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Branded zipped folders serve a dual purpose; representing both an ideal way to distribute promotional literature and materials, and a desirable corporate gift for clients. They are available in A4 and A5 formats, can be printed or embossed with your company logo and start from as little as £4.21 each (minimum order of 10).

A Short History of Zips
The first patent for an 'Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure' was filed in 1851, but its inventor, Elias Howe (who also invented the sewing machine), failed to further develop his device. It wasn’t until 44 years later, in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, that a similar ‘clothing closure’ was unveiled to the public. The 'Clasp Locker' was a complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener, invented by Whitcomb Judson, who also invented the Pneumatic Street Railway. It met with little commercial success but Judson ploughed on, hiring electrical engineer Gideon Sundback to work for his newly formed Universal Fastener Company. Sundback got busy at the design table, increasing the number of fastening teeth from four per inch to 10 or 11, pulled into a single piece by the slider. Thus resulting in the modern zip, patented in 1917. He also created a new manufacturing machine, which could produce a few hundred feet of 'Separable Fastener' per day.
The term ‘zip’ or ‘zipper’ arose when the Separable Fastener was used on a new type of rubber boot produced by the B. F. Goodrich Company, called Zipper Boots. The name stuck, however, it took more than 20 years to convince the fashion industry to start using the zips on garments. During its early years, the zip was mostly used on boots and tobacco pouches. It wasn’t until a sales campaign in the 1930s promoted the use of zips for use on children's clothing that it really began to gain popularity, and by 1937 the zip had overtaken buttons as the closure of choice for trouser flies. 

Fascinating Zip Facts

  • The initials YKK which appear on many zips stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
  • Thousands of miles of zipper is produced every day around the world.
  • Google paid homage to the inventor of the zip by displaying a special ‘Google Doodle’ with a zip image displayed down the front of its search page in 2012.

Zip Up A Great Marketing Opportunity!
Our range of zipped folders offer a large surface area for your company logo, contact details and message. PVC or nylon models can be printed with one colour, while canvas can be digitally printed in full colour, giving you lots of design options. Bonded/PU leather and real leather folders look fantastic with an embossed logo and convey a higher value to the recipient. 
Zipped folders can be supplied within two to three weeks from artwork approval. For a free visualisation of your logo on one of our promotional products simply submit your design or for more information call 0800 169 0898.