Our mission statement says it all, “We power our clients’ brands by providing a corporate apparel program that enables their men and women to love the way they look. We tailor the experience by delivering unrivaled product quality and service with integrity.” Twin Hill, a member of the Tailored Brands’ family, is the country’s industry leader in corporate apparel. Twin Hill offers top-notch apparel and services backed by years of management experience and a multi-billion dollar parent company. Twin Hill’s main priority is our clients, and our awards and accomplishments reflect our success in being client-focused.
Twin Hill’s custom design capabilities are supported by our in-house design team as well as our ability to leverage and partner with key branded designers. This allows us to present a multi-faceted design and development approach to our clients. Twin Hill is delighted to be able to say our design team was recognized for our custom apparel programs by receiving the 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 North American Uniform Manufacturers and Distributor’s Image of the Year Award, as well as being selected as a finalist in 2016.
In addition to design, our Corporate Apparel Group was the winner of the 2015/2016 GO Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award, the UK National Contact Centre Awards 2018, and Account Manager of the Year, 2016, Asda Wal-Mart.
Twin Hill prides itself on being globally focused for our clients’ brands, and we are able to support our claims with global wins in design, sustainability and responsibility, customer service, and program management.
We all know how much of a difference wearing the right sized clothes can make to an outfit. From the perfect pair of jeans, to a staple white shirt, and of course, a formal suit. Going up or down a size can make the difference between an average outfit and one that’s well put together.
Most of us go to shops to try on our clothes before we buy them, ensuring they fit properly and look good, so why do we not do the same with our uniforms, especially when we most likely spend more time wearing them?
Workwear not only gives people an impression of us as individuals, but it also allows people to make judgments about the companies in which we work. This extends to how well the uniform fits the wearer. For example, if you were to hire a lawyer and saw that they were wearing an ill-fitting suit, you would probably be less inclined to use them than a lawyer with the same professional credentials who is wearing a well-fitting suit. This is because if someone is seemingly unable to dress themselves in the right sized garments, it suggests that the individual doesn’t take pride in what they do or spend time over details to ensure that things are completed to a high standard.
Multiply that effect ten, one hundred, or one thousand-fold when it is an ill-fitting uniform rolled out across an entire company. We will instantly assume that not only does the wearer not take time and care over their appearance, but the company doesn’t care enough to enforce stricter guidelines, either. This will likely extend to thinking that the rest of the areas in which the company operates and provides service won’t be of a high standard either.
That isn’t the only issue. Wearing ill-fitting garments can also pose health and safety risks to wearers within certain job functions of some trades. For example, if doctors were to wear sleeves that were too long for them, it could be dangerous for both them and their patients when performing delicate procedures. More generally, tight fitting garments can be restrictive for many job roles and can be dangerous to circulation, as well as causing discomfort.
Wearing garments that fit properly, on the other hand, will be more comfortable and practical and will likely increase productivity at work, as less time will be spent by the wearer adjusting clothes to ensure that they are comfortable and look presentable.
Ensuring that wearers have garments that fit them well, will increase employee satisfaction, which will give out a more positive impression to customers. It will also lower returns of uniforms and therefore increase revenue which might normally be wasted on garments being sent back for not fitting properly. In order to achieve this, we recommend providing staff with a generic ‘how to measure’ guide and a bespoke size guide for your company.
Uniforms are not normally produced to the same size specifications as garments sold by every day retailers and, therefore, it is crucial that wearers are aware of the difference and measure and order accordingly.
The above guide should help you and your employees in measuring themselves. The measurements should then be taken in accordance with your company’s customized size guide, to ensure the best fitting garments.
When you and your team are working hard, you need workwear that works with you. From polo shirts for warehouse staff to formal shirts for customer facing employees, you need workwear that works for every occasion and won’t let you down. 37.5 Technology will instill your team’s trust that their comfort matters to you.
How It Started
Founder of 37.5 Technology, Dr. Gregory Haggquist, was developing odor-eliminating fabrics using activated carbon. He soon discovered that this simple ingredient had far more interesting properties than just odor control. In the testing phase, Dr. Haggquist began to get reports of how quickly the fabrics were drying and how cool and comfortable it kept the testers. Using activated carbon from coconut shells, Dr. Haggquist realized that instead of just wicking moisture like traditional fabrics, the activated carbon was moving the water away from the heat source and was dissipating it. Thus keeping the testers cooler when it was hot and warmer when it was cold.
How does it work?
