About 6 months ago, Liz from the design team came upstairs to the office to show us a new prototype apron she had made from striped navy and white denim with red straps. I jumped up in excitement because I immediately fell in love with it. I’m always one for a stripe, especially one that gives a nautical feel. This, along with a pop of colour from the red strap had me completely smitten!
Liz, seeing my excitement, offered to let me try it on and once I was strapped into it. I realised that although I loved the look, the actual brilliance of this apron is the cross back which makes it fit like a glove. I never really appreciated that the cross back, as well as creating a stylish look, is a fantastic way to make a standard apron fit all sizes of people. The cross back allows the straps to shorten and lengthen at the neck which means all heights are catered for, this also applies to the width which accommodates all body shapes and most importantly makes it really comfortable to wear, almost like a dress.
For restaurants, cafes and hotels with a number of staff, cross back aprons are definitely the way to go to suit everyone.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing a product design and knowing it can be brought to life. We gets lots of enquiries here at Impact Trading for garments such as Pantone colour matched t-shirts or polo shirts with contrast collars and buttons. Our job is to take your ideas and basic sketches and make them into a reality.
Using the highest quality fabrics we offer options of customisation and embellishments that really reflect your brand. Our aim is to produce something truly unique and exclusive to you; and let’s face it, it’s all in the detail, the smallest thing can make the biggest difference. The button, the placket, the collar, the piping, even the little neck label with your company logo. These can all be produced in your company colours, or maybe even a contrast colour to make them really pop!
Our fabrics include all the usual cottons and poly-cottons but more wonderfully and very recently, organic cotton, a fabric choice we are very proud to offer!
All the fabrics available can be dyed to your choice of Pantone colour and receiving your little lab dip fabric swatch in the post is always an exciting moment.
We do our best here to make things simple and as quick as possible for you without compromising on quality. We manufacture in Europe in around 8-10 weeks and we keep in touch throughout the process, so if you are looking to enhance your company image then bespoke manufacture might just be the route for you.
A recent chat in the office revealed why the staff thought Impact Trading was special and unique and why customers choose us over other companies. There were all sorts of obvious reasons like, speed of service, quality, and competitive prices. Then we came to customer service which was something they all agreed that they were passionate about.
Our staff were all confident that they gave customers excellent service but actually it was much more than that. They felt that many of their customers are like friends and family (in fact some of them are!)
An email or call is always a joy because it’s either a previous customer with a familiar name, full of news or a new customer that brings a new challenge and is the start of a whole new relationship.
Our company is all about people –
Our staff with an amazing array of skills and personalities Our long lasting suppliers with which we have built great relationships Our manufacturing partners who often feel like they are actually in the business with us and of course……
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]
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