Wimbledon – A Quintessentially British Event

Whether you’re an avid follower of tennis or not, pretty much everyone will have heard of Wimbledon. The much anticipated three weeks dominates all of the UK’s media, including the BBC. It also welcomes the return of Clare Balding and Sue Barker to our screens, gracing us with their wit and charm and by the end of the event, we’re all praying for good weather for them!

Founded in 1877, the sporting event has grown to become a staple event in the UK, which is thanks to its evergrowing popularity in Britain and around the world. Attendees have to be very quick with trying to grab a golden ticket for any of the matches. However, ticket prices for games on Centre Court are unthinkable to most, and this usually means that many people will make their way up to what is famously called “Henman Hill” to try and find a spot to watch all of the action from there.

This year, the total prize fund is a huge £31.6m, with the winner of the men’s and women’s singles taking home £2.2m each! What’s great about Wimbledon, is that even if you lose in the first round, you’ll still take home some sort of prize, this year they’ll be taking home £35,000. This has trebled since 2011, when first round losers would win £11,500. That has made everyone in our office want to become a professional tennis player!

What makes Wimbledon stand out from every other sporting event is somehow, it appeals to absolutely everyone. It brings people together and they all get into the competitive spirit, supporting our athletes and also players from around the world. It’s a fantastic day out for the family, for you and your friends, it’s also great to go with your partner. You can even go and watch on your own and chat with other people there.

When a lot of people think of Wimbledon, the first thing they think of is a big, ice cold jug of Pimms with some fresh strawberries and cream. That’s what makes Wimbledon so quintessentially British. It’s sophisticated, it has delicious food and drink and it turns a sporting event into a tradition for the whole country. For most people, it’s the official start of summer and some will even adopt the Wimbledon diet for the next few months – as long as the weather is good enough for it!

Here at Workwear Giant, we’ve had the pleasure of embroidering some of the Wimbledon uniforms and we’re really pleased with how they’ve turned out. From the initial order, to the design of the world-famous logo, to the production on our embroidery machines, we’ve made sure to put love and care into every stitch. Just like each order we receive every day!

 

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Tennis Wear

If you feel inspired whilst watching Wimbledon and want to try your hand at the sport, or if you’re a club looking for uniforms, we’ve got the perfect attire for you!

For women we’ve picked:

  • The Sprio ladies skort, which is perfect for playing tennis. They’re fast drying, lightweight and breathable with integral sport pants. They have a flat elastic waistband, contrast fit panels and a hem vent for maximum comfort.
  • The Result Herringbone Sun Visor. If the sun is shining, the last thing you want is the sun shining in your eyes when your opponent is hurling a ball towards you at 50+ mph! It’s easily adjustable so it’ll fit you perfectly. There’s also a towel backing on the front so it’ll catch and absorb all of your sweat.
  • The Kustom Kit contrast polo. It comes in several different colours, and is also available in the famous “tennis white”, so your kit will all be matching. Having the contrast means that you’ll have a hint of colour too!

For men we’ve chosen:

  • The AWDis mesh lined shorts. These shorts are perfect for tennis because they’re specifically designed for keeping you cool in the hot weather and when you’re out in the sun. They even have a small side pocket for you to keep your keys in, meaning you’ll be able to keep everything safe while you play.
  • The Adidas performance cap. Like the visor, this Adidas cap will keep you protected from the shining sun and will absorb your sweat as it has a moisture wicking headband.
  • The Henbury contrast polo. Again, we’ve chosen a contrast polo because it’s nice to have a subtle hint of colour when you’re wearing all white. It’ll help you stand out a little bit and feel a bit more unique against your opponents!

All of these items can be personalised, so make sure you speak to our sales team if this is something you’d be interested in.

Odds

At the time of writing, Roger Federer was the bookies favourite to win Wimbledon. It would be his first win since he took the title in 2012, before he suffered from his injuries.

Here are the odds for the winners of the men’s and women’s singles, taken from oddschecker.

