Cork-popping and strawberry-dipping fun

This issue is a celebration of British summer, and in particular, Wimbledon 2017. Firstly, tear your eyes away from Centre Court for just a minute to check out the branded summer accessories from Dukes of London, including caps, sunglasses, drinks cooler bags and beach towels.

Secondly, have a go at our Wimbledon Brand Quiz below, and find out the answers at the end of the article. A range of blue-chip brands have formed long-lasting partnerships with The Lawn Tennis Association, successfully boosting brand awareness.

1.     What is the official Champagne of Wimbledon?

2.     What is the official soft drink of Wimbledon?

3.     Who is the official uniform outfitter of Wimbledon?

4.     Who is the official bank of Wimbledon?

5.     What is the official water of Wimbledon?

6.     Who is the official supplier of balls to Wimbledon?

7.     What is the official beer of Wimbledon?

8.     What is the official car of Wimbledon?

9.     What is the official ice cream of Wimbledon?

10. Who is the official IT provider to Wimbledon?

11. Which brands are associated with Andy Murray?

12. Which brands are associated with Serena Williams?

Answers

1.     The official Champagne of Wimbledon is Lanson, and can be enjoyed in all nine of Wimbledon’s bars.
2.     The official soft drink of Wimbledon is Robinsons. This brand partnership has been going since 1935; in fact Robinson’s Lemon Barley Water was invented in the Wimbledon changing rooms.
3.     The official uniform outfitter of Wimbledon is Polo Ralph Lauren, the first designer in the history of The Championships to partner with The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
4.     The official bank of Wimbledon is HSBC, who also sponsor the Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge.
5.     The official water of Wimbledon is Evian.
6.     The official supplier of balls to Wimbledon has been Slazenger since 1902.
7.     The official beer of Wimbledon (yes, there is one!) is Stella Artois.
8.     The official car of Wimbledon is Jaguar Land Rover, who will supply 170 luxury and high performance vehicles to support tournament operations.
9.     The official ice cream of Wimbledon, should the weather necessitate any, is Häagen-Dazs.
10. The official IT provider to Wimbledon is IBM, and is responsible for providing data on speed of serve and other real time match statistics to commentators and viewers.
11. Andy Murray has made brand partnerships with Jaguar, Under Armour, World Wildlife Fund, Standard Life, Unicef, Head and Adidas.
12. Serena Williams has made brand partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, Nike, Wilson, PepsiCo, Delta Airlines and IBM.a

 

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How did you do? Just ask us for some new ideas on how to promote your brand. Contact Dukes of London on 020 7392 5600 or email us.

Lastly, if your Wimbledon Finals tickets have failed to materialise this year, you might like to know that the ‘Great British Tennis Weekend’ is taking place from 22nd – 23rd July, with thousands of free events taking place all across the country, with sessions to suit the whole family. Enjoy!

Peak performance water bottles

‘Indestructible’ is how we’d describe the Turner activity bottle from Dukes of London. With an amazing glass-like clarity, the bottles are made from BPA-free Tritan™ plastic, which looks like glass - until you drop them. This material has much greater shatter resistance than other plastics and glass. Stick them in the dishwasher hundreds of times and they won’t crack or lose their lustre.

The health benefits of drinking water make a water bottle a perfect giveaway for many brands, and this gift helps your company to promote exercise to employees. Water is the most important nutrient for active people. We can print your logo onto the clear bottle, raising the profile of your brand at the gym, on the running track and by the pool.  

Despite the superior engineering of this Turner activity bottle, the price tag is just £6.50 each from Dukes of London. This is based on an order of 500 or more, printing one colour, and excludes set up and delivery.

Cool design features you need to know too, are that the straw appears or disappears with one simple turn, and you can drink without tilting the 650ml bottle. We’ve tested these bottles out in our Shoreditch studio, shaking them about all over the place with water inside, and they simply didn’t leak!

Choose a branded water bottle that looks really smart and performs brilliantly for your workforce and your clients.

