Amongst the top 25 restaurants in the world, we were approached to design a new tailoring concept for The Ledbury’s front of house team, as part of their recent re-launch.
Located in London’s Notting Hill, The Ledbury is one of the city’s destination eateries, founded in 2005 by Australian chef Brett Graham. Winning himself two Michelin stars and a serious foodie following, tables are in high demand, and best reserved a few months ahead.
With service being one of the things that sets The Ledbury apart, we were set the task of dressing staff to maintain a clean, crisp appearance through busy shifts, in varying temperatures, with spillages being par for the course. Mixing a muted and tonal visual approach with a durable and high performance fabric, we also wanted to complement the redesign of the space and the pace of restaurant life.
Each member of the team was measured individually for bespoke suits and shirts – a process that took 12 weeks, creating paper patterns for all. We developed a dark charcoal fresco suit, with a dark brown lining and brown horn buttons, paired with off-white cotton poplin shirts and dark green wool ties. All the colours were picked from the restaurant’s interior, inspired by the British countryside.
The fresco cloth, supplied by Huddersfield Fine Worsted, was chosen for its durability and anti-crease qualities, resulting in suits that looks as sharp at the end of a long shift as they did at the beginning, whilst regulating body temperature and surviving those inevitable occasional spills.
With all involved delighted at the end result, the entire collaborative process has been a truly successful meeting of minds, with joint values in craftsmanship and quality to the fore.
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