4 hotel uniforms by Indian couture designers that we absolutely love

Seamlessly blending brands’ aesthetics with contemporary designs, these couture hotel uniforms deserve all the attention they receive.

Over the years, leading Indian designers have turned their creative gaze on corporate wear. Their couture sensibilities and unique styles have brought many hospitality giants into the scene as well. These designer hotel uniforms not only echo the respective brand’s philosophy, but also have a sense of practicality to them. We pick out four chic couture ensembles of luxury hotels in India that stand out the most to us.

Falguni Shane Peacock for JW Marriott Juhu 

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Falguni Shane Peacock named their design ‘The Intrinsic Flow’. Image: Courtesy Dabboo Ratnani Studio.

This wasn’t the first collaboration between the two brands, but when designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock recently created aesthetically-pleasing but practical uniform for the Guest Relations team at Mumbai’s JW Marriott Juhu, lots of heads were turned. A reflection of changing times while remaining steeped in India’s regal history, the said uniform has a luxury appeal, looks elegantly chic, and mirrors the flow of a saree. ‘The Intrinsic Flow’ ensemble, comprising of an asymmetrical tunic paired with flared trousers and scarf in black and hints of grey, is an ode to time-honoured Indian silhouettes.

BODICE by Ruchika Sachdeva for Roseate House

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Simple and chic are the only way to describe Roseate House’s staff ensemble. Image: Courtesy Roseate Hotels.

From valets, gardeners, to F&B teams and heads of departments — the uniforms for teams across Roseate House in New Delhi, have been designed by Ruchika Sachdeva, founder of BODICE. Keeping in mind the identity and visual language of the hotel, the uniforms are a classic take on modernism with clean lines, comfortable fits, and functional details. The uniforms have been designed to cater to their everyday activities by adding functional details. Spiritual essence defines the way Sachdeva draws inspiration from her cultural roots, and the same reflects in the elegant, modern saree that she brought to the tables at Roseate.

Payal Jain for The Oberoi Hotels

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Payal Jain next to her creation for The Oberoi New Delhi. Image: Courtesy The Oberoi Hotels.

Counted among India’s most respected couturiers, Payal Jain has created uniforms for over 150 prestigious hotels across the globe in past two decades. The uniforms adorning the staff at The Oberoi, New Delhi designed by Jain are a reflection of the hospitality brand’s roots as well as its philosophy centered on luxury and commitment to excellence. Smart up-collar jackets with printed flower motifs and intricate patterns reflect ethnicity as well as modern practicality in their design, while seamlessly blending the designer’s exceptional couture sensibilities.

Rohit and Abhishek Kamra for Taj Mahal New Delhi

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Machan’s staff uniform is an ode to Ranthambore National Park. Image: Courtesy Taj Hotels & Resorts.

Cane tree canopies, contemporary lanterns, banquet seating, custom-designed walls recreating scenes of the jungle — when the iconic Machan restaurant at Taj Mahal New Delhi went under the most extensive restoration few years back, the brand new staff uniform didn’t go unnoticed either. Created by Rohit and Abhishek Kamra, the designer duo from Jaipur and cofounders at IRIS Corporate Wear, the uniforms sport the shades of green and rust with original bells and whistles. The shirts have multiple front pockets, on the same lines as the jackets on a jungle safari. The entire ensemble draws inspiration from the Ranthambore National Park, think deer horn embroidery and wearers service pins lending a fresh look and hint of casualness to the design.

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