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.
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……..
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Staring out of the window, watching the rain pelt down then get blown in sheets across the road & pavement ……. It’s a natural part of life throughout the UK. In Cumbria it’s a reality as well as a necessity; It’s pretty hard to have a Lake District without a bit of rain ………
Thankfully man didn’t just discover fire …… We invented the jacket too!
As you can see from browsing through our online brochure we have a massive range of work jackets & coats suitable for the full range of UK weather. But who wants to trawl through 200 different types of jacket in the hope of finding the one you like, that will keep you dry & warm? So here’s some recommendations!
Russel 510F Softshell Jacket
Light weight shell jacket: We’re real fans of the Russell 510 as a softshell work jacket. It comes in both unisex & ladies fits as well as a childrens version in a range of colours. It has a great range of features & accessories including a fold away hood. If you’re looking for a great quality lightweight work jacket you can’t go wrong with the 510 series.
Our other recommendation in this range would be the Result RS111 range. Again available in both unisex & ladies fit the RS111 has a similar range of great features including availability in moss coloured finish which is ideal for those working in a countryside environment.
Both the 510 & RS111 ranges come in at under £50 including embroidery so as well as being stylish & practical they’re not breaking the bank.
Result 122F ladies softshell work jacket
Soft Shell Jacket: The range in soft shell jackets just keeps growing & growing. The mix of the weatherproof polyester outers with weatherproof membranes & micro fleece lining proves to be a winner where customers want to be warm & dry without the associated bulk of full fleece lined or wadding filled jackets.
It’s pretty hard to spot massive differences in the quality of the soft shell range, but for us the Result range has the edge in feel, look & most definitely price. Coming in at £35 including embroidery The RS121 comes in unisex, ladies fitted & kids versions, features decorative yokes as well as a zipped chest pocket. The smart business look is ideal for a whole range of industries & adds a real professional look to a workwear jacket for your staff uniform line.
Regatta Dover men’s softshell workwear jacket in blue
Mid-Weight Jacket: This one has a sure fire winner. Of all the hooded softshell jackets, the Regatta Dover jacket is the solution when a waterproof work jacket, insulated by a fleece lined body is needed. It has an integrated fold-away hood & comes in a range of 7 colourways to match almost anyone’s requirement. Elasticated cuffs & a full front storm flap boosts the waterproof integrity of a high range, sensible priced (Just £30 – honestly!) jacket which features both a phone pocket as well as an internal security pocket.
As well as these recommendations we have a full range of lightweight shower proof jackets including a full range of sports training tops. Bodywarmers add an extra layer for those who feel the cold & if things get really cold this winter we’ve a wide range of 3-in-1 jackets to really keep you warm. And as you’s expect all of these jackets can be embroidered and personalised to give you the best looking work jackets on your rounds! If you’d like more information browse the websitecontact us or give us a call
“We’ve been selling fleece and knitted beanie variations from the day we opened” says Richard Mattinson of Cumbria based Stitch & Print, “and they’re really popular. We sold well over 5,000 of them last year and I anticipate even more demand this coming winter. They’re a really simple addition to a workwear package, they’re practical and easy to carry around for when they’re needed and, more to the point, they’re warm!”
It always used to be said that people lost most heat through their heads in cold weather but recent research has shown that it’s a bit more complicated than that.
The Biology of the Beanie Hat and Heat Loss!
Single colour, cuffed, double knitted, acrylic beanie in navy
In fact, we lose about 10% of our warmth through our heads – which is roughly what you’d expect given the surface area of our scalps. But, before you throw away those woolly (or fleecy) hats, there’s still research to support the benefits of a beanie: when the head is allowed to get cold and the body is effectively insulated, the body’s core temperature drops a lot more rapidly than most people expect. This is because the scalp contains lots of blood vessels and they’re close to the surface on your head. So, even if you’re dressed warmly on a cold day, without a hat, the blood flowing around your head will cool and then return to the body, reducing your core temperature and making you feel cold.
promotional embroidered beanie hat offer
Last Thoughts on Winter Headwear
“Our beanies seem to be most popular with haulage firms, builders and agricultural merchants,” says Richard. “There’s an obvious use for outdoor workwear, but they also buy them as gifts and giveaways for their customers. I’m not sure how much difference the amount of hair makes to heat loss but I can’t help thinking that our embroidered beanies make an even bigger difference when your staff or your customers need an extra bit of protection to the top of the head!” And with the proximity of the Lake District National Park – you can bet your beanie hat that plenty of heads will be bobbing around the Lakeland fells in winter wearing your brand!
