Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Enhance your brand with the Prestige and Longevity of Leather Gifts

By Kim Vermaak
What I love about leather is the sheer luxuriousness of it. The smell has a classy established aroma to it and the feel of a genuine leather item speaks of style and taste. That’s what makes leather gifts such an appealing corporate gift. One of the great things about leather is that there are so many applications for corporate gifting. You can also build an entire corporate gifting strategy around leather. For example, entry level clients can get something as simple and cost effective as a leather business card holder. Although more expensive than many of the metal business card holders, they have excellent longevity. In fact leather gifts really do stand the test of time when it comes to wear. It is even a status symbol to have a more worn looking leather item. If it is genuine leather in comparison to bonded leather, it will wear very well. While Moleskines have become an increasingly popular brand name and one of the brands that we well a lot of, these books need to be replaced on a regular basis, meaning that to get longevity for your brand, you are going to have to replace them yourself every few months. The genuine leather notebooks covers however, are branded and given out once. Many of the A4 notebooks available at the moment form stationary stores that easily be slipped into these covers. This means that the genuine leather notebook covers offer longevity and longevity equals value for money in a corporate gift. The leather notebook would be an excellent example for a mid-level leather corporate gift. The highest end leather corporate gifts definitely come in the form of leather travel bags. This is the highest level of style and class and a sort after corporate gift by executives, dignitaries and many other high level individuals. They make wonderful golf day prizes and awards because of their high value and stylish design. Along the way there are number of leather corporate gifting items that will compliment your leather gift strategy. You can choose form desk based leather corporate gifts such as, A4 leather trays, leather desk blotters, leather desk business card holders, leather desk memo pads; leather desk pen caddies, leather mouse pads. As there is such a wide range of these leather items, it is easy to find a different item every year as part of your corporate gifting strategy. Then then there are travel theme leather corporate gifts such as, leather cosmetic pouches, leather jewellery rolls, leather luggage tags, leather passport covers and leather travel wallets Conference leather gifts include, leather A4 Folders, leather A5 Folders, leather computer bags, and leather document bags. For clients who embrace both technology as well and a timeless elegance there are a number if IPad options to choose from such as, leather IPad covers, leather IPad sleeves, leather IPad zipper folders. By Kim Vermaak Belle Regalo – Supplier of Corporate Gifts www.belleregalo.co.za For more leather ideas visit: http://www.belleregalo.co.za/gifts/Leather-Gifts.htm Contact us on info@belleregalo.co.za or 082 948 7461

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What exactly does kiln firing a mug mean

Branded coffee mugs are a very popular corporate gifting item. It may appear that a branded coffee mug is just another corporate gift. However this is a much specialised branding process that requires some explanation as to why we use the branding processes that we do. There are a number of companies that do not kiln fire their branded coffee mugs, which may lead you to ask, what is a kiln fired mug? Well to help you with this, here are some Branded Coffee Mugs Frequently Asked Questions What exactly does kiln firing a mug mean? It is a print process where your logo is baked within a kiln at high temperatures. This is done to ensure that your logo and print on the coffee mug is literally baked onto the surface of the mug which will make the branding more durable. What happens if it is not Kiln Fired? Without kiln firing a logo will scratch off easily or fade quickly when used in microwaves or dishwashers. We use kiln firing simply because it is the best method for branding. Direct printing onto the surface is possible with no kiln firing. It is much cheaper but the drawback is that you would not have the durability that firing a branded coffee mug will offer you. What is The Branding Process used of a Kiln Fired Coffee Mug
The first method is where we directly print your logo onto the mug. Then afterwards the print is kiln fired in temperatures between 300-800 degrees Celsius. This branding method will be the same ceramic coffee mugs. Travel mugs on the other hand which are made from metal, plastics or a combination of both do not use the kiln firing process. Kiln firing applies to clay based products only. For multiple colour prints (excluding full colour photos or images with gradients) it is not possible to print directly as a method called a transfer print is required. The reason why it cannot be printed directly like the method above is that when the mug is printed and the second colour is applied the initial first colour is so delicate that it will literally come off with the slightest touch. Therefore we screen print it onto a transfer sheet which is then hand applied to the mug and then the mug is fired to ensure the branding stays. Types of Kilns Used There are generally two types of kilns used. These essentially are gigantic ovens. There are gas kilns and electric kilns. For information on branded coffee mugs, contact us us on info@belleregalo.co.za or visit us on www.belleregalo.co.za or call us on 082 948 7461.