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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

Work Trousers: Warm Working Legs for Cumbrians!

We stock a wide range of work trousers suitable for a range of office based professional work and rugged outdoor, heavy duty jobs that many people across Cumbria’s farms and factories are engaged in. You’ll also find a great selection of leisure pants for all sorts of fun and games purposes. At Stitch & Print you will be able to choose from some stylish and practical options for work or leisure. All these trouser styles – in a wide variety of different materials, are customisable with your business or organisation’s logo, including the addition of tax-tags, through our embroidery service.

Whether it’s mens’ work trousers or womens’ uniform trousers we can add your company branding to your staff members’ workwear trousers. For a nearly instant quote you can either call us in our Wigton shop or use the contact form via our website . The full range can be viewed in the Stitch & Print web brochure. And remember… we can get your order to any point in Cumbria, the Borders and surrounding areas – within a day of completion of the work. We can serve Ulverston as quickly as Carlisle, so give us a try!

Trousers – A Brief History

In the majority of the Western world trousers have been worn since ancient times, becoming the most popular lower body garment in modern times. Once just a male item, the trouser generally became unisex in the 20th Century when women’s rights improved.

Although previously women wore pants for riding, they were covered with a skirt. Many styles of trousers have gone in and out of fashion over the years, such as flares, chinos and jeans. Zip-off trousers and various lengths of cut-off trousers are more recent developments in the trouser history that are stocked at Stitch & Print’s North Cumbria shop and production facility.

Work Trousers – a Great Solution for Cumbria Businesses

WD012 tan work trousers with knee pads by Dickies

Dickies work trousers, ideal for heavy work in Cumbria’s workplaces

Stitch & Print understand that it is imperative for your workforce to be comfortable and smart. Whether they are in one of the digital creative offices that have sprung up in Kendal, the transport hubs near Penrith or the submarine works in Barrow we’ve got you covered! In Stitch & Print’s catalogue, you will find a great range of trousers to suit your working needs. From cargo pants, to hi vis trousers to work trousers with knee pads we can supply your brand. We can also embroider or print them to reflect your branding: making your workforce look even more smart and professional.

Black LC205 Cargo pants: multi pocketed, rugged workwear trousers

Cargo trousers suit staff in many of the North West’s warehouse and showroom settings.

We can supply you with a range of heavy duty work trousers suitable for all UK trades & engineering. We’ve also got the ever popular cargo pant styles, incorporating multiple pocket options, which are being used more and more in warehousing & showroom environments.

If the sun decides to come out and play, many of the work trouser styles do come in specialist work shorts format with the same great range of styles & sizes. There’s a range of leg lengths available in much of the range including short & tall versions. You can also find some unhemmed options to complement the standard leg length range.

ladies work trousers in black for Cumbria's professional women's workwear needs

Black ladies workwear trousers for office or professional work

For workplaces that need a smarter look, there’s a range of office wear trousers and smart chino trousers in the most popular workplace colours. Styles are tailored for men and women in a variety of fabrics.  There’s a rage of specially designed trousers for work in the hospitality industry, including chefs trousers. There are even trousers designed to accompany our health, beauty & salon wear ranges.

Big Brands, Big Choices of Work Trousers for the UK

Our range of trousers includes some of the most prestigious brands, such as Regatta, Craghoppers, Russell workwear, Premier, Henbury and Dickies. We can embroider these trousers to your specification and want you to end up with the ideal product for your needs, which is why we have such an extensive range.

Work Jackets: Ideas From Cumbria’s Leisure Industry

We have a large range of work jackets to suit all manner of professional and trade requirements; in Cumbria particularly, but also for the North West and the rest of the UK too. And we’re not all work and no play either!  Many of the styles and materials finding their way into the modern workwear jacket choices, owe their availability to developments in outdoor activities – a particularly relevant Cumbrian factor – with the Lake District at our heart.

So, if  it’s a lightweight shower-proof sports training jacket for fun and games time, out in the rain: sorted! Maybe you need a stylish work jacket as part of a staff uniform package: we can give you what you need! Perhaps you need a more robust one for your staff’s working environment? We have you covered there too. From rugged garments that work well as a builders jacket to a warm soft shell work jacket that keeps outdoor staff warm and dry on their rounds: they can all be found and customised easily.

You can use us to help you make your own choice of jacket into a really smart item of uniform, to show off your brand and your professionalism. Take a look at our online brochure for full details of the possibilities for you to create a custom jacket that’s just right for you or your business!

