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Five Reasons You Should Order a Leavers Hoodie 16/06/2016

Five reasons you should order a leavers hoodie right now!

Are you finished with your education leaving school this year? First off, congratulations on your accomplishments! But you’re left with wanting something to remember your time with your peers and teachers? Look no further than a custom leavers hoodie, and celebrate your accomplishments in style. If you’re still not sure about getting one here are a few reasons that may change your mind!

  • Fantastic way to remember your time at school, college or university – Leavers can be personalised leavers2016with your nickname and school logo or with a custom design which can be completely left up to you!
  • Fashionable – Our leavers hoodies come in a wide range of styles, sizes, colours, you will find a hoodie you will love. Not to mention that leavers hoodies are a perfect example to show off your accomplishments, and who knows you might inspire someone by wearing it around to finish their higher education!
  • Affordable – Our leavers hoodies are CHEAP when ordered in bulk. Most schools and universities order this way to keep the costs down and make sure that everyone can get one!
  • Comfortable – Our leavers hoodies are comfy. Like really, really comfy and are pretty much the most comfortable piece of clothing you can wear around the house or out on the go. Don’t take my word for it though.
  • Custom – Creating your own personalised leavers hoodie is half the fun. You can involve everyone and even do a collaborative design effort with your school. Your creations can be as unique or as standard as you like, it’s completely up to you!

When it comes down to it, why wouldn’t you not order a leavers hoodie this year? It’s not too late to get started and get the ball rolling for you and everyone. Contact us today.

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What To Do After? 31/05/2016

What to do when you leave school?

Let’s get serious for a moment. What DO you do crossroadswhen you are finally ready to leave school and move on to bigger and brighter opportunities? When it comes down to deciding what your future will look like we all need to take a moment, not panic and think it out. Ultimate Leavers Hoodies recommends discussing your future with family, friends, mentors or anyone with an opinion you value. We know there are many roads in life and university is just one direction of many. Plenty of people change their minds about school, post pone uni, and decide to take a year off or go into the work force right away.

What are my choices exactly? Well that’s a good question and here are a few choices that are available.

Higher Education

Well, the most common choice for school leavers is higher education and the continued learning furthering your academic path. Pick a subject you feel passionate about and learn about it. Many students get caught up in what’s going to make me the most money when their done, and end up in a job they dislike. We recommend choosing a path which you enjoy and can see yourself doing. Right?

Next is getting into an apprenticeship!

Get right into the trade and learn a valuable skill. You can work outside, get fresh air and the job is always unique. If you like working with your hands, troubleshooting problems and thinking on your feet, the trades sector has tons of variety of jobs available! Of course, this type of work usually lasts for a few years or until you get certified. It all depends on what you’re doing exactly.

Straight into the workplace

As a school leaver the first thing you need to do is find a job if you aren’t going to head into uni or into the trade. There’s many companies offering roles for school leavers and most companies have training programs and career progress so you can always be striving for something better.

Gap Year

Gap year is sort of like a ‘I’m not sure yet’, many students take 6 months to a year off for travel and gain some valuable life experiences along the way.  Usually when the year is up the student has made up their mind.

Remember all of these options have their positives and negatives associated with them, and when making your decision be sure to consider all paths!


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Remember the Good Times 04/05/2016

Remembering the Good Times

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies wants you to look back and remember all the good times duringleavers_2016 school. Because that’s what it’s all about, growing and sharing your experiences with the world. As we approach the end year term, the Ultimate Leavers Hoodie factory is ramping up production to meet our 2016 leavers demands. We absolutely love providing quality fitted leavers hoodies specified exactly how you ordered it. Every time we create a custom hoodie we’re also celebrating your accomplishments during the year. You know, nostalgia is a powerful feeling. We all have something we look back at and remember fondly and those feelings mold and shape you into the person you are today. I know every time I wear a special shirt I remember when I bought it and what I was doing then. Our leavers hoodies are no different, it’s a tangible hoodie you can hold, wear and cherish for many years helping you remember the good times at school

Do you remember when your dance society held that break dancing competition and won? Checkmate Manchester university. How about booking your class trip to Paris and getting hit with that massive rainstorm? Ultimate Leavers Hoodies is here to provide you with your leavers hoodies that will always make you smile when you remember the good times…and dry.

