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6-Step Checklist To Choose Perfect Aprons For Your Hospitality OR BeautyUniforms

Gone are the days when aprons were a functional garment purposed with keeping our uniforms stain free. In hospitality, beauty other related industries your Aprons are now the critical component of your uniform. I’m going to show you how to decide on the perfect apron for your needs, and let you in on the one little secret that can save you money and make the logo on your uniforms pop like you wouldn’t believe.

G’ day Brand Builders. Guy here from Payless Promotions – With another tip to strengthen your brand.

You own or manage a hospitality, or beauty business, and you want new aprons for your uniforms. So how do you decide? I have six checklist items you need to tick to ensure you have the best apron for your needs, plus one bonus tip to make your logo zing!

I will be using our website PaylessPromotions.com.au to show you through these steps, but they apply to any uniform supplier and any good website.

Checklist Item 1 – Special requirements

Beggars can’t be choosers, so let’s get a few things out of the way that is going to limit your options significantly. If you want your aprons delivered super quick, you want a particular brand, or you need your aprons to be an unusual colour then specify this to your supplier, or enter it into their website filters.

If you are on our website, these options are shown in the filters in the filters on the left-hand side, but you only have to mention it to your supplier or enter it into their site to ensure you are only shopping items that can meet your requirements.

Checklist Item 2 – Apron Length

Your first decision is what length apron you prefer. There is no hard and fast rule to guide you on this, and these days this is often based as much on look as it is on functionality.

From a functionality point of view, take into consideration what you are protecting your clothing from, for example, are you stopping the rest of your uniform from becoming wet, or from unremovable stains?

Next, think about how much coverage you need. Are you protecting from spills, that is just as likely to occur on your shirt as your pants? Or do you just need something to wipe your hands clean?

From a fashion and branding perspective consider what you are covering and how will the different lengths available work with the rest of your uniform. If you are already invested heavily in shirts with your company logo, then you may not want to cover them with a full-length apron? Alternatively, if your apron is the only branded part of your uniform, then you might consider something more significant. It may also be cheaper to use full bib apron brandishing your logo than to pair a smaller apron with a shirt.

Checklist Item 3 – Fabric

You probably have more choices here than what you realise? Do you want the comfort of cotton? The durability of polyester? Perhaps you prefer the more edgy look of denim or canvas? Or maybe you require the safety compliance of PVC?

We recommend not staring with a specific fabric in mind. Instead, consider your requirements and then comparing these to the strengths and weaknesses of each material.

Matching your needs to the ideal material can get a little complicated as fabrics can be blended or treated in different ways to produce garments that look vastly different and even have different characteristics. Cotton, denim, canvas and calico are all different materials, right? Well, they are all made from 100% cotton, but different weaves and blends produce a massively different finished product.

Talk to your uniform supplier and let them know what characteristic you require from your apron, and they will guide you as to what material is best suited to your needs.

Checklist Item 4 – Style

Choosing a style of apron that coordinates with your brand is super important, but is equally personal. What is a perfect fit for one venue might be a horror show for someone else.

To nail your styling, you need to take an all-encompassing view as to what complements and strengthens your brand. If you have developed a brand profile or persona and a style guide, then this is going to be a much simpler task.

The correctly chosen apron should coordinate with your décor, logo and brand image as well as be well received by your ideal clients.

If you at least considering these factors, then you are a long way to choosing the perfect style of apron to strengthen your brand.

Checklist Item 5 – Price

As with any purchase price is a factor that will come into your decision making. However, we encourage you to consider your overall uniform cost rather than just the value of your aprons alone. Perhaps you can lessen your total uniform costs with a quality apron that can either eliminate the need for other uniform garments or increase the lifespan of garments worn under your aprons.

Another factor is the desired and the potential lifespan of your aprons. If you are changing your stying each season, then you don’t want to over-invest in aprons that will only be worn for six months. Alternatively, if you are choosing a uniform for the long term, then durability needs to be taken into account. An apron that is 50% more expensive than another alternative but will last twice as long as a cheaper purchase in the long term.

Importantly, once you have set a budget, then stick to it. You don’t want to regret your decision in the coming months.

Checklist Item 6 – Branding

Consider your desired brand outcome throughout the process. Do you want something big and bold or subtle and stylish? Perhaps you are going to keep your branding on your shirts and have your aprons unbranded. If this is the case, then you need to ensure your logo is still visible when wearing your aprons.

