If you are looking for something really unique that makes your brand stand out, apron straps are a great way to make an impression. At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we are constantly developing new styles with different fabrics and material and colours to fit with our customer’s branding and to create inspiration for new customers.
Customers can choose stock webbing that’s plain or striped, to completely bespoke webbing that can be printed with a particular image or design. You can even have bespoke webbing that is woven in your brand colours. If webbing isn’t your cup of tea you can have self-fabric straps, which are made from the same fabric as the apron, or a completely different colour or type of fabric to add a little bit of texture or contrast.
Some more unusual options are leather straps which are often made detachable so that they can be removed when washing the apron. If you like the look of leather but need it to be more practical and washable, a faux suede can be used instead which gives you the industrial look. Extra little details include choices from a range of neck sliders, both metal and plastic and adding contrast stitching, bar tacks, studs or poppers.
As well as a choice of interesting fabrics and materials for your apron and straps, you can also choose the style of straps and apron you want. Standard bib aprons either with or without adjustable straps are a very popular choice, but cross back straps, waist aprons or a completely bespoke design are also available for you to choose from.
Larger companies and organisations often come to us looking for sets of work wear that match but can be altered slightly to represent different departments or teams within the organisation.
One of the options we can offer, are garments which are the same style and design but come in a range of colours.
If a customer is looking for a more subtle difference then we can provide clothing which has the option of coloured accessories, such as zip pulls, hoodie draw cords and buttons. This is a subtle change which can make a garment easily customised, fit in with branding colours and define different sections within an organisation.
Embroidered logos, branding, slogans on clothing and accessories are absolutely everywhere. It’s only when I started working at Impact Trading I noticed just how much of it was around. Adding a logo to your uniform for your company or organisation is important because it’s a form of brand identity and advertising. It also helps businesses to keep track of their uniforms within the business as staff change.
At Impact Trading we have over 25 years of experience of embroidering garments and gained a great reputation for a high standard of embroidery. The production team showed me how they use a special soluble film on garments that have a particularly loose weave, such as knitted beanie hats, pique polo shirts or other loose knit fabrics. This film sits on top of the fabric and the embroidery runs through it. Once the embroidery is complete, the film is steamed off and the logo is revealed.
One of the unique services we offer is that once an order is
placed, the logo is set up and we then run a sample which is sent out to the
customer to approve. This means they can
see the colours, size and quality of the embroidery before we go into
production. Any adjustments can be made
at that point which means that the customer is getting exactly what they are
We have recently had the honour of working with Maggie from the Michelin star restaurant, The Waterside Inn, in Bray which is run by chef patron Alain Roux.
They were looking for a bespoke, made in Britain apron to sell in the restaurant gift shop and came to Impact Trading with a strong idea of what they wanted. Katt from our design team began transforming the sketch they sent to us full of bespoke ideas, into a reality.
Every component and detail was thought out, sampled and put together. The apron includes woven labels, printed logo, webbing and a beautifully embroidered motto “Taste, season, taste again”. The navy Pantone colour has been matched throughout, and coordinates perfectly with pastel blue of the apron.
Michel, Alain and Maggie were delighted with the results so the Roux apron went into production here at Impact Trading which is based on the edge of Milton Keynes on beautiful Rose Lane Farm.
The team at Impact Trading loved working on these aprons as they had unique features, such as the embroidery which is much wider than anything we would normally embroider. The aprons also had a many elements which required precise detail, for example the top stitching for the pen pocket within the larger pocket.
These bespoke aprons made by Impact Trading in Britain are available to buy from the Waterside Inn online shop here
Last year we were lucky enough to provide uniform for a company call the Bubble Bros. Ben and Joe started their venture in 2015 when they converted a 3 wheeled Piaggio into a Prosecco van which you can hire for events.
From there on they have expanded by adding more vintage vehicles to the fleet. The Impact Trading team just loved the style of the logo and branding of this company, not to mention the thought of Prosecco!
