Chefwear brand

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by someday, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. someday

    someday

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    I recently ordered a few items from Chefwear...and man, I was disappointed. I have ordered many, many things from them in the past, and this latest batch seems very shoddy. Thin fabric, not very durable, low quality, etc. 

    I used to almost exclusively order chefwear because, while they were pricier than some competitors, the quality/durability of the items seemed better than other brands. Now they seem worse. Specifically this time pants and aprons. I paid almost 20 bucks for an apron, and its one side only, cheaply made stuff. I could have easily got the same or similar apron for like 8 bucks from a competitor. The pants too, are shockingly thin and flimsy feeling. 

    Is the quality slipping? Its not just me, right?
     
  2. kingfarvito

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    I recently bought 3 pairs of pants. They all ripped within 3 weeks. I was told it was my fault and that they would not be replaced.
     
  3. chefnater

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    I personally don't care for chef pants. I wear dickies. they have extra fabric in certain areas and have lasted me for years.
     
  4. chefedb

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    Don't buy rom them anymore and tell your friends not to
     
  5. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Either Carhartt or Dickies make durable pants.  They also make them in different cuts for different body styles.
     
  6. panini

    panini

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    I just ran into this problem with the last round of chef pants and jackets for my coworkers. The pants were splitting as well as the jackets. I  took a bunch to a tailor to get them fixed.

    He explained to me that one problem is that the quality of commercial thread used in the seams has gotten really bad. So each time those threads hit any type of bleach they lose all their strength. So now, no bleach, the cleaner is using some type of oxygenated detergent.

    We'll see. 
     
  7. braising cows

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    I typically buy from chefworks, prefer the quality and fit over chefwear.
     
  8. someday

    someday

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    Yeah I might have to give them a try. I've used both in the past, but I usually found that chefwear stuff was more durable. At least for me. Now, not so much. 

    I mean, I'm shocked. I ordered pants from them less than a year ago with no drop in quality--at least that I noticed. Now, very shoddy. 

    I was also surprised to see that Chefworks was generally more expensive than chefwear now. I used to think of chefworks as a less expensive alternative to chefwear. 

    Anyways, I'll try them next. They have some cool stuff and designs on their website. 

    Glad to know I"m not alone. 
     
  9. alaminute

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    So I've always worn chef works pants and have never had a pair rip on me, but I've been wearing pretty much exclusively bragard coats, aprons and now shoes. I've been through a lot of different shoe companies, and they're not the best (NAOT at $180 were by far the best shoe I've ever had work or casual) but they are the best for only $80 that I've found beats out Walmart/ mozo/ Birkenstock etc. Anyways I was curious if anybody has ever tried bragard's pants? All of their other products I've used are top of the line, and durable and I usually don't mind paying extra for a better product that lasts longer and performs better. I'm a huge carhartt fan and can second kuan's post that a lot of people swear by dickies, my next pair of pants will probably be trying out some carhartt's.

    P.S. When previewing this I didn't mean to sound so much like a bragard rep. :p

    P.P.S. @Kuanoff topic but have you ever heard of C.C. Filson? For outdoor apparel, they make carhartt look like Levi :)
     
  10. foodnfoto

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    I like Bragard too.

    Aprons are the only thing I buy from them, but I have a few that are 10 years old and still going strong.

    They used to make an apron that was a blend of cotton and linen which fit great and lasted forever. Sadly-can't find them anymore.

    Yes, an apron must fit properly:

    -wide enough to go around your hips instead of just hanging in front

    -not too long from the neck to the waist

    -long enough to catch that falling splash.

    -ties long enough to go around a waist that enjoys good food and tie a secure bow in front ;)

    Am I a bit OCD? Probably. Husby says so.