Tie One On: Four Great Aprons to Buy and Wear Now
The Pastry Chef
“I wanted to create something that allows people to practice their craft more easily,” says Katrina Jazayeri, who sews her Post Oak Aprons when not tending bar at Belly Wine Bar. Her reversible designs feature side pockets that let bakers—like those at Union Square Donuts, who have eyed her wares—grab tools while standing against a cutting board.
Two-tone denim apron, $60, postoakaprons.com.
The Amateur Butcher
Impressed by the heavy aprons worn by the farriers and blacksmiths visiting her Canadian farm, Tanya Kelly decided that chefs needed to upgrade their gear. Kelly eventually landed on the Original Blunt Roll—a washable all-cotton style with leather pockets that double as a knife roll. Professional fans include Toro and Coppa chef Jamie Bissonnette.
Original Blunt Roll, $135, thebluntroll.com.
The Grill Master
As a former chef, Weft & Warp’s Erik Desjarlais knows what it’s like to run around in close proximity to a hot flame all day. Using his grandfather’s commercial sewing machine, Desjarlais stitches his pinstriped and waxed-cotton creations at his Maine home. The result is a construction that’s both heavy-duty and breathable.
Chef’s apron, $75, weftandwarpmaine.com.
The Green Thumb
Vermont-based Zoe Zilian designed her heirloom-quality Farmhouse Pottery apron for people who constantly work with their hands. Her hand-cut-and-sewn, waxed-dipped canvas apron is extremely water resistant—so at the end of a long day knee-deep in soil, you can hose it right off.
Waxed-canvas potting apron, $80, farmhousepottery.com.