All leavers hoodies can be personalised with their own colour, school crest, or commemoration of a special trip or event. We make ordering as easy as possible so it’s simple for you to organise and track. We also do the free delivery thing as standard because it’s trendy. Our hoodies are delivered individually named for ease of distribution too.

What are you waiting for? It’s not too late to start planning for your Ultimate Leavers Hoodie today!

Connect with us right now and we can get you started on your class hoodie.

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How to Submit Proper Artwork to Ultimate Leavers Hoodies 04/04/2016

Let’s Get Started!

Are you in charge of ordering your school’s 2016 leaver hoodies and are unsure of what type of artwork needs to be supplied? Do you need a quick refresher on what file types are recommended? Well good news everybody! I’m here to provide you with a brief explanation of how our graphics department works and what you will need when ordering one of our stylish leavers hoodies. To ensure your order is process efficiently and correctly we have outlined our artwork recommendations below. I also went ahead and highlighted specific keywords to emphasize their importance to both us and you. Hopefully our post will help answer your questions and put an end to “What file types do I need and why do I need it in that format”?


The Correct File Formatsvector

Screen Printing / Digital Transfers are the most common and most cost effective way of printing hoodies, t-shirts and other garments. We require Vector Illustrator and EPS files as they are the preferred files types for these printing solutions. It’s easy to differentiate between vectors and other formats. If you zoom into a vector, you will see no jagged edges or distortion. If you zoom into a bitmap, the image and edges will become blocky.

We highly encourage you NOT creating a bitmap file and then save it as a .AI or .EPS file – it’s still a bitmap and would be unusable unless we re-draw it for a fee.


Your Colouring / Pantonespantone

Artwork colours should be converted to spot colours within Illustrator or other graphic software you may be using. The individual colours can be selected and changed to their Pantone equivalents. Please refer to the software documentation, or browse the Internet for more details on how to do this. When we screen print, we first print one colour, then print a second colour, etc. This is the reason why we need colour separated files. We can then easily print out the files in colour separation.


Embedding Fonts and Converting Fontsfonts

If your logo has any fonts / typefaces, then these MUST be converted to paths (OR converted to curves – depending on your software package). This simply means that the font is converted to a graphic object and cannot be changed. If this is not done, then when we receive the file and don’t have the equivalent font, we won’t be able to match your artwork.


TIF and PSD Bitmap Files – Suitable for Single Colour Prints

Artwork files must be sized to the exact size (or larger) than the actual print size and must be at least 300dpi at the print size. Colours should be separated in layers. This is not a preferred method and may incur extra costs if we have to manipulate the file.

Adobe PDF Filesadobe

PDFs must be created from vector files and maintain edit capabilities. Don’t create a bitmap file and then save it as a PDF file – it’s still a bitmap and would be unusable and would be liable for a re-draw fee.




Embroidery Processembroidery

For embroideries we require that the artwork is a high resolution .JPG, .BMP, .TIF, .EPS, .AI formats. All files types are accepted as long as the resolution is high quality.





If you have any further questions about our artwork guidelines or want to place a enquiry or order with us please give us a call at 020 3540 7440 or reach us at

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The Embroidery Process 23/03/2016

The Embroidery Processcustom_wear

Do you know Ultimate Leavers Hoodies can customise your leavers hoodies with embroidered designs and logos featuring your universities? We thought it would be neat to walk you through our internal processes on how we go from your ideas to fabrication to your Ultimate Leaver Hoodie.

Picking the Right Hoodie for You

It begins when you select a hoodie from our hoodie range. Our Classic hoodie has a stylish fit and soft finish, weighted at 279gsm. If you’re not familiar with the term gsm it means grams per square meter. The higher gsm means high quality and weight of the fabrics, not to mention the warmer you’ll be! Our other hoodies aren’t without their charm and if you fancy a zip up style or a light to dark contrast street hoodie look we can get you sorted with that too!

Our complete list of hoodies includes:

Get Your Artwork Submittedleavers_2016

So you’ve picked the right hoodies for you and your classmates and submitted your artwork to our graphics department. Nice work – we’re nearly done! You’ve ended up choosing your university logo on the front and a custom 2016 leavers design with your nickname on the back. Perfect! That’s going to look great. Our sophisticated sewing machines run by our sewing operators will have no trouble crafting exactly what you want.


