Adrian Burton reviews five jackets and gilets for the coming seasons
As the colder weather starts to set in, I want to talk about five styles sent to me by Snickers, StandSafe and Dickies, which all make my life as a workwear retailer and embroidery studio owner a lot easier. They all offer easy access to the breast area for decoration with no awkward pockets in the way and, as always, softshell fabrics look amazing embroidered and will really show off your digitising skill.
From StandSafe is the breathable Two Tone Softshell (WK009). If you don’t know the StandSafe brand then you need to check it out; its garments provide a great contrast in any workwear showroom. The clothing that it offers is great value and really well put together and thought out. This particular jacket has black and grey contrast panels, the quality of the fabric is excellent and it’s as good as any technical softshell walking jacket. It‘s made from a breathable, windproof and waterproof fabric, has a soft warm fleece liner and is great value.
Snickers has some fantastic gilets, the first of which is the Profiling Soft Shell Jacket (4511). This is all about the quality: when you put it on it feels like it is a natural fit, not baggy or hanging, and it looks great. It has standard pockets on the waist and one on the chest, and the fleece liner will keep out the chill. Also from Snickers is the AIS Fleece Vest (8014) – a perfect midlayer item that’s super soft. There are so many fleece gilets on the market that are cheap and cheerful, but this has been styled to fit and the quality of the fleece is on a different level. I know my customers will want to add these to their autumn uniforms.
Finally, Dickies had two great items for autumn this year: the Loudon Gilet (EH36001) and Jacket (EH36000). The jacket mixes a padded, puffer-style body with the arms of a softshell. This hybrid-type jacket is great for keeping warm and protecting against the season’s changeable weather. It also looks different to the normal, run-of- the-mill jackets on the market and the builders that come into my shop will see it and pick it up for that reason. Both the jacket and gilet come in three colours (black, navy and grey), have a contrast waterproof zip and offer an ergonomic, modern style for 2018. The above five products are all very different, but they have one thing in common and that is quality. In such a competitive marketplace, it’s great to see the passion that the brands are injecting into their products. Everyone is pushing their products to the limit to bring new ideas and new materials to the market, allowing you to give your customers the best choice in style and functionality.
Adrian Burton of South East Workwear runs the extremely popular AskAdy site, which hosts independent reviews of workwear garments. He’s one of the first people to be sent new products launching both in the UK and across Europe.
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