Over at First We Feast, we debuted Engineered Garments designer Daiki Suzuki's recent collaboration with Japanese ramen restaurant Ippudo. Made especially for the New York locations, the Engineered Garments x Ippudo jacket and tablier were originally made for the kitchen managers, but are also being sold at Ippudo's Midtown location on 51st St.
The navy twill uniforms are the brainchild of Daiki Suzuki and Ippudo NY Operations Manager Yusuke Nakamura, himself an avid fan of Nepenthes and sharp dresser in his own right.
“I wanted it to be something only possible in New York. I wanted it to be the coolest uniform ever,” Nakamura told us. “Daiki came up with the design and we all loved it,” says Nakamura of the worker’s jacket. Ippudo NY's logo is screenprinted on a back pocket of the jacket, a wavy block print meant to signify Ippudo's translation as "a gust of wind," but also obscures the letters "N" and "Y" within the design, a nod to the NY locations.
The complementing tablier was actually a suggestion from Ippudo's international ramen master, Fumihiro Kanegae. With a removable pouch in the front and side pockets, it's reminiscent of an old school baker's apron. The Ippudo NY logo is also printed on the front. Photographer Justin Chung shot the uniforms on Ippudo NY's kitchen managers. Here are some more images that weren't in the initial FWF post.