The Latest Trend In Uniform Design
Education Journal Middle East / October 2015
More schools are opting for active uniforms and moving away from traditional woven shirts and trousers
With the school year well underway, it’s been a busy time for Zaks Uniforms, which supplies to more than 120 schools in the GCC.
Owing to its expertise in the sector, the company has watched school uniforms evolve over the years.
Zaks Uniforms operations director Zaid Ali says: “Schools decide their styles based on the curriculum they offer. For instance, a British curriculum prefers a tie policy to represent a more disciplined approach. Several schools have recently moved away from the traditional woven shirt and trouser look into a more active uniform.”
However, while uniform designs may have changed, Ali says it is essential to maintain quality and keep up-to-date with fabrics suitable for the region.
“Considering that the Middle East is going through a huge transformation in the education offered, many THE LATEST TRENDS IN UNIFORM DESIGN More schools are opting for active uniforms and moving away from traditional woven shirts and trousers schools are very keen on introducing fabric that is technologically advanced. Zaks has partnered with multiple international companies to introduce new technology in the region.
“Some of the latest innovations that we are using in our uniforms are vertical stretch Lycra trousers, H2O dry out fibre in woven shirts, organic t-shirts, and the latest introduction of eco blazers and eco jackets made from recycled plastic bottles for the more environmentally conscious school or parent.”
Uniforms also have to reflect the identity of the school, Ali says. Zaks Uniforms’ design team works with schools to come up with multiple options that suit each school’s special needs.
“Uniforms inculcate discipline and most importantly a sense of equality amongst students. We help our clients create their unique identity. Several schools have a strong tradition of tartan and colours through which they identify themselves and this identity is projected through uniforms.”