2009 June 30

We regret to announce that there will be a price increase on a number of styles on June 30th. The styles affected are certain items of Fruit of the loom, Stedman and Gildan. This is a result of the manufacturers putting their prices up to a level which we can no longer absorb without it impacting our own. The manufacturers have announced these price increases as a consequence of the weakening of the pound against the Euro and the Dollar. Affected products will see an increase of approximately 5%.


Despite this small increase our prices are as competitive as ever and offer fantastic value. We have always endeavored to keep our prices as low as possible so as not to impact our customers and will continue to do so in the future.


2009 April 8

Wholesale Workwear From Snickers, Dickies and Regatta

 We are delighted to announce that we have just expanded our wholesale clothing range to include a variety of new products at great value prices. Our new ranges include workwear, safetywear and bags, all of which are available with our usual benefits of wholesale prices, quantity discount, no minimum order, easy online ordering and fast delivery.

Workwear

We now stock a wide range of industrial, corporate and safety workwear from quality workwear brands such as Dickies, Snickers and Regatta.

Our quality workwear includes:
Workwear Trousers
Safety Gloves
Bolle Safety Glasses
Safety Work Boots
Warehouse Coats
Dickies Coveralls
Ear Defenders
Hi Vis Workwear

Bags and Backpacks

We now supply a wide range of backpacks and bags including:

Laptop Bags
Conference Bags
Small Daypacks and rucksacks
Wholesale Shopping bags
Drawstring backpacks
Hi-Vis Work Holdalls

Polo-Shirts.co.uk is the place for all your wholesale clothing needs. Be it our massive range of  Plain T-Shirts, wide selection of Hoodies or now our comprehensive range of Workwear


2009 January 29

The t shirt design as we now know it was created in America, but originated in Europe. American soldiers in WWI were issued with heavy wool undergarments for their uniforms which were cumbersome and stifling and did not compare favourably with the European issue light cotton undershirts. After the war this style exploded in popularity in the United States and were called ‘t shirts’ because of their design, with the term officially entering the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in the 1920‘s.

lifecover_ww2The modern ‘crew neck’ style t-shirt was invented in 1932, when the University of Southern California Trojans football team tasked the apparel company Jockey International Inc. to create a cheap form of clothing to be worn as an undergarment which would readily absorb sweat. The shirts were an immediate success and became so fashionable that students resorted to stealing them from the locker room. This led to the university branding the shirts ‘Property of USC’ in an effort to discourage theft, but this only proved to make the t shirts more exclusive and desirable.

The t shirt became a garment in its own right in the 1940’s, where it finally eschewed the notion that it could only be used as an undergarment. By World War II the US Army gave each soldier a t shirt as part of their standard issue field packs. These were originally intended to be used as underwear, and were formally described as such, but the troops were often pictured wearing their tees without a shirt covering them while completing heavy labour or when stationed in hot tropical climates.

Wearing a t shirt by itself did not become fashinable until the 1950’s, when popular actors such as James Dean and Marlon Brando wore them in their films ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ respectively. Shortly beforehand t shirts had their first slogans printed on them (the oldest printed shirt is on display at The Smithsonian Institute and bears the phrase ‘Dew it for Dewey’, promoting Thomas Dewey‘s bid to become President). By the late 50’s slogans and emblems were very popular, and it was not long before the traditional plain white made way to a variety of colours.

brando_streetcarThe ‘ringer’ style tee (where the collar is a different colour to the rest of the t shirt) was not invented until the 1960’s. This style was popularised by those who followed the rock and roll sub-culture and entered the mainstream shortly thereafter. The most common colour combination was a plain white t shirt with a black collar.

Since that time the t-shirt has changed little, the tees we wear today can be directly linked to those worn by soldiers 70 years ago. This is a testament to the inherent popularity of the comfort, style and robustness of the basic t shirt and, above all, its versatility.


2009 January 7

We regret to announce that prices at polo-shirts.co.uk will be increasing. External forces are pushing this change upon us and it is one we have resisted for as long as possible. Only certain brands and products are impacted however, we are strongly against raising prices across the board and only increase prices where absolutely necessary. Suppliers increasing their prices are Fruit of the Loom , Gildan , Stedman , Fanshirt and UCC. We will endeavour to keep prices for products from these brands the same for as long as possible but unavoidably some will have to rise. Brands that remain unaffected include JHK, JT‘s, Mantis, Uneek and Kustom Kit.


Despite these minor price increases we have ensured that we still offer the best prices around, and in 2009 we will be offering our best ever sales, such as the current one in which you can get up to 85% off in our January Sale!!


There are several reasons for the increase in price for some our cotton-based polo shirts, t-shirts and fleeces – as you will probably have guessed most of them are a direct result of the continuing global credit crisis. One of the main reasons for the price rising is the startling demand for cotton. With considerably less planted than in previous years as farmers switch to more profitable crops, demand for cotton has skyrocketed and as a result its value has soared. As cotton is used heavily in the production of the t-shirts, polo shirts and promotionalwear we offer, this is a significant factor in the price we can offer you, the consumer. As well as having to pay over the odds for their raw cotton our suppliers have had to endure rising energy and fuel prices, which raise the cost of running any factory – be it producing t-shirts or TVs. On top of all of this the Sterling continues to fall dramatically against both the Euro and the Dollar; the exchange rate affects most UK businesses and wholesale clothing is no exception.


