It’s become increasingly important to us at The Kitchen recently. We have in the past flirted with branded polo shirts and aprons, at one point we even purchased hoodies to keep us warm on those early morning shifts. For a while however things slipped and increasingly staff wore what was comfortable, with little reference to our “brand” or “colour palette”.
As many of you will have seen The Kitchen has undergone something of a refurbishment in recent weeks. The coffee shop furniture we were gifted four years ago has been replaced. The walls now have a soft wooden cladding, and a dresser and cabinet hide and house the childrens toys and our selection of wine and Craft Beers. We’re encouraging people to take a fresh look at The Kitchen and as part of that we’ve thought again about what we wear.
Black skirts or trousers are an obvious choice, along with black or white shirts, blouses or T Shirts. Speaking as Mrs Kitchen I’m not a huge fan of a blouse (notwithstanding the need to iron it!) so T Shirts get my vote every time. I prefer a three quarter or long sleeve scoop neck cotton T Shirt – not that I’m fussy or anything.
I hadn’t realised how difficult it is to source such an item but recent shopping trips have unearthed just the occasional item, sometimes in a basement storeroom retrieved by a sales assistant deserving of an award for customer service. I’ve amassed a collection but to be honest some of them are size 12, some have a boat neck, and some are made from fabric that looks like it may only survive half a dozen delicate washes.
Which leads me to Lavender Hill Clothing.
When I looked online and googled long sleeve scoop neck black cotton T Shirts Lavender Hill Clothing popped up. I was drawn to it by the name. And then by the reviews. I liked the way that the products were described as comfortable, soft, well made, well fitting, quality, a good fit. That customer service was excellent.
I decided there and then that this was the T Shirt I wanted. The quality, the reviews, the look of it. Everything about it said to me that this was one for me. Sure there are cheaper T Shirts out there – several are hanging in my wardrobe. Some have lost their shape. Some have pilled or bobbled. Some are too short or ride up, or the neckline isn’t quite right.
I ordered the T Shirt from Lavender Hill Clothing.
I could hardly wait for it to arrive. Some may say that the anticipation was actually a little out of proportion to the purchase of a T Shirt. But I was genuinely excited to see if this T Shirt would live up to my expectations. I believe I could actually see this blog post being written which is in some ways wrong or premature but that’s how excited I was.
The T Shirt arrived in a lavender parcel, packaged in tissue paper with a bespoke label. it oozed quality, care, customer service and quality. the moment I put it on I knew that this was “The One” and I will be buying many more.
In my wardrobe are T Shirts costing £3.99, £8.99, £12.99.
The T Shirt from Lavender Hill Clothing cost £40.00. I may have paid a delivery charge as well. But I actually don’t mind. The price didn’t come into it. That’s unusual for me to say as I’m not made of money and that which I do have is hard earned. But I do believe in spending it wisely, on well made products that are made with love and care. That bring joy to the consumer and as far as possible do not harm the environment by the use of harsh chemicals, packaging or long distance distribution.
A business coach said to me last week that some products are reassuringly expensive. What do you think?