How many items of clothing bear your name? Unless you're really vain or your mother is still labeling everything from your shoes to your underwear, my guess would be very few of your garments proudly state your identity. But - your lab coat should be one of them. At Medelita, we're passionate about perfection, from fabric and fit to finishing details. Our Founder is especially passionate about embroidery, however, and this very well might be the most opinionated interview I've ever done with her. "I feel like embroidery is the icing on the cake. I talk about it a lot - we work so darn hard to make the garments absolutely perfect – the fabric, fit, durability, stitch detail, packaging, etc. But truth be told – the very first thing a customer sees when they receive their order is the embroidery. And I feel really strongly about certain embroidery colors looking better than others, and I’m not afraid to make that known,” says Lara Manchik, PA-C. In the world of medical apparel, choice is rare and we're a company founded on being an exception. When purchasing a Medelita lab coat, you have a plethora of choices to make - from the best style for you to the right size. Embroidery is the last choice, and yet just as important as the first. Many women simply pick the standard colors that they're used to seeing on a unisex lab coat - Black, True Navy, or Hunter Green. There's nothing wrong with those colors at all, but if you have a choice and you're open to suggestions, Lara has some often-overlooked favorites for women's lab coat embroidery. [caption id="attachment_889" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Blossom, Carolina Blue, and Willow"][/caption] Blossom - "Blossom is a subdued pink. I think it looks unbelievable." Carolina Blue - "Carolina Blue is a lighter toned blue that looks nothing short of amazing." Willow - "Willow is a medium muted green. It looks exceptional." These lighter colors are often overlooked as being different or out-of-the-box, but we've chosen all of our standard embroidery colors with the utmost care and consideration. In terms of visibility with embroidery, you have to consider how the thread color reacts on a white garment. All of the stitching on Medelita lab coats is as bright a white as the fabric itself, and when you apply darkly colored thread (such as black or navy) to a white garment, you're making a tremendous change and forcing a very strong visual focus. A lighter color of embroidery stands out equally as well, but is more pleasing to the eye and complimentary to the feminine details of the women’s lab coats. [caption id="attachment_766" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Plum, Cocoa, and Bronze"][/caption] While lighter colored embroidery offers a level of feminine sophistication consistent with the high quality styling of our women's lab coats, it's not always an available option. "Sometimes colleagues are required to wear darker colors, or they specialize in geriatrics and their patients need a starker contrast to see better. For darker colors on a women's coat, I prefer either Plum, Cocoa, or Bronze," says Lara. Since embroidery is the first thing you notice when you open your Medelita package, it better be stunning. Of course you notice the fit and significantly better quality, but your eye gets pulled first in the direction of the only color in a sea of flawless white. It's also the first thing your patients notice. Name & title embroidery can offer a level of comfort and explanation in a rather stressful environment. Who are you? What is your title? What are your qualifications to care for your patients? Name and title embroidery is a sophisticated and beautifully sewn statement of your personal achievement, level of education, and professional aptitude - which is why our Founder feels so strongly about choosing the right color. Next time you're ordering, consider choosing one of these 'Founder Favorites' for your perfect finishing touch. Call us Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM PST at (877) 987-7979 if we could help to guide you any further concerning embroidery.