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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.

Joma 2015 Football Kit Range Announced

The new 2015 range of football kit from Joma has just been released & it’s got some great styles & colour ranges to make your team look premier league!

As well as the full range of Football strips there are sections for Basketball, Tennis, Cycling, Volleyball, Training, Athletics & Running including a huge range of tracksuits & associated kit.

The Joma Range of Football Kit

Joma football kit shirt, royal blue & white makes a great soccer shirt with team colours!

Joma match shirt would look good on any Cumbrian football team

But as you’d expect the emphasis here is on the Joma football range. As well as the ever popular Champion 2 & Champion 3 ranges there’s the well established Europa & copa ranges as well as a host of other regulars. Look out for the new Zamora goalkeeper strip which will run alongside the Area 4 option, It’s certainly going to make your keeper stand out in the box!

We can supply full football kits at competitive prices complete with club badge, sponsors logos & shirt numbers as standard. But with Joma we have the ability to guarantee replacement strip availability if a player loses their kit or it’s damaged; In each kit line description there’s a guideline as to how many years that kit is guaranteed to be available in the range for. No more issues with 10 players in one shirt & the 11th having to wear “this seasons new design” as the one you’ve bought has been superceded. Lets be honest, football kit costs and getting at least 2 seasons out of one, especially for kids football teams, is a priority for a lot of clubs!

Football Kit for Cumbria’s Kids Teams

Joma Zamora football kit for the goalkeeper. Very tough green version

Zamora goalkeepers kit

Talking of kids football teams, there’s another huge advantage; They don’t stop growing! So if a couple of players shoot up in size we can supply extra soccer shirts, shorts & socks decorated with the same sponsors details as the originals for you.

Looking like a team isn’t just about being on the pitch. Joma have a huge range of tracksuits, training & leisure wear in both fully coordinated kit lines & coordinated colour schemes to have your football team looking the part before & after the match.

So take a look at the 2015 Joma catalogue & pick your kit for next season. Call us or use the contact form via our website, we’ll be happy to price everything up for you.

Quality Knitwear: Jumpers, Tank tops & Cardigans Are Back in Style!

We have a wide range of quality knitwear designs that we can further customise for you as part of your staff uniform or workwear range. Wherever you are based in Cumbria, the North West or the Borders, you will find many styles and colours of jumper, cardigan and sleeveless jumper in stock. You can use our expertise in embroidery to ensure that you get the ideal knitted garment, embroidered correctly for your needs. The full range of wool, cotton and man made fibre knitted clothing can be seen in our web brochure.

For an instant quote or to talk further about our services, please call us or use the contact form via the website.

The Knitwear Cardigan – A Brief History

K355 cardigan. Quality knitwear in black worn by professional lady.

Ladies cardigan: stylish & professional black!

Knitted cardigans are named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan,  James Brudenell, who wore fur trimmed woollen jackets to keep warm during the Crimean War. After gaining fame for his leadership of the “Charge of the Light Brigade” these humble open fronted woollen vests became something of a fashion staple. The original cardigans were quite different to the stylish knitwear garments we know today. Quite an evolution from the original woollen vests which were worn in the British Isles and France from the 17th century.

Knitwear has always been popular in Ireland and the islands of Scotland, where Aran knitwear designs can be traced back to the 9th Century. Cardigans have traditionally been popular as workwear in Britain, with fishermen and other outdoor workers. The industrial revolution increased the number of cardigans worn at home and at work, with another boost following the famous battle in Crimea. During the 2nd World War, when wool was scarce, the cardigan adopted a shorter tighter design to conserve the precious resource, almost accidentally producing a very shapely garment for the ladies! Marilyn Monroe famously posed in a cardigan in her last photo-shoot, and today it is a very versatile item of quality knitwear fashion, popping up in a surprising variety of work and leisure settings.

Quality Knitwear Brands for the Workplace

Sols 10591: Men's short sleeve knitted tank top in grey. A quality piece of work knitwear.

Men’s short sleeve knitted tank top in grey

Stitch & Print can supply you with some of the best brands from quality knitwear manufacturers with the pedigree of; Balmoral, Henbury, RTY, Kustom Kit, Premier & Russell Collection knitted garments. We always aim to make sure you can buy the smartest knitwear online or in our Wigton shop from the best knitwear manufacturers in the work clothing market in Europe. These knitwear brands pride themselves on innovative knitwear design and fabric development. We carry this through with our branding and finishing embroidery to complement the quality of our range of knitwear items.

Stylish Knitwear Options for Cumbria’s Workplaces

Russell 710M men's sweater in black

Russell men’s sweater. Many more classic knitwear designs available

We stock a series of smart knitwear garments in different styles suitable for a number of purposes including workwear that would look completely at home in the offices of Vickers in Barrow, through to a  school uniform Independent schools around Carlisle. For a more casual fashionable look you could opt for a V-neck pullover, which has a sophisticated blend of cotton & polyamide  to create a lightweight knitted and fitted garment that keeps its shape!

