Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Ascent


One of the brands that I love is the First Ascent brand. The brand is a leading outdoor specialist brand. Whether it is cycling, hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, triathlons or braving the corporate jungle, the First Ascent brand offers top performance gear for any adventurous person. The soft shell jackets ad body warmers are extremely popular in the corporate market. Besides the technology testing the brand’s performance is tested in the field by serious athletes. Soft-Shell fabrics combine the insulation benefits of a soft fleece with the water & wind repellent benefits of a hard shell. Fusion Soft-Shell fabrics are research inspired fabrics developed to move fast and light and simplify your wardrobe. Fabrics are lightweight, durable, easy to wear and for the most part outperform a traditional hard shell, except in extended rainy conditions. Some of the jackets that we like are the : Men’s Phantom XT-2 Jacket
Description: This soft-shell fabric offers the best of both hard-shell and fleece in one garment – water repellent enough to protect you from a light downpour. Features: • Articulated arms, for freedom of movement • Athletic cut to eliminate excess bulk • High collar for increased protection • 2 large pockets with concealed shock cord for the hem located in each pocket • Mp3 compatible pocket Specifications: • FABRIC > Soft-Shell XT2 • WEIGHT > 485g • SIZES: S | M | L | XL | 2XL | 3XL | 4XLcl Men’s Oracle XT-1 Jacket Tramm5mm
Description: Featuring bonded breathable membrane technology, the Oracle represents the ultimate combination of hard-shell and fleece. The durable water shedding face fabric combines with the membrane to effectively repel snow, ice and most of the rain it encounters. Features: • XT-1 Soft-Shell membrane technology fabric • Athletic cut with articulated arms for unrestricted movement • Aquaguard main zip for increased water shedding • Concealed cuff gusset to keep unwanted snow and ice at bay • 2 large chest cargo pockets and 2 easy entry handwarmer pockets • Sewfree zippered bicep accessory pocket • One hand operational collar adjuster and waist • drawcord anchored in pocket • MP3 Compatible pocket Specifications: • FABRIC > Soft-Shell XT1 • WEIGHT > 550g • SIZES: S | M | L | XL | XXL | XXXL Ladies Oracle XT-1 Jacket
Description: Featuring bonded breathable membrane technology, the Oracle represents the ultimate combination of hard-shell and fleece. The durable water shedding face fabric combines with the membrane to effectively repel snow, ice and most of the rain it encounters. Features: • XT-1 Soft-Shell membrane technology fabric • Ladies specific cut with articulated arms for unrestricted movement • Aquaguard main zip for increased water shedding • One hand operational collar adjuster and waist drawcord anchored in pocket • Concealed cuff gusset to keep unwanted snow and ice at bay • Sewfree zippered bicep accessory pocket • MP3 Compatible pocket Specifications: • FABRIC > Soft-Shell XT-1 • WEIGHT > 495g • SIZES: S | M | L | XL Ladies Bernina Waistcoat XT2 Description: A flattering, wind blocking body warmer designed to keep the torso warm and dry. Fleecy lined for warmth with an easy maintenance outer fabric. Features: • Fleecy lined Fusion XT-2 fabric is windproof and water resistant • Zip secure hand warmer pockets, with hem draw cord neatly stowed inside • MP3 compatible pocket Specifications: • FABRIC > Soft Shell XT2 Fabric • WEIGHT > 260g • SIZES: S | M | L | XL | 2XL Mens Matterhorn Body Warmer
Description: This next generation softshell fabric offers the best of both hardshell & fleece in one garment – the wind resistant outer blocks natures fury, while the soft fleece traps the warmth to insulate your torso. Features: • Reflective logos • Athletic cut to eliminate excess bulk • Chest pocket to carry an energy bar • 2 large pockets • Elasticated hem to seal in the warmth Specifications: • FABRIC > Fusion Soft Shell XT2 Fabric • WEIGHT > 310g • SIZES: S | M | L | XL | 2XL | 3XL

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coffee Mugs are Great Winter Promotional Gifts


