I went through so many different pairs of trousers from high street stores – I even tried cooking in highwaisted, tight jeans one night and almost passed out! I was so hot and uncomfortable! None of the trousers I tried fitted the bill. They would either lose their shape, a button would fall off, the crotch would split or the fabric would bleed onto my chef whites when I was scrubbing down at the end of the night.
I was fed-up spending money on unsuitable work clothes. I did some initial research and was surprised at the lack of options that were available. At that time, there were no companies designing trousers specifically for women working in the wonderful world of hospitality, so I took the matter into my own hands and started to make my own.
Launching the PolkaPants product was pretty straightforward. I hired one of London’s best PR people. I knew she’d be the right woman for the job and that she’d get anyone and everyone who we needed to know about the product to the launch – and it worked! The product was received with so much positivity and excitement, with Olia Hercules and Gizzi Erskine becoming our first brand ambassadors.
PolkaPants is very much in the ‘slow fashion’ family. I am as passionate about slow fashion as I am about slow food. I feel that if you are a Chef and you care about the provenance of your food, then this philosophy should translate across all aspects of your life – from food to fashion to travel.