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Price increases July 2019

Price increases are on the way

No one likes to hear about price increases. Being honest most people don’t like applying price increases! But sometimes your hands are tied & you just have to go where you’re pushed…….

There’s a lot of reasons for the next round of price increases that you’re going to see. Some of them are driven by manufacturers & some are unfortunately driven by other factors within the UK which are constantly pushing up costs.

Costs are rising

Clothing is very reliant on the US Dollar as it drives the International economy. It’s used as a standard currency for trade around the world. Unfortunately we’ve now had 3 consecutive years where the exchange rate of the £ versus the $ has been very unfavourable for items entering the UK from around the world (although it has produced benefits for exporters). There was a sizeable shift in clothing costs in 2016 and unfortunately, with no end to the poor exchange rate in sight, there have been ongoing increases over the last 3 years. We now have a further increase on many brands notified for 1st July.

On top of that the UK is proving to be an increasingly difficult place to trade with endless rounds of cost increases forced on to business by the National Government. We don’t really want to bore you with all the details here, but (ignoring wages) business now picks up huge tabs for National Insurance, PAYE, Workplace Pensions, The occasional extra Bank Holiday…… Now there’s further added costs from GDPR, Making Tax Digital and rounds of form filling in for Government analysis…..

So we’re sorry, It’s not us that is wanting the increases but they are coming……..

Get the right Shirt, right fit, right fabric & right features

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Lets start with the good news…… We’ve got a huge range of shirts & blouses! There’s a huge range of styles. A huge range of colours & a huge range of fits. So if you want a browse of the range here you go…..

If you’d prefer to get right to it and see what your logo will look like on your shirt you can access our online design tool here……

It’s been a long time since we talked about the history of shirts & blouses so maybe it’s time we talked a bit more about what makes a great shirt

FIT:

TAILORED FIT: The tailored fit is cut more generously around the chest & waist than the slim fit, giving you more room to move. It’s still tapered but is a more relaxed option compared to the slim fit.

CLASSIC FIT: The classic fit has a generous cut across the shoulders, chest & waist with a loose fit & back pleats.

SLIM FIT: Slim fit shirts have a tapered cut through the waist & mid section to create a perfectly fitted shirt that is flattering on the body. The slim fit has darts along the back & the body which shape the shirt to define your waist.

Now we’ve decided on the type of fit you want, Lets look at the features; Fabric, Collars, Cuffs

FABRIC:

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POPLIN: Uses fine yarns and a simple over-and-under weave technique to create a durable fabric with a smooth, crisp texture. The structure of the weave means that the fabric also has very little sheen, making it ideal for professional settings.

OXFORD : A basket-weave construction of cotton or cotton blend with a textured finish that’s both durable and naturally wrinkle resistant. When one of the threads is kept undyed or plain, this weave can create a distinctive, lustrous look.

TWILL: A hard wearing weave with diagonal, parallel ridges. Twill fabrics typically have a level of shine to them depending on the weave tension, fabric colour and cotton type used. This is a softer fabric that drapes well, is easy to iron and resists creasing.

COLLARS:

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CLASSIC: The most traditional of the collar options, the classic collar suits all face shapes and sizes. You can recognise it by the cut of the collar, which keeps the ‘points’ close together. This collar looks best when combined with a simple four-in-hand tie knot.

BUTTON DOWN: Traditionally recognised as the ultimate casual shirt collar as it was originally designed for the Polo field. It’s identifiable by the two small buttons fastening the collar point in place. It offers a more casual look ideal for business casual and contemporary formal settings.

MANDARIN: The Mandarin collar is a short, unfolded stand-up collar that dates back to 200BC when it featured on traditional Chinese gowns. It’s a popular choice for hospitality and healthcare sectors as it allows more freedom to move than traditional collars.

CUFFS:

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TWO BUTTON ADJUSTABLE CUFF: This style has a second button to the side of the first that allows the wearer to fasten the cuff tighter around their wrist if needed. This is different to the usual two-button cuff that has a second button above the first.

ADJUSTABLE CUFF WITH CUFF LINK OPTION: This versatile cuff style can be fastened with either buttons or a cuff link, adapting the shirt to suit more formal occasions if required. It can also be adjusted to fit the wearer’s wrist.

