When it comes to caring for your child's school clothes, what techniques work for you?
With parents of primary-aged school children spending upwards of £250.00 per year on school uniform for each child, taking care of these clothes afterwards is paramount if you want to save money.
We know many of you have your own tried and tested methods for taking care of your child's school clothes. Please feel free to share them with us. We want to hear what works and doesn't work for you. In the meantime, we've put together a few tried and tested methods to help you increase the life-cycle of your child's school clothes.
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To kick us off:
1. Ensure to follow the care label's instructions.
If it says "only wash at 40DGS", then the advice is to not exceed this temperature.
School garments - by their very nature - are prone to shrink when subject to intense heat and would thus be rendered unfit for purpose after an exceptionally short space of time.
Check out this useful article on care labels.
2. Basic washing machine maintenance.
This is another excellent method of ensuring positive outcomes for your children's school uniform.
Regular filter and door rubber seal checks can very often reveal an assortment of articles from broken pencils, sweet papers and lose change.
Sounds familiar? Such items if undetected, could damage your clothes and machine, with pencils snagging and mercilessly tearing away fabrics during the washing process - thus leaving you with the unfortunate task of shelling out more unnecessary money on engineering bills and uniform replacements.
We highly recommend that you check pockets and sleeves thoroughly before placing such items of clothing into your machine.
Checkout these useful laundry tips
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3. Colour catchers.
You could try introducing these in with your washing; Supposedly designed to eliminate colour washing rules completely.
Watch this short video.
4. Wear An Apron.
Another excellent suggestion for increasing the life-cycle of your children's clothes is to encourage them to wear an apron when helping out in the kitchen, or when participating in craft sessions at school.
Try to see the apron as a small life-time insurance policy against uniform damage. For the cost of one of our PVC aprons at £8.99, you could end up saving in excess of £100.00 over the school year on dry cleaning, repairs and replacements.
Just imagine what you could do with £100.00. It could quite easily finance a school trip, text books and stationery; A special gift even.
Buy yours today and watch the savings quickly increase.
Remember: whatever the theme, the apron always keeps them clean!
5. Avoid tumble drying clothes where at all possible.
Line drying your clothes will not only make them smell fresher, but The sun's ultraviolet rays is a great source of antiseptic which kills bacteria.
Tumble-dried clothes also produce lint and culminates in fabric deterioration and pilling.
Apparently, an average tumble dry cycle uses just over 4kWh of energy and produces around 1.8kg CO2.
If all households with a tumble dryer hung up one load of washing outside each week, we would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year.
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Add a splash of authenticity to your children’s theatrical wardrobe courtesy of our British-made traditional boys school clothing from the small online family schoolwear company with the conscience.
Our rich ensemble of traditional British-made boys formal school garments truly guarantee your cast a character, whether that’s Just William, Jennings or Tom Long out of Tom's Midnight Garden, you can certainly depend on our clothing to create that all-important paragon, with one noteable exception: we don’t do caps.
Take these adjustable waist grey cord shorts. Now these really are the Cloth of Kings. Fully constructed here in Britain from 100% cotton corduroy fabric supplied by Brisbane Moss, (M Chapman & Sons Textiles Ltd) winner of the Queens Award for Industry. This particular style of cord shorts found favour with the BBC in 2017 when we were contacted by Rosalie Tyack from the costume and wardrobe department of the Father Brown set, Selly Oak. It was this that inspired us to widen our marketing brief beyond schools to screen and stage.
Choose from our timeless classic corduroy and worsted wool short trousers, blazers, luxury woolen jumpers and knee-high turnover top socks.
Made for children and not by children, everything is sold new, with over 50% of products manufactured under the All Shorts brand with built-in reinforcements and a life-time guarantee.
It’s really that simple.
Contact us today to get started.
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We're back with some frightfully delightful news concerning changes and special additions we've introduced to our website recently to greatly enhance your user experience while browsing and shopping with us.
Many of these changes and additions include: personal buyer profiles, (customer accounts), new school enquiry form and a revised About Us page complete with internal and external references.
Today, we shall focus on creating your personal buyer account profiles.
They have finally arrived. Yes, they've been 14 months in the making, and now they have at long last become a reality.
