About 6 months ago, Liz from the design team came upstairs to the office to show us a new prototype apron she had made from striped navy and white denim with red straps. I jumped up in excitement because I immediately fell in love with it. I’m always one for a stripe, especially one that gives a nautical feel. This, along with a pop of colour from the red strap had me completely smitten!
Liz, seeing my excitement, offered to let me try it on and once I was strapped into it. I realised that although I loved the look, the actual brilliance of this apron is the cross back which makes it fit like a glove. I never really appreciated that the cross back, as well as creating a stylish look, is a fantastic way to make a standard apron fit all sizes of people. The cross back allows the straps to shorten and lengthen at the neck which means all heights are catered for, this also applies to the width which accommodates all body shapes and most importantly makes it really comfortable to wear, almost like a dress.
For restaurants, cafes and hotels with a number of staff, cross back aprons are definitely the way to go to suit everyone.
If you are looking for something really unique that makes your brand stand out, apron straps are a great way to make an impression. At Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we are constantly developing new styles with different fabrics and material and colours to fit with our customer’s branding and to create inspiration for new customers.
Customers can choose stock webbing that’s plain or striped, to completely bespoke webbing that can be printed with a particular image or design. You can even have bespoke webbing that is woven in your brand colours. If webbing isn’t your cup of tea you can have self-fabric straps, which are made from the same fabric as the apron, or a completely different colour or type of fabric to add a little bit of texture or contrast.
Some more unusual options are leather straps which are often made detachable so that they can be removed when washing the apron. If you like the look of leather but need it to be more practical and washable, a faux suede can be used instead which gives you the industrial look. Extra little details include choices from a range of neck sliders, both metal and plastic and adding contrast stitching, bar tacks, studs or poppers.
As well as a choice of interesting fabrics and materials for your apron and straps, you can also choose the style of straps and apron you want. Standard bib aprons either with or without adjustable straps are a very popular choice, but cross back straps, waist aprons or a completely bespoke design are also available for you to choose from.
For a long time hospitality wear has remained very stagnant, traditional black trousers and skirts, white shirts and blouses were the simple, go to outfit.
I remember as a student I worked as a waitress casually for a catering company and also in a cafe and restaurant, for each job it was a staple items in my wardrobe. For employers it was an easy uniform option, something that staff would already have or could easily get.
In the last few years at Impact Trading and Cotton Roots we have a noticed a big change, both in office wear and hospitality uniform. Office wear has started to move away from suits and ties to smart trouser and open collar shirts. Dress down Friday is becoming common place in many offices and branding and web agencies actively encourage relaxed and individual clothing in order to create an inspirational environment.
Hoteliers and restaurateurs have also started to realise that uniform plays a significant part in the overall branding and is an important part of the experience for customers.
At the moment we are noticing a huge trend towards an
industrial feel in restaurants and hotels. Lots of hard surfaces in different textures
such at concrete, wood and metal. The uniforms
reflect the industrial revolution era with braces, flat caps, waistcoats which then
have a modern twist of jeans and chinos to go with them.
Hard wearing fabrics such as canvas, denim and leather feature
heavily within this look.
This break away from the conservative traditions of black and white means that staff uniforms and venues can really stand out from the crowd and provide customers with a completely immersive experience.
For more information on branded uniform and bespoke aprons please call Impact Trading on 01908 511395 or email [email protected]
The grand open of the new, swish, really, really green, City Eco Hotel takes place on Friday 9th of April in Bournemouth.
We have supplied the hotel with their catering staff aprons which are not only organic, made with fairtrade cotton, but also dyed organically using plants. The shipment from India arrived today so we are burning the midnight oil to embroider the aprons with “The green room” or The green house” and make sure we deliver them on time.
Burning the midnight oil is part of running a company and the enjoyment comes when customers are pleased with us and the garments.
We opened the parcels excitedly – as this was the first batch of aprons that we have made especially for our customers – City Eco Hotel and the Eden Project. It was a nervous few days as the aprons were “Stuck in customs”. “Stuck in customs” is a phrase that always gives me the collywobbles. It could mean weeks waiting………. I was worried. But lots of phone calls later and helpful assistance and they were “unstuck” and arrived today. Hooray!
The hotel staff will also be wearing Fairtrade polo shirts which are unbleached. This means that the colour is a beautiful oatmeal hue. We have embroidered the polo shirts with the hotel emblem, a leaf. They polo shirts are organic and very soft to touch – so of course scrummy to wear.
I am excited and proud that the director of the hotel Sarah Burrows decided to use our uniforms. We are trying to expand Fairtrade and organic options for customers all the time. Their hotel motto is “Luxury doesn’t have to cost the earth”. I like it.