DOUBLE CUFF: A link cuff where the cuff fabric is folded back to create two layers. The cuff holes are fastened with cuff links or silk knots rather than buttons. This cuff is associated with more formal wear, especially when combined with smart cuff links.

Follow the link to our shirts & blouses website section

Embroidery – The logo solution from School Uniform to Industrial Workwear

Stitch & Print invested heavily in top of the range industrial, automated embroidery processes that have been developed specifically to address quality, efficiency and cost, using the latest machine technologies to deliver cutting edge embroidery services.

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Our advanced production, industrial quality, technology provides consistent results time after time. Driven by world leading production software we’re geared up to provide high quality embroidery with quick turnarounds…embroidered with care, speed and precision.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the embroidery we provide for your order, Whether it’s a one-off embroidered Teddy Bear for a childs Christening or a run of a hundred fleeces for your latest sales promotion we’ll treat your order with the same care & attention.

Embroidered workwear

Embroidered Workwear is fast becoming one of the most important ways to improve your company’s image & visibility. Whether it’s having your staff readily identifiable on site, or whether they’re walking down the street the presence of your logo on their Workwear is in the public eye and advertising your business.

Because we specialise in working with smaller SMEs, we can add your logo, name and job title to anything from trousers to caps, polo shirts to jackets without breaking your bank! Doing this also provides you with a constant and cost effective source of advertising.

Minimum Quantities

We have a minimum order of just a single piece!

Turn around

We work on a target of seven days. But e have been known to work miracles…….

 

So when you’re looking for an embroidery company – you should call us first!

 

Garment Printing; What’s the best option?

There’s a myriad of garment printing options available and each one has it’s pros & it’s cons. The key is getting the right process for your particular job & requirements. Whether it’s a one-off design or a large volume orders on a variety of garments we aim to give you the best option at our disposal.

there's a lot to consider in garment printing

T-Shirt printing

Screen-printing

Full colour designs can be printed using screen-printing, a very versatile print process. Inks are directly applied to the garments, and this process is suitable for both dark and light coloured fabrics. This process is very economical for larger quantities of fifty or more garments, rather than small runs, due to the high set up costs involved. We screen print in house.

Direct to garment printing (DTG)

Direct to garment printing also involves using full colour prints directly on to the garment, and it is also suitable for light and dark coloured garments. The process is similar to screen printing, but DTG printing can allow for just one print of a design. This process is somewhat more expensive but one-off prints are more economical as a result of lower set-up costs. We DTG print in house on white & light coloured garments (colour restrictions apply) which is a fantastic way to get short runs & personalised one off garments produced.

Transfer printing

Transfer printing involves applying ink to a transfer before then applying it to the garment. This process accommodates one-off print runs and is available for coloured garments. Transfer printing is highly advantageous for full colour one-off prints and small batches on to dark garments, the only downside being a ‘patch’ style print. We produce transfers in house.

Transfer printing (white)

Again full colour designs are transferred to transfer sheets that are then applied to the garment. This process is different to standard transfer printing, and is suitable for white, and natural cotton coloured garments. The ‘patch style’ print for lighter garments is much lighter weight than the one required for the coloured ones. The only side-effect of using this process is that the white areas within the design are prone to darkening over time. With the installation of our DTG option this process is a lot less relevant than previous.

Transfer Vinyl printing

In transfer vinyl printing a single colour vinyl is precisely cut to the desired shape or font and then heat-sealed to the garment. Heat-sealing is suitable for most fabrics. Transfer vinyl printing is great for party tops and high-visibility work wear. The advantages of transfer vinyl printing are that it is a durable and hard-wearing form of customising a garment, as well as being very economical.

Designs

What comes out of the print process can never be better than what is put in…….. If your design isn’t up to the job you’re sure to notice it on the garment. Luckily we have tens of thousands of stock designs to choose from on our website. If you have your own design that can be used no problem at all, The best solution is a vectorised, print-ready format with a transparent background & minimum of 200 dpi resolution.

If you download artwork from the internet please be aware of possible copyright infringements. If we can see an obvious, or possible, infringement we’ll point it out to you and won’t produce anything we know to be legally dubious. Any design that is supplied by yourself is produced in the belief that you have the rights to have that image reproduced.

Costs can vary depending on the colours and size of the print design, garment quantity & colour. We can advise you on the best process for your requirements.