Men’s designer aprons make a statement in fashion and function

Atlanta chefs show off a fresh take on the plain white coat
Photograph by Josh Meister

Culinary students may still squeeze themselves into the stiff white chefs coat, long the industry’s de rigueur uniform. But the new must-have garb, particularly among Atlanta’s male chefs who have made it to the top of the food chain, is the designer apron.

Fashionable and functional, the next-gen cooks apron takes its style cues from protective gear worn by hunters, gardeners, butchers, and carpenters. And it’s a far better choice for making a statement than a silly towering toque.

(Pictured left to right)

Zachary Meloy
Better Half
Local clothing designer Shannon Johnson made this apron using scraps of vintage ticking, copying a traditional Japanese pattern with broad straps that cross in the back.

Steven Satterfield
Miller Union
Satterfield’s favorite apron is a lightweight waxed cotton design called Contra, a limited-edition piece from Tilit Chef Goods out of Brooklyn.

Angus Brown
Octopus Bar
Brown—who opens Lusca with partner Nhan Le this spring—is working with a local seamstress on his own apron line. Note the X on the right shoulder, Brown’s signature touch.

Hugh Acheson
Empire State South
When not wearing a mustard-colored shop apron made by OMFGCO Bridge & Burn, Acheson sports this oilcloth apron—a gift from Southern fashion maven Billy Reid.

Todd Ginsberg
The General Muir
A classicist, Ginsberg wears a long, bib-style apron made by chef apparel company Bragard USA. He keeps a neat stack of them in his car’s backseat.

Joe Schafer
King + Duke
Schafer and his crew wear heavy-duty cotton Cayson-brand aprons, double-lined in the front to help deflect the heat from the restaurant’s ferocious wood-fire grill.

This article originally appeared in our April 2014 issue under the headline “Strings Attached.”