Men’s singles

Roger Federer – 9/4

Andy Murray – 7/2

Rafael Nadal – 9/2

Novak Djokovic – 6/1

Women’s singles

Petra Kvitová – 5/1

Karolína Plíšková – 11/2

Johanna Konta – 12/1

Garbiñe Muguruza – 14/1

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfil your needs. If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420

Festival Fashion and Necessities

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With Festival season now in full swing, the question on all festival goers minds is “what do I wear?”

Here at Workwear Giant, we want to break down our festival “must-haves”, whether you’re a ticket-holder or a food stall owner, we’ve got you covered!

Ticket holders

The first item, which we think are a staple at any festival are wellies, you definitely want to make sure you have comfortable ones that will last the whole festival as most of the time, you’ll find yourself living in them! This is especially true if any of you lucky readers are off to Glastonbury, from our experience if it rains heavily, even for a few hours, you’re bound to experience mud at some point.

Speaking of rain and mud, another really handy thing to take is a light rain jacket. Most of the best festivals are on in the summer, so you’re going to want a jacket that will keep you dry, suitably warm and will be comfortable. Most of the time, a pac-a-mac is suitable for festivals. However, with British weather being so unpredictable, we would recommend going for something a bit better. Our pick is the RG601, the Regatta Standout Waterproof Jacket. It comes in 13 colours and sizes up to an XXL. There is also a ladies version, the RG611 and that also comes in 12 colours with sizes going from a 10 to a 20.

Often, we’ve found the most overlooked item to take to a festival is a waterbottle. Obviously, many drinks are available at festivals, but when you’re on the last day and you’re getting sick of paying £2 for a bottle of water, you’ll wish you had brought your own. Workwear Giant offer this great waterbottle the QD440, which starts at just £2.47, it’s easily refillable and very easy to clean. It comes in 4 different colours and even has a carabiner clip on it, so you can carry it around with no troubles!

Next up is a hoodie. It’s all well and good if the weather is beautiful during the day, but the chances are that at night, the temperature will drop and you’ll find yourself shivering, even when you get into the tent! Our choice is the AWDis SupaSoft Hoodie JH002, it’s great because it comes in a choice of 9 colours and sizes that go up from an XS to an XXL, which means we’ll be able to accommodate for almost everyone. They’re really easy to just tie around your waist during the day, they even make for really great pillows at night if you’ve forgotten one or need to prop your head up when you sleep.

Our final recommendation for you lucky ticket holders is a bumbag. There is honestly nothing worse than trying to hold food, hold a drink, dance and then to have to carry a bag all at the same time. Having a bumbag takes away these worries! Of course, having a backpack is fine as well, but some festival’s security measures are now trying to get people to avoid taking backpacks. It can also be quite hard to weave through a crowd with a backpack on without hitting everyone you squeeze past! We recommend the BG42 Bag Base Belt Bag, it’s got a 2.5L capacity, with just one large main pocket. It’ll be great for keeping all of your valuables safe and sound and it comes in 10 colours.

Food Stall Owners

If you own a food stall at a festival, then you’ll know that the competition is tough. With the rise of gluten-free eating and street food in the UK, the liklihood is that selling a standard burger at a festival just isn’t enough anymore. Glastonbury is a gold-mine for food stalls, from buddha bowls, to halloumi cones to fish curry. That festival has absolutely everything to offer. Sadly though, for food stall owners, it means you have to stand out from the rest and then let the food do the talking.

Wearing uniform can be one way to do this, and it could be a lot cheaper than you think! Even just picking up a few t-shirts for the people at the FOH who serve the customers, adding your logo or a customised slogan for the festival you’re at can get people talking about you and your brand. We would definitely recommend picking up some t-shirts and maybe even a jumper or two. The main thing is comfort while you work.

For the t-shirts, we would recommend a GD01, it’s a very versatile t-shirt that goes up to a 3XL in selected colours. It is also available in 35 colours, so you know you’ll be able to find something that fits in with the rest of your brand. For the jumper, we would recommend the JH030, again, it’s a rather inexpensive jumper that comes in 37 colours and some of them going up to a 3XL. Our printing prices start from just £2.85 so it’s a bargain and will help your business stand out from the crowd!

