You may dream about driving the ball like John Daly, chipping like Rickie Fowler, and putting like Ian Poulter, but you don’t necessarily want to dress like any of them – at least not in the office.
Although wild colour combinations and odd fashion statements may fit in on the golf course (especially if you’re paid big bucks to wear them), they aren’t really acceptable at downtown or even “dress casual” offices. You don’t want your plaid pants or day-glow orange golf shirt to announce the fact that you are slipping out a couple of hours for an early tee time.
Ideally, you want the ability to go from an early afternoon staff meeting straight to the first tee without changing clothes. Although you suit-and-tie guys may have access to a locker room for a quick change, those with more relaxed dress codes or “Casual Fridays” want outfits that fit in at the office and on the course.
The most important part of the golf ensemble is the shirt. A nice short-sleeve polo is a must, preferably without a gaudy logo that might be frowned upon in some work environments. While industry leaders like Nike and Under Armour continue to make nice cotton shirts (which have traditionally been the most popular), they have transitioned more and more to lightweight, “performance” synthetics. All the major sports apparel companies have synthetic golf shirts complete with a name for their unique material. Other golf brand names such as Puma, Cutter & Buck, Callaway and TaylorMade have gone that direction, too.
Be sure to avoid loud colours or patterns; solid muted colours provide great workplace camouflage. Luckily the latest retail trends have reached the sportswear world so you can combine fashion and function to go from office to greens with ease.
See more looks in our Boss 2018 Golf Look Book!
Please contact your rep or go to our contact us page to create a storyboard with your logo, get pricing or see the new 2018 samples.
If you look like a CHAMP hopefullly you’ll play like a CHAMP!!
We have over 15 years of experience with overseas importing and have built a vast database of trusted supplier partners. We believe in the quality of our products, and will provide transparent and certified compliant production all the way to delivery. All of our products are FDA approved for your safety. IT IS OUR MISSION TO GET THESE ESSENTIAL ITEMS INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM. Face Protection: We carry a range of masks depending on your needs. From disposable masks to the NIOSH-approved N95 masks, all are examples of personal protective equipment that can be used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and liquid. Clean Hands: Hand hygiene and protection plays a vital role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses. Our sanitizer gel and sanitizer wipes kill 99.9% of germs and contains 75% alcohol. Social Distancing Educational Signage: A new “normal” is coming, and the health and safety of employees and customers will be a necessity for your business. You can find our full range of COVID-19 recovery products here. Please contact us for current product availability. Keep in mind that inventory is changing constantly. If we don’t have what you need right now, we may be getting it in a few days or weeks! Stay Safe Everyone! ...
Understanding the situation is changing rapidly, we have taken many measures already to ensure our employees’ safety, such as extra sanitization and cleaning in our office, providing additional handwashing stations for employees and visiting couriers, etc., giving our employees work from home options if possible, cancelling all in-person meetings, and spacing out work stations if a WFH option is not available. We also want to take this time to ensure you that our services remain completely operational and we are ready to serve. Our team is monitoring emails and providing quotes, as well as processing and shipping orders. If needed, we can provide ideas to inspire and unite employees during this difficult time and solutions to delivering merchandise and collateral for virtual conferences. Boss Promotions continues to be thankful for your business and I wish you and your families the best in safety and in health. Sincerely, Jonathan Gillingham...
When the World Health Organization (WHO) officially made the Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, everyone around the world nodded in unison and said, “No kidding!” Thankfully, the virus has not proven as deadly as previous viruses at this point, but it’s certainly causing serious havoc around the globe. China remains the epicenter of the outbreak. All but 1% of cases are in China, and 34% are in Wuhan, which is on a citywide lockdown. There’s a lot of confusion, questions, and concern about how the Coronavirus will interrupt business and continue to spread. Peter Hirsch, CEO of Hirsch Gift, offered a supplier’s perspective on the two biggest questions seen across social media from the Promotional Products industry. The following is an unedited interview: “Peter, what are the two biggest questions you’re seeing regarding the Coronavirus?” Here is what I think are the important factors to consider from a business perspective in dealing with fallout from the CoronaVirus: 1) Will there be a supply chain disruption? Factories in many regions in China are going to open late, we don’t know exactly when but somewhere between mid to end February, this is up to a month later than the normal start up after CNY. There will likely be issues of staffing as workers from Wuhan and other areas will not be able to travel back to factories until travel restrictions are lifted. The result of all this will be that instead of the normal planned one month delay in products from China, the first shipments will probably only arrive in the USA in May compared to April assuming a 60 day production/shipping cycle. Some products with longer cycles much later. Suppliers with deeper inventories, domestic manufacturers and manufactured products from other countries will be in a better position to handle this issue. Good advice for distributors would be to advise customers to place orders as early as possible if delivery is required in the next 6 months, that way avoiding disappointment or last-minute scrambling to find alternative choices. 2) Is there a risk of getting the CoronaVirus from product/boxes shipped out of China? According to World Health Organization (WTO) the virus does not last more than a few hours on objects and taking into account aired and sea freight products to the USA all take from days to a month to ship, there is no risk. We will continue to monitor health updates and take any necessary precautions in this...
