Tradition Takes a Hike

Compelling printing advances were on display at the SGIA show.

The color selection of classic woven shirts is typically traditional – bright white, off-white, navy, red and black. Not this year. Suppliers are introducing collections of colors that are fashionable and soft. They fit perfectly in with Pantone’s Spring 2015 color picks, which Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman describes as “a move toward the cooler, softer side of the spectrum.”

The colors introduced into newest line of wovens from Blue Generation (asi/40653) are an apt example. They both feature a softer side of color as well as a textured appearance with the company’s Heathered Crossweave shirts. They’re available in five fashion colors. Ladies can select from Plum, Rose, Charcoal, Light Blue and French Blue; men’s shades coordinate with all colors except for Rose. Each is woven with subtle two-tone threads to create a sophisticated depth of color.

“Suppliers are introducing collections of colors that are fashionable and soft.”

A decorative weave of the shirt itself is another way to showcase color and style. For example, the Glen Plaid from Devon & Jones Men’s Crown Collection comes woven with a combination of thread colors, such as white and graphite to create a soft look of a gray plaid. Alphabroder (asi/34063) has developed seven unique fabrications in an expanded array of solids and classic shirting yarn-dyed patterns for nearly unlimited options for outfitting and uniform programs..


The freshly colored Heathered Crossweave men’s (BG-8215) and women’s (BG-6215) shirts from Blue Generation (asi/40653; circle 115 on Free Info Card) come in a number of unique variations beyond the standard white.


Beyond color, look for patterned detail to keep the look fresh, like this Glen Plaid style button-down shirt (DG520) from alphabroder (asi/34063; circle 113 on Free Info Card).