The first step was for our JSD senior designers and garment technologists to get to work with the Jaeger sketches. Our specialist technical team created the patterns for uniforms for front of house employees, both male and female. The staff were of differing ages, heights and shapes, and worked in different environments within the Palace.
Our team scoured the UK and Europe to source suitable fabrics, and to achieve a perfect colour match for the specified red in garments across the range. Trims were specially commissioned, including the WM monogrammed buttons. These echo the monogram of William and Mary, the 17th century monarchs who transformed Kensington Palace.
JSD then produced several full working samples in-house, with less than a week’s turnaround for each sample run. Members of staff at the Palace were consulted during the creative process, and each item was examined and agreed with the client to zero colour, cut, fabrics and trim, before the final sign-off.
We went to a trusted London-based manufacturer to make-up the approved garments. Our long-standing relationship with that company ensured the small quantities involved could be made locally.
The uniforms were made in a range of sizes to fit the Kensington Palace staff. JSD then held a measuring day and arranged for garments to be tailored on delivery, to ensure the best fit for every member of the Palace team.