Zipper Ties: The Perfect Tie for Servers and Staff

Flexible, affordable and always professional, zipper ties are the go-to choice for discerning restauranteurs. From wait staff to bus boys, hostesses and more, zipper ties keep your forward-facing staff looking their best without the effort required in wearing a standard tie. From the front, a zipper tie is virtually indistinguishable from any other type of tie. From the back, a hidden zipper is revealed that makes wearing and removing the tie as easy as putting on a pair of socks.

What is a Zipper Tie?
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A zipper tie is simply a necktie with a hidden zipper mechanism. They look just like conventional ties, but they are pre-tied with a Windsor knot. In order to get the tie over the head, the neck loop is adjustable and includes a zipper mechanism to quickly tighten or loosen the tie. They can be worn by men or women and once the ties are in place, there’s no indication that they’re anything other than the real deal.

What Styles do Zipper Ties Come in?
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Zipper ties come in all shapes, colors and styles. They’re pre-tied, so they’re easy to put on and take off. Servers and other customer-facing members of your staff can achieve a professional and uniform appearance by wearing the same color and style of tie. The term zipper tie does not describe the width, color or style of the tie, but rather the zipping mechanism on the neck band that allows the tie to be quickly adjusted and secured.

For business owners, consider changing the color and style of your staff’s ties with the season. Choose colorful or fun ties to give your staff’s uniforms a playful touch. Looking for something that’s more aimless and can be worn all year? Try out a pre-tied navy blue uniform tie or a red zipper tie. Zipper ties are some of the more economical options on the market, so stock up on styles for every season.

Are Zipper Ties Professional?
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Zipper ties are one of the few dress accessories that successfully strike the perfect balance between professionalism and convenience. They’re ideal for high-end restaurants, grocery store staff and anyone else that is required to wear a tie as part of the corporate dress code. Adding a tie to a uniform instantly upgrades the appearance of the wearer and gives them a professional look. A zipper tie is a great way to get the professional appearance your business needs without the hassle of a traditional necktie.

Why are Zipper Ties Perfect for the Service Industry?

There are dozens of ways a tie can be tied. In the service industry, uniformity is valued, so it’s important to have your entire staff look the same. Part of that includes having everyone wear the same color and style of tie. Rather than specifying a knot to be used, a pre-tied tie is a great option. It saves time and ensures that your entire front-of-house looks the same. A zipper tie takes the notion of a pre-tied necktie to the next level, offering a simple solution to make dressing and undressing easier. Zipper ties are perfect for the service industry because they help streamline your staff and will keep everyone looking their best.

For the best selection of premium zipper ties in a wide range of colors and styles, visit Sharper Uniforms. We carry zipper ties for every occasion and for every job description. Order your favorite zip-up ties today and give your staff the gift of style and convenience.

Holiday Formal Jackets & Blazers for Staff in Uniform

Shine in Holiday Finery

It’s just around the corner: the festive season. Get into the holiday spirit by choosing formal jackets for all of your staff. Formal jackets for waiters and waitresses are the touch that can give your restaurant, event or venue its celebratory twinkle. Alongside festoons and Christmas trees, these black-tie-inspired jackets are a necessity for any formal wintertime event. Dressed in jackets from Sharper Uniforms, your staff will set the stage for a moment to remember.

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A perfect seasonal uniform for the ladies, our luxurious, lined Eton jacket is unmatched in class when paired with a bow tie. Opt to replace a traditional vest with an Eton jacket to instantly transform a vested uniform for a more formal occasion. This combination looks elegant whether behind a customer service desk or within a restaurant.

Women’s jackets that look sensational at holiday events can also be highly reliable. Our Women’s Steward Jacket is a dependable jacket with a cut straight for a formal and sophisticated look. This ladies’ jacket is unlined to permit total freedom of movement and maximum comfort for wearers. They easily suit up using the zipper closure concealed behind the durable set of faux buttons. Spill-repellent fabric guarantees this jacket can be worn year after year.

 

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Blazers for Male Staff

Charm your Christmastime clientele with uniforms for male staff that look positively first class. For example, staff will be ready for white-glove service at holiday banquets wearing our classic Men’s One Button Tuxedo Jacket. This lined jacket perfectly complements a formal look with its rich satin notch lapel and welt chest pocket.

Let your holiday celebration rise to the occasion by decking out male staff in a Formal Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket. Our polished blazer is sure to leave a lasting impression, whether in a customer service or a food service context. This jacket stays true to fit and color in the wash as it is made of 100 percent polyester.

 

 

Customized Seasonal Uniforms

Holiday events are an opportunity to raise your brand’s profile while your staff looks their best. Our holiday jacket selections are available with branding, so your signature logo can be applied to any jacket. Heat Seal Transfers are one way of preserving logo details, and screen printing of logos is another excellent option. Call us today and we will do our best to meet your precise needs.

