Restaurants across the country are outfitting their staffs in covetable aprons made in quirky fabrics and rich leather. Here's how to get your own.
Hedley & Bennett
Former line cook Ellen Bennett designs simple, sturdy aprons made from canvas, denim and linen for restaurants from Michael Voltaggio’s ink in Los Angeles to Michael Schwartz’s Michael’s Genuine in Miami. From $38; hedleyandbennett.com
Portland, Oregon’s Jenn Louis, a 2013 Best New Chef, tipped us off to the excellent craftsmanship in the garments by Blunt Roll, who make denim and leather aprons that can double as knife rolls. From $117; thebluntroll.com
Chef Paul Qui’s fiancée, Deana Saukam, changes her designs each season for the aprons at Qui in Austin. They’re now available for retail purchase by emailing email@example.com. $75; quiaustin.com
The Broken Cleaver
French cooking wear inspired the one-shouldered pinstripe aprons designed by the chefs of The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar in Portland, Oregon. A leather shoulder strap makes each unisex apron adjustable. From $59; thecountrycat.net.
Craftsman and Wolves
San Francisco patisserie Craftsman and Wolves will debut its online shop this spring, offering exclusive custom jean aprons designed in collaboration with the denim gurus at local shop Self Edge. $95; craftsman-wolves.com.