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Clothing is one of the most important social signals you send out. Especially when working in service professions. Workwear from CWS signals competence.

Workwear for gastronomy, hotel business, catering and the food retail trade

The focus is on people

What is true in your industry is also true in ours. When your employees feel good, the guest feels good. It is the human being who is at the center of your work, and at the center of ours.

Sustainability is more than a buzzword. It is the foundation for future generations. With CWS Workwear you rely on a concept that we proudly call "enkelfähig". Besides, your team is perfectly dressed. Learn more now!

CWS Scandic Line Collection in Dark green colour choice

Scandic Line

Beautiful by nature: opt for the latest generation of sustainable workwear with this collection. 100% ecological materials and the trendy Scandi design make it easy for you to become an environmentalist!

CWS Boston Line Collection Bib Apron Denim Look

Boston Line

Make a fashion statement for true craftsmanship and authenticity - with the indestructible jeans look of the "Boston Line". This collection is inspired by the inventive spirit and the spirit of optimism of the gold rush years in the USA when Levi Strauss developed the legendary prototype of all work trousers.

CWS Asia Line collection in dark blue

Asia Line

There is power in tranquillity. The main feature of "Asia Line" is its calm and restrained presence. The deep, almost violet blue tone of this collection enchants with its deep and mystical colouring, which is reminiscent of a midnight sky and radiates a calming effect. Modern workwear for catering, retail, bakeries, pastry shops, hotels and many service professions more.

CWS Bahamas Line collection for gastronomy, hospitality, grocery stores

Bahamas Line

Welcome your guests in our "Bahamas Line" collection just as you would expect it from the island group that gives it its name: with a full load of warmth, beauty and luxury. The Caribbean flair of the "Bahamas Line" signals hospitality, fun at work and a carefree attitude to life. Discover the practical aprons, pre-ties and chef jackets in this collection.

CWS Coast Line collection for Catering and Food Retail

Coast Line

The "Coast Line" collection is characterised by its classic look, which alludes to the nobility of the sophisticated seaside resorts on the North and Baltic Seas. Also characteristic of the "Coast Line": the pinstripes. The fine pattern is a universal sign of professional business acumen. The choice is bib aprons, bistro aprons and vest skirts.

CWS Amalfi Line collection, Catering and Food Retail

Amalfi Line

Meet challenges the Italian way: with a smile! The "Amalfi Line" conjures up an Italian attitude to life in your enterprise. This collection is inspired by tourism on the Amalfi Coast and a lifestyle that Federico Fellini memorialised in his film "Dolce Vita". Modern, practical bib aprons, bistro aprons and aprons for restaurants, hotels and food retail with butchers, butcher shops and bakeries. 

CWS Urban Line collection, aprons, gastronomy, catering, food retail

Urban Line

The perfect companions not only for city nomads. The "Urban Line" collection stands for a modern, urban attitude to life. No value is placed on conventions, individuality is the top priority. Allowed is what pleases and looks casual. With these bib aprons and bistro aprons your team is perfectly styled.

CWS Oxford Line collection, bakery, blouses, shirts, gastronomy, food retail

Oxford Line

British understatement: With the "Oxford Line", you get a timeless all-rounder for your team. The finely checked ladies' blouses or men's shirts look trustworthy and competent. The beautiful simplicity of the typical Vichy check is characteristic of the "Oxford Line". The timeless modern workwear for gastronomy, bakeries, confectioneries, butcher shops, hotel business and food retail is available in the proven FLEX service from CWS.

CWS WW Devon Line

Devon Line

More function, more calmness: our all-rounders from the "Devon Line" impress with practical details, a casual look and their versatility. With the "Devon Line" your team is perfectly prepared for the inevitable peak times on the job. Go for fashionable gastro clothing with the plus of functionality.

CWS Paris Line Collection, chefs jackets

Paris Line

Et voilà: Get to know the "Paris Line" from CWS Workwear. It focuses on high quality, just as is usual for French cuisine. The cosmopolitan city of Paris, the cradle of good taste and Michelin-starred gastronomy, is reason enough for us to dedicate a to dedicate our own collection to it.


Answers to frequently asked questions about workwear, professional clothing and service clothing in the catering industry

Do you need workwear for your catering business, but have a few questions for us first? We have answered frequently asked questions here. Perhaps your question is also included. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you individually, professionally and without any further obligations for you.

What clothes do you have to wear in the kitchen?