As winter approaches, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a hot steaming mug of tea or coffee to brace off the winter chills. One of the things that I look for in a mug is the comfort of the handle. I must be able to comfortably wrap my fingers into the handle and I must be able to wrap my hands around the mug, because that is what gives the most comfortable soothing winter warming effects. Mugs that work well with these qualities are the standard coffee mugs and the bullet coffee mugs. They have good rounded surfaces to wrap your hands around. If you really want to indulge, then the cookie mug also has all the good qualities of a coffee mug, with the added benefit of having a handy place to keep a tasty close at hand. The cookie mug has a wonderful print surface area. The standard mug, bullet mug and cookie mugs can have wrap around prints. This means that the print wraps all the way round the mug, except in the handle area. That gives you a big fun surface area to be creative with. I also love the look of the spoon mug, the one challenge is that if you damage the ceramic spoon that comes with the mug, and then you are unable to replace it. However, you can still slot a normal teaspoon into it. But for multi-functional mugs, from a practical perspective the cookie mug still comes out tops. Being in the industry we have a lot of samples of different mugs that we can use whenever we want to and I find that I still always revert to the bullet mug and standard mug and on occasion the cone mug. When deadlines are on and you desperate for a strong caffeine fix, then you can revert to the jumbo cone mug. It is a novel, high impact corporate gift with a wonderfully large print surface area and a full wrap print area. Although it is fun to have a photo on a mug, this is done using digital printing and I personally still prefer a kiln fired coffee mug, which has to use water based silk screened decals. The mugs are then hand decorated and are then baked in a kiln at extremely high temperatures. This ensures that the print is permanent and microwave and dishwasher safe. For more information on branded coffee mugs and other corporate gifts or promotional gifts contact us on info@belleregalo.co.za or call us on: Office Line: (011) 593 2450 or Office Cell: 082 948 7461

It is Time to Plan for Jacket Season


After the last few weeks of rain I have been so pleased to have sunshine for a few days. It definitely lifts the spirits, but I must confess that in the evenings I have been feeling that the chill is starting to creep up on us. Jackets are a great corporate clothing option. They help to build corporate identity and serve as walking billboards for your company. They make great staff morale boosters and many clients also welcome a jacket over this season. If you are buying for immediate use and want a great all-rounder jacket for those rainy days, the
all-weather jacket is a terrific option. It is a light weight jacket that comes in a variety of colours. It also have a convenient zip up bag that it is stored in so ladies can pop it into an average size handbag or it can be left in the boot of your car. The All Weather jacket is constructed from windproof and water resistant rip-stop nylon. This jacket has Mesh Airtex lining for added comfort. The hood may be zipped off or tucked into the collar and concealed. It comes in black, lime, navy, red and stone. If you are looking for a more serious jacket, then the Trade Jacket is the way to go. The Trade Jacket
has an extended length jacket, which is medium weight, padded jacket featuring zip-away/roll-up hood, elasticated cuffs with tab adjusters, two side pockets with bar-tacking reinforced entry and horizontal chest flap concealing zippered pocket on right side. This jacket is available in six colours, black, bottle, grey, red, royal, navy. On the sportier side is the Monte Carlo Jacket. This is Medium weight padded jacket in raglan cut for
versatile fit. This jacket features include reflective piping for high visibility, zipaway padded hood with drawstring, two zippered side pockets and adjustable cuffs with velcro tabs. This sporty two-tone styling jacket comes in four colourways black and charcoal, lime and black, red and black and finally royal and black. For more jacket options contact Belle Regalo e-mail us on info@belleregalo.co.za

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Promotional T-shirts are still an effective way to draw attention to your brand


