Until now, my only memories of aprons send me way back to childhood summer vacations at my grandparents’ house where I was forced to wear them while washing the dishes. They have never provoked much attention from me, and not just my grandma’s tacky floral print versions, but most aprons out there were just as non-appealing to wear. They had fussy ties, were ill fitting and a chore to put on. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Hedley & Bennett that a whole new light was shed on ‘kitchen apparel’. I checked out what the brand had to offer and instantly began my love affair when I noticed the words ‘Japanese selvage denim’. Brilliant!
The brand creates fresh new takes on kitchen apparel, specializing in aprons. Using beautiful patterns, colors and materials, founder Ellen Bennett combines her real world experience at top restaurants with a tasteful eye to create functional styles that you’ll actually want to wear. We were lucky to catch up with the busy young entrepreneur on a recent trip to L.A. to get the inside scoop about her background, the inspiring products and the start of her company.
The moment we arrive, Ellen and her English bulldog, Patrizio, greet us and her charismatic personality instantly sends a jolt of energy through the downtown studio. Within the first few minutes, we are already pulling aprons off their shelves and Ellen is telling us stories about their makings. Describing them with words like ‘vanilla straps’ and ‘squid ink black’ makes it apparent that her love of food pours into each design. With quality products founded on a passionate foundation, this young brand is bound towards a bright future in the kitchen, and perhaps beyond. We are inspired, and excited for what’s to come.