Lanyards and badge holders—a new fashion statement

There’s a new fashion statement that is gaining popularity the world over. It’s not a new line of clothing from a famous designer but rather it’s a pair of everyday wear that comes with one’s personal wardrobe collection or for some, uniforms.

The modern accessory that has spawned a lot of innovative ideas centered around it is none other than the cord a person wears around the neck called the lanyard. One of the ideas spawned that fit perfectly, and on second thought, probably was designed to be its perfect partner is none other than the badge holders. Lanyards are basically designed to have employees or students to have their identification cards visibly displayed for easy identification. Before, IDs have small holes in them where a lanyard’s attachment such as clip or a hook can be inserted to hold the ID in place and displayed prominently. The problem with this is that many IDs were damaged or destroyed because of the hole tearing due to everyday use.

Enter the badge holders or ID holders for a more simple description. These holders were designed to house the identification cards to prevent them from being damaged and at the same time preserve and protect them from the elements for a much longer use.

Badge holderNot long after, because of the introduction of badge holders, every company and school or any other establishment want their employees and students to wear one. And soon, more and more designs were introduced and more and more sophisticated materials were used to make lanyards and badge holders and other attachments.

Some companies have also been known to hire well-known artists and designers to design their companies’ lanyards. Soon after, lanyard designs have become more hip and fashionable. More companies followed suit pouring in reasonable funds for IDs that started out solely for identification purposes and have now become somehow representative of the company which name is written, or etched, or hand-painted on the lanyard.

Employees started to view company identification cards not only as proof of employment but have started to view their lanyards and badge holders as part of their wardrobe and thus, either found a way to enhance or accentuate their way around it. Wearing lanyards has suddenly become fashionable. Wearing one’s company lanyard has become a competition of sorts on who has the better design and durability. In answer, companies recognized that IDs were no longer just a form of security identification but was evolving to become a potential company representation much like the usual coffee mugs, pens and notebooks that have the company logo and name. Suddenly, investing on an employee ID with a crafted lanyard seems to be a good move.

Advertising companies are quick to acknowledge the growing popularity of these items and have rightly capitalized on it. Pitching to business companies, lanyards became even more popular. Designs became more and more artistic and sophisticated. Materials that were used became more and more varied as companies strive to have the best design and functionality combined. Many accessories were also introduced to go with the lanyards such as safety locks, loops to hold small objects, hooks or clips to hold the identification cards instead of the usual and common ID holder.

With beautiful and functional designs, companies started handing out their personalized lanyards as party or corporate giveaways which is sometimes meant to be displayed instead of being worn around the neck.

Many companies have gone to great lengths to have their lanyards personalized and designed to their specifications because the lowly lanyard has now become a symbol of the company name it carries.

The Different Faces of Rubber Wristbands

rubberwristbandsRubber wristbands might look old fashioned these days, considering that the current trend in style doesn’t favor them. However, no one can deny that their usage is still widely relevant even outside the fashion world. Some of the uses are business oriented; others are for more personal reasons. Whatever that reason may be, it is safe to say that rubber wristbands are not only used to look stylish anymore. Listed below are some common uses of the accessory.

1. Promotional Giveaway 

Small and Medium Size Companies these days are always looking for the most budget-friendly ways to promote their business, from simply handing out flyers to holding out a gathering in a public place. However, to make a lasting impression, they are also in search for physical items that would leave a mark on their clients that will still not blow their budget off. Simple yet attractively looking giveaways, such as rubber wristbands, could give that impression that these business establishments want their target customers to remember them.

2. Secondary proof of Identification

Ever heard a story from a friend that they have an event to attend but they’ve lost their Identification Cards while going there? It’s a terrifying thought but, when they continue their story, it was revealed that they are saved by wearing rubber wristband of their company or organization. Yes, these stories do exist and it is a cheap way of verifying a person’s identity in case of lost ID’s, if these items are legitimately used to confirm if the person is connected to their establishment.

3. Souvenir Items 

In most special occasions, guests are given a memorabilia to take home. This serves as a thank you gift for their attendance in that particular event. This item is usually given as a souvenir in casual or cause oriented gatherings such as Walkathons, Charity Concerts and fundraisings.

4. Sign of Support to an individual or cause

This is used by people who goes to an event where the cause he or she is fighting for is emphasized. These items can also be used to show support to a certain individuals on their functions and gatherings.

5. Remembrance of a Special Event in someone’s life

A typical way to reminisce a point in your life is to look for things that could be associated to that moment. Some groups of people even go to lengths in making those kinds of day very special by ordering specially designed bands that have an inscription of their common ground. They personalize it to have those special moments (such as Graduation or Anniversary) immortalized.

6. Substitute Cord in cases of emergencies 

In times of great trouble such as earthquakes and other kinds of catastrophe, people often find themselves (or those around them) injured with no means to give them first aid due to the lack of immediate resources needed to treat them. More troubling is that most of those cases involve tying up a victim to prevent him or her from taking any more damage. Rubber wristbands can be cut to become cords, which you can use to tie up the injured area of the victim and stop any kind of additional complications in his or her current condition.

There’s always more than meets the eye for everything a person can see. Even a fancy looking rubber wristband is no exception to that and each thing that a person owns should be able to have more than one use to it. This is how people should utilize their resources, and fashion accessories like wristbands are no exception. Of course, people shouldn’t merely remember and try these uses of wristbands; they should discover other interesting applications as well.