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Top gear for running

Here’s a fact that might please you: the social network for athletes Strava reported to Runner’s World magazine that runners aged 35-44 ran the London Marathon this year faster on average than those aged 25-34. Experience sometimes trumps youth!

We’re finding sportswear a super popular branded item currently at Dukes of London. We’ve carefully selected clothing that is miles better than the competition.

Take the AWDis long sleeved base layer top: designed to feel like a second skin, this tight fit running top is made from CoolFit fabric with elastane for stretch and comfort. AWDis stands for ‘All We Do Is’ and while it’s fair to say that running won’t be all you and your clients do, we hope you enjoy the exhilaration and freedom of pounding the pavements of Peckham in your new top soon.

The point of base layers for sport is to wick sweat away from the body, and keep you dry. Probably a good thing that they are machine washable then! Coming in Arctic White, Fire Red, French Navy, Jet Black and Royal Blue options, the tops can be branded and cost only £7 each, when you order 500 and print in one colour. Set up and delivery are extra.

A crew-neck ladies’ style base layer top is also available in the same fabric. Choose a shade from Arctic White, Electric Pink, Electric Yellow, Hot Pink, Jet Black and Sapphire Blue.

We promise that your order will be handled at a sprint, not a jog.

Max the visibility of your brand

A shopping or tote bag is always a great choice for a branded item, due to the large area we can use for printing, and the way people carry a bag over their shoulder like a lovely big advert for you. And when we see a bag with an original feature, that is still really affordable, we snap it up for our customers.

The ‘Reflective Shopper’ from Dukes of London has a patented reflective trim, which stands out in the dark, helping people to keep safe when crossing the road and walking around car parks, holding their shopping bag. Many parents we talk to say they love this idea – helping children to be as visible as possible after dark.

When Halloween comes around later in the year, there are special Halloween Reflective Shopper bags available too, as we all know that sensible road-crossing can be forgotten on this exciting sweet-fuelled night.

Not only this, we now offer a bag made from material that children can colour in! Each Colouring Bag comes with a free box of crayons, and kids will love adding colour to the design of your choice, and then proudly displaying it to their friends and family. Reflective trim features on each Colouring Bag as well.

Bound to be popular with food, drink and car brands, the Reflective Shoppers come in a choice of sizes and colours, including a smaller ‘lunch’ size, and have stitched seams, side and bottom gussets and reinforced sewn handles.

‘But are they eco-friendly?’ we hear you ask! Yes, the bags are made from 20% post-industrial recycled content, and reusable shopping bags are of course a sustainable concept. Avoiding single-use plastic bags benefits the environment, especially the oceans.

 

Explore the options for increasing your brand’s visibility and ask us for a quote today.

EMBRACE THE ECO CREDENTIALS OF NEW ‘SPIRITUM

We hope you’ll share our excitement about helping charity ‘Trees for Life’ with every purchase of beautiful notebooks from the Spiritum brand.

We’re now the exclusive UK distributor of Spiritum and we think you’ll love the quality of these notebooks, as well as the eco friendly materials used to craft them. Only paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified is used. We’ve checked out how the Spiritum production teams minimise waste, and how the notebooks are transported here.

A tree will be planted by Trees for Life for every order you make of 20 Spiritum notebooks.  It’s thrilling to think of these trees being planted in our very own Dukes of London grove, in the spectacular Caledonian Forest in the Scottish highlands.

The name ‘Spiritum’ comes from the Latin word for ‘breathe’ and Trees for Life are therefore a perfect partner, working to replant forests and help the natural world to breathe.

“We talk to people in marketing and purchasing roles who have their own passions for sustainability” says Richard, our sales manager. “As well as helping their business to be socially responsible, they also get satisfaction from knowing they are sourcing environmentally-friendly products.”