In garments using the 37.5 technology, particles that capture and release moisture vapor are permanently embedded at the fiber level. These active particles provide 800% more surface area to the fiber and uses its unique technology to create a driving force that removes moisture vapor. By responding to the individual’s body heat, the particles accelerate the vapor movement to speed up the conversion of liquid to vapor, showing a significant increase in drying times. This simply means the hotter the user gets, the stronger the driving force that is removing moisture becomes and the more comfortable the wearer stays.
How does this benefit my team’s workwear?
What are the applications for my industry?
37.5 fabric can be used for far more than a basic t-shirt. It can be made into a range of suiting options and button down shirts for any level of indoor workers and even into polo shirts for behind-the-scenes staff. 37.5 delivers a fabric that works across the board.
At Twin Hill, we pride ourselves in keeping our fingers on the pulse of new innovations in technology and offering our clients top of the range garments that work when they do. For more information on 37.5 technology and how you could incorporate this innovation into your workwear program, email us at CorporateSales@TwinHill.com or give us a call at 888.206.0699.
You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform- tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. But, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers: wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this last issue of Fiber Guide 101, we are exploring viscose.
Viscose is a popular fabric for corporate clothing and fashion clothing, but what exactly is it? Viscose is made from the “cellulose” or “wood pulp” from fast growing regenerative trees such as eucalyptus, beech, and pine, as well as plants such as bamboo, soy, and sugar cane. The cellulose material is then dissolved in a chemical solution to produce a pulpy, viscous substance which is spun into fibers to be made into threads.
In the late nineteenth century, viscose was known as artificial silk. The word “viscose” or “rayon” came into use in 1924. Viscose is a regenerated cellulose fiber, which is strong, durable, and comfortable. This makes it a key fiber to use in producing corporate wear, as clothes may be worn on a regular basis for up to 2 years. Viscose isn’t just found in our clothes — it’s also used in the manufacturing of upholstery, bedding, carpets, cellophane, and even sausage casing!
Viscose is abrasion resistant, yet soft to handle, and has good drape properties. It is breathable and absorbent, which adds to its comfort.
Viscose tends to be weak when wet and is prone to shrinking. Like polyester, viscose can pill and snag more easily than other fibers and can have a shiny appearance.
As it is 100% cellulose, viscose is biodegradable. It also has potential for reuse and remanufacture and should not be sent to landfill. However, because of the growing fast-fashion industry, some of the viscose on the market today is manufactured cheaply using energy, water, and chemically-intensive processes that impact workers, local communities, and the environment.
To get the best out of viscose, you have to know when its strengths play to your end use. Hopefully, this guide gives you that advantage the next time you are determining your fiber needs.
A branded uniform is more than the clothes your employees wear on a day to day basis, it’s a walking billboard, a symbol of trust and a hint towards your professionalism and company standards.
A branded uniform serves as a key marketing tool for brand awareness. Imagine all the places your employees go in a day, the drive through for breakfast, the deli at lunch, the gas station after work, the supermarket, the gym… The possibilities for your brand to be exposed are limitless. As many of our clients have found out, a roll out of a new uniform has brilliant PR potential and can lead to massive exposure.
Have you ever been in a shop and needed to ask a question but not known who works there, and you walked back out? Chances are, if your staff doesn’t wear a uniform, your customers have too! Missed sales from missed opportunities are impacting your business’s bottom line. By identifying your staff members clearly, customers are aware of who they can speak to with a question. This increased number of leads mean more opportunity for sales. At all costs, avoid putting your customers in the situation where they ask another customer if they work there!
Would you let a stranger into your home? How would you feel about taking an unexpected package from a stranger in casual clothes? Chances are, you wouldn’t, and you wouldn’t feel comfortable. Having a uniform clearly identifies your workers, and puts customers at ease with having them in their home. A well branded uniform generates a feeling of trust, allowing your staff to do their jobs with no hassle. Without a uniform, your business looks unprofessional at best, and completely illegitimate at worse.
We’ve established that a uniform is essential for your customers, but what about your staff?
Working in a uniform presents a united front for your staff, and if your uniform is altered for different levels of seniority it makes an attractive reward for promotions. A world class, well-fitting uniform makes your staff feel valued and that you, as an employer, care enough about your employees to provide them with a quality uniform speaks volumes about you and your company.
If you’re looking to update your current uniform, or you’re looking for a new one, we’d love the opportunity to speak to you about your requirements. You can email us at CorporateSales@TwinHill.com or give us a call at 888.206.0699.