Be seen and be safe as clocks go back – it’s Hi-vis time of year again!
Hi-vis in the workplace
Hi-Vis Jackets and workwear are essential if your staff are going to be seen clearly at work and that’s important for all sorts of companies in the autumn and winter months. Whether your staff are travelling to work in dark, working on site at dawn or dusk or leaving site in the darker evenings, they need to be seen, to be safe and we’re happy to work with businesses to come up with options that fit with your other embroidered workwear packages.
Hi-Vis Waistcoat with reflective strips. ideal for quick on / quick off situations in the dark Cumbria winters.
High visibility at Stitch & Print isn’t just about the basic traffic jackets, bomber jackets and vests either – although we have a great selection of those to meet most business needs. Stitch & Print also carry a range of Hi-Vis sweatshirts, Hi-Vis hoodies, and bodywarmers, available with long or short sleeves as well as a range of colours, and we’re in the business of personalising and branding those with print or embroidery too.
Whatever the needs of your workforce in the winter months, we can come up with options that fit into your standard workwear packages.
Our range of high visibility workwear includes a full range of motorway coats, bomber jackets, bodywarmers, 3-in-1 jackets , 4-in-1, 5-in-1 even some 7-in-1 jackets, – those are the ones with the zip-in fleece liner that can be worn separately to add weather dependent options to your wardrobe – and we have over trousers too, to keep your work force seen, dry and warm even in the most extreme weather.
“I’m not sure whether people just want to be sure or we’ve got some really hardy individuals working outdoors across Cumbria,” says Richard Mattinson of Stitch & Print, “but we’ve even been asked about enhanced visibility Polo Shirts and T-Shirts at strange times of the year; That’s OK throughout summer, but on a site on Shap Fell – in January? We’ve supplied these embroidered with company logos as part of our business workwear packages but I do wonder how many people then sneakily cover them up with a hi-vis jacket or fleece to “keep the cold out!”
Another trend in hi-vis clothing and workwear is headwear – hats to you and me. Fluorescent yellow and fluorescent orange caps & beanie hats with reflective materials on the brim are proving popular and the same sort of approach is also being designed into bump caps and safety hard hats too.
“While our clients in the construction industry, builders and engineering manufacturers are governed by law there are several other sectors proving keen to incorporate high visibility requirements into their workwear to save on costs as well as making a strong statement about safety,” says Richard. “Because of all the clothing manufacturers and distributors that we’re working with, we can advise on what’s available, the different cost options and then put together embroidered workwear packages that work for the business whatever the industry or time of year.”
To use the dictionary definition, a gilet is a light, sleeveless, padded jacket but the terms tend to be interchangeable when discussing workwear and outdoor clothing. So whether you require a padded bodywarmer or a fleece one we’ve got plenty of options; Take a look in our online brochure.
Regatta Haber fleece for men and women
“A good bodywarmer, which is what we tend to call them, is a great addition to any workwear package,” says Stitch & Print’s Richard Mattinson. “It’s really practical, easy to keep smart and clean, can easily be branded with an embroidered logo and does a great job as a staff team identifier too.”
The Stitch & Print range includes padded and quilted gilets for the outdoors, fleece bodywarmers in a broad spectrum of weights and colours to match other workwear and woven sleeveless jackets with plenty of pockets so that the wearer can keep things secure during the working day.
Some versions incorporate reflective or high visibility materials while others are simply designed for warmth and versatility.
Modern soft shell sleeveless jacket by Regatta
“I think garden centres and outdoor retailers have been amongst our biggest repeat customers for this sort of item,” says Richard, “precisely because they’re the kind of businesses who need people to be working both indoors and outdoors throughout the day. A bodywarmer is exactly what’s required for that sort of flexibility.”