by Kim Vermaak 09 February 2014 Today there is so much competition to get noticed. Plus so much information out there. In the promotional clothing and promotional gift industry, I have seen a lot of gifts and t-shirts, but three weeks ago, I noticed a t-shirt’s slogan made me ask a total stranger to turn around and show me the front of his t-shirt. His t-shirt said “Getting bosses and their secretaries out of trouble since 1997”. Now when he turned around the actual company that the shirt was advertising was both a particularly exciting type of products, but definitely necessary and it certainly got my attention with the catchy slogan on the back of the t-shirt. In today’s fast paced and highly competitive business world, standing out is the key. The good news is that there are more ways to reach people than ever before in history, and if you’re willing to think outside of the box and pay attention to your clientele, you can strike the right chord. Choose Great Graphic design Once of the best ways for attracting customers to small businesses these days, particularly when the clientele are under 35, is through graphic design. Graphic design might seem a bit unusual, but today’s generation is all about being unusual and standing out. This allows building a brand that is both highly recognizable, a path for future success. Custom t-shirts The reason why you don’t need to spend money and why spending money won’t give you the results you’re looking for is because people in today’s younger generations aren’t driven by the old school ad campaigns that used to work. There are so many younger generations making purchasing decisions. So make sure that your custom t-shirts have a great appeal for a younger market. Since start-ups generally don’t have deep pockets, you really need to plan ahead. That means you should start by trying to be creative from the very beginning. One of the tactics you can try is to use t-shirts that are inexpensive and custom made. You can’t do much better than a good run of t-shirts if you’re trying to get the public wise to your business, what you do, and why people should come to you. T-shirts Work Lots of businesses, with small businesses in particular, tend to look toward t-shirts as a marketing tool of choice because it gives them the results they are looking for at a budget they can afford. A t-shirt is like a billboard that walks everywhere and interacts with future customers on your behalf. In some ways, it’s even better than a billboard because of that element of personal interaction. If you want success, you should figure out a way to get people to do your marketing for you through t-shirts. In a recent study, Brand exposure on Corporate Gifts clearly leaves a compelling impression on recipients when compared to other forms of advertising. 56% of recipients of corporate gifts said their opinion of the brand or company was more favourable. Tips to keep in mind Use graphics, use colour, use size a large size print on your t-shirts, Take advantage of any avenues of distribution you can think of. If you have employees, for example, all of them should be wearing your t-shirts everywhere they go. Ask friend who want you to succeed to wear your t-shirts. Think simple. Your design should be easy to figure out visually, but at the same time, you should make it stand out so it sticks in the mind. And finally, you want your t-shirts to be packaged with your products so people are likely to pick them up when they pick up your products. There are a number of reasons to look toward promotional t-shirts when it comes to small business marketing. T-shirts are cheap and effective billboards that reach people personally. Just keep things creative and you’ll start racking up customers before you know it. If you need to find out more about promotional t-shirts contact Belle Regalo info@belleregalo.co.za or call us on (011) 593 2450 or 082 948 7461.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rainy Day Gifts


You have heard the term rainmaker. It is a person who generates income for a business or organization by brokering deals or attracting clients or funds. Rain brings new life to your garden, cleans out the air from pollution and heals the earth. But it can also make people a little gloomy, when they have to get up to go to work in the rain, the traffic becomes congested, someone drives through a puddle and you get drenched and your children get cabin fever as they cannot go out. That is when it is the perfect time to capitalise on handing out rainy day gifts. What kind of promotional gifts can you hand out on a rainy day? Umbrellas are always a winner. They come is a vast range of sizes and shapes a colours. Personally I prefer a windproof umbrella or golf umbrellas. That is because I come from Port Elizabeth; also known as the friendly or the windy City. Now while I like the friendly part, I am not crazy about the wind especially if the wind turns your umbrella inside out. It is always an act of kindness to have a few branded umbrellas in your reception area for visitors who arrive unprotected from the rain. So if you are afraid of the combination of wind and rain, then a rain resistant jacket like a wind breaker, dri mac or oxford sporty jacket is the way to go. Of course on days like these I have a craving for hot chocolate and if you are like me, and then the best kind of hot chocolate is definitely Nomu. Rich and creamy chocolatey indulgence, this premium hot chocolate powder is meant to be enjoyed with hot or cold milk or maybe even just sprinkled on top of vanilla ice cream! As Nomu comes in a beautiful tin, why not compliment it with an Isosteel mug (the prestige thermal mug) or with one of the highly accessible cost effective promotional stainless steel thermal mugs. Why not have a coffee machine in your reception area, one with coffee and an urn with hot water and couple of branded mug and a tin of delicious hot chocolate for them to warm up with after being drenched by the rain. Whatever your special rainy promotional gifts are, you can certainly add dividends to your client relationships by using these promotional gifting ideas. For more information about Umbrellas or other rainy day promotional gifts, contact us on info@belleregalo.co.za , visit us on www.belleregalo.co.za or call us on (011) 593 2450 Or 082 948 7461.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Themes for Valentine's Day Gifts for Corporates


