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Derry's Hunter Apparel Solutions lands six figure deal for new GB rail firm Lumo

L-R (back): Cathal Gibson (Hunters), Roisin Hunter (Hunters), Jeff Hunter (Hunters), Gary McCormack (Hunters), Gillian Morton, (Lumo). Front: Matthew Lee, (Lumo), Simon Hunter (Hunters), and Helen Wylde, (Lumo).

DERRY-based Hunter Apparel Solutions has won a three-year, six-figure contract to produce ethical and sustainable uniforms for Lumo, a new train service due to run between London and Edinburgh.

The 100 per cent electric rail service is due to launch on October 25.

Lumo said it sought a firm to design, source, and produce a uniform that would minimise the company's carbon footprint.

Uniforms for more than 100 staff is currently in production at Hunter's factory in Derry.

Hunter designer Thomas McLaughlin said: “The Lumo team is taking on a unique challenge. “They're reimagining rail travel, so our goal was to reimagine the rail uniform.

“Their clothing needs to be durable and comfortable and reflect their inclusive and sustainable values,” he continued.

“Rather than taking inspiration from historic examples, we started this process completely from scratch.

“Instead of producing a generic garment that would be assigned to everyone, we have designed a gender-neutral, inclusive wardrobe of professional attire the whole Lumo team can select pieces from.”

Lumo's managing director Helen Wylde added: “Collaborating with Hunter means we've been able to design pieces that are totally bespoke to our needs that have been produced ethically and sustainably in the UK and EU.

“We're extremely proud of how this process has been a true reflection of Lumo's ambitions and that our attire doesn't look like train uniforms you're seen before.”

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