Get Ready for the Holidays with Washable Suiting!

The holiday season is upon us! This time is great for catching up with family and taking a break. What many do not realize, is the incredible opportunity professionals have to impress clients in a festive setting. It all starts with presentation. That’s where Sharper Uniforms unique selection of suits comes in.

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Sharper Uniforms uses nothing but the highest quality materials to compose their suits. As a result, the wearer carries an air of effortless style while maintaining remarkable comfort. These are first rate by any measure.

The Men’s Extreme Washable Hotel Single Breasted Suit Coat, for example, is made from 100 percent polyester. This suit feels like class. Classic tailoring and an excellent fit make for a look that is simply unforgettable.

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While most companies would stop here, Sharper Uniforms goes the extra mile. Keeping the consumers best interests in mind, these suits are all machine washable. Easy to use instructions make the process a breeze. Everything is laid out in a straightforward fashion to make washing as smooth as possible.

This simple detail, reflected brilliantly in the Ladies Washable Hotel Single Breasted Microfiber Suit Coat, makes all the difference in your experience. Not only does it offer the most convenience, it saves untold dollars at the drycleaners.

Customers First

Sharper Uniforms has a track record of putting the customer first. From the luxury feel and comfort of their suits, to their innovations in washing, to the smallest details, like single vents in the back to maximize wearer comfort, every part is accounted for. This fact, combined with the other immense advantages offered by these suits, makes them a no-brainer.

If you’re ready to make a difference this holiday season, you need somewhere to start. Look no further than Sharper Uniforms! Let us equip you for the road ahead.

Smart Sweater Weather Tips for Hospitality Staff

A smartly designed sweater can be as professional as a jacket or shirt and tie in the hospitality industry. Unlike a bulky jacket, a sweater can warm up your staff and create a welcoming setting at your resort, restaurant or hotel on cooler weather days, when you set your thermostat for comfort.

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Choose the right styles

Two classic choices for long-sleeve sweaters are the pullover V-neck sweater and button-up style. If you choose matching or complementary colors, you can even choose both to keep your staff inside and outdoors looking professional. Offering your staff members two choices will allow a staff member who doesn’t feel comfortable in a pullover V-neck to choose a cardigan, and vice versa. Sharper Uniforms makes affordably priced styles for men and women, and can help you choose complementary shirts, ties, slacks and skirts.

 

 

Vest solutions

For cool weather months that don’t reach freezing, or for staff members that frequently move from outside to inside over the course of a workday, the best solution is sometimes the vest solution. A vest is an easy-off, easy-on answer to changing temperatures indoors and outdoors. At Sharper Uniforms, V-neck pullover varsity sweater vests with smart trim are available in unisex sizes. With money-saving unisex sleeveless vests, you won’t have to guess how many vests to order for men and how many to stock for women at hospitality industry locales with year-to-year or seasonal staff turnover.

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Heavy coats can prove too bulky for some busy winter resort staff or outside parking lot attendants. For less bulk, consider lower-cost resort hotel zip-up fleece jackets from Sharper Uniforms. Hotel staff workers like this style’s trimmer fit, looser arms, chin guard and plenty of lined pockets. For even less bulk, consider fine-gauge zipper sweaters with hemmed cuffs and bottoms from Sharper Uniforms. Add or subtract layers, depending on the season or morning-to-nightfall changes in daily temperatures.

At Sharper Uniforms, you can choose from dozens of colors and sweater styles for men and women in sizes that range from extra small to 4XL. Shop this year’s go-to styles for men’s and women’s V-neck sweaters, and lightweight long cardigan sweaters for women. Find classic and contemporary styles in uniforms for formal to ultra-casual restaurant, resort and hotel settings.

Summer Waist Aprons

reversible three pocket waist apronOur summer waist aprons are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort to get a durable work garment that does its job. Sharper Uniforms makes these aprons right in the U.S., using high-quality materials such as cotton, twill and durable polyester. These aprons feature soil- and wrinkle-resistant finishes and are reinforced at stress points so they hold up to the demands of the most rigorous food service jobs, all while being perfectly suited for summer.

They come in a variety of unisex designs that are flattering on men and women, with styles that range from basic and casual to more upscale. Whether you’re looking for buckle-styles or aprons with extra-long strings, we have many options to choose from, such as pencil dividers, reversibility and extender belts for plus-size workers.

Our most popular design, for example, is our three-pocket waist apron with a fast-release belt buckle and extra-long ties. It comes in a variety of neutral, bright and pastel colors. To accommodate larger sizes, an optional extender belt can be added for 8-15 additional inches.

Our reversible three-pocket waist aprons are also very popular in the summer. two pocket scalloped apron with reversible optionWith pockets on both sides, it’s so easy to just switch to the other side when one side of this apron gets soiled. This apron is ideal for long shifts or all-day events.

