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Our Recommendations for Work Jackets for this Winter

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!

Russell 510f softshell work jacket in grey - women's version

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 for Cumbria businesses

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 RG045 Dover jacket: perfect softshell for workwear in Cumbria & Borders

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 website contact us  or give us a call

Beanie hats; Part of the perfect winter workwear package

Get ahead and get a hat!

When people think embroidered workwear hats, they tend to think of fast food places and baseball caps but, especially for the climate across the North of England, there’s a much better alternative and that’s the beanie hat.

contrast edged beanie hat in acrylic knitted with contrasting off white edge, worn by young woman.

A knitted acrylic contrast edged beanie hat

“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!

Young man wearing single colour, cuffed beanie hat, double knitted in acrylic. Navy blue.

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.

beanie hat offer: Create stylish embroidered beanies for your staff to keep them warm.

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!

Hi-Vis – Be Seen, Be Safe This Winter

Be seen and be safe as clocks go back – it’s Hi-vis time of year again!

Hi-Vis workwear for those long, dark, northern Cumbrian nights

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 vest. Safety workwear for staff who need quick on and quick off visibiity at work.

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.

WR002 Warrior Daytona Hi Vis Polo Shirt

“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.”

Get a bodywarmer – add an extra layer for winter warmth!

 

Winter warmers – add an extra layer with a bodywarmer

Alaska bodywarmer in grey fleece from Kariban. Warmth on the go in Cumbria

Kariban Alaska body warmer

Whatever you call them – gilet, bodywarmer, fleece waistcoat, sleeveless jackets – as an extra layer, they’re invaluable when the temperatures drop and the weather cools and deteriorates.

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's RG184 Haber fleece gilet in men's and women's cut for Cumbria's workers.

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.

Regatta's RG154 soft shell bodywarmer. Men's style in red for added wind resistance

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.”

Workwear for every industry in Cumbria

New starters, new uniform

Whether it’s a vocational college course in Carlisle, a modern apprenticeship in West Cumbria or just a change of job, new starters need new uniforms, workwear and safety PPE.

A Diverse Industrial Sector – Diverse Workwear Needs!

Simple and non fussy salon tunic in red & black, a simple uniform for Cumbria beauticians and hairdressers

Salon tunics: classic workwear for the beauty and therapy businesses of Cumbria

At Stitch & Print, we have customers across all sorts of business sectors so we might be working on the embroidery for a beauty salon’s staff one day and then branding hi vis workwear for a construction company the next with chef’s whites to finish the week!

“The fabrics can be very different from one day to the next,” says Richard Mattinson, MD of Stitch & Print, “but we have the machinery and the expertise in our workrooms, so it’s never a problem.”

We’re known for our uniform packs as these offer standard combinations of popular items such as fleeces, polo shirts and trousers but we pride ourselves on our flexibility and can put together whatever a business needs.

For instance, while polo shirts have always been a staple of the Stitch & Print business, there is a trend towards smarter work shirts – we offer both options in a range of colours and our Wigton-based machines are set up for embroidery on breast pockets, sleeves, whatever.

Clothing the Great Outdoors in Classy Workwear

Being based in Cumbria and with the Lake District on our doorstep, we have a lot of customers working in the great outdoors and, as you’ll know, that means being prepared for all weathers.  We work with suppliers such as Regatta, Professional and Stormtech to offer a range of outdoor wear, from waterproofs and warm jackets, to quilted bodywarmers and abrasion-resistant fleeces.

chefs wear? Oui Chef!

chefs wear? Oui Chef!

With all that outdoor action going on and with people coming from far and wide around the globe to admire the lake District and Eden Valley’s stunning scenery, there’s a huge hospitality trade with a steady turnover of staff. From chef’s uniforms to aprons for bar and waiting staff, every establishment likes to create its own special ambience and the ability of Stitch & Print to cater to a constantly changing specifications list, brings hotel and restaurant owners back time and again.