We know that size does matter, and we stock knitwear in men’s sizes from XXS to 4XL, and women’s sizes from 6 to 22.

RT22 men's military sweater navy blue. Outdoor knitwear designs for forces or security work.

Military style men’s sweater in navy blue.


Stitch & Print can add your company branding to the huge range of smart and durable knitted jumpers and cardigans which are particularly suited to the working environment. RTY have a selection of sweaters ideal for this purpose, including the Nato Style V-neck. This acrylic sweater has tear and release fastened epaulettes on the shoulders, elbow patches and a pen pocket on the left sleeve. This example of outdoor knitwear is made from a blend of polyester, cotton and acrylic, and would be ideal for security applications.

To look at the range & see how things will look with your logo, embroidered on your choice of quality knitwear, visit the website.

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.

Workwear Fleece: A Growing Trend in the UK

Regatta RG122 Men's & RG123 Women's Outdoor fleece in Dark Green & Blue.

Regatta are a well known brand providing a massive range of fleece options, suitable for leisure and for work.

If you need some workwear fleece in various different styles and colours, for your staff uniforms or work outfits, then talk to us! Our wide range will enable you to choose one that is exactly right for your business or your leisure time. We can produce a perfectly branded custom fleece from any of the basic fleece garments in our catalogue. Our embroidery and printing services can add company branding, your sports club badge or  something completely personal and one off as a special gift! Whatever the purpose Stitch & Print can help. The full range leisure and workwear fleeces can be seen in our online brochure.

To get a quote, or for more information on our fleeces, either give us a call or contact us via our website.

The Fleece – A Brief History

Fleeces are a relatively modern garment in comparison to some of the others we stock, such as t-shirts and blouses. Thick garments or many layers have been traditionally used to keep warm, often made of wool or cotton. The next big leap forward in warm wear came from the outdoor adventure world. In 1981 the Polartec fleece was invented, as a result of climber’s venturing out on high peaks! They desperately need warm clothing that didn’t hold onto moisture from sweat or bad weather. This ability to dry quickly had a profound effect; changing the way we dress in cold weather for ever: across a great swathe of human leisure and commercial activity.

Fleece is soft, very lightweight, quick to dry, and most importantly it provides twice the insulation of merino wool and even more compared to cotton. For this reason fleeces are now widely used by explorers, athletes, military and in the workplace. Time Magazine even named the original Polartec fleece ‘One of the hundred greatest things of the 20th century’.

The Multi-Purpose Workwear Fleece

The range of fleeces at Stitch & Print is so wide that you can be sure you’ll find the right one for your business. There’s a range of outdoor fleece in a wide range of colours & sizes. The Regatta “Thor” fleece & the Result “Polartherm” are ideal for everyday use. if you need an embroidered fleece to carry your branding, they are a perfect starting point!

RTY Workwear's RT50 a zipped workwear fleece in dark blue

The RT50 workwear fleece in dark blue

RTY Workwear have a range of workwear fleece designed specifically for commercial and industrial environments. They come in a standard range of colours as well as high-vis options.

Regatta also have the “Asgard” lined fleece for added protection in cold weather.

For team wear & club wear we stock a range of fleece in contrast colourways which are ideal for reinforcement of your clubs image. Part of this range, the Gamegear Formula Racing range is aimed specifically at the Motor Sports market and their colourways are designed around that.

The Many Styles of the Working Fleece!

We have already touched on some of the great fleeces stocked by Stitch & Print, but we have plenty more styles & design options available.

RS33 zip neck fleece in black by Russell

Zip neck mens work fleece

As well as full zip fleece versions, many of the styles come in half zip options as well. Zip neck versions are great in micro fleece options where are required for layering up for a day in the cold rather than working on the convenience of the quick on & off of a full zip option. We have open cuff as well as elasticated cuff options which help keep the heat in, making these fleece even more suitable for those colder days!

Another variant on the standard style of workwear fleece is the reversible fleece jacket. This clever addition to the family offers one side in a standard fleece but the other is a super practical waterproof coating. A perfect garment for creating your business’ own custom fleece for your staff to cope comfortably with the changeable days we have in the UK.

Regatta RG182 fleece bodywarmer, black mens

Regatta fleece bodywarmer in black

Added in to all of these options are fleece bodywarmers, in a range of standard colours and also an enhanced visibility option. Like the wider range of fleece these are available in both unisex & ladies specific fit options.



Big UK Fleece Brands, Need Cumbria’s Most Expert Customisation – Call Us!

The Stitch & Print fleece range includes big brand names such as Regatta, Fruit of the Loom, Result, Premier and Craghoppers, to name a few. We pride ourselves on stocking a range of quality products, so that you are left feeling happy with your order.

Our team of in-house experts are ready and waiting to create your custom embroidered fleece to the high standards we know you expect.