Ideally, you can purchase your shirts and aprons together to ensure you have a well-coordinated and stylish overall look.

Bonus Tip

I mentioned earlier that I would let you in a tip that can save you money AND make your logo zing. This secret is aprons with changeable straps. These are a great idea and enable you to change your look (more than you think) for a fraction of the price or replacing your entire aprons, or even more so, your complete uniforms.

Changeable straps are the perfect solution in 2 particular scenarios. Firstly, when you have an existing logo or uniforms, that you think may be changed during the lifespan of the aprons you are purchasing. If this is the case, we encourage to use the apron straps as the element that best ties in with your logo or uniform garments that will be updated. This way, when you move to a new logo or a new uniform, you can save a lot of money by keeping your existing aprons rather than them needing to be replaced.

Uniforms are a crucial element in your branding so take it seriously. Clients will judge your brand on your uniforms, and in hospitality & beauty, in particular, your aprons are the most visible element in your uniform. Communicate your desired outcomes with your chosen uniform supplier and work with them throughout the process to ensure you choose branded aprons that will impress your clients and strengthen your brand.

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The 6-Point Roadmap To Choosing The Best Work Uniform For Your Staff

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If you have face-to-face contact with the majority of your clients, I firmly believe that your uniform is the most valuable form of advertising you will ever use. 

Consciously and/or subconsciously, your clients will get a first, and on-going notion of what type of person you are and what type of business you have from the appearance of your company’s uniforms.

Think of your uniforms as yet another form of marketing and advertising, where your brand persona is being communicated to prospects and customers alike.

 Each engagement with your business draws attention to the overall scope of your operations. This can have more impact than outbound marketing materials, as the visitors to your establishment are gaining real-life insights about your brand.

Follow this roadmap to ensure you make the correct decisions when dressing your staff:

1. Select Your Desired Level of “Professional”

On an imaginary spectrum – with professional at one end, and casual at the other – where do you want your business to lie compared to others in your industry?

 

Polo ShirtsAs a general rule, non-professional businesses go to casual, and professional organisations go to formal. If you are a tradie, for example, I highly recommend being the best dressed tradie in your area.

If you are a lawyer, however, consider losing the stuffy suit in favour of a tucked-in polo shirt.

These small changes lead to big differences in first impression. They also pave the way for consistency – it will be easier to maintain the look over time, adding more credibility to your brand image.

  • Do you want your customers to feel the need to dress a certain way when visiting your location?
  • Should you (or your staff) ever be dressed better (or worse) than your clients?

Both of these questions are ever-evolving notions that will need to be asked many times during the growth of your business. Knowing when to keep it casual with work uniforms, or when to step it up and “dress to impress,” gives you a unique advantage over your competitors.

You can gain a lot of perspective by analysing the way most of your customers and prospects dress when coming to your place of business.

Use the observations to answer these questions:

  • Has their appearance changed over time (from their first visit)?
  • Do they make an effort to match the level of professionalism of your staff’s work uniforms?
  • Are they able to easily identify senior staff and management?
  • Does your average client/prospect feel comfortable presenting their needs to any of the staff they encounter, or are they hesitant? (This can be a sign of under-dressed staff who appear to lack the knowledge or professionalism required.)

2. How uniform do you want your uniform?

 Do you want all staff wearing the same garments, or just the same colour/style? Are your uniforms top-to-bottom or top (shirt/polo) only?

A great recommendation is to pick 2-3 styles of garment that look great together, and then let your staff choose which garment suits them best from there.

Consistency is always a good idea when it comes to corporate uniforms, but it doesn’t need to mean a lack of options. Giving your staff the ability to express themselves – within the theme of the company’s brand/style – can do wonders for morale and productivity.

Find ways to provide flexibility to your staff for fantastic results.

Full WorkwearWhen garments need to be identical – Try using variations of colours that are similar to your logo or other marketing materials. Even if the work uniforms are the same (in design and build), slight variations of colour combinations can provide uniqueness. Also consider designating different colours to different roles, departments, or rank.

When garment designs can be flexible – If the focus is on style/colour/theme, this is where employers really have the opportunity to get creative. I feel that it’s best to select a few staff uniforms that are acceptable to you, leaving the decision-making to the individuals in your organisation. Keep the colour variations within 3-4, ensuring that at least 2 of the colours strongly match your company logo.