Most Ecommerce websites have them and are usually free to create. This said, customers who choose not to create a personal buyer profile with All Shorts, will still have the option of buying as a guest.
Creating a buyer profile has many benefits. It allows you to store information like addresses and credit card numbers for future checkouts, to reorder and save items to shareable wishlists or to save time during future purchases.
To create your All Shorts personal buyer profile, (customer account), , simply click login in on the tool bar to get started.
You'll then be asked to Entre an email address. After you've done this, you'll then be prompted to entre a password.
Latest recommendation: Use a pass phrase. Security experts are now recommending a “pass phrase” rather than simply a password. Length: up to 20 characters - but not usually fewer than 12 - comprising seemingly random words strung together along with numbers, symbols and upper and lower case letters. Try to come up with a memorable phrase, but which you know others couldn’t guess. Avoid using famous quotations
Longer passwords are harder for criminals to crack.
Should you have any questions concerning your personal buyer profile, or you encounter a problem and require assistance, please contact us and we shall do everything we can to help.
We usually respond within the hour during our official hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Requests received outside of these times will be handled on the next available working day.
Meanwhile, thank you for creating your very own personal buyer profile with All Shorts; We look forward to welcoming you to our online shop.
Personal Member Pages for trade customers complete with ecommerce.
When will the Government actually wake up and realise the knock-on effect cheap imports are having on #British #manufacturers.
Only last week we learn of the unfortunate demise of Balmoral Knitwear - one of #Ayrshire's long-established manufacturers of some 122 years with the loss of 42 jobs. Yet another huge blow for the British textile industry.
The company said it has been unable to continue due to increased competition from low cost garments sourced offshore, the increasing cost of raw materials and the recent devaluation of the pound.
All Shorts has been selling Balmoral school jumpers for the past couple of years along with fellow competitors John Lewis and Harrods of London.
Fortunately, stock levels for us remain relatively substantial. However, we are already in talks with another British manufacturer; details to be confirmed.
Our thanks to all the staff at Balmoral for their exemplary service and our deepest sympathy to the company's 42 employees who now find themselves without a job and doubtlessly experiencing all the usual crippling uncertainty that comes with unemployment.
Two Caucasian male models required between ages 9-13 years for product photoshoot for All Shorts Limited.
Your child will be modelling Boys' School wear.
Please send in a head and shoulders photo of your child, plus height and waist measurements.
Please send all details and photograph to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 7pm Friday 8th March 2018
Photoshoot date: Monday 9th April 1pm
Wrap time: 3pm
Location: Keele Hall
Hourly Fee: £15/hour
All Shorts are now proud members of Make It British - THE source of information on British-made brands and UK manufacturing.
Since its launch at the beginning of 2011, Make it British has become the go-to site on the web for news, reports and interviews about British-made products, founded and run by Kate Hills, who believes a product’s provenance is of the utmost importance.
All Shorts mission has always been to support and supply ethically made children's clothing manufactured in the UK, and our UK suppliers and manufacturers are living testimony to our commitment to keeping it local.
We firmly believe you should have the right to know exactly where products come from and how they are made, so that you can make ethical buying choices in an increasingly competitive marketplace. We are proud to be able to say that 99% of what we sell originates here in the UK, and has been made by people working in safe, comfortable conditions for a decent wage; and our membership to Make It British only serves to endorse these core values.
When you choose to buy British, you are automatically supporting the local economy, protecting British jobs, preserving life-long skills and taking care of the environment. Only by buying authentic British goods, manufactured by skilled craftsman using the finest materials, are you helping to keep these skills alive in the UK. If you don’t support those makers in Britain that still have these precious skills, we will lose them forever.
As well as being part of a united family of suppliers and manufacturers of British made products, It is hoped Through our Make It British membership, we will find and connect with consumers who share our ethical principals.
All Shorts desires your children to feel proud of what they wear, for their clothes to demonstrate who they are, and for them to feel confident in the choices they make. Hence, when you shop with All Shorts, you really do buy British!
We are now taking orders from independent preparatory schools for boys’ school uniform for the 2018 Autumn term starting September.
To avoid delays, Schools are politely asked to contact us with their requirements not later than 30th April 2018.
Screen printing and embroidery services are available.
Schools will be charged at the corporate rate and not at the prices you see advertised on our website.