The jackets the Bubble Bros chose are traditional utilitarian style welding jackets. This style of jacket was around the 1920’s -1950’s in engineering industries such as the railway and steel industries. These jackets are a perfect fit for the Bubble Bros vintage style and we all agree they look absolutely brilliant in them.
To buy a bubble brother’s jacket from their website just click here
For a long time hospitality wear has remained very stagnant, traditional black trousers and skirts, white shirts and blouses were the simple, go to outfit.
I remember as a student I worked as a waitress casually for a catering company and also in a cafe and restaurant, for each job it was a staple items in my wardrobe. For employers it was an easy uniform option, something that staff would already have or could easily get.
In the last few years at Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we have a noticed a big change, both in office wear and hospitality uniform. Office wear has started to move away from suits and ties to smart trouser and open collar shirts. Dress down Friday is becoming common place in many offices and branding and web agencies actively encourage relaxed and individual clothing in order to create an inspirational environment.
Hoteliers and restaurateurs have also started to realise that uniform plays a significant part in the overall branding and is an important part of the experience for customers.
At the moment we are noticing a huge trend towards an
industrial feel in restaurants and hotels. Lots of hard surfaces in different textures
such at concrete, wood and metal. The uniforms
reflect the industrial revolution era with braces, flat caps, waistcoats which then
have a modern twist of jeans and chinos to go with them.
Hard wearing fabrics such as canvas, denim and leather feature
heavily within this look.
This break away from the conservative traditions of black and white means that staff uniforms and venues can really stand out from the crowd and provide customers with a completely immersive experience.
For more information on branded uniform and bespoke aprons please call Impact Trading on 01908 511395 or email [email protected]
Fairtrade fortnight is run for two weeks each year when campaigners, businesses, schools and groups show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food, crops and manufacture our clothes in developing countries, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.
I have been working for Impact Trading and Cotton Roots for just over a year and right from the start; in fact a long time before I started I knew what they did.
They supply uniform, print, embroidery and also bespoke garments including aprons. Yes, that’s right!
But what I didn’t know is all the other little things they do that make this place quite unique. In fact when I started asking the team all the ways they reuse, recycle and try to reduce, it had become so normal for them that they were struggling to even think of them.
Katt and Liz save all their fabric scraps and at the same time Karen, Ros and Kelly save the middle of the thread roles, all this is donated to local schools and groups for arts and crafts, while courier bags are used by one of our suppliers to separate stock which drives us slightly crazy, they are completely unused so we donate them to local friends and businesses.
Karen revealed today that metal collar clips that come off
some of the dress shirts work perfectly as paperclips and cardboard inserts are
kept to put at the top of packed boxes before they are sealed, this keeps the
garments are protected when the box is opened.
All the boxes that come into warehouse are reused and we
don’t stop there! We are currently talking to suppliers about reducing
packaging on orders we receive and Tina and her team in the office are
encouraging customers to select the no plastic packing option or at the very
least, multi bagging which means we are constantly reducing our plastic usage.
As you would expect we also recycle everything that we can’t
reuse and we are constantly looking for more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle
which includes the development of biodegradable box bags which we hope to be introducing
We are hearing on the ‘grape vine’ that the varsity jacket is making a come back. Our jackets have always been popular and are the perfect garment for embroidering. They come in a range of colours and sizes and are particularly good for sport, school and dance groups.
We can thank the Americans for introducing us to the varsity jacket. This casual wear staple was born in the glittering sports halls of Harvard University. In the 1950’s the newly invented TV beamed the ideal of the American Dream, the varsity jacket came to symbolise the uniform of the sporty teenager. Now its having a resurgence.
The style is neat, simple and with the distinctive contrast ribbing. It combines the structure of a jacket with the ease of a cardigan, making it ideal for leisure wear. Girls love the look too and from an early stage the jacket became a unisex look. The effect is upbeat with a 50’s retro feel and perfect for team branding!