When you think about the hospitality industry you imagine (ideally) well-tailored and stylish uniforms that are sophisticated yet understated, striking the right balance between professional and practical. Yet at the same time thinking about uniforms can cause a shudder from the memory of the ill-fitting, unpleasant materials of the dreaded school uniform; the symbol of the end of the summer holiday and the onset of homework. This might be why over 75%-300% of staff leave hospitality roles! That’s where Bespoke Textiles comes in.
Our founder, Katie Young Gerald, set up Bespoke Textiles nine years ago to design and supply the world of hospitality textiles, specialising in sustainable yet stylish uniforms and textiles for tables, on the back of building collections and supply sources for fashion brands.
When an employer is looking to source uniforms for a large body of staff they should try and bear in mind that new bodies will arrive in different shapes and sizes and need to have the right fit in the right sex available. The problem is no one ever thinks they have a uniform or sourcing problem until they have one! But when they do, it becomes a huge headache, and usually someone’s extra work load to solve the problem and source the uniforms. Expensive errors caused by limited options, expertise and insight occur; and often bridging the gap with short term solutions can lead to an amazing amount of waste of time and money.
Embracing the fact that there is a diversity of body shapes and being able to know how to dress them well to improve self-esteem and general morale is a challenge. Happy staff are proven to be more proactive, show initiative and perform better, stay longer. They also care more.
Bespoke Textiles have honed their approach to sourcing and designing well-made, quality uniform collections.
To begin with, we sit down with a client to gather inspirational elements, using all kinds of pictures, swatches and garment references. Then, we narrow the vision down into one story, one message, one brand. You soon find that unique ideas start to reveal themselves. Combining a base garment with these ideas and brand touches provides the perfect springboard for a fresh new uniform, or other textile-based product.
People are the heart of every carefully chosen organisation that we work with, ensuring great quality relationships. Visiting clients and factories to find out what they do and how, is vital in connecting and collaborating. The businesses we work with behave like one big tribe, a team. Uniforms are vital in this, to create a sense of belonging and unity. Bespoke Textiles is dedicated to finding a solution to uniform issues.
For these reasons and many more, Bespoke Textiles is proud to contribute to the happiness of your staff.