Now that we have your artwork and specifications you have provided we begin the artwork digitizing process. First the artwork is submitted to our software for digitizing and converted into a specific format for our machines to process. One common misconception is that you can just use a .jpeg or .bmp image and that will work. This simply isn’t true; in order to process the art correctly it needs to be recreated using stitches via our software. Our software tells the sewing machine to sew a specific design, in a specific colour, with a specific type of stitch. Our machines can create logos up to 12 inches in size and can use 15 colours in each design. They make light work of 25,000 stitches so that our embroidery service remains cost effective and fast.


Artwork is now ready to be processed by our sewing machines. Our embroidery production is hands on and before the sewing can emb-machinebegin the specific thread colours must be loaded by hand into our sewing machines. A spool of coloured thread is checked against the logo colour and the sewing head must be loaded. The machine is programmed by the sewing operator and the design is set for a particular colour sequence and a particular sewing speed. The hoodies must then be “hooped” individually, by hand, and then fixed to the sewing machine. Once the design has completed, the hoodie is taken off the machine, un-hooped, and sent to our quality assurance production step.


After the hoodies have gone through our production process they are sent through the QA department for the final finishing process. Our finishing step is one of the most important steps as we individually Embroidered_front_logocheck each hoodie against our strict quality standards, trimming excess backing materials and removing any loose threads that may have come out from the production process. We carefully fold and pack each hoodie and give FREE shipping within mainland UK with every order.

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies has the expertise and dedication to craft your leavers hoodies. Make us your first choice for all your embroidery needs.

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Leavers Hoodies at the Best Price 24/02/2016

Affordable 2016 Leavers Hoodies

With school back in full swing for everyone Ultimate Leavers Hoodies is already planning for the graduating class of 2016! Can you believe March is almost here?

Besides providing you with the best quality hoodies and services to match, we also love passing savings on to you. We know price is a major factor for a lot of schools and clubs and can be a major deterrent. We don’t like deterrents, which is why Ultimate Leavers Hoodies has a simple pricing structure that will blow you away.

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies like to keep things simple, that’s what we’re all about. Why make it complicated when it doesn’t have to be; unlike some companies there are no extras or hidden set up costs. Let’s go a step further and offer free delivery as standard and nicknames are included in the price!

Other companies will ask you to get in touch before they give you the price. We understand that you’re busy and don’t have time to contact everyone. That’s why we’ve laid it for you, so you can see quickly exactly how much you’ll be paying. Simple.

The price guide you see below is the price you pay.

ULH prices

If you’re unsure about what type of hoodie style you want or if you need assistance with garment design we’re happy walk you through our selections.

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies will help your school, clubs, society’s and sports teams with personalized hoods at a affordable price.

Get in touch with any of our sales staff today.

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Ski Season Hoodies 29/01/2016

Ski Season Hoodies

As we slowly inch into February and into another legendary ski season, Ultimate Leavers Hoodies wants to remind you to stay warm, have fun and to be safe this year out on the slopes. If you’re tasked this year with planning your organisations ski holiday or already have your trip scheduled. You should consider outfitting your group with our custom designed hoodie to commemorate the occasion.

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies prides itself in delivering the highest quality ski season hoodies made to order, complete with your personalised touch.  snowday

Did you know Ultimate Leavers Hoodies has TONS of…?

  • Front and back stock hoodie print graphics to choose from
  • Custom embroideries
  • Custom font styles
  • Several hoodie options to choose from

Our design team will coordinate with your university, organisation or society to create your own custom designed hoodie print graphics.

Ultimate Leavers Hoodies prides itself on providing warm, comfortable and fashionable clothing when trekking around this winter. Make our hoodies the perfect memento for your special holiday trip this year.

We offer…

  • Fantastic hoodie options to choose from
  • Assured product quality
  • Personalisation options keeping your hoodies unique
  • Best values for students
  • Ultimate service to help guide you through the order process
  • Free Shipping on all orders

If you’re still not sure which type of hoodie is right for you? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our staff to help answer any questions you may have. Stay safe and see you on the slopes.

-Ultimate Leavers Hoodies Team

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How Is The Ultimate Leavers Hoodie Made? 01/05/2015

As Ultimate Leavers Hoodies we pride ourselves as being the hoodie printing specialists in Scotland and the UK. We have over 3 decades worth of experience with screenprinting, heat transfer and embroidery techniques. We’re passionate about providing the highest quality personalised garments for school leavers, college students and university graduates in Edinburgh, across Scotland and the whole of the UK and we are committed to bringing you the best personalised hoodies available.