The most important thing though, is to have a great time, stay safe and do as much as you possibly can in the time that you’re there. If you’re off to a festival this year, then from everyone here at Workwear Giant, we hope you have a lovely time!

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfill your needs.If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420

Huge Brands Commit To Using Sustainable Cotton By 2025

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At the end of May, thirteen of the World’s biggest brands in fashion and sportswear committed to using sustainable cotton by 2025.

The news came about after a high-level meeting was held and organised by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) in collaboration with Marks and Spencers and The Soil Association. HRH The Prince of Wales was in attendance and the meeting resulted in brands such as ASOS, H&M, Nike, Levi Strauss & Co, IKEA and more, signing up to the Sustainable Cotton Communique.

What is particularly alarming about the cotton usage at the moment is that, year on year these companies use more than 300,000 tonnes of cotton. Last year, over 3 million tonnes of more sustainable cotton was produced, but companies actively sourced less than one fifth of this number.

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Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, said in a statement on the Soil website: “The Soil Association warmly welcomes the commitment of these companies to mvoe to 100% sourcing of sustainable cotton by 2025. This is a significant moment and a demancing commitment to achieve existing standards – organic, Fairtrade, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Cotton Made in Africs and certified recycled cotton.

“While each of these standards delivery different outcomes, together, they form a strong foundation for improving cotton’s social and enviromental sustainability across the industry. Many of the comopanies supporting the initiative have a considerable way to go, while others have already achieved the commitment. Blazing the sustainable cotton train is Greenfibres, which has produced 100% organic cotton products for two decades.

“Switching to organic cotton supports a way of farming that directly benefits both the local and global environment. Organic cotton farming has been proven to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use and virtually eliminate the use of pesticides. Organic cotton farmers grow a variety of crops to minimise pests and diseases and to maintain healthy soils, which means farmers have the additional benefit of a more secure livelihood, and secure access to food. The FAO estimated that nearly 100 million rurual families directly depend of cotton production and a move to production sustainable cotton will  help change the lives of these families for the better.”

Here at Workwear Giant, we currently do offer a range of organic cotton products, which you can find here. Hopefully our brands will take this organic approach to cotton at some point as well but at this time we cannot comment on behalf of them.

GSM – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

GSM, you may have heard the term when you’re looking for your garments. But what does it mean?

GSM stands for grams per square metre, in basic terms, it is the weight of a fabric. Although the acronym says grams, generally, items are marked in ounces and ounces are measured in square yards. For all of you metric users out there, it’s worth noting that 1 ounce is about 28 grams!

Some manufacturers will show, for example, a t-shirt as 5.5oz and some will show it as 186gsm. This essentially means exactly the same thing. There’s a really easy way to work out the conversion from one or the other, it just involves doing this sum, I’ll use the example of the T-Shirt:

5.5oz x 33.906 = 186.48 (GSM)

186 / 33.906 = 5.49 (oz)

So you can work out whichever kind of weight you’d like by, just remember if you’re working out GSM, times the imperial weight by 33.906 and if you’re working out the imperial weight, divide the GSM by 33.906.

A question we got a lot here at Workwear Giant is, which GSM is best for what I need?

Well, it definitely varies for each garment but once you kind of  understand, then it’ll be easier to work it out. In most cases, you can assume that the GSM will equate to the thickness of the fabric and the higher the GSM, the heavier the fabric.

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If you’re looking for a heavyweight t-shirt, that’s suitable for every day wear, then you’ll be looking for a t-shirt that’s around 180-200GSM.

A good quality lightweight summer tee is usually between 130-150GSM. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cheap promo t-shirt that will probably only be worn once, then the GSM will be between 100-110.

Hoodies and warmer iteam are usually a bit higher.

A thick, winter hoodie is typically between 300-400GSM, this means it’ll be really thick and warm.

A hoodie that can be worn all year round is between 250-300GSM.

A summer hoodie is typically 200-250GSM.

Here at Workwear Giant, some of our products have the GSM listed, but if they don’t then we’ll definitely be able to find out very easily for you. Just drop us an email and we’ll get it sorted for you.

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfill your needs.If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420

Sportswear Leggings of the Week!

