This year’s Schoolwear Show promises a new show format with an open plan feel, along with this change visitors will be able to discover a whole array of new products to add to their own schoolwear offering ready for back to school 2019.
The Schoolwear Show was founded by five companies over two decades ago. These founding companies have all got something new to present to visitors attending the 21st annual event.
Banner will be showcasing its full uniform and sportswear collection during the three day show, which will include items from its brands Banner Uniform, Beau Brummel, Orion Teamwear and APTUS Performance. Visitors will also be able to discover a new entry level sportswear range, APTUS Essentials, which is aimed at the primary and secondary schoolwear market.
The 10 garments in the range have been developed with a key focus on fit, comfort, design and colour, using the same colour palette as the APTUS Performance range to enable products from both collections to be mixed and matched.
Visitors looking to add an eco-friendly element to their back to school 2019 offering should pay a visit to David Luke, for the company will be showcasing its ever-growing eco uniform. This encapsulates everything from daywear jackets, blazers, trousers, skirts, polos and sweats to brand new sportswear options.
William Turner & Son will use the show as the platform to celebrate 50 years of UK manufacturing. Visitors will be able to discover more about the company’s rich heritage and exciting plans for the future, as well as explore the manufacturer’s range of bags, school ties and eco-friendly products.
Gymphlex and its sportswear brand GFORCE Sportswear will be showcasing products that allow wearers to stand out from the crowd. The latest addition to the collection is the GORCE ESSENTIALS range. This has been exclusively designed with school sportswear customers in mind. The range offers a unique and impressive sporting appearance, while benefitting from the performance and quality associated with GFORCE Sportswear, but a lower price point.
And last but not least, the fifth founding member Rowlinson Knitwear will be showcasing its market-leading Performa 50 knitwear range. This collection is pre-washed for extra softness and offers outstanding colour retention. The garments offer snug fit hems, cuffs and necklines.
Also on show from Rowlinson will be its range of Woodbank Sweats. This range of 50% polyester and 50% cotton sweats, guarantee quality, practicality and value. Visitors will be able to see the two new colours in the range, ink and green, which have been added to complement the navy and bottle green colours already in the offering.
Schoolwear and sportswear
Besides the founding five members’ offerings, visitors will be able to explore the numerous products on display from the many other exhibitors at the show who will also be presenting their new collections ready for the back to school 2019 season.
Established schoolwear supplier Diamond Textiles will be showing items from its vast sportswear and schoolwear collection. Diamond’s range encompasses a variety of different colours and styles. As well as a stock range of traditional schoolwear styles, Diamond can also manufacture bespoke styles to meet any number of requirements from tracksuits with specific colourways to onesies for dance groups.
Visitors to Chadwick Textiles will be able to explore a whole manner of new things, from a new website to updated brochures to the latest in garment technology. One of the new products that will be on display is the new technical tape seam jacket, and another is the innovative rugby short.
UK knitwear manufacturer Charles Kirk will be using the event to launch its increased colour palette in the popular Colour+ range of sweatshirts with an improved finish. The vibrant colours are retained however many times the garments are washed.
Charles Kirk is also a supplier of the Result and Russell ranges. Popular garments from these collections will be on display showing embroidery and heat transfer printing from the company’s own in-house facilities.
Equipment and accessories
Regular exhibitor K.T. Labels, which has exhibited at every show since its founding 21 years ago, will be showcasing its range of labelling options including name tapes and innovative sock labels. Socks are notoriously difficult to add a label too because traditional labels don’t stretch. The sock labels created by K.T. Labels are made using a type of material similar to memory foam so they stretch with the sock. The label stretches once ironed on and always returns to its original shape, which should mean a reduction in socks appearing in lost property.
Visitors looking to add garment decoration to their own business should pay Amaya Sales UK a visit.
On display on Amaya’s stand will be a full range of decoration equipment suitable for schoolwear specialists.
Products include the Melco modular embroidery machines, Texjet direct to garment printers, OKI white toner printers and Forever transfer papers, Sef garment film and vinyl, Stahls heat presses and Graphtec vinyl cutters. Also on stand will be Amaya’s Kornit expert ready to speak to visitors interested in learning more about high production DTG printing.
Your Embroidery Services Ltd will be attending the exhibition for the second time following a successful attendance in 2017. The team will be showcasing its latest product innovations including the popular DTG Digital M2 inkjet printer, the new Ricoma TC-8S embroidery machine, the SpangleElite transfer machine and the Print Wizard digital heat transfer printing system.
Products from YES Ltd allow both budding and thriving schoolwear decorators the opportunity to excel in an industry that is endlessly advancing and flourishing.
And finally, TheMagicTouch returns with a whole host of innovative products and applications for companies involved in the school garment and promotional product decoration business.
The addition of the Ricoh Ri100 DTG printer to TheMagicTouch’s portfolio provides an excellent entry-level option for those looking to add direct to garment printing to their offering. Also, TheMagicTouch has introduced a range of coloured ceramic and enable mugs and water bottles that can be printed on using white-toner laser printing technology.
Not only will visitors be able to view the latest products from over 50 exhibitors and pick up the latest 2018/19 brochures, they will also be able to take advantage of free parking and a complimentary lunch.
Online registration for the event is free, but there will be a £10 entry fee per person for those who have not registered in advance.
The finer details
What: The Schoolwear Show 2018
When: Sunday, October 14 and Monday, October 15 from 9am to 5pm and Tuesday, October 16 from 9am to 3pm
Where: Cranmore Park, Solihull
What: The biggest event in the schoolwear calendar showcasing the latest schoolwear and sportswear styles
Who should attend: Independent schoolwear suppliers and anyone looking to learn more about the schoolwear market
For more information visit www.theschoolwearshow.co.uk