3. Meet the Standards

These days, there are often legal and/or functional requirements of uniforms.

Hi-Vis JacketsIf your garments need to meet Aus/NZ standards, let your supplier know at the beginning. Fire and flame retardant factors, as well as UV resistance, are other elements to also consider at this point.

  • Let your business represent a responsible, compliant culture by adhering to the requirements that apply to your industry.
  • Speak volumes to your customers and staff by paying attention to the necessities of the work to be performed, and the safety of those performing it.

Comfortable staff uniforms also lead to happy and productive workers.

Check with your supplier for additional information regarding functionality, legal implications, safety and more, or speak with one of our staff at Payless Promotions. I’m confident that we can address any questions or concerns you have.

4. Choosing the Most Appropriate Material

Choosing the most appropriate material is crucial. This is where you are best to seek advice from your uniform supplier.

  • What are the advantages over cotton vs polyester?TrueDry Polos
  • Can a shirt really be made of bamboo?
  • Do terms like ʺeasy careʺ and ʺmoisture wickingʺ mean anything?
  • What the heck is Nano-Tech, and would I want a shirt treated with it?

Uniform features have come a long way. Understand the differences and choose the material best for your requirements.

Material can be a sizable factor in reliability, usability and overall value.

Making wise and educated choices, the first time, can extend the life of your investment. Whether you have only a few employees, or a few hundred, picking the right features to include in your corporate uniforms can save you in the long run.

5. Branding vs Promotion

We recommend all uniforms at least have the company name or logo somewhere. But, do you need your mobile number or website plastered across the back? 

Consider the likelihood of a potential client actually using this information to contact you.  If there is a realistic possibility, then go for it. If not, then maybe something more subtle and stylish is best.

Business Shirt and PantsBy the time your prospects (or customers) are in a position to see your work uniforms, it’s unlikely that they will need (or benefit from) your contact information on a garment.

An exception to this rule, of course, is your logo or company name – these elements can always use additional branding and reinforcement. Phone numbers or other details, however, are less likely to be memorised.

In situations like these, it’s better to opt for other affordable promotional giveaways that your visitors can take with them when they leave – pens, magnets, business cards, etc.

Another consideration is that overdoing it – turning your staff into walking billboards – can be a first impression you don’t wish to set.

Keeping to the essentials (the information prospects expect to see on uniforms, such as business name, logo or motto) can give your business a professional appearance.

6. Stay Current

Buying a uniform is not a once-off or even a 3-year decision – keep your uniforms current, stylish and relevant, even if it means buying less garments or choosing something a little less expensive.

In my opinion, nothing is more off-putting than your staff interacting with clients in an out-of-date, faded shirt.

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As it goes with any other symbol of your business, poor-quality elements easily taint your brand’s image. Stay top-notch with your client-facing business assets to maintain the right impression.

Subconsciously, customers will either be impressed or turned-off by the way your staff are presented.

Even the nicest, most knowledgeable employee can have their capabilities overshadowed by a shabby appearance – something that is out of their control when work uniforms aren’t fresh and modern.

Destination Reached

To sum things up, your branded corporate uniforms can be a game-changer, placing you leaps ahead of the competition. Following these 6 critical steps will help you reach your target.

For additional tips or suggestions, feel free to contact me or any of the specialists at Payless Promotions.

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The Proven 6-Step Process to Convert Your Custom Caps from ‘Throw-Away’ to Brand-Builders

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…..Lessons learned from years in the business

Every year, promo caps are our best selling item. But, from experience, we know that 80% of the caps we sell are worn for a day (if you’re lucky), and then put in the bottom of the cupboard and never seen again. Follow these steps to ensure ongoing brand-building value from your promotional caps. Don’t forget: you can also ask our team of ‘Product & Branding Specialists’ to guide you through this process.

1. Buy Quality

For less than a dollar, you can upgrade from a flimsy unstructured cotton cap to a heavy brush cotton or truckers cap.

Custom caps are great promotional items because they are usable and practical. This only holds true when they are, in fact, usable and practical – the quality and construction of the caps have to match the intended use.

If the caps are of poor quality, it renders them almost useless.

It’s worth it to upgrade

For just a little more, it’s easy to step up the calibre of your promotional caps and get a real return on investment. If branding is your aim, you’ll want customers to associate your brand with value.

