Oh the apron. This swath of cloth was worn by women in bygone years as they cooked away in the kitchen. My grandmothers were among them, either wearing an apron or a house dress while they were in the kitchen. And although I cooked along side them, I never used to wear an apron. I'm not sure why I didn't back then but have recently come to understand and appreciate their true value. I especially believe in their power when I am sautéing or frying. Seriously, who needs be oil splattered? And when it comes to baking... let's just say I'm pretty adept at making a mess with flour!
I own a few aprons, each with a purpose. I have two that I solely use for catering gigs. These are more utilitarian, black and gray striped and not very exciting. The one I use in my kitchen is a treasure because it was given to me by my dear friends, Emily and Lorne, as a guest gift at their wedding. They got engaged in Venice, Italy and their wedding had a clear and decidedly Venetian focus. So it came as little surprise that they would share this Italian-style love by giving their guests monogrammed aprons; La Cucina di Dana! Every time I wear this apron I think of them and what a thoughtful gift. Well, especially for me, since I love food and cooking so much.
I have noticed that aprons are coming back in fashion. Full on, full frontal. Different styles can be found in shops of all kinds. I like the ones that harken back to olden days. Maybe it's because it reminds me of my grandmothers. When I think of the kind I wear for my catering gigs, thick and almost amour like, I can't help to giggle a little when I realize how paper thin the ones they used to wear. How would those really protect their clothes? But they wore them anyway and seemed to do the trick. I guess all you really need is full frontal coverage of some kind. So why can't it be fun, and functional. Sassy and make a statement.
With that in mind, and in remembrance of my grandmothers, I coerced, ah hum, I mean I recruited my mom to help me make some aprons. She helped me get started and gain confidence, like she always does. Now I'm on my own creating hand sewn with love, one of a kind aprons. Each one is different. Each made with an wild and eye catching combination of vintage materials, antique trim and lace and other interesting finds. Each to help keep you clean in the kitchen. So, if you are in need of some splattering protection, or for a gift, click the SHOP button here or on the main menu to see my first round of Full Frontal Coverage; the apron reinvented with a bit of fun, lots of color and a big, bold "Here I am". Check out some of the looks below.
Hope you enjoy keeping yourself neat and clean and looking stylish during your next kitchen adventure.
Please note that these are all one size and come with a complimentary dish towel. Why, you ask? Because when I cook I like to have a towel tucked in a pocket or around my waist tie so I can easily wipe my hands when needed. Since I thought you would find it helpful too I included one with each purchase.
Also, I want to give a big thanks to my stunning niece, Gabrlelle, for modeling my aprons and to my talented nephew, John who photographed each of them. What would I do without my "kids", always enthusiastic supporters of all my endeavors.
Post note: Since these are one of a kind and are made with a variety of materials, if you see an apron you like that is out of stock, please email me directly as custom aprons can be made.