Feb 262014
 

Many employees look forward to Casual Fridays. It is the perfect opportunity for employees to shed their stiff business suits or khaki pants and dress shirts in favor of something comfortable, cozy, and filled with personality.

Casual Fridays, or Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, are a weekly favorite, but what if as a business you could provide your employees with the option to take part in ‘casual’ workdays every day? Companies and businesses can with the introduction of imprinted apparel as a part of their employee uniform.

Casual Employee Uniforms Create a Sense of Professionalism

A casual employee uniform is more than just providing a sense of comfort to employees; it is about creating a sense of professionalism. Businesses need to present a uniform, professional image to customers in order to gain trust and a casual uniform achieves that goal.

Casual uniforms can be made out of crisp, high quality materials that make them appear almost as if they are as professional as a business suit or dress shirt, but without the stiff, uncomfortable feel. Materials, such as silk fibers or microfiber, provide businesses with the option to choose apparel that looks clean, crisp and professional.

Options Available for Casual Employee Uniforms

There is a considerable number of shirt styles available for businesses to choose from in an effort to create a casual employee uniform. Short and long sleeved t-shirts, polo shirts, and button down shirts are available. For the colder months, sweaters, zippered jackets, and hoodies can also be incorporated into a business’s casual uniform dress code.

In addition to having the ability to choose the style of shirts, businesses can also have control over the color of the clothing. Casual apparel comes in a variety of colors ranging from bright, vibrant shades to subtle, earth tones. Businesses can make their company recognizable to customers by trying to pick a color theme that represents their business.

Ability to Imprint Logos, Business Names, and Pictures on Apparel

The real key to creating a casual business uniform that looks professional is having some sort of logo or emblem that identifies the employees as representatives of a business. Casual employee uniforms can have this done by imprinting the company name or logo onto the shirt.

Businesses can purchase blank, solid colored t-shirts, sweatshirts, or polo shirts and then opt to have a logo, business name, or other picture imprinted on the apparel. The logo can be printed on the shirt sleeve, back, or pocket.

Boost employee morale by making every day casual Friday by incorporating a casual employee uniform into the dress code.

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Sep 262013
 

Customers and businesses looking for high quality, professional looking apparel can turn to the vast inventory of clothing available through Port Authority. Port Authority Apparel is a high-end apparel manufacturer that focuses on creating a variety of clothing and accessories that are ideal for use as company uniforms, casual attire, and everything in between.

Not to be confused with the Port Authority, which is the governmental division responsible for overseeing transportation and shipping in ports/cities all across Canada and the United States; Port Authority clothing is something completely different.

Port Authority is well-known for manufacturing ‘blank’ apparel that is ideal for use as promotional attire or company uniforms. The blank apparel, manufactured under the brand collection Port Authority, comes in a variety of colors and is designed in such a way that company logos, pictures, or business names can be imprinted on the garments. These images can be imprinted almost anywhere on the apparel from the shirt sleeve, to the back of the shirt or on the pocket.

Company uniforms, whether casual short-sleeve t-shirts or formal, button down business shirts, need to look neat, clean, and professional. No matter how a company logo or business name is placed on the apparel, if the actual garments themselves are not made of a high quality and professional looking material, the image of the company could be in jeopardy.

Port Authority apparel, under its brand collection titled Port Authority Signature, has a vast selection of apparel made out of high quality materials and fabrics. Apparel ranging from jackets and shirts, to windbreakers is made out of silk blended fabric, elegant microfiber, or even leather.

Everyday casual attire can be found in the Port Authority’s Port & Company collection. Creating clothing for children, teens, men and women, the Port & Company collection specializes in offering solid colored, high quality apparel at prices the whole family can afford. The apparel ranges in styles from t-shirts that are perfect for casual wardrobes to polo shirts and long-sleeve button down shirts that can be used for creating semi-formal or business outfits.