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If you’re big into fitness, then you’ll love Workwear Giant’s product of the week! This week, we’re talking about sportswear. We’ve chosen some great sports leggings for women, they’re perfect if you’re doing yoga, going for a run or playing any kind of sport this summer.

We’ve chosen the AWDis Just Cool Girlie Capris. They are 3/4 length, so you’ll be able to keep cool while you work out. They’re also great if you enjoy training outside because not only will you be keeping cool, but you’ll also be protected against the sun. They have a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 30+, which is very good. This means that 96% – 97% of UV radiation will be blocked, meaning your skin will be safe in the heat.

These leggings have an elasticated, smooth waistband. This is really handy because it means the leggings will be able to fit your body really well, it also means they have quite a bit of room and will stretch, keeping you comfortable while you train!

The sizes on this product is quite varied, ranging from XS (6)XL (16). However, because of the elasticated waistband, if you’re a size up from the largest size, these leggings may be fine for you. The best thing to do is to make sure you order a sample, if you’re planning on having these personalised. If not, you’re more than welcome to return them up to 14 days after they’ve been delivered to you.

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The AWDis Capris come in a range of colours, meaning you can either match them with your outfit, or if you have a preffered colour, we’ll be able to find something for you. This is also really handy if you’re part of a sports team and want all of your team to match. The leggings come in grey, black and hot pink, black and purple, black and electric blue or just plain black.

One of our favourite features of this performance wear piece is that it has a hidden inner key pocket, so you can go out without having to worry about your keys getting in the way, it’ll also give you peace of mind to know that they’re safely put away.

You can get these leggings for just £14.94 for one. If you’re buying in bulk, then for 6 or more, it’ll be £13.90 each, 8 or more will be £12.16 each. For orders of over 100, they’ll be just £10.08 each!

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfill your needs.

If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420

Race For Life Runners Bundle – 5 T-Shirts for £15!

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Are you one of the thousands of women who take part in the Race for Life events across the country? Have you registered this year and looking for some personalised t-shirts for the big day? Workwear Giant has the perfect bundle for you!

To show our support for Cancer Research, we’re offering this amazing deal while stocks last.  We’re giving you 5 PINK t-shirts for just £15. In addition to this, we’re going to print who you’re running for on the back of your t-shirts.

We’re also going to print a cancer research ribbon on the front of the t-shirt for you to show our support.

This offer includes free delivery and includes VAT. The final price you will have to pay is £15, which works out as £3 per shirt.

Our bundle is perfect for small groups who want to personalise their t-shirts and make the day extra special.

The t-shirt we’re offering goes up to XXL, so we’ll be able to accomodate almost everyone.

This is a one time only special offer and we only have a total of 50 bundles to give away, so make sure you get in there fast and secure this incredible deal. 

To order, just call one of our fantastic sales team on 01189 120 420 and they’ll get this set up for you.

Just make sure you know in advance the name of the person you’re running for. Then mention this to them when you’re ordering, we’ll sort out the rest!

Please note, this bundle is limited to one per customer.

It’s also important to keep in mind that our standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days.

If you did need your order sooner, then just let one of the sales team know. We’ll do our best to shuffle around our schedule, but if you need it within 5 business days, you may have to pay a £25 express fee.

Good luck!

Bag of the Week!

If you’re going travelling anywhere this Summer then you’ll love this week’s product of the week! We’ve chosen the Quadra SLX 60 litre haul bag. It has loads of really cool features that’ll make your travels convenient and carrying your luggage a breeze!

You won’t have any fear with fitting all of your stuff in this travel bag. It has a huge 60 litre capacity, which is perfect if you’re spending a few weeks away in the mountains, or if you’re heading off to a festival this summer.

It couldn’t be easier to re-brand this bag as it has a tearaway label. This means, not only can you add your own logo for a personalised touch, but you can also mask any other branding and really make this your own.

Not only is it waterproof, it’s also specially designed to be water repellent, meaning the rain drops will simply fall off of the bag, keeping all of your personal items safe and dry from extreme weather.