But whilst we are increasing prices on some t-shirts, sweatshirts, shirts, polo shirts and fleeces by no means all are affected, and you might even find those that are remain surprisingly cheap! We will continue to deliver on our promise of high quality garments at outstanding value and will remain the best place to find high quality bargains from basic plain t-shirts to sweatshirts and fleece jackets. With the credit crunch affecting all of us, buying value clothing such as our t-shirts for under £2 represents a great way of saving money in a difficult time. If you order in bulk you can save even more, as the more you buy the more you save. Now there‘s a great idea for spending your way out of the credit crisis!



2008 December 30

As the recession hits home, many people are losing their jobs. Of course if the company you’re working for goes bust, you’ve got no choice but to look for another job, but if the need is for redundancies, you don’t want to look like an old stick-in-the-mud when management are hoping to hang on to the best, brightest and most likely to help them beat the down-curve. While we can all ignore clothing rules in our personal life, it’s going to become increasingly important to look right in the workplace to ensure we keep our jobs in the tough times ahead.

THE CLOTHING RULES FOR MEN

Never tuck anything in unless your workplace dress code insists on suits.

Tucking in tee-shirts, polo-shirts or even casual shirts suggests you are old, formal and possibly difficult to get on with. It may seem unfair, but outside of the military and the professions, being too smartly dressed can be a definite downer for your career.

Don’t stick to one colour.

It’s a temptation to say that if you buy everything in light blue: shirts, T-shirts, polos etc then you can be sure that everything matches, but actually this says that you have no dress sense and don’t care about your appearance.  To look younger and trendier, invest in a couple of items in ‘non-standard’ colours such as pink, yellow or red and wear them every couple of weeks. A red polo shirt with chinos looks lively and sporty, while a red or pink shirt with black trousers suggests you’re relaxed and approachable.

Lose the helmet cut.

Smoothing down your hair says you’re ready to retire and invest in Brylcreem shares. Too neat is always aging.  Go to a hairdresser or barber who doesn’t know you and tell them you want an easy to maintain but modern cut. You’ll be surprised how many years it takes off you.

THE CLOTHING RULES FOR WOMEN

Don’t dress like your mother.

Never wear anything with braid on. It immediately says you’re a granny and proud of it. Instead, invest in single colour clothing (checks imply you’re into patchwork covers and knitting) and match it with textures: a plain white shirt with a lacy cardigan looks elegant, the same shirt with cargo pants looks casual and down to earth.

Double-breasted jackets are only for headmistresses.

Double-breasted clothing is never as flattering as single-breasted, especially if you happen to be less than slim. It has connotations of matronly figures and humourless school nurses. Stick to single-breasted wear and never button a polo-shirt or cotton shirt right up to the neck unless your company dress code insists on it as this too implies you’re more keen on the rules than on the business.

Dress intelligently.

For women, much more than men, judgements are made about intelligence from clothing. T-shirts with kittens on instantly mark you down as being unprofessional, as does wearing too much pink, too much jewellery, and – above all – still wearing the hairstyle you had when you left school. If you wear one bright colour: an orange teeshirt, for example, ensure everything else you wear is neutral toned so that everybody knows you chose the Tee to make an impression, not that you’ve reached the age where you think gaudy colours are your birthright, because the next step from that is the tea-cosy hat and the blue rinse.


2008 October 15

Stedman polo shirt
We regret to announce that prices will finally be going up on Polo-shirts.co.uk. We have held out for 3 years, keeping our prices rock bottom, but due to many external forces we have eventually had to increase prices on certain brands and products.

Why are clothing prices increasing?

Suppliers have put their prices up
Our suppliers have put their prices up to a level that we have had to reflect in our own prices. Brands that have, or will be increasing their prices include Stedman and Fanshirt. Baseball caps have also increased because of supplier costs.

Cotton prices have gone up
Less cotton has been planted in 2008 than in recent years. This is largely due to U.S farmers switching to more lucrative crops. Last year global demand outstripped supply by about a million tons, and with less cotton planted this inbalance has only got worse. This is having a massive impact on the price of cotton, which is used in T-Shirts, Polo-Shirts and just about all promotional clothing.

The Exchange rate
Sterling is falling against the dollar which is having an impact on most UK industries, and wholesale clothing is no exception.

Manufacturing costs
Rising energy and fuel prices have massively increased the cost of running a factory. Therefore, clothing factories, already working on tight margins have increased their prices to reflect this.

