A uniform design meeting on South Bank

July, 2014

A uniform design meeting on South Bank

Preparing for a meeting is always a hectic time, especially when you are presenting a new range of samples for the five star hotel The Mondrian London, opening later this year.

The day before I was running around London picking up our remaining samples from the tailors and weaving through the underground stations. Seeing the first samples of the designs is always exciting, especially when the development process can last for months.

The purpose of this presentation is to sign off the bespoke designs with the hotel’s managerial staff, and interact with them, ensuring the garments are luxurious yet practical. It is important that the uniform portrays Mondrian’s luxury image, but is fit for purpose for everyday wear. We learn a lot from these meetings, as many issues arise during discussions between staff and managers.

We arrived at the Mondrian early, so had a coffee on South Bank to catch up with the team, and sort the last minute preparations to ensure the presentation goes smoothly. We are then taken into the hotel where the interior construction is still well under way. As far as we knew the presentation was supposed to include the team at Studio-104, the models, the stylists, and a select number of managers who have given input into the development of the uniform. However as we were setting up and preparing the samples, we heard that everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the new uniform. The pressure was on, twenty plus people were patiently waiting in the presentation room as we prepared the models for the first look.

The models begin to enter the presentation room together, with the male and female designs shown together to illustrate how the range is built for each position in the hotel. The stylist started by adding her tweaks to the designs, and how the staff should wear them, which creates a discussion between the managers on practicality.

As the models walk in and out of the dressing rooms seamlessly, the presentation wore on, and by the time we were finished with all of the samples, it was nearly 8 o clock in the evening. A long day, but a very positive and productive one. Overall the designs were welcomed by the managers, who are all excited to see the staff in their new uniforms on the opening night.

The Mondrian is well on its way, and will be a spectacle when it opens later this year.

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