Who says work uniforms have to be cookie cutter boring? Not the folks at swanky new hotel JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Not only have they created one of the chicest hotels to hit our little hamlet as of late, but they have outfitted their hotel associates in the most enviable uniforms known to man, courtesy of leading Houston designer David Peck. The partnership and resulting collection made its official debut Monday night in front of over 600 attendees and a handful of frazzled valet attendants - the hubbub in front of the hotel almost shut down the corner of Rusk and Main.
"JW Marriott Houston Downtown is set to become a destination for travelers and locals alike," said Natalie Wiseman, JW Marriott Houston Downtown director of sales and marketing. "David Peck's custom designs artfully reflect the sophisticated yet unpretentious nature of the hotel and allow us to celebrate the individuality of our associates."
The collection is all about the history of the hotle and the 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building where it is housed. Custom prints, a hallmark of Peck's designs, where inspired by a century old photograph of the landmark. Peck also curated a men's line for the hotel, which features garments from local shirtmaker Hamilton Shirt Company and menswear manufacturer SuitSupply.
Now to address the pink elephant in the room, how are these pieces going to work for those employees not 5'10 with a size zero bodies? After all, these people are being hired for their expertise, not their measurements. Peck seems to have taken this into account when creating the nearly 40-piece collection, which includes suits, blouses, skirts, dresses, jackets, shirts, and pants. The line is so varied in colors, cuts, and style that any member of the JW Marriott staff is sure to find something he or she likes and can mix and match according to taste, body type, and comfort.
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The idea of allowing employees to express their own individuality, but within the confines of one cohesive collection, may not be a revolutionary in general, but it is revolutionary in Houston. Never has a brand of this magnitude embarked on such a large scale project with a Houston based designer. JW Marriott could have chosen anyone, but they chose Peck and they chose Houston.
Peck also unveiled his Fall/Winter 2014 line Monday evening. The designer was visibly emotional when talking about his latest and possibly most personal collection dedicated to and inspired by his late grandmother. Here's peek.