There’s also a lot of construction going on in and around Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington so we can combine workwear orders with PPE and high visibility clothing to give companies a one stop shop.  Boiler suits with embroidered polo shirts, hi vis vests with tough work trousers – whatever the combinations: with access to most of the key suppliers in the country, Stitch & Print can deliver.

Cumbria's many heavy industries, construction and land based industries need Coveralls / boilersuits

Coveralls or boilersuits keeping heavy duty workers clean

“I think one of the most complicated combinations I’ve come across was putting together individual workwear packs for an Engineering company in Cumbria. They had various combinations of polo shirts, T-Shirts, Fleece, Jackets, Shirts & boilersuits each personalised and packed for each staff member; Over one hundred of them!,” says Richard.  “It made perfect sense to supply them in packs but with that many combinations space for sorting such a large selection wasn’t something we’d planned for before.  But it was no problem – we got hold of the various garments from the suppliers and then we were able to print and embroider logos as required and present the customer with a package that was exactly what they needed.”

If you’re considering providing staff with workwear for the first time or you need a refresh; or just need to provide a package to new starters, please get in touch.  We’d be happy to put together ideas and costs to give you what you need.

Elite Poloshirt & Zoodie Get New Papini Colourways

The colour range for Papini Clothing’s poloshirt and hoodie ranges just gets bigger & bigger. ng Cumbrian and other North West businesses can now set themselves apart even more effectively and stylishly

A Papini Poloshirt For Businesses That Want to Be Elite!

ENNA is a black with red highlights colourway applied to Papini Elite Poloshirt: front view

The Enna Colour Scheme

LUCA-front view, black body poloshirt with blue side panels and white trim

Luca Style Polo Shirt

Latina colourway on Elite Papini polo. Navy blue body, blue grey side panel and gold trim - front view

Latina Style Elite Polo Shirt

TIVOLI poloshirt: dark grey / black body panels with contrasting white trim. -front view

Tivoli Styled Poloshirt

Toscana polo shirt colourway with claret body & light blue side panels set off with white and gold trim.

Toscana Colourway: Eye Catching

Papini has made several new additions to the Elite range of poloshirt colourways. New colourways include the Toscana, which fits nicely with the Wine & Black hoodie. There is the Enna as mentioned below. The Trieste goes perfectly with the purple & Black colourway on the Purple hoodie & finally comes the Luca.

You can take a look at the new polo colourways in our online designer programme here

In the coming weeks there are two further Elite range poloshirts. The Latina is outstanding in its Navy & Gold colourway. The Tivoli comes in a black & White colourway. There are also new additions coming to the deluxe hoodie range; A full Black & full Navy version along with a new Black with Cyan option. (update 03/10/2015 now available)

Is it a Hoodie? No it’s a Zoodie

BlackGrey Zipped Hoodie (Zoodie) Warm and robust workwear

Black with Grey Marl Zoodie

Fuschia pink & navy trimmed zipped hoodie: to brighten a dark Northern work day!

Fuschia & Navy Blue trimmed Zoodie

Papini Zoodie in red with black trim for a smart Cumbrian work force.

Red Black Colourway on Papini Zoodie

 

 

 

 

Papini’s Zoodies are available to companies, and organisations who want to combine the practicality of the hoodie with a top quality garment. Companies who want a look that helps to professionalise the appearance of their staff will find these an attractive option. The iconic zipped hoodie range will find themselves comfortably at home from the shipyards of Barrow to the Farms of the Solway Plain and the Eden Valley! This range has had 3 exciting new colourways added: Fuchsia (that’s pink to you and me!) with Navy contrast, Black with Grey contrast and a Red version with Black contrast. These garments are fantastic as stand alone workwear or leisurewear colours in a wide range of settings. They comfortably span the professional and casual of Cumbria’s organisations and businesses. Not only do they work as standalone items, but Papini have had their designers hard at work coming up with a complementary set of colourways that also mix & match with the Elite range polo shirts in the Enna, Milano, Sienna & Ferrara colourways.

You can take a look at the new zoodie colourways in our online desgner here