Poetry, wine tasting notes or perhaps just some thrilling excerpts from the monthly sales meeting will find a good home in these Spiritum notebooks for your clients or colleagues, and branded with your logo they’ll look great. You’ll also find the price point pleasingly competitive compared to other premium brand luxe Notebooks, yet the look and feel is comparable.

600 trees have already been planted in the Dukes of London grove which is fantastic news. We’re really inspired by Trees for Life’s work; creating and developing native woodlands abundant in wildlife, and protecting them for generations to come. You can find out more here.

We’re proud of the strict sourcing policies we have for all our products at Dukes of London.       As always, feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Branding, not burning

It’s not big and it’s not clever to have a bright red face in London SW19 or anywhere this summer, due to sunburn! We’ve had lots of enquiries recently about the branded tubes of sun lotion now available from Dukes of London. The full colour label gives you plenty of space to promote your brand, plus inform people going out and about that this product provides both UVA and UVB protection, and a SPF of 25.

You could provide your company’s employees with a free gift of sun lotion, to help keep them healthy. As Cancer Research UK states: “The sun is often strong enough to burn at home in the UK. And it doesn’t have to be a sunny day either – UV can be strong even on cloudy days.”

If you’re lucky enough to be looking forward to watching a full day’s play at Wimbledon, you’ll definitely need this handbag-sized sun lotion in your Céline clutch or Armani manbag.

At only £2.25 per white 50ml tube when you order at least 500, excluding set up and delivery, you can provide useful promotional merchandise for less than the cost of a Mr Whippy on Brighton Pier.

 

Advantage: lips

If you’re looking for a selection of fun, small and quirky promotional items, to place in a goody bag perhaps, lip balm is a winner. A great giveaway at an event, whether sporty or summer or social, you’ll love the price of this one - a 9ml tennis ball shaped lip balm costs just £1.50 per unit from Dukes of London.

That price ticket is based on ordering 500, printing in one colour and excludes set up and delivery.

Opening the gorgeous bright ball reveals vanilla-flavoured balm, made with natural ingredients including cocoa butter and coconut oil. Suitable for your Rafael Nadals as well as your Laura Robsons, the scent and flavour are not girly. Handy all year round, lip balm protects lips from sun and wind, making them as smooth as Barry from Business Services’ sales patter.

We also offer lip balm in lipstick-style branded packaging, and you’ll find a good match for your corporate palette in the rainbow of colours available. The tube can be opaque or transparent, and can even be a metallic or fluorescent colour. A good idea would be to opt for the SPF20 formulation too for the balm, to protect from the sun.

Ask us for a quote on branded cosmetics and summer accessories here.

Freebie heaven: The Dukes Show 2017

Since we’re in the business of promotion, please forgive us for blowing our own trumpet here – the Dukes Show 2017 was a fantastic success!

Hundreds of merchandise buyers and marketing hotshots crowded into the Rich Mix arts venue in Shoreditch on June 14th to see what’s new in promotional merchandise. We were thrilled to welcome guests from some of the biggest blue chips in the country, including multinational banks, leisure brands and FMCG top dogs.

As promised, the Dukes Show was a frenzy of freebies – guests could barely fit all the free gifts in their free goody bags. Not any old bags either – bags printed there and then with a photo taken of guests in front of our colourful backdrop. (Or a snap from a recent Ibiza hen weekend – whichever was preferred.) Free drink bottles, pedometers, footballs, power banks, sun lotion and headphones were amongst the loot.

Our team went all out to make the show a fun and entertaining experience for all. Turns out you’re a competitive lot! The speed reaction game of Batak Pro got quite heated. Luckily there were free on-site shoulder massages on offer to chill out afterwards. You could also win a fitness tracker, just for walking around the show and posting some pics on Instagram or Twitter, tagging #DukesShow2017.

The purpose for many coming along was to see what’s new and hot off the press in promotional merchandise and corporate gifts. So we made sure to show you products with the wow factor. A stand out product was the Chilly’s Bottle – everyone loved the cool shape and sassy colours, and that’s before they found out that the double-wall vacuum technology actually keeps your drink cold for a full 24 hours.

