Maximum protection 

I was always drawn to jobs that were constantly challenging. Sitting in the office watching life go by was not for me. When an opportunity arose to work in an industrial company as a maintenance apprentice it seemed like a good opportunity. In the interview they put a lot of emphasis on the fact that it was a risky job for which it was necessary to be very prepared by closely following the safety regulations.


And is that an industrial company like this, high temperatures, pressure or fire are elements with which you have to be very careful. Once I got the job, I had to go through a long training phase with qualified and experienced personnel. At the beginning it was difficult for me, I was young and from the beginning I wanted to ‘get out of the starting line’. But I soon learned that the priority in this job was safety and security.


One of the first lessons they didn’t teach was about tools and suits. A good part of our work revolves around the knowledge and good handling of tools, as well as the care of our clothing, which is made up of state-of-the-art materials including fire retardant elastic tape. They are expensive suits and you have to take care of them because, in the face of any problem, they can mean the difference between a scare and something worse.


I remember when I was little and watched those firefighter movies in those seemingly heavy plastic-like suits. Those materials that have been used in firefighting suits for decades are also used in other sectors that also require protection against fire and high temperatures. It is the only way to work in delicate environmental conditions.


Once I wrapped the suit with my fire retardant elastic band and put on the gloves and heavy boots to go to work, I felt that the wait had been worth it. It is certainly not an easy job, but it is what I was looking for, an entertaining job that is a daily challenge, not something to spend hours waiting for the shift to end.

Quality is essential in your haberdashery products

Quality is essential in your haberdashery productsHaberdasheries are businesses that survive the Internet era very well because they offer a type of service that is not easy to find online. The retail sale of products that are cut and measured, such as ribbons, cords or lace, are still typical of a physical store and although some haberdasheries have been successfully installed on the network, the truth is that they only sell certain products.

Yes, they have suffered competition from generalist bazaars in which, until recently, exclusive haberdashery products have started to be sold and are now offered together with pots or stationery products. These bazaars have specialized in the sale of products at low prices and also of dubious quality.

For all this, a current haberdashery customer is a person who likes to make many of the things he has in his home by hand or to repair clothes. He is quite clear about what he wants and generally goes for quality. And it is at this point that the haberdashery must put all the meat on the grill. Although they have cheap ranges to have a variety of prices and items, quality always has to be what makes the difference. Along with the variety of products to choose from.

Distributors come into play here, and they must offer a good selection of quality items, made by the best manufacturers. Working with the manufacturer of rope that does not shrink, or with the one that manufactures the best ties that do not lose color or the rubber bands that resist machine washing and drying guarantees that when they arrive at the haberdashery they can offer the final seller the highest quality. And it can do the same for your customers.

When the customer enters the haberdashery he expects to find products that are different from what he would find in a bazaar, both in variety and quality. He hopes to be able to touch and appreciate the materials, something that he will not do on the Internet. And, of course, he also expects professional advice. If he gets all this, the customer loyalty and stays, because they are things that he cannot find in another space.

For all this, the small neighborhood stores are reluctant to disappear and even more so now that sewing is so fashionable and people have become interested in work again.


When the other day they asked me for triathlon laces for a gift, I wondered what they would have different with the normal shoe laces that we usually wear and mainly it is that triathlon laces do not have to be tied in the old way how to do with normal laces. From what I have been able to investigate I think that this type of laces are quite useful, especially for people who normally do not get used to undoing the knots of the laces when they take off their shoes, which is my case. Lately I have been thinking about buying some triathlon laces for the sports shoes that I usually wear every day, I think that this will end the endless problem of constantly untying the laces and that bothers me a lot.

A few months ago they gave me some pretty good sneakers to go hiking and they brought laces that were in the style of triathlon laces and I have to say that except for velcro sneakers when I was a child, I had never had a shoe sporty so easy to adjust. But I also have to say that you have to get used to wearing these shoes because the truth is that they weigh a little and at first it is as if your legs weigh a little and when you take them off you feel the same sensation as when you take off your ski boots or skates after skating for a long time.

Lately when I go out for a walk at eight o’clock in the afternoon I notice the people who run down the same street I go to see if they wear triathlon laces and to my surprise many people take them to go running, I did not think that so many people used them so daily, although I do not think that many people dare to put that kind of laces on a sports shoe that will not be used for running. Personally, I am going to put them in my daily shoes only so I don’t have to tie my tennis laces again.