. Many workwear buyers are searching for something to lift staff spirits and improve brand visibility that doesn’t cost the earth.
There are a growing number of exciting developments in the market, keeping to the lower end of the price scale, but still offering effortlessly smart uniforms for your staff. This season, corporate work wear items such as poloshirts have been refreshed in new colours and designs offering something different whilst still being affordable to all budgets. Developments such as coloured piping and uplifting up-to-the-minute colour contrasts transform the standard polo shirt to a more attractive alternative.
The market has also seen recent fabric developments. It’s very much ‘out with the fleece and in with the soft shell’. Benefits of soft shell (pictured), include the fact that it is shower proof, pill-resistant (doesn’t bobble) and smarter than a fleece, which can look old quite quickly. Softshell originated in the sportswear market but is now being seen in the workwear and corporate clothing market, worn by staff at all types of organisations, from supermarkets to travel agents.
If there are any questions you have regarding softshell or other fabric developments, just reply to this post and we’ll be glad to share what we know, as always! Have a good week!
So, your boss has given you the task of buying suits for your team? Sounds simple? Well it does to them – they don’t have to navigate the thousands of websites, hundreds of brochures, not to mention tetchy staff who can’t agree on a style! Here are our top tips for picking the right corporate suits for your working environment.
- Think about your staff’s job role and work environment.
If they are receptionists in a five star hotel, looking impeccable at all times will be the foremost priority, so pick the most beautifully cut and fashionable suit, made out of the finest fabrics your budget will allow.If they are porters in the same hotel, or security guards at company offices, or sales representatives that work outside/in and out of cars, this receptionist suit would look awful in a matter of hours and be ruined in a matter of weeks. So go for a more durable suit. Durable suits are usually lower cost because they’re made from less fine fabric and the cut tends to be more simple and less fashion-led.There are ranges that are a happy medium, but the key thing is – choose a company that makes clear the recommended use for each of their suit ranges. All suits look pretty much the same in a brochure or on a website – a uniform suit supplier worth their salt will listen to what your staff are doing and ask about your work environment – otherwise, your nice new suits could look like old dishcloths in no time!
- Think about a style suitable for your staff.
The key thing is to give choice but not too much choice. Speak with your supplier to narrow down the collection based on question 1 which leaves you a small handful of choices. Find the collection with a choice of jackets, trousers and skirts so your staff can select either a 3 button or 2 button jacket, low waist or high waist trouser depending on their personal choice. This ensures a happy medium while still retaining the smart corporate image.
- One size doesn’t fit all.
Check any range you pick includes all the sizes you need for your staff from stock – or if you have staff outside that range, can the same style be made for those staff, so they don’t feel left out
I hope this article has proved useful in your search for your ideal corporate suit. Watch this space for future information on this subject!