If standard sunglasses are passé for you, we showed you Bluetooth sunglasses. If you’re tired of boring belts, we showed you belts made from reclaimed firehose by fashion brand Elvis & Kresse. You got to meet Kresse herself, the innovator interviewed by everyone from Harper’s Bazaar to the FT.

In keeping with our music venue, we showed you Boompods waterproof speakers, though the ideal setting to experience these would have been poolside in Portugal, not streetside in London E1.

All of the above can of course be branded, and we showed you clothing, office accessories, gadgets, luggage, cosmetics, confectionery and more with logos in place, together with demos including laser engraving.

The Dukes Show is a highlight of the year for us, meeting with all you lovely lot on one single day, and sharing our excitement about creative innovations just launched onto the market. Don’t miss it next year!

Smile: Under my umbrella

There’s a reason why umbrellas are so popular as branded merchandise. They’re really useful and are therefore appreciated. And the reason they’re appreciated is that people just don’t like to spend their own money on one! A beach towel yes, an umbrella? “It might jinx the weather adversely, and maybe I’ll wait until someone gives me one…”

Anyone lucky enough to have visited the pyramids in Egypt will have seen depictions of the first parasols held over the heads of royalty. The humble umbrella is now one of the most commonly used objects in the modern world.

At Dukes of London we source our umbrellas from trusted partner the Booth Brothers. With 25 years experience, we selected this family business due to their sustainable sourcing of raw materials, and their innovative printing and production technologies.

As a large and colourful item, the umbrella is a great canvas for your branding. Grouped together at an event, they’ll look fantastic in photos, and united by the irony of British weather at a summer event as the drips turn into a deluge off the corners of the marquee, people might have even more fun than they expected.

Don’t feel restricted to simply having a logo printed either. The ‘Soft Feel’ printing method we offer on selected umbrella products gives you pantone matched fabric and allows for dramatic full panel designs. Unlimited number of colours, faithful reproduction of multi-coloured logos, tonal images and photographic designs are all creative options on the table.

Whatever colour the umbrella, it can be green at heart. Our umbrella partner’s UK site is where all manufacturing takes place and boasts a host of renewable energy generators including three wind turbines, five large solar PV arrays and a hydro electric turbine. The energy that is not generated by the company is supplied from 100% renewable sources so they are truly a Carbon Neutral organisation.

‘What about umbrellas made from recycled materials?’ we hear you cry! Yes, we do offer umbrellas made from the revolutionary “Green Plus®” yarn, which performs in exactly the same way as the conventional fabrics, but offers the added benefit of being 100% recycled. The yarn is made from recycled PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate), the clear polyester used for drinks containers.

There’s actually more choice available for your branded umbrellas than you might expect. So feel free to pick our brains on what we would recommend for you. You can choose from flexi-foam, wooden or rubber handles, 10 pole colours, various canopy shapes, open sizes, lengths and weights; golf umbrellas, small folding umbrellas, children’s umbrellas and parasols. Colourful parasols printed with your logo would be great to provide shaded areas for employees and customers to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months.

A cool feature of our ProBrella golf range is that they have been subjected to a Wind Performance Test. Unrelated to schoolboy humour, this means that the umbrellas have been tested and can withstand wind speeds of 30 miles per hour. Above this speed, the umbrellas will likely blow inside out, yet they have been specially designed to revert back to shape.

Turnaround from Dukes of London can be speedy if needed too – contact us to find out prices, design options and turnaround times for your branded umbrellas.

23 years of experience in promotional merchandise

1994: ‘Things can only get better’ by D:Ream was Number 1 in the charts, and John Major was in Number 10 Downing Street. Also the year that Douglas Grays set up Dukes of London!

Douglas’ background was in the financial markets, and many of our clients in this field find that we’re good at advising on which branded products suit their colleagues and customers. Our first HQ was on Queen Victoria Street in the City of London, right next to the building which is now HSBC, and we love being in the thick of things; we moved to Brick Lane before our current home in Shoreditch.