While all promotional items should be well-made, you’ll have a bit more leeway with a non-usable item – flyers, business cards, etc. – than those that are designed to provide real-world convenience.

  • Here are some of the things to keep in mind regarding branded caps:
    Hats are tied to fashion, so they need to be nice if you expect customers to wear them in public
  • Your brand is on the embroidered hat (name, logo, slogan or website), so everyone who sees it will form an impression based on its appearance
  • If the hat is flimsy and causes discomfort or inconvenience, this can be tragic and backfire on your marketing efforts
  • When done correctly, promotional caps can turn customers into walking ambassadors of your brand

Cap2. Find the “Cool” in Your Brand

If you’re a surf company, that is easy. However, if you’re in farm supplies or IT support, this is a bit harder. If your brand name and logo reek of ‘dork,’ then jazz them up, or use a slogan or catch-phrase instead.

Just because you put your brand name or logo on something, doesn’t make it attractive. It’s not to say that your concept is flawed, but promotion is all about recognising the best (and most effective) delivery methods for any given campaign.

Does your logo spark excitement? On a collection of embroidered caps, is it something you would want to wear (if it wasn’t your company)?

Consider the specs:

  • Number of colours
  • Easy to view from a distance, or containing fine details
  • Recognisable at first glance
  • Does it pop out from the rest of the cap
  • Do your branded caps look salesy or gimmicky with more (or less) than the logo itself
  • How much space is required to fit the promotional content on the hats naturally

After making an honest assessment of these basic points, ask yourself, “What’s the minimum amount of embroidery needed to effectively get the message across?”

3. Talk to your supplier

It helps to have years of experience and knowledgeable expertise in your corner when branding clothing items.
The idea of “cool” can be subjective, but a seasoned professional, such as our team at Payless Promotions, can readily spot marketing (fashion) mistakes in the making – helping you adjust course.

What might look great on coffee mugs could require some rethinking on custom caps.

Customers Avoid DORKY Promos
Devoid of fun, adventure or intrigue
Obviously a marketing ploy, with little relevance
Requires too much thought to make the connection
Key purposes of the branded item are lost (i.e. an unstructured, unfashionable custom hats)
Yields little value as a stand-alone product

Your current provider will be able to spot the aspects of your brand that can jazz up your promotional caps with flair. Alternatively, you can always consult with one of our experts here.

Trucker Cap4. Get Modern

If you are still wearing a legionarres style cap, then ask your business partner or assistant to take over at this point. Some modern fashions are trucker caps, snapback caps, flexfit caps, and black caps with white or black branding.

You must get with the times or get left behind. It’s a harsh reality that can’t be phrased any more gently. Promotional garments, including embroidered hats, need to be up to speed with the latest fashion trends – or, at minimum, fit within the scope of what most people are wearing.

Flexfit and snapback caps are always a popular option, and when nicely branded, these can be a safe bet.

New trends are emerging all the time. Stay ahead of the curve by checking the latest offerings from your supplier.
Avoid purchasing more than you plan to distribute within a reasonable timeframe (lets say a season or two). This way, you won’t have piled-up branded caps that are out of style.

Keep it Evergreen

Your logo should stand the test of time, and your branded slogans should, too. But, it’s more important to make sure that any time-sensitive data is avoided.
Ensure that website addresses, phone numbers and other contact info will still be valid in the near future.

5. Don’t Forget Your Target Market

Let’s not take things too far – your early 1900s facility or divorce service are not ready for a snapback style cap. Just be sure you are targeting your hats to your market, and not to yourself.

Knowing when and how to keep things light and playful is a skill, no doubt. Levity in promotional products that don’t match the theme, image or persona of your brand/service can do little good for your prospecting efforts.

A small amount of research (even a search engine query or two) can reveal vital details about your target demographic.Tailor your custom caps to them – in terms of design, hat selection, build quality, and message.

Picture your target market actually wearing your caps – is it believable?

If in doubt, give us a call or email to determine which promotional hats are the best fit for your organisation.

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6. Explore Branding Options

Caps are traditionally embroidered, and to be honest, it still looks great. However, consider exploring other options. We offer full-colour heat transfer, badging, and a range of embroidery options including Raised 3-D and Metallic.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up – a touch of creativity does wonders for your brand, and suppliers of promotional products are offering more choices than ever before.
Why not surprise future clients with something new, or even just newer.

Take your branded hats further than the competition with some out of the box thinking. Capture light with the unique effects of Raised 3-D, or show off your access to stunning new branding technologies.