We’ve seen a push in the last 10 years to reduce the use of wasteful and harmful disposable plastic products, such as shopping bags, utensils and bottles across Canada and the United States. Soon Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver will be the first cities to implement bans on single-use plastic straws in the food service industry. They are being joined in this pledge to eliminate plastic straws by companies like Disney, Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines. Plastic is not biodegradable, and light plastic straws are easily blown from city streets into neighbouring ecosystems where they cause harm. Plastic straws cannot be recycled, and Americans alone use enough to wrap around the earth 25 times each day. While plastic straws are far from the worst problem facing the environment, their elimination would make a difference. Between general public bans and the choices of private companies, what are straw-users to do? Durable reusable straws and single-use straws made of biodegradable material like paper are the top alternatives, and both provide different promotional branding opportunities. The most basic reusable steel straws often come with brand-able carrying cases, and extra detail can be added directly to the straw by etching or engraving. The FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible reusable steel straw, and comes in a unique and very compact keychain carrying case. Both provide great opportunities to promote a brand or product, and at the same time say “we support the environment”. Single-use straws currently used by the food service industry will be be replaced by biodegradable alternatives. These, too, provide a unique new opportunity for promotion that was not available with traditional straws. While it’s unlikely that eliminating plastic straw use will save the earth, experts say that this could represent another key step in our changing behaviour and eliminating plastic waste. Furthermore the shift may provide simultaneous opportunities for marketing and demonstrating your company’s commitment to the...
You may dream about driving the ball like John Daly, chipping like Rickie Fowler, and putting like Ian Poulter, but you don’t necessarily want to dress like any of them – at least not in the office. Although wild colour combinations and odd fashion statements may fit in on the golf course (especially if you’re paid big bucks to wear them), they aren’t really acceptable at downtown or even “dress casual” offices. You don’t want your plaid pants or day-glow orange golf shirt to announce the fact that you are slipping out a couple of hours for an early tee time. Ideally, you want the ability to go from an early afternoon staff meeting straight to the first tee without changing clothes. Although you suit-and-tie guys may have access to a locker room for a quick change, those with more relaxed dress codes or “Casual Fridays” want outfits that fit in at the office and on the course. The most important part of the golf ensemble is the shirt. A nice short-sleeve polo is a must, preferably without a gaudy logo that might be frowned upon in some work environments. While industry leaders like Nike and Under Armour continue to make nice cotton shirts (which have traditionally been the most popular), they have transitioned more and more to lightweight, “performance” synthetics. All the major sports apparel companies have synthetic golf shirts complete with a name for their unique material. Other golf brand names such as Puma, Cutter & Buck, Callaway and TaylorMade have gone that direction, too. Be sure to avoid loud colours or patterns; solid muted colours provide great workplace camouflage. Luckily the latest retail trends have reached the sportswear world so you can combine fashion and function to go from office to greens with ease. STRIPES COLOUR BLOCKING HEATHERED/MELANGE See more looks in our Boss 2018 Golf Look Book! Please contact your rep or go to our contact us page to create a storyboard with your logo, get pricing or see the new 2018 samples. If you look like a CHAMP hopefullly you’ll play like a CHAMP!!...
Once a year, a new fad comes and goes. As a promotions and solutions company, it’s our job to jump on that trend and deliver. In 2017, a weird shaped children’s toy called the Fidget Spinner took the world by storm. A fidget spinner is a colorful device that entails three paddle-shaped blades attached to a central core. To use a fidget spinner, you squeeze the core and give the blades a flick… that’s all it takes to make them spin for a couple minutes straight. To really make a splash in the promotions industry, we must predict and react to faddish behaviour. One little problem… it’s a lot easier said than done. If only we could have been the first to jump on the hula hoop bandwagon in 1958, when an estimated 27 million were sold in North America. Other notable children’s fads include Rubik’s Cubes, Beanie Babies, jelly bracelets, and various types of collectible cards, to name a few. The fidget spinner marks another fad that took us by surprise, but like any other novelty, it will inevitably fade. Currently, suppliers are desperately trying to think of different ways to make their fidget spinners stand out from the crowd: lights, sport shapes, all-over print and custom shapes are all available now. But how much longer until they are collecting dust in dressers? Only time will...