For a little extra flair, kick it up a notch with the elegant look of our two-pocket scalloped apron that comes with a reversible option. Or if you want to keep it more casual, our three-pocket denim waist apron is a surefire hit.

Besides being able to pick the style, color and options that are just right for your business, don’t forget that all our aprons can be customized with your logo, business slogan or any special message that you want. Options include embroidery, silk screening, and heat seal transfers. And if you need even more customization, we can design a special apron specifically for your unique needs.

Blog: Camp Shirts are Back! Check out our Authentic Hawaiian Resort Shirts!

We Accommodate You

It’s that time of year again: Camp shirts are back! Let Averill’s Sharper Uniforms help you get into the summertime groove with the casual cuts, cool fabrics and easy styles of our button-down camp shirts. These shirts are unisex and are available in a wide range of sizes — from extra-small to 6XL. Our super-comfortable shirts will accommodate all sizes, shapes, heights and genders.

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Our colorful selections are available in a huge variety of colors, and are both fun and functional. From solid patterns to the tropical vibes of the laidback island lifestyle, there is a unisex camp shirt that will fit the needs of your employees and your business. Check out our authentic Hawaiian resort shirts, available in brightly colored, cheerful patterns and colors that will energize your staff and add an exciting energy to your business. Choose from tropical motifs that include hibiscus, palm trees, leaves, plumeria, pineapples as well as other vibrant sights, scenes and colors of the Hawaiian island life.

Restaurant Palm Camp ShirtStylish & Durable

Whether you are a restauranteur, a hotelier or a camp owner, our camp shirts offer all-day comfort. Our fashionable designs ensure that your staff are dressed to impress and will stand out in a crowd. We manufacture our high-quality camp shirts to withstand the tough rigors of everyday use. These camp shirts and authentic Hawaiian-style resort shirts stand up to repeated washings without fading.

 

Averill’s: At Your Service

Need personalization services, logo embroidery or other modifications? No problem! Averill’s is here to accommodate a wide range of custom requests — from large quantities, embroidery, heat seal and screen prints. Just contact us for a quote and we will be happy personalize our authentic Hawaiian-style resort shirts or our solid-color camp shirts to your unique specifications.

It’s all about the Polo fabrics!

Polo shirt fabrics have come a long way since the early days when they first became a casual fashion staple. red-womens-poloInstead of a single type of fabric, shirts are made from a variety of fabrics. As it stands now, the three of the most popular polo fabrics are 100 percent Polyester, Poly/Cotton blend and Snag-free Polyester. Out of the three, Snag-free Polyester is the fabric champ when it comes to efficiency and durability.

green-womens-poloWhy Choose Snag-free Polyester Polos?

While the basic structure of a standard polyester shirt holds up well under normal use, eventually threads breakdown, causing unsightly snags to form. Shirt snags can form due to regular machine washings or by getting a piece of the shirt caught on furnishings, restaurant appliances and other things.

Snag-free polyester polo shirts free you and your staff from worrying over uniform maintenance. The strength of the fiber keeps snags from developing. These polos also have built-in stain resistance, making accidental spills easier to remove and avoiding the costly dilemma of permanent spots. Because these shirts are made of 100 percent polyester, they hold up well in washers, and come out of the dryer looking good thanks to the addition of wrinkle-resistant properties.

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Polyester polos come in designs that put extra emphasis in different types of comfort for the wearer. For instance, moister-wicking shirts help keep employees working in warm or hot environments cool. Stretch fabrics offer added flexibility for all body types.

 

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Polyester, Polyester/Cotton, Polyester/Spandex and Snag-free Polyester polo shirts are comfortable for both women and men, mainly because the fabric is breathable and lightweight. Yet, there is one main difference between polos made for ladies and those made for guys.yellow-womens-polo

In the end, it’s all about the sleeve length. The sleeve length for a women’s polo shirt falls half way between the shoulder and the elbow. For men, sleeves usually go all the way down to the top of the elbow.

 

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Ladies Polo Shirt Necklines

Ladies polyester polo shirt necklines come in many styles, giving you a greater variety of choice when creating a professional look. Styles include:

  • Four Button neck lines
  • V-Neck
  • V-Neck and Buttons
  • Three-Quarter Sleeve Lengths

 

 

 

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms Featured in Dec 2017 Issue of Bar Business Magazine!

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms is proud to have been featured in the December 2017 issue of Bar Business MagazineSharper Uniforms, the hospitality industry’s premier publication, alongside some of the most highly-respected companies in the restaurant, hospitality and specialty service industries.

Our Owner and Founder, Averill Bromfield, was interviewed by Bar Business Magazine to find out why he thinks finding a uniform that’s the right fit for your establishment is oh-so-vital to success.