In addition to branding options, rethink placement…

Don’t go straight to front and centre

It’s cool these days to move branding away from the front centre of the cap. Think about branding on the bottom-left or right of the front panel, or even on the side or back of the cap only.

When combined with the previous 4 steps, you can truly bring out the best of your brand through your next order of custom caps.

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Custom Hoodies – The 3 Crucial Differences Between Brand Building Quality & Promotional Crap

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Lately, it seems every Tom Dick & Harry wants their logo printed on a hoodie.  Sure we love wearing hoodies as they are generally comfortable and a great way to look cool while staying warm, but are your printed hoodies adding value to your brand name?  Or are they associating your brand with low quality and a bad or inconsistent image?

Pick the right material, choose garments that are designed to fit the wearer and use branding that is current, stylish and consistent with your image.  Get these 3 things right and you are on a sure path to quality.  Below I expand on these three crucial differences and offer some easy to follow advice.  I will use the Hoodies Page on our website to show examples of what I am discussing, however, the information provided will help you choose the most appropriate hoodies from any supplier.

1. Choose The Right Material – Cotton is King

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Yes, I agree it can be confusing -Even for us and we live and breath it every day.  As a good guide, the higher the cotton content, the better.  If you want a hoodie that will last the test of time and retain a good level of comfort then I suggest you choose something with greater than 50% cotton.  Also, pay attention to the grams per square metre (often referred to as gsm).  A higher gsm count means a better quality garment, and also means a warmer garment.

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Here are your 2 first traps…  Try not to pay too much attention to the images AND pay attention to the industry lingo. The hoodies on the left are sexier, right?  Well, note these are “polyester rich”  which is industry talk for ‘mostly polyester’ and have a weight of 320gsm.  In contrast, the hoodie on the right is “cotton rich” which is of course “mostly cotton” and has a weight of 340gsm.

The hoodies on the left are around 2 dollars cheaper per garment, but personally, I would choose the hoodie on the right any day of the week.

Just to add a little complication to the mix there are now are a whole new range of Sublimated (full colour all over print) hoodies hitting the market.  Even on our own website!  The sublimation print process can only be carried out on 100% polyester which traditionally was a horrible material for hoodies.  However, as technology advances manufacturers are introducing cotton inners to garments with polyester outers that are actually quite nice to wear.  My advice is to ‘try before you buy’ any sublimated hoodies.  Some are quite good, while some are very average.

2. Get the Fit You Need

  • Let’s not kid ourselves here.  You are not starting a fashion label so you don’t really need to differentiate between a modern fit, slim fit, skinny fit, or an urban fit.  What I am referring to here is what we call the ‘Gender Fit’.  The big question here is, “who will be wearing the garments?”  If the hoodie order is for your local cricket club then a Mens or Unisex fit will be fine (females hate local cricket so we know your girlfriend won’t want one!).  However, if you are running an event that will be attended by men, ladies and children you should choose your hoodie with this in mind.
  • While some smaller ladies can wear a small size men’s hoodie, and your 6-year-old daughter does look cute in her massively oversized adult hoodie, this is not the ideal scenario.  Some hoodies come in matching men’s, ladies and kids fit, some don’t.  If you need to cater for ladies and kids then choose the appropriate style.  Don’t decide that it ‘doesn’t really matter!’
  • A decent uniform website will let you filter by gender fit.  This is the first thing you should do if you require multiple gender fits is filter by Ladies or Kids as these are the most uncommon.  You will generally find that any ladies or kids hoodie has a matching men’s fit.

3. Stylish, Current & Consistent Branding

While we all like to think we are fashion connoisseurs, this is really a great time to hand the reigns over to the designers at your supplier of choice.  They have done this thing a thousand times before and know what works and what doesn’t.  Most people fall into on 1 of two categories:

  1. The more basic (boring) the better
  2. The more design elements we can work into one garment the better

In reality, the best designs commonly fall somewhere in the middle.  Basic is boring, but subtle can be classy.  A busy can be painful on the eyeballs, but it is possible to work multiple design locations into a garment while maintaining a common theme.

In conclusion, the sure path to ordering custom hoodies that build the quality of your brand is not complicated.  Pick a hoodie with decent gsm count and good cotton content.  Make sure the hoodies are available in the fits you require.  Finally get your branding right – If you do not have experience in this area hand over control to someone who does.  These steps are identical regardless of who you choose to supply your hoodies or what you are using them for.