Uniform essentials include:
· Boys’ fully lined shorts in either corduroy or wool-mixed fabrics
· Boys’ long trousers in either corduroy or wool-mixed fabrics
· V-neck jumpers
· Sweatshirts and polo’s
· Dress shirts and ties
· Socks (knee-length with or without turnovers)
· PVC aprons and tabards
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We here at All Shorts Limited are actively seeking two enthusiastic young photogenic males from Staffordshire aged between 9 and 13 years to audition for our forthcoming photo shoot scheduled for early Spring 2018.
Taking place in the Grand Library within Keele Hall on Monday 9 April from 12noon until 2pm under the expert directorship of Paolo Loraso Photography, our chosen artists will be modelling various items of boys school uniform from shirts to shorts, trousers to blazers for use on the All Shorts website and associated promotional company literature.
Successful Candidates will find themselves experiencing the life of a boy at a traditional English prep school, with the Library and extensive gardens providing the ideal backdrop. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to us on the day.
If you have never visited Keele Hall, then you are in for a real treat.
Each of the successful artists will be paid a £15.00 hourly fee for their attendance and must be accompanied by a parent/legally appointed guardian on the day. No other expenses will be paid.
Interested candidates are politely requested to supply - by email only - two passport sized photographs together with their age and height. The email address is email@example.com
Closing date for applications is 5pm 4 February 2018.
If successful, then we will contact you no later than five days post the initial closing date for entries with your registration form and associated information.
Meanwhile, we very much look forward to receiving your applications and would like to take this opportunity of thanking you in advance for your interest.
It's celebration time here at All Shorts as we toast a fabulously new deal with another prep school, this time, based in North Hampton. This is a hugely successful start to the year for us as a company, one full of opportunities and exciting developments.
If you would like us to supply your school, why not ask about opening a trade account today.
Or chat to us about our "Cash For Schools" programme in which we pay commission directly to your school for every item of uniform we sell for you.
Please feel free to contact us via our website, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We very much look forward to assisting you.
As of Sunday 7 January 2018, All Shorts Limited cut all its trade associations with Ebay. The news comes in the wake of the company’s initial announcement made in June last year to close its Ebay shop.
Originally, All Shorts decided the shop would close in August 2017. However, following a meeting in the summer, the board agreed that the shop remain open until the end of the year.
All Shorts Limited’s Managing Director, Alistaire Anderson, said: “At that time, Ebay were introducing several changes to its Cassini search engine algorithms and shop subscriptions.” Reasoning: Unsure how these changes would affect us, we decided to give Ebay the benefit of the doubt and subsequently took the decision to extend our shop subscription for a further six months.
“Six months down the line, however, it transpired, these changes turned out to be more counter-productive for us as a company, than a triumph.” Adding: “We concluded Ebay was not the most lucrative option for our line of business, with visitor traffic and buyer engagement at unprecedentedly low levels.” Admitting: “we would be best channelling our energy and savings in other avenues. Hence, the decision was taken shortly before Christmas that our Ebay Shop subscription terminate on 7 January 2018.”
He added: “This latest move will most definitely afford us more time to concentrate on our highly successful online retail enterprise and Ecommerce platforms for our corporate customers as a champion of scholastic and occasion wear for boys 3 - 13 years.”
Although empty – and in accordance with Ebay trading policy, All Shorts Ebay shop will remain open until 1 February 2018 to ensure any outstanding transactions made within the last 30 days complete successfully.
“With all existing stock safely transferred to our online store, means existing Ebay customers looking to purchase merchandise from us, should now visit www.allshortsuk.co.uk where you will find more products, more ways to pay, free delivery for all our UK customers and highly competitive postage rates for international consumers.”
Yet, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. “During our two year Tenure on Ebay, we had much to celebrate,” conceded Mr Anderson; “initially going from basic seller level to Ebay top rated in the space of 12 months, coupled with an unwavering 100% customer feedback portfolio and a less than 1% returns record.”
“To this end, we would very much like to thank all our Ebay customers for their business and loyalty over the past twelve months and trust you will accept our invitation to remain aboard our company’s chariot as we openly embrace the next exciting phase of our journey full of energising new opportunities and even brighter prospects.”