The promotional merchandise market has evolved hugely since the Nineties, but some things are comfortingly the same: yes, we still sell a good pen if you want one. Dozens of varieties indeed. Mugs too – well, a cuppa at your desk remains universal. Umbrellas and golf balls still fly off the shelves at Dukes of London, indeed we wait to see if any 2017 orders will surpass a legendary order from a bank for 100,000 of our umbrellas!

Turnaround times are now really speedy from Dukes of London – our ‘express gifts’ range including drinkware and writing instruments come with a 5-7 day lead time.

We’re early adopters of technology: webstores of branded merchandise didn’t exist in 1994, and this is now one of our key services. High-tech branded gadgets such as chargers, activity trackers, cameras and speakers are hugely popular purchases from Dukes of London in 2017.

Looking forward to the next 23 years…

Music to your ears: affordable branded gifts

We like to offer you lots of choice in how your brand appears on your corporate gift, and you can choose a fully bespoke design on items now including the ‘Promobud’ earbud. These little headphones for wearing inside the ear, and plugging the cable into a smartphone, can feature your logo as a 2D shape in the colours of your choice.

The good news is that these branded earbuds at Dukes of London cost just £4.90 each, when you order 250 or more, excluding origination and delivery.

The packaging of our earbuds will make a great impression on the recipient too. They sit snugly in a clear tube, above a cardboard insert that will feature your design, branding and messaging.

Don’t worry – even at this price, the sound quality is good and the earbuds are comfortable for hours of listening. So what will you listen to? Latest stats from RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) shows that live radio makes up only 21.9% of what we now listen to on smartphones. Digital tracks make up 30.4%, the biggest share, followed by on-demand music services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Online music video, podcasts and catch up radio all take a small share too of our choices for audio consumption on the go.

And did you think that a BBC station would be the biggest UK radio station, based on listener numbers? Well, here’s one for your next pub quiz: the ‘biggest’ radio station in the UK is actually ASDA FM which reaches 18 million shoppers, plus 167,500 staff every week!

Browse branded earbuds, speakers, headphones and more here.

Choose your T-shirts responsibly

We’ve all been irresponsible in our T-shirt choice at least once in our lives: an ill-judged slogan or image of a cheesy pop or dark rock sensation has graced our clothing before being demoted to the back of the wardrobe. But now we urge you to display your new-found maturity when selecting the T-shirts that you order for your company.

At Dukes of London, we offer 100% organic, Fairtrade cotton T-shirts, plus sweatshirts, hats, aprons, baby clothes and bags.

Satisfying your CSR requirements, as well as your own personal ethics, is easy with the ‘Neutral®’ clothing range from Dukes of London.

Neutral® from our partner Screenworks is a brand of premium quality clothing, manufactured and certified in accordance with the highest social, ethical and environmental standards in the world:

Organic cotton – what is it?

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.

The Fairtrade Mark – what does it mean?

It means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmers that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects. Find out more here: www.fairtrade.org.uk

The EU Eco-Label – what does it mean?

Eco-Labelled products have comparatively modest impact on air, water, soil, quality, natural resource consumption, global warming and biodiversity.

SA8000 – what is it?

It measures the performance of companies in human rights: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation.

The recipients of your Neutral® T-shirts from Dukes of London will see that your business has chosen to be kind to the planet, since each item comes with Certified Responsibility™ labelling and hangtags.

You won’t be restricted to standard T-shirts either with this range. Style aficionados can choose from round neck, V neck, deep O neck, loose style, fitted style, polo shirt, grandad shirt… you get the idea. If you feel the urge for a tank top, you will be catered for too.

Your branding can be applied to any item, via screen printing or embroidering.

We can help you pick the right shade for your brand too, if you fancy a change from pure white. Tell us your corporate colour, and we’ll suggest the best match.