You can discuss these points with no obligation with a Product & Branding Specialist from our team at Payless Promotions.  This is free advice and we also offer free mockups of how your design will look before you place your order.  We suggest you should be able to get the same service from your supplier of custom printed hoodies, if not, shop elsewhere.

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4 Simple Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Polo Shirt Uniforms

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So you have decided that your corporate, sports or trade team could benefit from a uniform, and polo shirts are the way to go….

All you need now is to find a supplier with a polo shirt that matches your corporate or team colours and then organise to get your logo embroidered, right? You do a quick search on the net and call a promotional company. The sales consultant then asks if you prefer: cotton, polyester, poly/cotton, cool-dry, true-dry, or bamboo material. And do you require an elastane component? Huh?
Below are some questions to ask yourself to aid you in choosing the appropriate polo shirt for your needs:

1) How comfortable will your polo feel against your skin?

If this is your number one priority then you simply cannot go past bamboo or cotton polo shirts. Both are natural materials than breathe well. Bamboo also offers natural de-odorising and anti-bacterial benefits. Cool-dry polyester has become a lot more comfortable as the technology has improved but is still is not quite as nice as cotton or bamboo. A poly/cotton or true-dry blend is good compromise offering cotton comfort with the benefits of polyester. An added elastane component provides a little stretch for additional comfort.

2) How hot is the environment where you will be wearing this polos?

Traditional cotton and poly/cotton polos can be a little heavy. In an office environment, this is not a problem, and sometimes is even a benefit. However if you are working outdoors in the sun, or playing sport in your polo then a cool dry or true dry polo is a better option. Cool-dry is the most light-weight material on the market as it has no cotton content. True-dry is slightly heavier, but combines the comfort of a cotton lining.

3) How much care and maintenance are you prepared to put into your polo shirts?

Cotton will require more maintenance than polyester. Cotton will wrinkle more, stain worse and fade more if dried under sunlight. Polyester is made to resist stains, wrinkling (although not completely) and is more fade resistant. A cotton/poly blend can offer the best of both worlds.

4) Is the Environment a Factor?

100% cotton is the most eco-friendly material for polo shirts as it is the only fully natural option. Bamboo is another fast-generating natural material, but is combined with polyester for polo shirt construction. Polyester is a man made synthetic material.

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3 Sure Steps To Purchasing a Quality Custom Hoodie

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You have decided your work or sports team is in need of some new custom hoodies and you jump online to shop around.

The first promotional company you speak to sells hoodies that range from $20 to $50 each in their preferred brand.  The second company you speak to finds out you have already been talking to another promotional company and tells you that the brand of hoodie the first company recommended is poor quality and theirs is much better.

Now you are more confused than when you started.  Let’s simplify things with some genuine, unbiased advice.  Follow this 3 step process to ensure you get the best custom hoodie for your team.

1. Forget Brands:

There are a many brands available to promotional companies in Australia.  None of them are horrible or a lot better than the others.  Some of the most well-known promotional clothing brands in Australia are Winning Spirit, Biz Collection, Johnny Bobbin, Auspirit, Quoz and Ramo.  They are all good brands who offer a range of hoodies that vary in their construction and quality.

 2. Know Your Material: 

With hoodies, it’s simple.  The more cotton, the better quality the garment.  If you look in the hoodie section of the Payless Promotions website you will find hoodies that range from 35% cotton (at the cheaper end) to 80% cotton (at the more expensive end).  A hoodie with more cotton will be more comfortable, pill less and last longer than a hoodie with more polyester.

 3. Watch Your Weight: 

Hoodies (along with most garments) are measure by GSM.  This stands for Grams Per Square Inch and is used as an indication of the weight of material used to construct the garment.  The higher the GSM, the thicker and warmer the hoodie will be.  Hoodies with a higher GSM will be more expensive than those with a lower GSM.  Generally this is a good thing, but this depends on when, where and how the hoodie is to be used.

Follow these 3 simple steps and you can be confident of purchasing a hoodie that suits your needs.  For further advice or expertise, you can of course speak to our friendly team here at Payless Promotions who are always happy to answer your questions.

If you have a comment or question, please make a comment below and we will be sure to respond.

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T Shirt Printing – What Method Is Best For Your Needs?

