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Comfortable company apparel is often less expensive than business attire and can improve overall company morale. According to the Promotional Products Association, the number one product growth category is company identity apparel.

Custom business and company apparel can help build your companies' identity, as well as boost employee morale and pride in your company or business. Think of your company apparel purchase as an investment, not as an expense. A polished, professional image, after all, just might translate into more satisfied, loyal customers and, in the long run, bigger and better sales!

CUSTOM JACKET GLOSSARY

Now more than ever in the corporate apparel marketplace, there are plenty of fresh new styles to choose from. Logo'd jackets and outerwear make for great gifts. Jackets have a high perceived value and can be used throughout the country, from warm-weather states to the frigid north, for everything from golf and leisure wear, recreational and technical gear, to the perfect uniform for the outdoor commercial workwear.

Don't forget that logos on other pieces of clothing are often covered up by items like sweaters and outerwear. That is why outerwear can provide a more durable value for your LogoSportswear budget. Use our jackets to reward top sales achievers, championship teams and employees with years of service. And of course they are great for employees who work outside but need recognition.

When choosing your jacket here is a glossary of terms you may want to be familar with:

AWARD JACKET - This generic term is used to describe an athletic jacket, usually a waist-length style with knit collar, cuffs and waistband. It can feature a zipper or snap front. Often used interchangeably with baseball jacket. Also see letterman jacket and varsity jacket.

BENCH COAT - Hooded knee-length jacket, slipped over the head and zippered at the neck. Copied from jackets worn by football players waiting on the bench. Also called a benchwarmer.

BOMBER JACKET - A loose, zippered jacket with fitted waist and cuffs, resembling those worn by American bomber pilots in World War II. Can be made from nylon, woven blends or leather. Usually has a fur or pile collar, double-entry cargo pockets, and set-in sleeves with a pocket on the sleeve. Traditionally, this is a heavier-weight jacket with a shearing or quilt lining. Also called a flight jacket.

BYRON COLLAR - A pointed, shirt-style collar named after the English poet, Lord Byron.

COACH'S JACKET - Style of jacket comparable to a basic windbreaker, with fold-over (Byron) collar and slash pockets. Usually features a snap front and drawstring waist. Can be lined or unlined.

GOLF JACKET - Any type short waist-length jacket, frequently made of lightweight nylon with a zip front, worn when playing golf. Pleated or bi-swing back is usually a feature on these jackets.

HIP-LENGTH - A hip-length garment. Also called 3/4 length.

KASHA LINING - A lining principally for jackets that is napped to create a flannel-like effect on the face and features unbrushed fabric on the back. Kasha can be made from cotton, wool or a synthetic material like polyester or nylon.

LAUNDERED TASLON/OXFORD - A laundered fabric with a somewhat wrinkled look.

LETTERMAN JACKET - Typically refers to an athletic jacket with a melton wool body (14 to 24 ounces) and leather sleeves. Sleeves can be raglan or set-in. Also known as a varsity jacket. Usually differs from an award jacket in that award jackets are made with lighter-weight fabrics such as nylon or wovens.

MICROFIBER FABRICS - Small fibers are used to create fabrics with a suede-like, soft hand.

OXFORD NYLON - A stiff coarse nylon fabric with a basket-like weave and a durable finish. It's generally used for award/baseball/athletic style jackets. Not as smooth as a taffeta nylon.

PARKA - This loose-fitting, hip-length jacket, usually hooded, often comes with a fleece or pile lining. It was worn originally by Eskimos and introduced to the public during the 1930s for winter sportswear.

POPLIN - A durable, plain weave class of fabrics which has fine cross ribs. Heavier than broadcloth, but not similar, poplin is usually made of a polyester/cotton blend.

QUILT LINING - A lining with two or more layers that are padded with filling.

RAGLAN SLEEVE - A type of sleeve sewn in with seams slanting outward from neck to underarm. The sleeve continues in one piece to the collar so there are no seams at the shoulder, allowing for ease of movement.

SATIN NYLON - This type of satin-finish material is usually made of nylon. Probably the most common satin fabric used in our industry. There are two types of satin nylon: taffeta, and "crow's foot" or pro-weight (heavier). Rayon (or bridal) satin is used occasionally for jackets, but it is a more expensive dry-clean-only fabric.

SET-IN SLEEVE - A style of sleeve that is sewn into the shoulder seam (as opposed to the neck seam).

SKI JACKET - Refers to any type of wind- and water-resistant full-zip jacket worn for skiing. Frequently it has an attached hood. Usually made waist or hip length with zippered pockets, ski jackets frequently have a more high-fashion look than a parka.

SLASH POCKETS - These angled pockets are formed by cutting a slash in the jacket shell and attaching a pouch inside the garment.

STADIUM JACKET - The term for a 3/4 length oversize jacket. Other common features include a hood, quilt lining and striped knit trim. Similar to a parka.

STAND-UP COLLAR - This short collar, usually made of knit material, does not fold down against the garment. Common feature on satin award jackets.

STORM FLAP - A strip of fabric that covers the zipper or snap closure of a jacket. Storm flaps can also be sewn on the inside of the zipper.

STORM WELTS - Pocket flaps that overlap openings to keep out rain and/or to secure items carried inside.

TAFFETA - A group of fabrics made with a plain weave and having a smooth, crisp feel, and either lustrous or dull face.