Maybe you’ve ordered cotton clothing based on cost alone in the past, and regretted it when you’ve seen the poor fabric quality and short lifespan with your own eyes.

This time, communicate quality and ethics by ordering Neutral® from Dukes of London. Ask for a quote here.
 

Business bigwigs choose Dukes

Did you know that our team at Dukes of London creates bespoke online corporate merchandise stores, for global financial companies including Barclays?

In fact, so delighted were Barclays with their branded promotional store, that they awarded us ‘Diverse Supplier of the Year’ in 2016, for ‘exceeding their expectations’. We were up against 1,600 other suppliers, yet took the award home as they appreciated the way we had made their Barclays-branded store more eco-friendly, plus improved customer service and delivered cost benefits too. See their article here.

Our director Stuart Shepherd explains why Dukes of London’s eStore service is popular with international businesses and banks:

“We create an easy-to-use interface for your eStore, with handy features such as order tracking, multiple delivery options and multi-currency payment options. Product lines are managed by us for each of your regions, to reflect different buying needs. We offer the advantages of a more local service – products are sourced at the best price available globally, but we have an impressive logistics and fulfilment infrastructure in place to ensure your company merchandise is readily available all over the world.”

We hand-pick good quality promotional merchandise for your store, whether it be clothing, office accessories or high-tech gadgets, and display it beautifully on the site. It’s important of course that the eStore ties in with your company website and intranet, and the result will be a fully integrated, professional merchandise web store, that makes life easier.

Arrange an appointment with Stuart, to tell us what you’d like on your new online corporate merchandise store.

Clip on and listen in

Music can lift the spirits, plus has a physical effect on our bodies – it works on the autonomic nervous system (controls blood pressure and heartbeat), as well as the limbic system (responsible for feelings and emotions).

Insert your standard earphones into the Mantis Bluetooth Receiver, clip it onto your clothing, and you can listen to music from your phone wirelessly.

At only £12.15 per unit when you order 100, this is an affordable gadget on which your branding can be a decent size – 5cm in width. Origination and delivery costs are on top – ask us for a quote. It’s a popular choice for our customers here at Dukes of London looking for good promotional merchandise. It’s handy for anyone not yet the proud owner of Bluetooth headphones.

The Mantis Bluetooth Receiver comes in grey, black or a bright apple green. The USB to micro USB cable for charging is included in the price.

The shape of this device was inspired by elongated body of the tropical Mantis insect, but don’t let that put you off clipping it to your shirt collar…

Browse the full range of promotional gadgets from Dukes of London here.

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Elvis & Kresse to the rescue!

At Dukes of London, we can reveal a new partnership with a fashion brand showered with awards for craftsmanship and environmental performance. Elvis & Kresse ‘rescue’ waste fabrics and transform them into beautiful wallets, bags, belts, cufflinks, keyrings, phone cases, notebooks and more.

The opportunity now arises for you to offer these recycled accessories as memorable and classy corporate gifts. Your branding will be laser etched onto these tactile and high-quality items for men and women.

Ideal if you’d love to offer something different with a story behind it – the core of our Elvis & Kresse accessories range is actually made from reclaimed fire hose! Since 2005, any London Fire Service hose that can no longer be used by the officers comes to the Elvis & Kresse workshop in a Kent watermill, ready for transformation, rather than going to landfill.

Co-founder Kresse Wesling explains:

“I see the fire hose as a ‘heroic’ material – it had a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives. Over the years we have invented a 6-stage technique to take dirty fire hose and turn it into a luxury textile. It was a challenging process that started with five broken sewing machines! I’m really proud that we have kept this robust material full of character out of the ground. We also give 50% profit from the fire hose range to The Fire Fighters Charity.”