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It’s simple right?  You require some custom T Shirts printed with your team or corporate logo so you jump online to compare prices.  Once you start shopping around you find you have print options such as screen print, heat transfer, process print and full colour direct print.  So what are these T Shirt Printing options, and how do you decide which is best for your job?

Screen Print:  This is the oldest method, but still the most common and in most scenarios the best.  Screen printing offers PMS colour matching and because machines today can be fully automated, also offers the lowest print cost per T Shirt.

The negative with Screen Print is that is requires the setup of physical screens which are expensive, bulky and difficult to store.  The cost of screen setup is around $75 per screen and a new screen has to made for each colour in each print position.

Heat Transfer:  Heat Transfer is a two step process.  Firstly your T Shirt logo or design will be printed onto a transparent film using basically a high quality inkjet computer printer.  The second step is to permanently transfer the design from the film to the T-Shirt using a heat press.  The same heat press process can be used to place precision cut vinyl lettering or designs onto T Shirts.  This is most commonly used for placing surnames or nick names on the back of sports uniforms or year 12 jerseys.

Heat Transfer is a great option for smaller runs that require full colour designs.  As the print is done using basically an inkjet printer, the cost of a full colour print is no more than a one colour print.  However heat transfer is a time and manual labour heavy process that is generally not cost effective on larger run jobs.  Also the sharpness of print is generally not as good as can be achieved with screen print.

Process Print: This is a print process that has been borrowed from general printing and applied to T Shirt printing.  Using the 3 primary colours plus black, these are applied to the garment in different percentages and mixed together to achieve any colour of the rainbow.  In the printing world this is also known as CMYK printing (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key).

This is a cost effective way of achieving full colour print , especially on larger run jobs as the process is run through a standard screen print machine which can be mostly automated.  The process is not cost effective for smaller run jobs as 4 screens are required at a cost of around $75 per screen, meaning approximate setup cost of $300.  Print quality and colour matching is good, but as good as can be achieved with extra colour and extra screens (at a higher cost).

Direct T Shirt Print:  This is a relatively new print process where a full colour print can be applied directly to the garment, without having to go through the extra stop of a heat press.  Again this is a slow process that is best suited to smaller runs, or even personalisation of T Shirts for bucks parties, hens nights, etc.

While this is a cost effective print process for small runs, the quality and cost effectiveness is not comparable to screen printing on reasonable sized runs.

Corporate UniformsUniforms

Choosing Your Perfect Corporate Office Polo Shirt

Corporate Office Polo

We often get asked the question, “Which Polo Shirt is Best”?  Or hear statements like “I don’t mind paying a bit extra for a higher quality polo shirt”.  Polo Shirts on the Payless Promotions website range from $10.00 to over $20.00 for 100 garments embroidered with your corporate logo.  So what is the difference?  Is the more expensive garment twice as good?

Below I review 4 polo shirts including our least and most expensive and explain the price difference and exactly what you get for your money.  All prices below are based on 100 garments and include embroidery of logo as per the Payless Promotions website.

2800 Basic Polo ($10.21 each at the time of writing)

Well let’s cut straight to the chase.  This polo shirt is a bargain.  Made by Gildan with 100% cotton at a weight of 200gsm this ticks all boxes for comfort.  So why is it so cheap?  Simply because Gildan have kept it simple.  Available in only 4 solid colours and a unisex fit, this polo does not have the options of other garments in this range.  However if you are after a comfortable corporate polo shirt in white, black, navy, or grey don’t dismiss this garment because it is ‘too cheap’.

PS08 Liberty Polo ($16.09 each at the time of writing)

This is a poly cotton polo shirt.  When you add polyester to a garment you immediately stray from natural materials and lose comfort to some degree.  However you also add ease of maintenance and durability. For an extra $5 per garment with the PS08 Custom Polo Shirt you also get a matching Mens and Ladies fit and range of 15 colours with contrast trims to match your corporate logo.  If you are after a simple wash ‘n’ wear garment in your corporate colours then the PS08 ticks the right boxes.

PS55 Darling Harbour ($18.37 each at the time of writing)

I won’t try to hide it, this is my favourite polo shirt in the Payless Promotions range.  Made from Winning Sprit, this is a 200gsm polo shirt in 95% Cotton and 5% elastane.  So why do I like it?  Simply because in my humble opinion this is the most comfortable corporate polo on the market.  As an added kicker it is available in a range of 10 solid designer colours with funky shades such as green tea and jasper blue.  The downside is that cotton is a high maintenance garment subject to wrinkling and fading in the sun.