What makes a leavers hoodie so Ultimate? We offer a customized screen print, a personalised nickname and embroidery, all included in the price, so there are no hidden costs or extra set up charges! And we also offer free delivery with each order! We understand that students and graduates all want to be different and stand out from the crowd. That’s why with our simple online shop, each individual can choose their own size, colour and put in their own nickname. When picking out our hoodie catalogue, we chose the highest quality garments which give school leavers, college students and university graduates the widest choice for their leavers hoodie. All of our hoodies are made to order in our workshop with your personalised and custom made leavers design, so we are able to insure the best quality for each hoodie that we send out.

So how exactly does screen printing work?

Screen printing has been around for quite some time now. Essentially, it’s a fine mesh with a design stretched over a frame, which allows different images to be printed onto garments, paper, even wood. It first appeared in China thousands of years ago, but wasn’t very popular in Europe until silk mesh became more widely available. The process is also known as silk-screening because that was the main material used instead of the polyester mesh we use nowadays. Fun fact: You might be surprised to learn that one of Andy Warhol’s most popular multicoloured piece of Merlyn Monroe is actually screen printed.

The first step of our process is for you to approve the visual for the back of your leavers hoodie that our designers have come up with, so we can set up the screen. Depending on the different designs we can use more or less dense mesh for each screen. We use a photo reactive emulsion which allows us to “cure” your design onto a screen and an inverted (or mirrored) version of your design is impressed onto it, which we attach to one of our machines. We then mix the colour, pour it on top of the screen and squeegee it onto each leavers hoodie. All that’s left to do is to cure the ink onto your hoodie and the screen printing process is finished.

Screen printing is great to use for a large batch of garments with the same design. However for a personalised nickname on each hoodie we use vinyl and a heat press. Each name is cut out from a piece of vinyl, placed onto your hoodie and transferred on with heat and pressure. The process allows us to personalize each leavers hoodie individually, but takes more time for bigger orders.

The third personalisation we offer for hoodies is embroidery. Once again, artwork is very important here, but we can usually find a good quality logo of your school or university online, which we then digitize into a format our embroidery machine can read. More complicated logos with multiple colours and details can take up to an hour or even more to embroider!

Everybody loves leavers hoodies, but have you ever wondered how much care and effort goes into personalising each hoodie to make it the perfect leavers memento?

Have a look at our “how it’s made” video below to find out.


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My Ultimate School Leavers Hoodie 08/05/2014

Ok so I know I may have left school 10 years ago….(yikes) but my class of 2003 never had the chance to order school leavers hoodies, as they simply weren’t available back then. So I have decided to create my ultimate leavers hoodie now, with all the trimmings- personalised nickname, embroidery, screen printing, the works!

So first is first, what leavers hoodie to go for? Normal over the head hoodie, zippy hoodie, contrast hoodie, sweatshirt… there are so many different options available it’s hard to choose, but I think I will go for the zippy hoodie, as it can double up as a lightweight jacket too!

Ok so style is established, now what colour, Ultimate Leavers Hoodies have such a great variety of colours that I really am stuck, should I be bold and go bright or stick to a darker neutral colour that will go with everything…… decisions decisions, right choice made, royal blue it is.

Next up is the leavers design. Unfortunately my artistic skills aren’t really up to scratch to come up with my own design but thankfully Ultimate Leavers have a great selection of readymade leavers designs to choose from. For the front I want my school crest embroidered on the right hand chest with my school name above it and Leavers below it.
For the back I like the leavers design with all the names in the 14 but I think I want something a little different, I’m torn between two, (oh gosh I wish I wasn’t so indecisive) Decision made, I have gone for their design 7- the Leavers 2014 design with the list of names below and will have to change it to Leavers 2003 (sob).

Now to get personal or not……. although I didn’t have a specific nickname at school I think I will put my surname on, (even though it reminds me of my games teacher shouting at me to move faster on the hockey pitch!)

So that was easy, and now we have it, my perfect school leavers hoodie!

If you still haven’t ordered your 2014 school leavers hoodies, get in touch now and let us help!