Hospitality Uniform Guide
Cafés, pub and restaurant clothing needs to be as hard working as their environments. Unlike other ‘softer’ customer facing businesses, hospitality uniforms get a good work-out in a busy customer-facing environment.
This sector is also looking increasingly to brand building and creating a business that is aspirational in every element of its presentation to its customers. This includes, very importantly, its uniforms, along with the interior fit-out, brand of coffee being served, the best barista and a chef who can deliver the finest food. The front of house staff therefore need to be stylish and in keeping with the interior and brand values of the business.
Here at Cargo Crew we have worked closely with 1000s of venues and our years of uniform supplier experience in this sector means we design with both quality and style in mind.
The elements we consider integral when choosing apparel for your hospitality staff are:
Function FirstOur aprons, shirts and t-shirts have been designed first and foremost with function in mind. Style is important, but if your apparel doesn’t make your job easier when on the floor serving, it will only frustrate.
Aprons are designed with large functional pouch pockets to fit notepads and iPads discretely, as well as easy-tie straps for staff to be ready to serve your customers efficiently. They also come in a range of styles – cross-back, bib, and waist aprons meaning you can put function first for your staff depending on your individual venue requirements.
Crew ConfidenceStaff benefit from feeling confident in their uniform. It helps with pride and to exude a cool, friendly atmosphere for your hospitality venue. We always ensure our apparel pieces are available to fit varying sizes. Our shirts come in both mens and womens cuts with subtle design differences in shape to flatter and sit comfortably.
Adjustable cuffs on our shirts are the ideal addition for hospitality staff where rolled sleeves are a must amongst food service. The extra-length cut of our shirts and t-shirts also ensure staff don't expose their skin when reaching across tables, or for that top shelf spirit!
Trending TimesWe have classic hospitality uniforms covered with beautiful cuts of shirts, and colour palettes of navy, white & black sorted, but if your venue evokes a sense of on trend interior style your uniform should complement it.
Our 'Choose Your Strap' functionality on the Henry, Barkly & Ace aprons, allows you to change up your style, match your branding or go with the seasons. Our straps come in 13 different colours, each moving the apron from classic to contemporary to POP. The colour palettes we choose in design come from the latest fashion trends across the globe while still focusing on a colour range that will not date quickly – think khaki, distressed denims and light grey linens.
The hospitality sector means uniforms are put through the wringer… quite literally. Regular washing after busy service periods is imperative to remove stains, food and alcohol odours. Our exclusive Fight The FadeTM fabric has been developed by Cargo Crew to ensure your aprons look brand new after 100+ washes. We pride our selves on developing Performance Aprons and fabrics that smash the industries standards. Learn more about our world-class innovation here.
Our aprons are unisex and one size, with adjustable straps meaning they can be worn by all your staff.
Branding of your uniforms may be important to enhance your brand awareness. We specialise in logo branding on all our apparel pieces and merchandise. When taking this next step in uniform customisation, you will work closely with a member of our specialised uniform design team here at Cargo Crew.
NEED A COMPLETE LOOK FOR YOUR CREW?
We understand how tricky it can be to put together the perfect uniform look for your crew so we’re here to help!
See what our Styling Service can do for you. In person or over the phone, our team are skilled in putting together a unique look for your crew.
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