Custom Lanyard Buyers Guide
has come a long way from its original purpose of being a cord with a hook
used to fire a cannon. It has evolved into cord or a ribbon which is worn
around the neck to carry everything from
ID badges to cell phones. (Sometimes called
|The lanyard has been used so
often as a means to carry an
name badge that the lanyard itself has become a
Custom lanyards can also be used for gift,
souvenir, or promotional purposes embellished with specific motifs and themes to
make them stand out. Lanyards can achieve an even greater degree of
personalization quite simply by using them for displaying or storing your custom
lapel pin collection. Many of todayís popular theme parks sell custom lapel
pin lanyards and offer a huge variety of tack pins which can be added, a concept
similar to the charm bracelets of the 1950ís and 1960ís.
A recent issue of Womenís Wear Daily shows
a photograph of a Lacoste Runway model wearing a nametag style lanyard as
Swivel lanyard hooks are also
becoming more elaborate as shown here. Note the various means of detaching and
attaching different parts for the wearerís convenience. This example includes
a lanyard key chain.
When approaching your prospective lanyard
supplier, it is good planning to have devised a checklist of your needs. We hope
these questions provide you with a basis to build your own custom lanyard buying
- Will the lanyard be used or worn in an
environment where a safety lanyard or break-away lanyard are essential? Such
an environment would include, but is not limited to, high security areas or
areas around machinery that may unexpectedly catch a loose lanyard.
- Do you want a cord or ribbon type of
- If a cord type of lanyard is your choice,
what kind of material are you considering? Basic cord materials include
leather, nylon, braided cotton, and rubber.
- If you are selecting a ribbon type of
lanyard, along with type of material selected you must consider the width.
Standard widths are 3/8, 5/8, 3/4 and 1 inch.
- Will your lanyard be customized with a name,
slogan or logo?
- Are you looking for a themed lanyard ?
- If so, do you want to have it embroidered as
an imprint? This is best suited for a lanyard that in itself is an
identifier and used in high security environments such as airports, research
laboratories and hospitals.
- Will a simple silk screening suffice? --
ideal for custom promotional lanyards, as well as gift and souvenir lanyard
- Most lanyards come in standard 36"
lengths. Will yours need to be adjustable? If so, what type of lanyard
adjustment attachment will you want to use?
- What other types of lanyard attachments
are avaialble ? These can range from the standard
hook, swivel lanyard hook or a really special lanyard clip for holding simple ID badges to
key holders, detachable quick release
lanyard couplings for cell phones to retractable reels for ID badge lanyards
or any combination of the above.
As you can see, the custom lanyard has indeed
come a long way, and at first can be a little intimidating to purchase. We hope
this guide and these questions will help you in making your custom lanyard
For your convenience, ..
may we suggest you continue your
custom lanyard search here.