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Kit out the team in shirts, polos and practical aprons


anksʼ hospitality wear includes a choice of shirts and three styles of apron. The RK106 Premium Menʼs Short Sleeve Hospitality Shirt is a 65:35 polyester cotton mix with a weight of 110 gsm.

It has self coloured buttons, a shaped shirt tail with a black pleat and hanging loop. It is available in black and collar sizes 14.5 to 19.5. In a matching style the RK108 Premium Ladies Short Sleeve Hospitality shirt comes in a flattering fitted style with a stylish curved hem. It is available from size 8 to 20 and in matching black.

Our hospitality aprons all weigh 195 gsm and are a 65:35 polyester cotton mix. The aprons have a Teflon coating to help avoid stains. The RK101 Bib Apron with no pocket comes in eight colours. All colours come with black cotton ties and are one size. If just a short Bar Waist Apron is needed the RK102 is perfect with five colour options, three open pockets and one size option.

If a more formal garment is needed the RK103 Long Bar Waist Apron comes with two open pockets and is available in black or white. Of course there are also T shirts and polo shirts available, all ready for personalisation with a business logo. ■ For more information visit

CAFEWEAR: The Maxibar apron is 31 inches long and comes in seven colours.

Weʼre raising the bar for 2012 T

he latest Blue Max Banner brochure offers a collection of stylish continental style Caféwear, designed to raise the bar in the hospitality sector. For starters, the Blue Max branded Caféwear collection for 2012 offers a range of aprons which combine quality and style with genuine value for money. The Maxibar is 31 inches in length with two open pockets, a separate pen pocket and a 32 inch front tie which creates an attractive bow. Available in a choice of seven colours, the collection offers a perfect match for most cafe and restaurant liveries. Alternatively, the contemporary Minibar apron at 14" in length offers the same colour options. Also on the menu for 2012 is a great value, generously cut tabard in a choice of seven colours with adjustable side tab and stud fastening, and a smart, cotton drill apron available in packs of ten in either white or unbleached options. Collections can be mixed and matched with an extensive range of shirts and blouses from the latest brochure. The ʻOxfordʼ is always a smart choice. The quality of this shirt is all in the detail with its button down collar and 125 gsm pinpoint, 85%/15% cotton/poly crease resistant fabric. There are four colours and either a long or short sleeve version. Female staff will appreciate the fitted version which offers a more flattering fit. Alternatively, thereʼs the pretty Cavendish with a revere collar and puff sleeves. To top it off, add either a Top Cap – a poly/cotton baseball style cap with a double front panel or the Lid, a 100% brushed cotton cap with six panels an antique style brass adjustable fastener. Both caps offer a seamless mid panel for embroidery purposes. ■ For more information call 0845 23 00 888 or visit

Make the BG42 belt bag part of your uniform B

agBase reports that the BG42 Belt Bag is proving a popular choice with suppliers of hospitality wear, thanks to its convenience and contemporary


The BG42 features an adjustable black webbing strap with matching one-touch plastic closure, large zippered main pocket, and zippered back pocket. It can be worn on the front or back, as required. Measuring 38 x 14 x 8 cm, it has a maximum print area (on the front pocket) of 7 x 18 cm (embroidery hoop 9) and a capacity of 2.5 litres. The bag is made from durable 600D polyester fabric and is available in eight colourways.

“The BG42 is ideal for waiters and waitresses and dovetails perfectly with modern hospitality wear uniforms,” says BagBaseʼs Catherine Hardy. “Older style uniforms may have incorporated an apron, which would have featured pockets for storing notepads, pens and the other tools of the waiterʼs trade. However, the increased use of more casual, modern uniforms means that aprons are now seen as a bit anachronistic. The BG42 is a contemporary alternative that performs the same storage role as an apron, whilst complementing todayʼs fresh uniform looks.” Catherine adds that BG42 is especially useful for staff members who are required to carry and receive cash, which can be stored securely whilst remaining easily accessible.

USEFUL: BagBase’s BG42 Belt Bag is a popular choice for staff dealing with cash.

In keeping with general hospitality wear trends, the BG42 in black is the most popular choice with hospitality wear customers. However, Catherine Hardy mentions that bright options, such as classic red or orange can provide a welcome colour accent to an otherwise black or black and white uniform. ■ To view the BG42 Belt Bag in 360 degrees visit

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