Apparel for children, women, and men are not the only items Port Authority creates. Port Authority also creates a number of accessories that are fashionable, yet practical. The items come in a variety of solid colors and some can be imprinted with initials, names or company logos. Blankets, backpacks, duffle bags, and towels are just some of the many accessories that Port Authority creates.PortAuthority_Mens_Label_2009

 

May 012013
 

Now we would now like to take a look at the Button. Not the kind that you push to get to your floor in an elevator nor the kind that you tap to turn off your phone. Here we are talking about the ancient and still every day item used in everything from clothing to home decoration. You can obviously find buttons in shirts, pants, as well as furniture and other home décor like drapery. Buttons come in a wide range of colors, sizes, shapes and materials. They have a rich and surprising history around the world. There are even museum displays dedicated entirely to buttons just as there are for clothing. One such famous place is the button exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. The button is both a tool and a fashion statement. The button’s various uses, low cost and longevity probably means it will be with us forever.

General Description

The button is a type of fastener used mainly in clothing and most often in shirts and pants. But as mentioned previously you can also find them in furniture and in that case are mainly fabric buttons used as decoration and do not serve much purpose beyond that. The same can be said for large fabric buttons found on drapery. Most buttons are made of a from of plastic these days but you can still find many variations of this useful item.

History

Buttons have been unearthed by Archeologists that date back to 2,800 BC in both Middle and Eastern Asia. They were primarily used as a decoration first and then later it was found that they could serve as a useful item beyond just for looks. In some cases buttons are used for both aesthetics and function. Early buttons were an item that only high society would own until cheaper versions came along made of wood and bone and eventually were made of plastic as most are today. Some of these early buttons were actually art pieces that became collectibles for the wealthy. These early collectible buttons would have ornate carvings etched or inlaid into them and were not made for any clothing application but as an art piece. These were almost always bone or ivory and some even had precious stones added to them. Buttons that were used to hold clothing or fabric together first appeared in Germany in the 13th Century and were widely used in Europe within about 100 years. These types of buttons are the most common in the world. During World War I and II the military made locket buttons that contained miniature compasses. Buttons have proven to be such an important item that Charles Dickens even wrote about the process to make them in 1852.

Buttons have also shown up in political campaigns that date back to George Washington’s first campaign. The more modern style of campaign button is metal usually with a picture or slogan on the front. These are known as badge or pin-back buttons.

Before continuing on watch this short video on the manufacturing process of plastic buttons:

Button types and materials used

Buttons can be made from a variety of things. The earliest buttons were made of seashell or bone and even some were made of ivory. Eventually button making made its way to wood and then plastic and metal. Button that are still made of shell or bone tend to be reserved for collections as they are often one of a kind pieces made by an artist. Metal buttons are most common on jeans while plastic buttons are more common for shirts. The most common type of button is the flat or sew-thru button. These buttons have 2, 3 or 4 holes in them and are sewn onto the clothing item with thread. This type of button, after it is sewn to the clothing item, slides through a cut in the cloth known as a buttonhole or a loop of fabric. Flat buttons mostly come in metal or plastic and among these there are a few types. You have Dyed-to-match, which are colored to match the clothing item they are going on, there are Horn-tone buttons, which are plastic made with a brown and ivory coloring that somewhat resemble the antlers of an animal. Then the plain old metal button which is usually made of aluminum. Another type of button is the Shank button. These are much less common and involve a round button with a loop made of the same material attached to the back of it called a shank. You would sew the thread through the shank to attach it to your clothing item. This type of button would be mostly found in nice dress jackets and dresses. The last of the common buttons is a Stud button. These are metal pieces that are riveted onto the clothing item. These are much more durable which is why they are most commonly found on denim jackets and pants. These are fastened to the clothing in the same way that Flat buttons are.

Here some examples of clothing with various button types; Port Authority Silk Touch Shirt with Dyed-to-match buttons, Port Authority Long Sleeve Twill Shirt with Horn-tone buttons and Port Authority Authentic Denim Jacket with metal stud buttons.

Conclusion

As you can see buttons have a long and interesting history. They have changed a lot over time in both their uses as well as the materials used and who would own them. They have found there way into most clothing items we use and are very affordable which part of the reason they are so common. Last we leave you with a helpful video. Have you ever lost a button on your shirt or pants? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to sewn a button back onto a shirt. The same process works for pants and well.

Sewing 4-hole button onto a shirt