TASLON - This imported nylon fabric is designed for its durability and is generally used in more rugged outerwear.

TRICOT - This type of fabric is flat knitted, with fine ribs on the face (lengthwise) and ribs on the back (crosswise). Often used as lining material.

WARM-UP JACKET - This term is sometimes interchangeably used with windbreaker. However, "warm-up jacket" often refers to a garment that is part of a set, including a top and a bottom. A warm-up jacket also may feature a quilted lining, while windbreakers and coach's jackets usually do not. Generally this is a waist-length jacket made of nylon or sometimes cotton or polyester.

WARP - A lengthwise yarn found in all woven fabrics. The warp is stronger and denser than the weft (crosswise) yarns.

WATERPROOF - The proper term for material that completely keeps out water. Waterproof garments also have sealed seams while water-resistant garments do not.

WATER-RESISTANT - A material that repels water for a short time, but is not thoroughly waterproof.

Safety Clothing Programs For Your Company

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that for every dollar spent on safety, a company can save on workers' compensation, lost-time accidents and lower insurance premiums. One way to help maintain and increase safety over the long haul is by providing safety clothing and reflective vests for your employees.

Some companies offer safety clothing incentives based on the time an employee goes without an accident or injury. Awards are usually divided into tiers or levels. The longer an employee goes without incident, the more valuable the products he can choose.

There is a real need to protect people who work in situations that make it difficult to be seen. Low visibility hazards are an even greater risk where there are complex backgrounds as found in many occupations such as working on foot in close proximity to construction equipment and vehicle roadway traffic. Vehicle operators cannot recognize a worker who is wearing inadequate or no enhanced visibility clothing in sufficient time to avoid an accident.

Road construction, railway and utility workers, law enforcement and emergency response personnel, survey and airport ground crews, and others are routinely exposed to the hazards of low visibility on the job. Our reflective vests and high visibility clothing assure that you can be seen both day and night. Much of our apparel conforms to an American National Standard from the International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA). Garments that meet this standard can be worn 24 hours a day to provide users with a high level of conspicuity through the use of combined fluorescent and retro reflective materials.

The standards specify three conspicuity classes of garments based on the wearer's activities. Class 3 garments provide the highest level of conspicuity to workers with high task loads in a wide range of weather conditions where traffic exceeds 50 mph. The standard recommends these garments for all roadway construction personnel and vehicle operators, utility workers, survey crews, emergency responders, railway workers and accident site investigators.

Class 2 garments are intended for users who need greater visibility in inclement weather conditions and whose activities occur near roadways where traffic speeds exceed 25 mph. Workers who would wear this class of garment include railway workers, school crossing guards, parking and toll gate personnel, airport ground crews and law enforcement personnel directing traffic.

Class 1 garments are for users who have ample separation from vehicular traffic that does not exceed 25 mph and where the background is not complex. Parking service attendants, workers in warehouses with equipment traffic, shopping cart retrievers, sidewalk maintenance workers, and delivery vehicle drivers would wear this class of garment.

To begin a safety clothing program start by discussing your goals, the people who will participate in the program and the environment in which it operates. Shed light on what safety issues are being addressed and provide insight into what kinds of products would best work. Other questions to ask yourself is length of program, frequency of message and budget will also enter into the equation? Will the program run monthly? Bi-monthly? Quarterly? Bi-yearly? Discuss goals and anticipated results, following an outline to help ensure success:

1. Determine the program type
     A. All employees - imprinted gifts
     B. Point system - imprinted gifts or select gift/catalog programs
     C. Individual or team approach

2. Design the program's parameters
     A. Duration
     B. Budget per employee
     C. Method of distribution

3. Program announcement
     A. Posters
     B. Mailings
     C. Web site/e-mail
     D. Paycheck inserts
     E. Corporate/employee newsletter

Hi-Visibility Safety Clothing & Reflective Vests
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The Custom Big and Tall Apparel Market

We don't live in a one-size-fits-all world. We strive to offer styles to fit every big and tall size and taste. We carry custom big and tall apparel to fit everyone in a company or group to avoid potentially sticky situations — people who don't fall within the normal size range don't want to be singled out by having to wear specially ordered or different garments from the rest of their group.

Latest figures from the Big & Tall Men's Apparel Needs Group (BATMAN), 12 percent of working men are a 2XL or larger and 32 percent of women in the workplace are a size 16 or bigger. Sixteen million men define themselves as "big and tall." One of out every 13 American men can’t fit comfortably into Xlarge clothing according to NPD Group, a retail research firm.

While only about 5 percent of the adult population is "overtall," a 1997 NCHS survey found that 50 percent of adults are overweight and 20 percent are considered obese, so the market for big clothes for both men and women is much larger than the tall market. This is reflected in the mix as garments are available for men up to 6XL and larger by many companies, and women's selection ranges from S-3XL or even 4XL. There are different sets of size specs for big clothes and tall clothes.

Big and Tall apparel sizing is a necessity when selling to large and small companies. If a program calls for everyone to get a shirt, no buyer wants the biggest and tallest sizes to be left out. We offer big tall apparel is big sizes 1X to 6X and tall sizes from XLT to 5XLT. The demand for really fashionable big and tall apparel is growing fast. Browse our collection by product category for the latest and the greatest of large size shirts and big and tall apparel.

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