PS59 Bamboo Polo ($23.22 each at the time of writing)

Rivalling the PS55 polo shirt for comfort while coming in at a light-weight 165gsm is the new Bamboo Polo shirt.  An added feature is the combination of bamboo with cool-dry polyester technology meaning this also offers a moisture wicking technology which draws moisture away from the skin and disperses it into the atmosphere.  This garment is available in only Navy and Black in a Mens and Ladies fit.

At Payless Promotions we do not sell any ‘Low Quality’ polo shirts.  There are simply different features available in our garments that cause the different price points.  Hopefully this article helps you understand the differences between the garments so you can better understand what you are paying for and choose your next corporate polo shirt with more confidence.

Uniforms

True Dry Polo Shirts & Tee Shirts

TruDry-Polos

True Dry material is the latest technology in Polo Shirts and Tee Shirts.  It is a great advancement and goes a long way towards covering the flaws of traditional polo shirt materials cotton and polyester.

Below I have listed the issues with traditional polo shirt materials and then explained how the True Dry material overcomes these issues.

Heavy Weight:  While being comfortable on the skin cotton polo shirts can be a little heavy.  Furthermore once you sweat in a cotton polo, they tend to hold the sweat and get heavier again.

The Solution:  True Dry polo shirts offer a lighter weight material which is still strong and durable.  They also have inbuilt technology to draw moisture away from the body and disperse it into the atmosphere meaning they do not get significantly heavier when sweating.

 Wrinkles and Fading: Cotton garments are very susceptible to fading if hung in the sun and also tend to wrinkle badly when washed.

The Solution: The polyester content of true dry garments means they are less susceptible to fading while drying and will also wrinkle less after washing making them more of a wash and wear garment.

Comfort:  Polyester garments are traditionally less comfortable to wear and are often described as feeling a little ‘scratchy’.

The Solution:  True Dry garments have a cotton inner blended through them to provide the comfort and feel benefits of 100% cotton polo shirts.

Smell:  The Polyester (Cool Dry) garments these days have inbuilt technology to draw sweat away from the body and disperse it efficiently.  However, unfortunately the odour tends to stay with the garment.

The Solution:  True Dry garments have a cotton component which helps to reduce the odour holding properties of the polyester.  Expect your True Dry garment to smell less than a 100% polyester polo, but more than 100% cotton.

In conclusion True Dry is a significant advancement in Tee and Polo Shirt materials.  In my opinion it is clearly the best material on the market today and at only a few dollars more than 100% cotton or 100% polyester polo shirts, I would also suggest it is outstanding value for money.

Sports UniformsUniformsYear 12 Jerseys

Choose Your Jersey Name

Choose Your Jersey Name

YEAR 12 JERSEY NAME IDEAS & TIPS

Step 1 – School Restrictions/ Guidelines
The first step is to choosing your year 12 jersey name for Year 12 Hoodies is to check with your school to see what restrictions or guidelines they have in place. For example some schools will specify that students must use your surname on your Year 12 Jackets. All schools will disapprove of rude or offensive yr 12 jersey names whether it is blatant or covert.

Step 2 – Design Capabilities
Depending on the garment and decoration style your school chooses you may have endless options for your Leavers Varsity Jackets, or you may be slightly restricted. The biggest restriction for Year 12 Rugby Jumpers is the font chosen for your yr 12 jersey names. Check to see if the chosen font includes numbers, punctuation, etc. If it doesn’t, then you have to avoid these characters.

Step 3 – Be Creative… But Don’t Get Carried Away
The best year 12 jersey names are the most obvious. Use the nickname that you have been called by your friends for the longest as your Leavers Zip Hoodies name. Remember your Leavers Polo Shirts is a keepsake, so don’t try to make up a nickname on the spot as most likely it won’t stick, and you will be left with a yr 12 jersey name that makes no sense. If you don’t have a nickname then your surname is probably the best option. At least it will make sense in years to come.

For more information on ordering your Year 12 Hoodies, Leavers Zip Hoodies, Year 12 Jackets, Leavers Varsity Jackets, Year 12 Rugby Jumpers, Leavers Polo Shirt, Year 12 Shirts, or Leavers Crew Neck Jumpers return to Varsity12 homepage.