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A couple of our favourite features is the main zip for entry into the bag, instead of opening at the top, like usual backpacks, the zip is in a D shape on the front of the bag. This is really handy because it means that you won’t be rooting around in your bag trying to find something, as you’ll be able to see it really easily. This also means that you know your clothes will always be safe because if you’re using the bag as a backpack, the zip will be close to your body!

The second amazing feature is this bag can either be a holdall or a backpack. The straps are convertible, meaning it can be can be carried by hand or over both shoulders, which is perfect for when you’re out and about!

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfill your needs.

If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420

Private Schools In England Consider Gender Neutral Uniform

It has been reported that at least 120 schools are now offering pupils a gender neutral uniform policy. This is currently predominant in primary schools, rather than secondary schools, but now a leading private school in North London is considering the change as well.

Currently, throughout most schools in the UK, girls are required to wear a blazer with a shirt, and then have a choice as to whether they want to wear a skirt or trousers. Boys are told to wear a blazer and trousers. The new move will give boys the option to wear skirts as well, which will in-turn provide pupils with a gender neutral uniform. The change comes as more and more pupils are questioning their identity, with 1% of the population experiencing gender identity issues. Now, schools are being put under pressure as to what they will do to accommodate this.

Some schools and universities have already opted to offer gender neutral lavatories for pupils at their establishments to take a more binary approach to the way they educate pupils, but there is still a long way to go. Adam Pettitt, the headmaster of Highgate School, who are adopting the new policy, told the Sunday Times that they were asking the students what they should call the uniforms, if it should just be uniform one and uniform two. Not only that, but they are also considering referring to all of their students as pupils, rather than boys and girls.

Although this change is significant for the private school sector, other schools around the country have been making these changes unobtrusively, implementing similar policies whilst not drawing attention to themselves. These schools have been drawing the money from the £4.4m government fund to try and tackle homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying with the support from a number of LGBT+ charities.

Here at Workwear Giant, we can’t help but wonder if this binary approach to working will make its way over to workwear, and if companies will offer their employees gender neutral uniforms and allow staff to wear clothes they are comfortable in. You can view some of our unisex business clothing here

Cap of the Week!

With Summer just around the corner and the weather getting better every day, it’s about time to dig out our summer wardrobes. Here at Workwear Giant, we have been thinking about the summer essentials and one thing we came up with was a cap. We think they’re really underrated and definitely not worn enough during summer. They’re perfect for keeping the sun out of your face and off of your head!

Personalised caps are also really great for your company. They’re specifically good for summer events, if you are holding an event in the summer, with your whole company present and you want to make sure that everyone is looking really smart, then we definitely think you should consider getting a personalised cap. They’re really easy to embroider and print on, we can place your logo pretty much anywhere on the cap whether it be the front, back or the side. Also, because our caps come in a wide range of colours, we can usually match the cap colour to the rest of your uniform, meaning your employees will be safe in the sun, looking smart while being comfortable.

This week, we’ve chosen Result’s 5 panel cap as our product of the week!

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It comes in 16 colours, so we can find a cap that’s perfect for your company or event. It also has a Velcro strap at the back of the hat, which means that you can adjust the size to make sure it fits you and your employees perfectly. The ventilation holes are embroidered, so you can keep your head cool and have the holes match the hat colour and be very subtle. There’s even a seamless front panel, which is curved to give you maximum protection from the sun.

This cap is a really great price too, starting from just £1.31 when you order over 100 of them, £1.58 when you order over 18, £1.80 when you order between 6 and 18 or £1.94 if you order between 1-6. Embroidering your cap really couldn’t be easier! Just add it to your basket, checkout and then one of our experienced sales team will be in touch with the embroidery or print process. Of course, you can order these caps plain too!

At Workwear Giant, we pride ourselves on a fast and secure delivery, every time. We do all of the work in-house, using our state-of-the-art equipment, this means we will be able to meet your requirements and deadlines on time. If you need your personalised clothing as soon as possible, then make sure to tell our sales team when placing your order, we often work miracles and can usually shuffle our production schedule to fulfill your needs.

If you want any more information or are interested about ordering our fantastic pick of the week, then drop our sales team an email at sales@topembroidery.co.uk or give us a call on 0118 9120 420