Kresse and her partner nicknamed Elvis constantly seek new challenges and now rescue 15 different materials in their efforts to reduce waste. Another incredible ‘story-laden’ material in the range available from Dukes is the printing blanket. When a blanket is damaged or wears out it can no longer be used, so they reclaim these blankets, clean them up, re-engineer them and create a new (vintage) raw material. You can order from Dukes of London belts, wallets and briefcases fashioned from printing blankets, with a sleek matt black finish and contrast red stitching, complete with your branding.

We can’t wait to see which items will be the most popular. The advantage for corporate gifting is that they are classic pieces, that people use year in, year out. The quality as well as the story behind the accessories will reflect well on your brand. We expect the range to be especially popular with organisations who are conscious about their consumption.

Kresse feels that businesses are in a miraculous position to make positive change to the environment. As a business owner she is in control to be as ethical as she wishes:

“As long as our business is making money, I can give as much of that money away as I want! And we do! I can pay people great salaries, I can start apprenticeship programs, I can set up workshops, I can collect all the waste I want, and nobody can tell me not to do these things.”

Kresse is clearly an innovator and a champion for reclamation, and we are proud to work with her and the Elvis & Kresse team. The collaboration came about when our long-term partner Barclays introduced us, and we then found out that our Director Stuart Shepherd lives just down the road from their workshop! Kresse recalls:

“Stuart came to visit us here, saw how all our products were made and was really quite excited about the potential. I like the personalities of everyone involved at Dukes. They’re very straightforward people, very interested and engaged. It doesn’t seem to be totally transactional to them, they want to do this because it’s the right thing to do and its probably going to be fun and interesting. We genuinely think that Dukes and their clients will be fantastic ambassadors for reclamation and materials rescue.”

Ask us to chat you through the options on ordering the Elvis & Kresse range from Dukes of London. We’d love to show you the samples.

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165,000 hip flasks? No problem

A key player in the drinks industry was once thirsty enough to order 165,000 branded hip flasks from Dukes of London, and we immediately rose to the challenge. Whether you’re interested in ten gift items, or tens of thousands, we will listen carefully to your merchandising needs and budget, and come up with a great solution. You’ll usually want to benefit from economies of scale, but there’ll be times when you need a smaller quantity of a premium product from us, such as a branded leather briefcase too.

Dukes of London was established in the City Square Mile in 1994, and at the time the most popular corporate gifts were silver and leather products and classic Montblanc pens. Stuart Shepherd, one of our Directors, comments that:

“Those items won’t go out of fashion, but we’re seeing more demand for gadgets now, as corporate gifts. For example, we can apply your logo to a really cool little HD sports action camera. They only cost £39.93 each when you order at least 50, and have one colour printing in one position. They come in black, white, yellow and blue and the price includes 11 accessories and a waterproof case. Companies choose them because they know their clients will love to experiment with them, maybe while on a snowboarding or mountain biking trip.”

You can browse our online catalogue of gadgets and other innovative products here.

Businesses giving gifts is much more part of the marketing mix now, and people use merchandise in a more strategic way. That’s why we’ve responded with greater choice, and with more imagination and creativity in the products we offer at Dukes of London.

Hand gestures of the polite variety

Brand new on the market this month, Dukes of London are among the first to offer a revolutionary gadget that allows you to control any smart device by hand gestures. The Bixi can be branded with your logo, and your customers will love waving goodbye to button pressing in their car, home and at their desk.

Bixi reads your hand gesture and sends a Bluetooth LE signal to the Bixi app on your smartphone. Your Bixi app instantly reads the Bixi signal and delivers a command to your favourite devices through a Bluetooth or Wifi connection.

The hand gestures you can use include: wave up to turn music volume up, wave down to turn volume down; wave left to hear previous song and wave right to hear the next song.

You can control Powerpoint, Adobe PDF and Chrome too via your hand gestures.

Next time your hands are covered in butter and flour in the kitchen, use your Bixi to browse the pastry recipe without needing to touch your tablet! The Bixi can also be used to control lighting, such as LIFX smart bulbs.

