Our story

At Vortex Designs we're passionate about what we do and how we do it, supporting local Sri Lankan communities in the ethical production of high quality women's uniform for businesses and organisations throughout the UK and Europe


Welcome to Vortex Designs. We are a family run business based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and have been established for almost 30 years.

For a long time we worked exclusively with wholesalers supplying large volumes of women’s uniform to a range of well-known travel, hospitality and medical brands but a few years ago the nature of the uniform business changed and although wholesale is still a big part of our business, we now also sell uniform pieces ‘direct to the customer’.

We specialise in front of house uniforms for ladies so typically medical practices, banks and the hospitality trade.

Tops are our main focus and we manufacture high quality blouses, shirts, tops and knitwear in a range of print and plain fabrics. All of our tops are designed with working life in mind and therefore always designed to make sure necklines aren't too low, styles are long enough in the body and that there's enough reach across the shoulders for lifting and stretching.

Our own manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka means that we're able to control the production of our garments in a very flexible manner.

We can produce very short runs of stock allowing us to supply small and start-up businesses with a handful of uniform items as well as big organisations requiring large runs of hundreds of garments.

So when we say we operate a no minimum order policy, we really mean it. There’s no hidden lead times, stock is held in our warehouse for same day despatch and when stock is not available, our lead times are as little as 3-4 weeks.

We take the production of our garments and treatment of staff very seriously so you can be assured that:

  • All fabrics are high quality and garments recently produced
  • We adhere to strict working practices and have received multiple factory certifications (you can read more about our factory here)
  • Any orders placed with us before 3 pm will be delivered the next working day and you'll have 30 days to return any item(s) that aren't quite right

Call us old fashioned but we still like to pick up a telephone so you can call one of our friendly team during office hours Monday – Friday when they will be happy to help answer any queries you might have. You'll find our contact details here.