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NAUMD Names 2022 Image of the Year Awards® Winners

It was a big night for Unisync Group, as NAUMD announced the winners of the 2022 Image of the Year Award® Competition. The Canadian-based supplier walked away with 4 top awards, and a Best of the Best nod for its work on Westjet. Design Collective by Cintas was a close second with 3 awards; Aramark walked away with 2. Rounding out the list are Luly Yang, Universal Orlando, Mi Hub, Galls, Lands’ End Business Outfitters, Workwear Outfitters, and Superior Group of Companies.

For over four decades, the NAUMD’s Image of the Year Award® Competition has honored uniform manufacturers, distributors and end users that have achieved excellence within the image apparel space. Specifically designed to assist in identifying staff and professionals, image apparel can also extend a company’s brand, increase safety, enhance interior décor and improve employee morale.

Seventeen End Users were recognized this year. Here’s a quick look at each program.

Transportation – Aviation

Best of the Best

WestJet

Unisync Group

The WestJet collection was designed in collaboration with Juli Grbac and manufactured by Unisync.

The new collection includes pieces for pilots, flight attendants,airport agents and the lounge. The collection is also certified to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, the highest industry standard for safety. WestJet is the first Canadian airline to achieve this certification.

Transportation – Shipping & Delivery

Iron Mountain Driver Program

Aramark

The uniform program consists of different pieces centered around a core item —a polo constructed of lightweight piqué for a comfortable, lightweight feel. Other pieces in the program include t-shirts in both navy and high-visibility yellow, outerwear of different weights, pants in an assortment of fits (including women’s!), wide brimmed hats for sun protection or knit hats for cool climates.

Transportation – Train & Rail

Best in Class Service, Keolis

Galls

Keolis worked with Gall’s to develop a new professional and stylish look for uniforms, outerwear and footwear. End users have several shirt options, each colored in gray and emblazoned with the Keolis logo. Maternity wear is also provided.

Quick Service Restaurants

Tim Hortons

Unisync Group

A desire to present a more “Canadian” feel to customers led to the addition of red plaid being used as an accent and pop of color. Options include short sleeve polos, flat front pants, full zip sweater, baker’s chef jacket, a winter jacket and visors and caps. The program consists of 100% fully custom-produced styles.

Restaurants – Single Location

Climate Pledge Arena Lounges

The Luly Yang Design Group

Inspired by the silhouettes and architectural features of Seattle’s cityscape, the collection features tailored pants, vests, button-up shirts, blazers, dresses and aprons for two exclusive lounges, made with 80% recycled materials — aligning with the mission to be the first carbon zero arena in the world.

Casinos

Spotlight 29

Design Collective by Cintas

Spotlight wanted new apparel in a hurry, and though use of its signature express and stock options, Design Collective by Cintas was able to offer immediate solutions. The Spotlight 29 emblem is used extensively to reinforce the brand.

Entertainment – Amusement Parks

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Universal Orlando

Guards are easily identifiable dressed in two- tone gray tactical attire branded with the Jurassic World logo. Wardrobe items are made with moisture wicking, mechanical stretch fabric in two weights; light weight for the tactical shirts and cadet caps while mid-weight was utilized for the cargo bottoms and winter jacket.

Car Rental Services

Hertz

Mi Hub

The program was created with an inside and outside collection to address the work environments for the employee groups. The Inside Collection includes woven shirts that are worn tucked in with an additional soft knit blouse style; the Outside Collection features woven shirts to be worn untucked.

Manufacturing – Technology

Bell Canada

Unisync Group

A casual T shirt is at the center of this program. Embellishments utilize the digital printing process for maximum durability. The maternity T shirt eliminates a ‘tent” like appearance yet creates the additional ease needed.

Safety & Industrial – High Visibility

Sysco

Aramark

Safety is a top concern at Sysco, and Aramark developed a program that incorporates this concern into one easy-to-wear and care for polo. The fabric performs in harsh environments and is light weight, moisture wicking and breathable. Complementing sweatshirts and jackets are also provided.

Safety & Industrial – Flame Resistant

Pioneer Natural Resources

Design Collective by Cintas

The Flame Resistant Clothing Collection is a mix and match wardrobe offering. Goals were to have a variety of apparel items that would meet the needs from a safety, style and brand perspective. Highlights include Ariat FR jeans and a patterned button down shirt emblazoned with the Pioneer logo.

Healthcare

Sabanera Health

Design Collective by Cintas

Created by celebrity designer Nono Maldonado and Cintas, happy colors are used throughout to coordinate with the bright accents found in the interiors, while soft silhouette bow blouses add a feminine touch.

Retail – Banks

Chase

Lands’ End Business Outfitters

The program is a partnership between ESSENCE, Chase, and Lands’ End Business Outfitters, and aims to empower Black fashion designers and take their brands to the next level. The winning designer, Deidre Jefferies, was cited for her attention to detail and fascination with blending classic and modern designs.

Retail – Grocery
Shoppers Drug Mart

Unisync Group

The collection includes short sleeve polos, full zip sweater, woven dress shirts, and the program’s centerpiece, a high quality pharmacist lab jacket in soft, brushed cotton/poly blended fabric.

Retail – Automotive

Mopar Dealership

Workwear Outfitters

The program incorporates technology into the fabric that repels the toughest auto fluids, including oil, keeping shirts looking newer for longer, and flex stretch panels offer mobility and breathability.

Education

National Aviation Academy

Superior Group of Companies

Highlights include shirts using a ripstop, 100% poly fabric that is moisture wicking, durable, and light weight. The whimsical moto jacket is colored in red and black.

Construction Services

Telus

Unisync Group

Utilizing light and dark grays as the base color on all garments and the use of the vibrant TELUS purple pantone as an accent provided just the right amount of pop to the uniforms.

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