You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform- tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. But, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers: wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this issue’s Fiber Guide 101, we are exploring polyester.
Polyester is an oil-based synthetic fiber and the most widely used of all the man-made fibers. It is the most common fiber used in corporate wear due to its durability and strength. Polyester is the best wash-and-wear fiber in that it is easy to care for, shrink resistant, and quick drying. It also maintains good stability and excellent color retention as it is not damaged by sunlight or weather.
All of these good qualities come at a premium. Polyester is not very breathable and can have a shiny appearance, contributing to potential static build-up. It is also prone to pilling and snagging more than other fibers.
In general, polyester is not biodegradable and, therefore, is not suitable for composting. However, polyester produced from recycled plastic bottles is now widely available.
To get the best out of polyester, you have to know when its strengths play to your end use. Hopefully, this guide gives you that advantage the next time you are determining your fiber needs.
The last 3 decades have seen many changes in style and silhouette, yet when looking through our Corporate Apparel Group’s archives, it was fascinating to see how fashion of the last 30 years is still influencing today’s wardrobes; be it at home or in the work place.
The ‘80s was a decade of bold, contrasting colors and patterns and strong silhouettes, known for its shoulder pads and perms! Men’s fashion was relaxed with oversized sportswear styles and loose fitting tailoring, whereas women’s working wardrobes boasted power suits and strong body shapes.
The ‘90s marked the end of the yuppie era (Young Urban Professional) and fashion became more relaxed. Men were heavily influenced by the music of the day and the sports clothing that the artists wore. Women had a softer silhouette wearing slip dresses with kitten heels or Dr. Martens’ combat boots, if you were part of the grunge scene. Utility-styled cargo pants with lots of pockets were also a staple of this era, especially if they were camouflage!
The noughties were heavily influenced by globalization with Middle Eastern and Asian styling being incorporated into mainstream fashion. The movement in sustainable fashion was also prevalent in the ‘00s with an increased focus on ethical clothing and eco-friendly practices such as up-cycling or shopping for vintage pieces.
If we look at the latest trend guide created by our design team we see ‘90s inspired sports clothing and big logoed items; bold colors of the ‘80s and brave patterns that contrast to create innovative prints; recycled objects made from discarded clothes and work wear inspired utility pieces reminiscent of the ‘00s.
The current decade places emphasis on gender fluidity and the importance of being comfortable in your own skin, but however you choose to dress, the fact is undeniable that the last 30 years are still influencing today’s wardrobes!
You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform- tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. But, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers: wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this issue’s Fiber Guide 101, we are exploring wool.
Primarily, we use wool in our suiting fabrics as it has excellent pilling resistance, making a piece look new for longer and suitable (pun intended) for both big meetings and corporate events. Wool is also a natural insulator, keeping wearers warm or cool as desired. Despite bad memories of itchy knitted sweaters (thanks, Grandma), wool actually has a soft hand and has the added bonus of being crease resistant. As a natural fiber, woolen garments are biodegradable and can be recycled into insulation materials at the end of their life span.
All these good qualities come at a premium. Wool is a weak fiber and as a consequence can shrink, however, dry cleaning can prevent this from happening.
To get the best out of wool, you have to know when its strengths play to your end use. Hopefully, this guide gives you that advantage the next time you are determining your fiber needs.
You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform. Tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. Then again, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers; wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this issues’ Fiber Guide 101 we are exploring Cotton.
Cotton is a naturally produced fiber, making organic and “green” cotton available through Fairtrade or the Better Cotton Initiative. In its natural form cotton has a matte, off white appearance. As cotton is a natural product, and because of the way it is designed and manufactured into clothing it has many advantages, such as its ability to control moisture, insulate, provide comfort, and durability. Cotton is an ideal fiber to use in a range of garments for a number of reasons; abrasion resistance, strength when wet, it does not produce static build up, and its natural properties mean cotton is hypoallergenic. Organic cotton is biodegradable and it also allows for sustainability possibilities, such as cutting room waste being recycled back into fiber form for re-use.
Like all fibers, cotton has its snags (pun intended). As Cotton is prone to becoming creased, it requires more ironing than fabrics produced from other fibers. It takes a long time to dry naturally, and synthetic fibers have stronger color retention and shrinkage resistance than cotton.
To get the best out of cotton you have to know when your end use plays to its strengths. Hopefully, this guide puts you in that position the next time you are determining your fiber needs.