Bixi is compact, sturdy and has a hexagonal shape. It was named after a Chinese mythological turtle, due to its intelligent and wise character. Black with a choice of coloured casings (blue, green, burgundy and purple), the Bixi is £70 per unit, digitally printed with your branding, when you order 100. Origination and delivery are extra.

Noted among ABI Research's 2016 'HOT TECH INNOVATORS' list, Bixi will be a fun and handy corporate gift that will get people talking. Contact us to obtain a quote for the volume you require.

Embrace the eco credentials of new ‘Spiritum’

We hope you’ll share our excitement about helping charity ‘Trees for Life’ with every purchase of beautiful notebooks from the Spiritum brand.

We’re now the exclusive UK distributor of Spiritum and we think you’ll love the quality of these notebooks, as well as the eco friendly materials used to craft them. Only paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified is used. We’ve checked out how the Spiritum production teams minimise waste, and how the notebooks are transported here.

A tree will be planted by Trees for Life for every order you make of 20 Spiritum notebooks.  It’s thrilling to think of these trees being planted in our very own Dukes of London grove, in the spectacular Caledonian Forest in the Scottish highlands.

The name ‘Spiritum’ comes from the Latin word for ‘breathe’ and Trees for Life are therefore a perfect partner, working to replant forests and help the natural world to breathe.

“We talk to people in marketing and purchasing roles who have their own passions for sustainability” says Richard, our sales manager. “As well as helping their business to be socially responsible, they also get satisfaction from knowing they are sourcing environmentally-friendly products.”

Poetry, wine tasting notes or perhaps just some thrilling excerpts from the monthly sales meeting will find a good home in these Spiritum notebooks for your clients or colleagues, and branded with your logo they’ll look great. You’ll also find the price point pleasingly competitive compared to other premium brand luxe Notebooks, yet the look and feel is comparable.

600 trees have already been planted in the Dukes of London grove which is fantastic news. We’re really inspired by Trees for Life’s work; creating and developing native woodlands abundant in wildlife, and protecting them for generations to come. You can find out more here.

We’re proud of the strict sourcing policies we have for all our products at Dukes of London.       As always, feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Our creative corner of London

If you’ve ever popped into our showroom, you’ll know that we’re based in Shoreditch, the creative hub of London.

We love having a central base, so close to many of our client HQ’s. You are welcome to come into Dukes to see examples of our promotional merchandise, have a chat and get some visual inspiration for your projects.

Global businesses in glass towers like that we have a relaxed environment here at Dukes in Shoreditch; come and talk through your creative briefs with us with a good coffee and a Danish. We share our building with a fashion house and digital agency, and nearby is the independent arts venue Rich Mix, where we sometimes exhibit.

We know that timescales can sometimes be tight when you need good branded merchandise quickly. Our central location and helpful teams mean that we can run samples down to you at your office and discuss products face to face.

We’re reliable people who work really hard to source, craft and deliver your promotional merchandise. But we like to have fun too! Next time you come to Shoreditch, we’ll point out to you the street food Meccas ‘Pump’ and ‘Block’ and DJ hangout ‘XOYO’.

It’s a fascinating and diverse area, and as a team we benefit from soaking up the vibrant, creative atmosphere.

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Sound & selfie companion

We're always on the look out for new and exciting ideas for your promotional merchandise. This month a wireless speaker presented in an adorable shape caught our eye – the Xoopar Boy Mini.

Not only does it surprise with its rich deep sound for the 3 inch size and modest price of £19.95*, but you can also pair it with your phone or tablet to function as a selfie remote. Handy when the lure of a #me is irresistible!

Compact and powerful, the super-portable Bluetooth Xoopar Boy Mini speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery and provides up to 3 hours play time.

Available in grey, black, lime green, mint green, orange or pink, ask us to create a visual of how your logo will look printed on this little character. With him perched on a desk next to an iBook and pot plant, your brand will be remembered.

*19.95 per unit based on 1000 pcs, with 1 colour print, excludes set up and delivery. Lead time 5 weeks from artwork approval.