Your brand is crucial to your business, so we can customise our wide range of jackets with embroidery or print, to your requirements, with your club, team or business logo. We use a range of garment embroidery and print garment decoration techniques, carefully choosing the best option to suit your requirements.

Lightweight Shower-Proof Work Jackets

Papini Tempest work  jacket in Navy. Good casual item too.

Papini Tempest work jacket makes a great casual option too.

Included in our range of lighter weight jackets there are sports training jackets, wind cheaters, rain jacket & trouser sets. One of our favourite options is the Papini Tempest jacket which is a great choice for sports teams, schoolwear and staff uniform as well as the work environment. It makes a great work jacket because it’s lightweight, waterproof AND windproof – perfect for Cumbria’s often fickle weather! The Tempest comes in all adult and childrens sizes in black & navy blue with hi-vis piping. It has a sophisticated Nylon Aquatight coating which ensures you stay dry. It features an inside pocket with earphone channel for MP3 Players & phones.

Midweight Workwear Jackets

Dover Jacket

Regatta Dover jacket

Our range of midweight jackets covers a whole raft of options. There are shells that make superb waterproof work jackets. These can be worn either by themselves or use the benefit of plug & wear options with suitable fleeces; or bodywarmers for colder weather. You have the choice of Blouson styles as well as fleece lined jackets perfect for our changeable British climate.

One of our largest selling jackets in the range is the Regatta Dover jacket. A fleece lined, blouson style work jacket that is windproof & waterproof. The Dover jacket comes in a wide range of colours and has an impressive set of features which, along with a competitive price, makes it a sure fire winner. Add embroidered branding and you’ve got the perfect custom jacket for work! And to be honest, they can be perfectly casual enough for leisurewear too!

Soft Shell Work Jackets – Flexible, Smart and Comfortable Workwear

Result Soft Shell work jacket also great for skiing. Lady wearing pale blue while skiing.

Result softshell jacket. Women’s in pale blue.

In recent years the soft shell work jacket has become very popular, initially it was a more flexible alternative to the shell waterproof for climbers and other hyper active outdoor sports people. However, the quality and flexibility of the fabrics soon caught designers’ eyes. They rapidly entered the work wear market.  The benefits of the flexible, warm and showerproof Schoeller softshell fabrics and their imitators, have led to some very practical and smart looking work jackets indeed.

Available in both unisex & ladies specific fits, soft shell work jackets, like the Result softshell illustrated, are suitable for a wide range of uses especially sports & active wear as well as staff uniforms. The benefits include stylish cut lines, lighter weights & versatility. The windproof & waterproof outers, mixed with either repellent finishes or weatherproof membranes & micro fleece linings really have caught peoples imaginations in what they can wear to keep dry while still looking stylish. They are a great base for embroidered branding as well making them a great choice for your workwear jackets when planning your next staff uniform purchase.

Heavyweight Work Jackets – For Our Northern Weather

Be honest …….. Some days you just want to stay warm & dry! There are days up North, in the Lakes and the Dales, when only a completely waterproof work jacket fits the bill.The most popular styles in heavyweight jackets tend to be 3 in 1 set-ups with a heavyweight weather proof outer backed up by a fleece or bodywarmer inner layer that can be easily zipped in or out to provide flexibility. There are however plenty of alternatives including Parka style jackets as well as padded puffa styles. So if you’re out in the elements on a regular basis, as so many agricultural workers and logistics people are in Cumbria, we have a range that is bound to have something suitable for the look, comfort, warmth and watertightness that you require. Check out the heavyweights on the jacket tab of our main brochure where you will find great choices from brands like Trespass and Regatta.

Bodywarmers – Bodywarming Backup for Jackets!

Kariban Alaska body warmer in slate. Excellent extra warmth option for Cumbria climate.

Kariban Alaska body warmer

Our range of bodywarmers or gilets are great as a second line of “comfort defense” for your colder blooded staff! When you are asking them to work efficiently and they need a little bit of extra warmth round the middle bodywarmers are ideal. The sleeveless design means they can slip under the regular work jacket without cramping the free movement of the arms. The result? Happier more productive staff!

The Stitch and Print range includes lightweight bodywarmers suitable for everyday wear whatever line of work you’re involved in. We also give you a great choice of specialist workwear bodywarmers for more rugged work environments. There are padded bodywarmers  as well as soft shell styles. Whether you’re looking for unisex or ladies styles we have a range of options that’s second to none and will have something suitable for your warmth and branding needs.

Embroidered Work Jackets – The Stitch & Print Solution!