“As they say, first appearance is everything,” Averill said in the interview. “[If] you give someone a drabby T-shirt, that’s gonna turn people away, even in casual restaurants.” And how true that statement is; how many times have you walked into a restaurant and immediately judged the quality of the establishment based upon the staff you were greeted by? Turns out, our mothers were right — first impressions are crucial.

It’s with this in mind that Averill’s Sharper Uniforms sets to work making the best-of-the-best uniforms in the industry. From our beginnings as a somewhat-local cutlery company, we recognized a need within the uniform industry and set to work to fill that void. Now, over 14 years later, we are a thriving uniform supplier providing superior service to companies around the globe. And while our business has gone global, our roots have remained proudly in the United States as all of our uniforms are proudly made right here at home using methods such as embroidery, screen-printing and heat transfers.

One of Averill’s top pieces of advice mentioned in the Bar Business Magazine interview was that the uniform “has to fit the concept” of the establishment. A high-end restaurant with servers in screen-printed T-shirts might set the wrong tone. In the same vein, staff members who don’t have uniforms which clearly set them apart can result in the awkward moment of a customer asking a fellow customer for assistance because they can’t quickly identify establishment employees. “It makes it a lot easier to say, ‘sir or miss, can you help me?’ without asking a customer by mistake,” says Averil.

Check out Bar Business Magazine’s December 2017 issue for the full interview and to read more about how Averill’s Sharper Uniforms can help your business stand out from the herd.

Happy Holiday Wishes to All!

The holidays are a special time of year. As December passes, people spend more time at home with their families, sharing time and celebrating the final days of the year in a restrained manner.happy-holidays-3002092_640

However, “restrained” is the last word we’d associate with the holiday season. For many restaurants, clubs and hotels, December is the craziest month of the year, packed with parties, banquets, gatherings and other holiday events. From the chefs and other workers in the kitchen to the greeters at the front, the intensity of work grows. As staffing needs increase and supplies get stretched, holiday stress can build.

It doesn’t matter what area of the hospitality industry you serve. The holidays are a tricky time of year, where blessings and challenges are entangled to the point of being unable to separate them. You balance the needs of your family with your work family (for many of you, those two things are the same). Many of you won’t even get to celebrate the holidays until they are over, in the quiet, slow months to follow. But thinking about those rough, lean months only inspires a level of stress that doesn’t allow for a whole lot of relaxation.

At Sharper Uniforms, we know exactly what you face at this time of year. That’s why our staff has worked hard to supply you with the best work uniforms the market has to offer. Since 2003, we’ve sought out the finest quality shirts, pants, aprons and other garments for your employees. We’ve put an emphasis on finding the finest fabrics with the perfect balance of comfort and durability, so that it can survive repeated shifts and washings. All of that work is geared toward helping you make money — well-dressed employees help bring back customers, and durable uniforms spare you replacement costs.

We’re honored to be part of your success story, and we look forward to serving you in the months to come. From all of us at Sharper Uniforms, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season full of warmth and wealth, and a prosperous new year.

Holiday Shirts – Time to Get Fancy

Whether your brand embraces formalwear, or you want to dress up your staff’s look for the holidays, a clean, crisp tuxedo shirt makes a statement of elegance and luxury. At Sharper Uniform, we provide a range of colors, collars, and styles for this iconic piece, with tailoring to fit both the men and women on your staff.men-s-wing-collar-tuxedo-shirt-57

Our men’s formal shirts include the traditional wing collar tuxedo shirt with your choice of 1/4 or 1/8 inch pleats. Convertible cuffs, clear buttons, and included black studs are versatile while achieving a classic look. Available in sizes from XS to multi-XL sizes, our men’s wing collar tuxedo shirt will fit every man on your staff in style.

If you prefer the lay collar tuxedo shirt, we offer them in a range of colors with quarter inch pleats for classic detailing. Clear buttons can be changed for the included studs for added flair.

We offer a wide range of bow ties and colorful neckties to accessorize your tuxedo shirts. If you prefer to forgo the neckwear, take a look at the men’s banded collar tuxedo shirts for the elegance of simplicity. We offer our banded collar tuxedo shirts in classic colors, with half-inch pleats. For further panache, consider the men’s black trim banded shirt in white, with a black piping trim around the banded collar. The single black and gold button at the collar, with a smooth, pleat-free front is very distinguished.

Each of the styles described above can be found in our ladies tuxedo shirts, cut and styled for the women on your staff, in sizes 2-28. And each is designed to be durable and look its best through many wearings. Our men’s microfiber dress shirt takes this easy care and durability to a new level. The machine washable shirts continue to look new no matter how often they are laundered.

Whether your staff is dressing up for the holidays, or the formal, sophisticated elegance is part of your daily style, Sharper Uniforms consistently delivers the quality you need for your hospitality staff.