The Global Credit Crunch

The Global credit crunch has reached the clothing industry, especially the Cheap T-Shirt manufacturers who are finding it harder to raise finance in the current financial climate

Beat the credit crunch

Although we are having to increase prices we continue to bring you the best value clothing around whilst guaranteeing high quality garments. In a time when inflation is putting more and more pressure on your wallet why not give our value clothing a try? We sell many t-shirts for £2 and less, far below most high street prices. Buy in bulk and our prices get even lower. Although our prices may be going up we are still the best place to find high quality bargains from basic plain t shirts to Sweatshirts and Fleece Jackets


2008 October 13


According to the Daily Mail, this winter’s top fashion buy is … the polo-shirt!

Driven by a peculiar combination of credit-crunch bargain-hunting which makes the adaptable, easy-wash polo shirt a real winner in style and economy stakes and sudden popularity with as disparate a collection of style leaders as this year’s top indie bands, fashion icon Agyness Deyn and, apparently, Amy Winehouse, the polo-shirt is on top form. Fashion predictions are that the hit colours for women will be lime green and yellow polo-shirts, while men can expect to receive many pastel polo-shirts in their Christmas stockings – it’s being dubbed the ‘Brideshead effect’ and is likely to mean that blue, mint and pink polo-shirts are all the rage.

For the workplace too, polo-shirts seem to be winning friends and influencing people, from David Cameron’s dress down polo-shirt when he’s out meeting constituency people, through to John McCain’s stroll through Baghdad in a blue polo-shirt and bulletproof vest, contenders are making use of the polo-shirt to show their ‘reality’ to the voters. It must be working, at least for the shirts, because reports say polo-shirt sales are up 40% at John Lewis, that arbiter of what the British public really, really wants!


2008 August 18

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The current spending squeeze has changed our purchasing habits, on the high street and online. Slow fashion is fast becoming the way we buy, even if we don’t know exactly what ‘slow fashion’ means. It’s a term that’s increasingly being used by the top retailers and designers to define the way that customers are moving away from ‘fast fashion’ ie quick knockoffs of catwalk styles that are sold very cheaply and not expected to last more than a season, to ‘slow fashion’ which is increasing seen as multi-seasonal, locally-made, organic, recycled or fair trade clothing.

Multi-seasonal means classic styling – no faddy buttons or strange collars, no odd logos or ‘witty’ messages and in simple, easily harmonising colours. Locally-made means produced nationally or even regionally, like Arran sweaters or Harris tweed, and organic and fair trade clothing is seen as fairer to the planet and more likely to have high quality materials in its manufacture, while recycled clothing is obviously hard-wearing (after all its been worn once!) and usually reasonably priced.

What does this mean for polo-shirts?

It means solid classic colours: white, red, navy, grey, cream and simple styling. It means that people are likely to make fewer, and much better considered purchases, and to want to ensure that all new clothing works with a number of items in their existing wardrobe. It also means more sales at the premium end of the market for organic and fair trade clothing because customers are engaged by the issues involved and will be prepared to save money on other things to ensure they can feel good about the few and essential clothing items they are going to invest in.


2007 November 26

makeshiftlove.jpg If you have to wear a shirt to work, then there are mysteries to be solved: one of them is the nature of the collar.  To begin with, a fused collar has an interlining fabric, buckram, plastic etc, which gives shape to the collar itself.  This means you don’t have to starch the shirt and it looks better for longer whether or not you wear a tie, as it doesn’t start to crumple around the neck. Beyond the fused or unfused collar there are then styles of collar, for example: 

Button down collars – which are considered the least formal and date back to the 1900s, they were supposedly invented by professional pool players in the USA who wanted to get rid of stiff collars that cut their necks as they played shots

Point collars – reasonably self explanatory, but basically they should have a spread between the collar points of around two and three quarter inchesTab collars – where the collar points are joined by a button or snapSpread collars – where the collar points are spread more than three and a half inches – these are the most formal and are usually found on dress shirts – they allow you to wear a cravat or bow tie with ease Club collars – (a very American style this) which have rounded collar pointsPoint collars are the most commonly worn and will suit most offices – some institutions frown on the button down colour and many lawyers (again particularly in the USA) wear the tab collar joined by a gold or platinum bar.

Shirt photograph by makeshiftlove, used under a creative commons attribution licence.


2007 September 7

Diary dates for promotional clothing, event clothing and uniform 2007 and 2008

11 September, 2007 Trade Only National Exhibition – Donington, UK
13 – 20 September, 2007 ITMA 2007 – Munich, Germany
25 – 27 September, 2007 The National Incentive Show 2007 – Birmingham, UK
02 – 03 October, 2007 Brand Licensing Europe 2007 – London, UK
16 October, 2007 Footwear & Clothing in the Workplace
9-11 January 2008 PSI Germany Dusseldorf
25 – 27 January, 2008 TV 2008 – Textile & Promotion Trade Fair – Germany
29 – 30 January, 2008 Trade Only National Exhibition – Coventry, UK
17-18 February 2008 Printwear UK Cranmore Park
02 – 04 March, 2008 Printwear & Promotion 2008 – Birmingham, UK
02 – 03 April, 2008 Workwear & Corporate Clothes Show – Birmingham, UK