Your choice of work jackets comes in many shapes, styles and sizes, but the thing that they all have in common is their excellent quality. In a range as big as ours we’re bound to have favourites, we choose ours based on the best mix of quality versus price, as we want you to be happy & to keep coming back as a valued customer.

We stock a great range of familiar brand names. Regatta, Trespass, Portwest, Henbury and Dickies are just some of the big names we stock, but if we think there’s a better alternative in a lesser known brand we’ll point it out to you.

You can check out our stock range via the web brochure or you can request a hard copy. For further information contact us via the website or by phone.

 

Work Fleeces : Our Top Recommendations

In an earlier article we were talking about embroidered fleece work jackets & the wide range of options that we can supply. These can all be embroidered with your company logo. Now that’s all well and good, but how do you know what you’re getting for your money? I thought we’d better look a bit further at what we’d recommend for different situations.

Outdoor Work Fleeces – The Choice is as Wide as Cumbria is Long!

In the most popular, full zip option, of fleeces suitable to use as workwear for staff uniforms, we have a wide range. We get them from all the big brands like: Regatta, Result, Fruit of the Loom, Russell Collection & Kustom Kit.

Rg122 in royal

Regatta Thor is a classic example of modern day work fleeces

Our most popular seller amongst the work fleeces is the Regatta Thor fleece; It’s got everything you’d expect:

  • 280gsm fabric,
  • Raglan style sleeves,
  • taped neckline,
  • drawcord hem.

It comes in a good range of colour options & there’s a ladies version as well.  It does just what you’d expect and because Regatta is a brand everyone knows, it’s popular!

As with most of the Regatta range it’s designed to be used as a lining for their range of shell jackets, as a “plug-and-wear” zip in liner, which creates a lot of flexibility.

But would it be my first choice, if I wanted a fleece that was offering protection from the cold & great value for money? What, if anything, is there out of such a wide range that gives you a little bit more?

Grey Result Polartherm work fleeces give extra warmth for similar cost

Result Polartherm: Another great example of today’s modern work fleeces

For the same price you can have the Result Polartherm fleece option. The big difference is you get it in a 330gsm fabric. That’s 17% extra thickness in the fabric for the same money, which has to be a winner when you’re buying a garment to keep you warm? There is a possible downside though. The Polartherm has open front pockets rather than a zipped version which some people do find to be a drawback. Personally it doesn’t affect me, I want to be warm & my hands are in the pockets rather than worrying about having my keys drop out of them! With a wide range of colours this fleece is my recommendation on value for money mixed with product specification. Check it out on the fleece tab of the catalogue!

Looking for even more warmth? Regatta have 2 more great options. The Sigma fleece is a 380gsm fabric garment with a similar specification to the Thor range, however it only comes in 3 colours which can be slightly limiting. There’s also the Asgard fleece which we’ll discuss further later.

Russell Collection 8700F fleece. Stylish women's shape ideal for workwear and embroidery of branding

Russell Collection lady fit work fleece for female staff who want warmth as well as style.

If you’re looking for a lady fit fleece then our suggested alternative to the Thor would have to be Russell Collections outdoor version. There’s not much to choose between them specification wise, The Russell being a 320gsm fabric is the main point. Even the colour ranges are similar, but it’s our belief that it is a nicer looking garment, for the same price in a better weight of fabric.

If you’re someone who prefers a zip neck option to the full zip fleece then the option becomes even more weighted to the Result fleece over the Regatta. In this area you’re choosing a 330gsm fabric over a 250gsm one, that’s over 30% more warmth giving fabric for your money! Again there’s plenty of alternatives from Fruit of the Loom, Russell Collection & Kustom Kit in various colour schemes. As a choice for businesses to use as part of their staff uniform or workwear outfit, they are a great base for turning out embroidered fleeces with your branding.

Work Fleeces Suitable for Businesses Around the North West

Depending on the environment you’re in any of the garments already discussed make perfectly adequate workwear fleeces for most uses, However there’s a couple of alternatives that are well worth looking a little further at.

Regatta RG125 Asgard lined fleece workwear in black. Men's version

Regatta Asgard extra warmth from a lined fleece

As mentioned earlier Regatta have the Asgard which is perfect as an outdoor work fleece where temperature can be a real issue. It’s a lined fleece, quilted with a polyamide lining of “Thermo-Guard” insulation and fitted with a high zip through collar to keep you warm regardless of what the temperature gauge is throwing at you. The only draw back is the fact that it only comes in 2 colours.

