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For chefs, a food–splattered jacket may be a sign of a post-shift beer well earned, but it’s not aesthetically pleasing. The constant struggle to keep chefware clean and presentable is a real one, so wouldn’t it be cool to have chefwear that actually repelled whatever you could throw at it and lasted longer due to not having to be repeatedly washed?
Australian start-up Fabricor, co-founded by Chef Adrian Li of Melbourne's Saigon Sally, claims it has the solution. Their 100% cotton ‘hydrophobic’ chefwear – a chef jacket and apron currently – has been developed using a patented nanotechnology that makes the garments, they say, both water repellent and stain-proof.
At a Molecular Level
The fabric has apparently been modified “at a molecular level, by permanently attaching hydrophobic ‘whiskers’ to individual fibres, which elevate liquids, causing them to bead-up and roll off the fabric surface.” If this all sound a bit complicated then the video below amply demonstrates how it works on casualwear (Threadsmiths is the apparel brand).
The garments can be washed in warm water without bleach and softener, and tumble-drying at normal to low heat every few washes reactivates their repellent properties. The garments don't protect against water and oil-based stains that are rubbed in, mind, but should repel pretty much anything that's thrown at them during a busy service – apart from the pans themselves.