First impressions count
BTC activewear says it knows that first impressions really count, which is why it holds a “fantastic range of hospitality and cateringwear to help make the right impression”.
The distributor stocks a wide selection of hospitalitywear from Dennys, including the DP100 and DP200 aprons, with 40 colours to choose from, as well as the new-for-2016 DP210 Bib Apron with Pocket made in 100% polyester and available in 20 colours.
Also new from Dennys is the DA75 Beauty Tunic Asymmetric Zip Fastening, with seven colours to choose from and suitable for industrial washing at 65°C.
Exclusive to BTC activewear is the Bistro by Jassz range, including the JG14 Brussels Short Length Bistro Apron. Functional and comfortable, it comes in 11 different colours and is suitable for industrial washing at 85°C.
Another exclusive is Karlowsky with its range of aprons, chefswear and wellbeing styles, including the BWM1 Men’s Basic Waistcoat, which is also available in women‘s sizes (code BWF1).
A touch of luxury
It’s almost a year since uniform supplier Grahame Gardner brought the internationally renowned Noel Asmar range to the UK, which, the company says, has raised the bar higher for workwear throughout the luxury hospitality industry.
“With its luxurious fabrics and stylish shapes, the Canadian-based Noel Asmar range combines sleek, fashion-led design with practicality, ensuring your employees feel comfortable and confident throughout the day,“ says the brand.
The garments’ flattering shapes feature tailored touches, such as longer hemlines and four-way stretch, and there is a variety of high-end fabrics and colours to choose from.
Katy Brocklehurst, marketing director at Grahame Gardner, comments: “It’s been a fantastic first year for this range. The unbeatable quality and high standards of both design and fit mean the UK hospitality market have been somewhat wowed by the collection.“
Introducing Le Chef, AFD, Dennys and Comfort Grip
Dennys, AFD, Le Chef and Comfort Grip have been introduced to PenCarrie‘s chefswear and hospitality range this year. The quick-drying, crease-resistant Dennys Polyester Bib Apron (DE100), which comes in 40 different colours, can withstand an industrial or domestic wash at 65°C to ensure that bacteria and viruses have been destroyed. An alternative to the bib apron is the Dennys Polyester Waist Apron (DE105), which is available in 37 colours and is also suitable to wash at 65°C.
The unisex-styled AFD Short Sleeve Thermo°Cool Chef’s Jacket (AF005) is available in black and white and has a Thermo°Cool back panel for evaporative cooling. Made to complement the jacket are the AFD Elasticated Chef’s Trousers (AF020), which have an elasticated waistband and drawstring to allow for a comfortable fit. Complete the look with the Comfort Grip Slip-On Shoes (CG001), which come in black and are available in sizes 3-12. The breathable slip-resistant shoes confirm to EN ISO 20345 S1 and have a steel toecap.
“More and more venues are splashing out on lavish interiors, creating a really colourful impression with customers,“ says Premier Workwear. “Staff must complement their surroundings and you can rely on the Colours Collection from Premier to brighten up your service teams.“
Premier continues to add to its flagship hospitalitywear range, with more colours and styles available than ever before. The best-selling PR150 Bib Apron is now available in 58 colours, with raspberry crush, salsa and latte expected to be popular choices with restaurants and hotels.
The range of PR162 Contrast Bib Aprons offers businesses an extra splash of colour thanks to a contrast coloured panel on the right hand side, which results in a quirky piece, Premier advises.
Durable and hardwearing, the PR102 100% Cotton Bib Apron is now offered in 12 vibrant colours and a 100% Polyester Apron, PR167, has been added to the range for those seeking a budget apron suitable for one-off events and promotions.
Durable cotton-feel fabric
Dennys has introduced a new cotton-feel cloth, which is solely available to the brand. Fibres can now be spun finer than a human hair, Dennys explains, improving the fabric‘s feel, lustre and drape. “In touch tests, it is hard to distinguish any difference from the more traditional cotton,“ the brand adds.
The new fabric is durable and resilient as well as stain- and wrinkle-resistant. It is great for sublimation printing, retains dye colour well, doesn‘t shrink and dries quickly. Rub tests on the fabric have shown the fabric to have no sign of breakdown up to 50,000 rubs – apparel is usually only tested up to 7,000 rubs, and upholstery up to 50,000.
Dennys has used the new fabric to create a collection of bib and waist aprons in 40 colours, drawing inspiration from current palettes in other hospitality sectors, such as tablewear and interior design. An extended product range, including beauty tunics and tabards, will be available in 2016.
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Tabards and cafewear
BMB‘s continental-style Caféwear ensemble has been uniquely designed to raise the bar in the hospitality sector, says the brand. The Black Minibar, a contemporary apron measuring 14“ in length, is constructed from a durable fabric and incorporates three open pockets and a separate pen pocket. It can be teamed with a pair of BMB‘s trousers, which come in numerous styles and prices, and have added extras such as technical fabrics with stain-resistant finishes.
Customers can also mix and match with the BMB polos, which come in a palette of 35 colours. There‘s the Penthouse Polo, which offers a durable poly/cotton tight knit weave (ideal for embroidery and printing), comes in both a regular fit and with a shaped waist, and has easy care properties that allow it to retain its colour and shape wash after wash. The competitively priced Action Polo, which comes in 11 colours, is another great value choice, says BMB.
Also available is a generously cut tabard with adjustable side tab and stud fastening, in four colours.