What goes great with really great ramen? Why, fantastic fashion of course. This is hardly breaking news but we feel the need to continue to give props where they're due in this industry, and today those props belong to Engineered Garments' Designer, Daiki Suzuki, and his crushingly hip designs for NYC's most popular ramen joint.
Regardless of the season, snow or sweltering sun, Ippudo New York on Midtown's West Side always reveals a heavy line of people patiently waiting for a bowl of their decadent, broth-y noodles. This popular ramen spot basically paved the way for the other guys in town hoping to satiate those that craved pork-laden tonkotsu. Ippudo garnered a massive cult following since its opening in 2008 by delivering original flavors in unique styles all their own. Operations Manager Yusuke Nakamura felt the need to up the exclusivity of New York's location by calling on designer Daiki Suzuki of Engineered Garments to create the coolest uniforms for the talented staff. Made in the EG Facilities of NYC's Garment District, Suzuki created navy durable twill worker's jackets intended to get better with age and destruction, like a pair of great denim jeans. Chef's coats should be unfussy and super breathable and Ippudo's are just that with vented arm pit-slits, accessible pockets, and easy to machine-wash and wear. We really admire Suzuki's approach to Engineered Garments designs, taking classic men's wardrobe staples and constructing them in a way that honors vintage styles of the military, industrial uniforms and sportswear with a slight creative twist to each masculine silhouette. We look forward to seeing what the New York based designer reveals for his next collection. In the mean time, it's fun to relish in the fact that only in NYC would a small group of niche chefs have their very own designer duds.
Photo by Justin Chung. Engineered Garments designed exclusively for Ippudo NYC staff.