This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. That gives corporates a terrific opportunity to organise something on Valentine’s Day. This I am favouring corporate picnics for Valentine’s Day. They fall within a romantic theme, but work well for corporates. This is quite easy to coordinate. If you have a large budget, buy wicker picnic baskets for clients or staff and fill them with delicious Valentine’s Day treats. Then get large picnic blankets which can be laid out in a court yard, in a sectioned off part of the parking lot etc. Most baskets come with all the plates, glasses and utensils for two to four people, so you don’t need anything extra except your food. Even a lunch cooler filled with Valentine’s Day treats will work well. Hire a whole bunch of plants from a d├ęcor company or a nursery to create a little sectioned off piece of paradise. Be sure to choose plants that are of different heights to create a natural feel. Get some tranquil music which you can play over a portable CD player or hire a sound system. Include in your basket a love song CD that your guest can take home with them as well. If you have a lower budget, get platters from a local Spar and give each guest a sandblasted champagne glass with miniature personalised champagne bottles as a Valentine’s Day gift. We have a big demand for personalised wine as promotional gifts. After all the yummy treats, why not and out to your guests some banded mint tins, which will be an excellent Valentine’s Day gift that will be used a long time after your Valentine’s Day corporate event. There are some many ways that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your clients and staff, just use a little imagination and you can spread some love this Valentine’s Day. For more ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts, contact Belle Regalo on info@belleregalo.co.za or call us on 082 948 7461.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Useful Desk Based Corporate Gifts


By Kim Vermaak Unlike other forms of media, where the advertiser’s message is seen as an interruption in what the consumer is trying to do
(i.e.: watch a TV programme or surf the Internet), promotional products are used by consumers to achieve a goal, like drink coffee, write or wear a shirt. Your corporate gifting strategy targets your direct customers thereby reducing wastage of ad spend. You can also incorporate the initial drop off of the gift with an advertising message. For example rolling up an advertisement into a coffee mug or adding it to your packaging. Examples of useful corporate gifts at this time of the year are. Business Card Holders, desk coffee machines, desk organisers, desk planners, mouse pads, photo frames. Business Card Holders I like the Nickel Plated Business Card Stand. It has a stylish leatherette material wit contrast white stitching and engrave able front plate. Business card holders are terrific practical corporate gifts to help keep a desk organiser and to always have business cards on hand. Desk Coffee Machines In November I bought our sales manager the Perk Coffee Maker. He likes to start his day with a cup of coffee, but the rest of the team drink tea. So to make a whole pot of coffee for one person is a waste. This nifty machine makes a single cup of coffee. So the person, who gets this great corporate gift, gets to have a superb cup of coffee in just the right amount. Desk Organisers At the beginning of the year many people are trying to reorganize their workspace to increase productivity. An effective corporate gift for this use is an executive desk box with memo pad. This compact desk organiser has space for a kindle or small tablet. It also has a pen holder that can hold several promotional pens. There is a separate compartment for a mobile phone. It has a 100 memo pages and also has a storage draw. This model is due to arrive on 27 February (so place back order to ensure stock) Desk Planners. Most people are starting to plan for their year ahead. You can opt for a paper desk planner or a leather reusable desk planner for high end clients. Mouse Pads Mouse pads remain an excellent useful corporate gift. You can choose from great stock items or you can have a mouse pad custom made as a corporate gift. If your mouse pad is custom made, this adverting gift can have a full designed advertisement in it. Photo Frames Many people like to have a picture of their children or spouse on their desk. You can personalise your branding with this special corporate gift to keep your client’s and staff memories close at hand. There are so many wonderful and practical desk based gifts to choose from, that you can make an impact with your brand for 2014. For more ideas of corporate gifts contact Belle Regalo on info@belleregalo.co.za