These days, getting your brand out there – literally walking around the streets – may be more difficult than you think. A lot of people are turned off by large logos in their face, even if they are getting the item for free. How many times have you worn that charity walk T-shirt you received? Or a toque with a big embroidery done right on your forehead? Locations for logos have traditionally been applied to the front, back or sleeve of an item. But, why not take a cue from retail trends and put your logo on a patch? Bravely leaving most of the garment blank will increase the chances of the item being worn, and your logo can still be seen. Patches can be made from many materials and displayed in various ways. See some of the retail examples below and choose one that works for your brand. The North Face Herschel TOMS Canada Goose Vans Converse Roots Are you convinced?!? Wouldn’t you gladly wear any of these items out & about. Beats a big logo on a T-shirt that lives in your dresser or only gets worn to bed! Ask us today about this custom decoration: woven labels, leather patches, PVC labels, or metal tags. All can be sewn onto almost any garment for a minimal charge. ...
We’re seeing a trend of buyers putting an emphasis on quality and trendiness over price. Some have accused our industry of pushing cheap trinkets and “chotskies”, and in response the industry has looked to the retail sector for a bit of inspiration. We are always trying to push the envelope in providing new and innovative products, and the industry is slowly following. Retail brands influencing our industry in two key ways. First, the emergence of brand name ‘look-a-like’ products, and secondly; an increase in retail brands entering the promotional product sphere. 1) The Emergence of brand name ‘look-a-like’ Products There will always be a portion of buyers who are willing to spend considerably more for brand-name products. But for a majority of us, retail copycats are a great option for our needs. For a fraction of the price you are getting a customized, sleek, retail-looking product. In addition, you are also able to decorate the product with your logo, which isn’t always possible with some of the high-end brands. A great example of a vendor copycat is with the trendy S’well look-a-likes that have emerged in the wake of the designs popularity. While S’well bottles can cost as much as $60, a buyer can get an almost identical product for $15-$30. And that includes their logo! These bottles are sleek and come in a variety of colours and patterns. Looks aside, they are also comparable in quality and can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours! Drinkware isn’t the only category taking cues from the retail sector. We are seeing this trend in almost every section of the business. EOS lipbalm look-a-likes are available for half the price, and promo fitness bands have emerged to compete with FitBit at a much lower price point. There are cameras that are just as good as Go-Pro and bags that are definitely “inspired by” Herschel. These products look and feel like their retail counterparts, but are still budget-friendly for clients. When one vendor comes out with a copycat product, other promotional product suppliers end up following suit in order to compete. No matter what product you are looking for, there is bound to be an option for any budget. 2) An Increase in Retail Brands Entering the Promotional Product Sphere Another trend we are seeing is the emergence of retail brands entering the promotional product space. Companies that have traditionally sold their products in retail stores are now partnering with promo product vendors in order to expand their reach and offer customized solutions. For marketers it truly is a struggle to make a connection between a brand and the consumer. While brand recall continues to be a challenge for advertisers, promotional products average an 88% recall rate with consumers. These recall rates apply to average promo products: t-shirts, totes, pens, etc. If a basic product is generating these results, think about how much more effective these rates are on a high quality, retail-looking product? If a buyer is keeping their branded koozie for an average of 8 months, imagine how long they would keep a Sony speaker, a Fossil watch or an OGIO golf shirt. These types of items are not often discarded; in fact these high-value products are often integrated into the customer’s everyday life. If you...
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April 22nd is Earth Day! You can help create a healthier environment by making changes to your eating, drinking, transportation, and daily care routine. Pledge to act with your friends, family or colleagues and support one another. Your commitment can last one week, one month or forever. Boss Promotions is making commitments! This April, we can make change a habit. We’re getting the whole office involved for Earth Day Canada with these four commitments! Eat and prepare more plant-based foods at home Drink tap water and get water wise Care: Detox your personal care routine Move: Activate your lifestyle with outdoor, unplugged activities Find out some more information here (http://www.earthday.ca/takeitup/get_started.php). And have a happy Earth Day, Earth month and Earth life! PS. If you really want to motivate your office, get them started with an eco-friendly incentive. Waterbottles, reusable tote bags, seed packets, and waste-free lunch containers, organic clothing, anything made with bamboo, and biodegradable pens…the ideas are...