Gonfalon: shapes, options, & accessories

Posted by Accent Banner on Feb 13, 2019 9:25:00 AM

AccentBanner_Lesley Gonf_BckdrpGonfalons, commonly referred to as graduation banners, have long been a staple of commencement ceremonies across the world. There seems to be nothing else that expresses as much elegance or honor as one feels when watching a class of graduates marching down the aisle led by a gonfalon displaying their department or college name proudly. Accent Banner has been supplying schools and organizations around the globe with applique, print, or hybrid (a combination of applique and print) gonfalons for years. In this blog we discuss the most common gonfalon shapes, sizes, options, and accessories.

UNE Gonfalons1Every gonfalon produced is custom to the client’s needs, any size or shape can be achieved. However, common sizes of gonfalons when used to march down the aisle as well as displayed are 24”W x 42”H or 36”W x 60”H. These sizes are large enough for the gonfalon to be read from a distance yet small enough to walk with. Keep in mind we can produce whatever size and shape works best for your commencement ceremony. Recently we produced gonfalons so large they were used as backdrops!

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Typically, gonfalons have a vertical orientation and are either rectangular with a flat bottom, a swallowtail bottom, or a triangle tip bottom. Similarly, to the sizing of a gonfalon, one can request any shape or orientation they desire. For some a horizontal orientation works best. It all just depends on how you intend to use them and where you intend to display them.UMass Grad

Typical gonfalon options include:
-    A pole sleeve along the top
-    A button hole in the pole sleeve to expose the crossbar hardware
-    A chain or lightweight dowel sewn into the bottom sleeve of rectangular gonfalons
-    A Velcro strap on the back for connecting to a vertical pole
-    Fringe along both sides and the bottom or the just the bottom

No gonfalon is complete without accessories. Consider how you intend on using and displaying the gonfalon to determine which of the accessories below best fit your needs.
-    Vertical wood pole
-    Horizontal wood crossbar
-    Acorn ornaments for the top of the vertical pole and ends of the crossbar
       Note: various decorative ornaments are available as well
-    Brass hook and eye hardware for connecting the crossbar to the vertical pole
-    Weighted stand or base

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There are many options to gonfalons but don’t let that deter you! Accent Banner has been in the gonfalon game for a long time and are happy to help guide you through the process. Once you have our custom-made gonfalons on display your commencement ceremony will look better than ever!


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Get Your Event Noticed with Event Banners

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Jan 22, 2015 2:30:30 PM

The way you market the events that you plan can make a difference in one that is well attended and one that barely registers as a blip on the social calendar. Indeed, you could even say that ensuring that those events that you are responsible for are well known and encouraging the attendance of the intended audience can help make or break your business. Fortunately, there are a number of innovative ways that you can use to get the word out.

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People notice bright and vivid visuals which is why flags for events are so effective. Using event flags as a way of drawing attention to the occasion as well as event banners to direct people to particular areas is both fun and professional. Custom banners allow you to make each one unique to the event or purpose with very little effort.


Utlize Social Media Platforms

There is a reason why platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are where many people turn when they want to find out the latest happenings. Make sure your business has an account for all the latest social media platforms and use it to post updates on events that you have upcoming. If the event is something like a fundraiser, be sure to link back to their social media pages as well. This helps generate interest in the event as well as their cause.

Notify the Powers That Be

In almost all cases, your events are not going to happen in a vacuum. The town or city where it is located is likely very interested in knowing the details. They can be a valuable source for connections such as the local newspaper to help publicize the event. Some localities will allow you to use light pole banners as a way of generating interest and excitement.

Use Email Lists

Be sure to include all your current and upcoming events when you send out your email newsletters. Keeping people on your email list informed about your latest happenings and asking them to share with others who might be interested can boost attendance.


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Topics: event banners, event flags

Accent Banner in the Winners Circle at the 144th Belmont Stakes. . . well, sort of anyway.

Posted by Derrek Coss on Jun 5, 2012 5:05:00 PM

Okay, so you won’t see any of us standing in the Winner’s Circle but you will see one of our most unique products to date!

We were asked to create the blanket that will be draped over the winning horse in the upcoming Belmont Stakes. The blanket is a hybrid of techniques and materials. The field is an elegant forest green velvet material and the seal containing the race logo is crafted in layers of nylon fabric.  Each layer was painstakingly stitched on (appliqued), color by color, and hand- trimmed to reveal the Belmont Stakes logo in detail. The double-layered construction of the finished product has made it thick and soft—all in all, a handsome adornment for the proud winner.

Belmont Blanket Pics

Here at Accent Banner we’re rooting for “I’ll Have Another” to win at Belmont, making him the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Hard to believe it’s been 34 years since “Affirmed” outran the competition and accomplished that amazing feat.  Whatever the outcome, it’s bound to be exciting!

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 Photo from: Reuters/Wall St. journal

For more information on this year’s Belmont Stakes visit www.belmontstakes.com. To catch all of the racing action tune into NBC Saturday the 9th starting at 5pm. If you’re lucky enough to be going to the race, do us a favor and pop some pics of the winner draped in our blanket. We’d love to see them and there just might be a little something in it for you as well!

Accent Banner is privileged to have been chosen to fabricate the 2012 Belmont Stakes Winner’s Circle

blanket.  We enjoyed the challenge and eagerly await the moment of its intended purpose!

Topics: appliqued banners, applique, sewn banners, sports banners, american history, accent banner, banner design, event banners


The design of a flag refers to the elements of its aesthetics like colors, layout, size, decorations and lighting. The effective combination of these elements results in enticing and captivating clients and consumers in the hopes of higher purchase probability. A brand is an identifiable entity that makes specific and consistent promises of value and results in an overall experience for the consumer. This entity can include names, terms, signs, symbols, designs, shapes, colors or a combination of these elements. elements. A flag may be the first presence of a brand that consumers or clients encounter. The purpose of this flag is to let consumers or clients identify with the products or services of a seller, differentiating them from those of competitors, and thereby provide value to the consumers. Flags have become an integral part of luxury retailing especially in fashion and this is crucial for representing brand identity and meeting the expectations of shoppers. The store is often the first point of real physical contact between consumers and brands.


A brand’s identity is communicated through the store concept with signs, floor layout, product displays etc., creating and harmonizing a brand image that leads to an internal judgement of the brand by consumers. This branding concept highlights the importance of a flag for retail stores. If a consumer sees the flag outside the luxury store and visits the store afterwards, they would expect synchronicity between the image that they already have in their mind based on the flag and what they see and experience in the store. The flag is like the cover of a book and the store is the actual book contents. The story should be in accord with the cover.


A luxury retail or corporate company caters to a niche consumer and advertisements are tailored towards a specific consumer market. The advertisements are a means of communicating the brand’s story, starting from history and development to personality and image, including products and services. For example it is common to find the flags of luxury stores in streets like Bond Street where most of the consumers in full time employment use public transport in and out of central London daily. Luxury brands achieve a strategic objective by hanging their flags where the target consumers commute. Another example could be Newbury St, where consumers regularly commute or work in and around Back Bay area of Boston.


At Accent Banner we provide what luxury retail and corporate companies need by providing customization of flags and banners. We will adapt our services and the custom products we provide to meet your individual requirements. We can tailor the offerings of our company to provide multiple choices and variety in such a way that your company will be able to achieve the brand recognition you are looking for. We understand the need of the market and the recognition and appreciation your brand needs.

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