 

RTY Workwear fleece. Blue male version

RT50 work fleece in blue

Another one for the workwear fleece market comes from RTY Workwear. The RT50 has some nice features where durability might become an issue. It comes in a 300gsm fabric with all the expected features for work fleeces. As useful extras, you also get a pen pocket to the left sleeve and patches to the elbows as a real durability boost! There are also eyelets at the underarm for a little ventilation when you’re working hard.

Micro Fleeces as Flexible Workwear

Henbury H851 lady fit zipped micro fleece powder blue

Henbury lady’s fit micro fleece: zip front in powder blue

We have a great range of micro fleece and in reality, there’s not a lot to choose between any of them. But for a recommendation we’d go with the Henbury H850 & H851 versions. There’s a fantastic range of colours available which makes it possible to combine these into any workwear package. The unisex version features an extended tail, covering the lower back better than is usual, which is a real plus if you’re taller than average!

What we really like about these as work fleeces, in general, is the way that you get similar fabric weights in a far lighter feel. The density & structure of the pile on the fabric is fantastic & given the choice between a standard outdoor fleece & a micro fleece I’d take the latter every time. They also have the great advantage, that if you’re cold, then using these styles of work fleece for layering up under a jacket for those cold, wet, miserable winter days, feels relatively unfettered.

To discuss any details on our fleece range to you can either give us a call or contact us via our website.

Elite Polo Shirt Gets New Colour-Ways

2014 Elite polo shirt from Papini with new colourwaysPapini Elite Polo Shirt Update

Great news! We’ll shortly be seeing four new colourways in the elite polo shirt range from Papini Clothing:

The Italian styled Elite Polo Collection is the perfect combination – stylish two and three colour-way polo shirts that look bespoke but are available from stock. Perfect for teams, companies and schools.

Papini Polo Product Specs

Manufactured from 210g, 35% cotton & 65% polyester. Featuring rib knit collar and cuffs with twin raised decorative stripes for style & function. Two button placket with white buttons, Open hem with side vents. The fabric is reactive dyed for colour stability.

This will increase the colour range to 27 variations. You can add your own decoration & logos here allowing you to get a full visualisation of how you’ll look.

Take a quick look (15 seconds) at our Elite range video here

Discounts available! The more you buy, The cheaper we’ll make them!

 

Print Production; The dye sublimation route

JS001 T shirt finished with dye sublimation printing for a permanent colour fast design

T shirt with design printed by dye sublimation technique in Cumbria

One of the processes we use for production of printed garments is dye sublimation. This process uses an ink image that is transferred by the use of heat into the fabric of the garment. Sublimation is the process of transforming the solid, dried, ink into a gas. The gas is then infused into the hollow polyester fibres of the garment where it cools and instantly solidifies to form a permanent image.

Traditionally polyester garments have been used primarily in the sports wear markets. Cricket, Rugby, Football, Basketball & Netball teams have used the sublimation route to achieve striking designs for team wear. Club badges, sponsor logos & details & numbers can be incorporated into a fabric which has ideal qualities for comfort & wear as well as visual effect.

Benefits of Dye Sublimation Printing for Garment Decoration

One of the other benefits of sublimation printing for garments is in the production of one-off & short run requirements: Because there are no screens to produce for manufacture it’s possible to take an off the shelf garment, for instance a gym or running T-Shirt or vest & add images as required very economically.

One of the traditional downsides is that garments were 100% polyester. That isn’t always a feel people want. In recent times manufacturers have started using cotton rich garments with a polyester micro coating. This gives the benefit of a cotton feel with the flexibility of sublimation printing. One of the latest is the Russel HD T – here’s a couple of points raised by them.

“There’s a myth that sublimation printing only works on 100% polyester. Not true. Our polycotton HD T is ideal for sublimation print – we’ve tested it and the results speak for themselves.”

One of the other traditional issues was the availability of colours. If you wanted white you were catered for. If you could live with a pastel shade you’d survive! But beyond that there wasn’t much to look at. Back to Russel

“There’s another myth that sublimation only works on white cloth. Not true. White might be best for colour reproduction but it’s not the only option – we offer 3 marl colours and they produce a fashionably muted, retro feel – just what a large chunk of the market demands.” 

Pros and Cons of Dye Sublimation

The issue with colour reproduction is valid; The base colour of the garment will affect the shade of colours added to the garment, White is perfect but, for instance, use a pink shirt & those clouds will be pink! Your yellows will have a peach look to them but if you want a finish which is permanent & won’t peel you’ve just found a perfect solution.