February 2017

Simon Jersey has announced it has once again been chosen to supply Team GB - with a year until the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games begin.

Following its support of the team for last year’s Olympic Games, Simon Jersey will supply the winter athletes with contemporary formalwear from its suiting range.

The company is the only formalwear supplier to be picked by Team GB for multiple Olympic Games, thanks to the quality of their designs and ability to unite the most diverse of athlete body shapes through uniform. Plans are now well underway for selection of the suits Team GB will receive from Simon Jersey’s extensive range.

They will wear their suits to events during and after the PyeongChang 2018. The first of these is set to be a reception when they arrive in South Korea, just before the Games begin.

To celebrate the announcement Simon Jersey worked with indoor real snow slope, snozone, the UK training base for many of next year’s skiing and snowboarding hopefuls, to see how its range performed.

Freestyle coach, Tom Wilburn, took to the slope to test the flexibility, performance and durability of the Simon Jersey suiting range in an extreme display of snowboard acrobatics. The suit he tested include features such as a Teflon coating for water resistance, ensuring he stayed dry on the slope, and a responsive waistband to allow him to achieve his freestyle moves.

James Saunders, Simon Jersey managing director, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of Team GB’s journey as they aim to continue their winning streak. Looking and feeling good is all part of creating a successful mindset and we’re thrilled to continue as the team’s formalwear supplier going into the Games.

“Dressing athletes who are all different shapes and sizes is a challenge, but one that we manage every day on behalf of all of our clients. Going to snozone was an ideal opportunity to test the durability of our garments for wear in cold conditions and it was fantastic to see how the suit performed".

“We’re already in the process of refining what they’ll be wearing this time next year ahead of what we hope will be a very successful PyeongChang 2018.”

Bill Sweeney, British Olympic Association CEO, said: “The commitment of partners like Simon Jersey to continue this exciting journey with us is integral to our plans. The imagery of the athletes decked out in their Team GB suits at the announcement to confirm Andy Murray as flag bearer and the now famous ‘flashing shoes’, provided two iconic shots which opened and closed an incredible Rio 2016 for Team GB.

“The quality of the product Simon Jersey delivers is vital to our aims of ensuring the best possible environment for the athletes both on and off the field of play.”

The rechargeable canvas pumps, blue for men and red for women, have red, white and blue flashing soles– with the lights lasting for around four hours at a time.

Simon Jersey is a leading supplier of uniforms to businesses in a wide range of business sectors. It offers a catalogue range of more than 800 garments as well as a bespoke design service for key account customers.

Last year, the suiting provided to Team GB was worn at events such as the ambassador’s reception ahead of Rio 2016 plus a visit to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the team’s success.