Anyone who works in a professional kitchen and prepares food must not do so in private clothing. In Germany, kitchens are classified in risk group 3 with a high hygiene risk because they work with perishable food. For the correct cooking clothing, the DIN standard 10524 contains corresponding clothing regulations for cooks. This DIN standard is not a binding law, but it helps to establish high, HACCP-compliant hygiene standards in the catering industry.

Professional chef's clothing is used to protect food from germs. Therefore, chef's jackets and chef's trousers are mostly made of a strong fabric such as cotton that does not allow contact with the skin. The DIN standard recommends white or pastel-coloured work clothes for the kitchen area. On such light-coloured chef's clothing, stains stand out clearly and the cleanliness standard of the clothing can be checked directly. Good chef's clothing should also be easy to wash. Work clothes worn in a kitchen get dirty quickly and should be changed daily for hygienic reasons.

The right chef's or work clothes not only ensure hygiene, but also safety in the kitchen. For example, pockets on professional chef's jackets are never on the outside, but always on the inside, so that the contents cannot accidentally fall out. For the same reason, trouser pockets should ideally be covered by the chef's jacket or an apron. Combining a chef's jacket with a chef's apron also helps to preserve outerwear and maintain hygiene standards: A dirty apron is quickly changed, a chef's jacket is not. But not only chef's jackets and chef's trousers count as complete chef's clothing; chef's hats, caps or triangular scarves must also often be worn as chef's coverings. They prevent hair from getting into the food while preparing it. Many establishments require the wearing of bandanas or neckerchiefs; they absorb sweat when working at the cooker and between hot ovens or protect against cold draughts in cold storage.

By the way: A restaurateur must prove that the cooking clothes are regularly changed, cleaned and reprocessed. Corresponding documents must be presented in the event of an inspection.

What do you wear in the service?

Wherever food is processed and served, hygiene rules are a must and street clothes are taboo. Not least because of the Corona pandemic, guests' hygiene awareness has increased. Even if there are no fixed regulations for service clothing, professional, uniform, "presentable" workwear in service is important for the appearance of the catering business and also very useful. After all, guests should be able to quickly recognise the service staff by their - hygienically maintained - work clothes and distinguish them from other guests.

But what is the best thing to wear when working in service? Match the service clothing to the type of gastronomy you offer. Do you mainly serve small meals and drinks or multi-course menus from the upscale cuisine? In these two cases, the basic outfit of your service team is probably different in each case. Whereas in the first case you could opt for sporty casual work trousers and polo shirts or T-shirts with a logo print, in the second case dark fabric trousers combined with a white work blouse or a white work shirt, finished with logo embroidery, would be a conceivable outfit.

A tip: Make sure that breathable, crease-free materials are used for the work clothes in the service. This also contributes to a well-groomed, hygienic overall impression of your service team!

What do waiters wear?

The waiter or waitress is the figurehead of every gastronomic establishment. It is not only a friendly manner towards the guest that supports the hopefully positive first impression, but also the professional service dress is elementary. It clearly distinguishes the waiter from the guest. Depending on the restaurant, inn, café or bar, a waiter wears different hospitality outfits to match the style of the establishment. A waiter in an upscale restaurant usually wears a black and white wardrobe to appear elegant. A waiter in a country inn often wears service dress borrowed from traditional costume. The waiter's apron is a common item of waiters' clothing. It comes in short or long versions and is characterised by a large pocket within easy reach that can hold waiters' wallets and/or mobile devices for taking orders.

What do you wear in the restaurant business?

As colourful and diverse as the professions in gastronomy are, they have one thing in common: people - or rather guests - are at the centre of the work. Workwear in the catering industry reflects this: it is professional, fashionable, hygienically maintained, offers optimal wearing comfort (e.g. through the use of breathable fabrics) and withstands the stresses of work. Those who feel comfortable in their work clothes also radiate this to their guests. Because workwear in the catering industry is worn every day for several hours, breathable fabrics, comfortable cuts and natural materials are recommended. In addition, tear-resistant, crease-free or crease-resistant materials support the well-groomed impression of the clothing.

What work clothes in the canteen?

In a canteen where food is professionally prepared and served, special professional clothing must be worn. This is not only for comfort at work, but also for the protection of the employees and complies with legal regulations. The right work clothes ensure compliance with the prescribed hygiene standards in a canteen. Canteen chefs and cooks must wear chef's jackets with inside pockets so that the contents cannot accidentally fall out. The pockets of the chef's trousers should be covered by either a long chef's jacket or an apron. Complete canteen chef attire includes pre-ties and aprons, as well as headgear (e.g. a chef's hat, cap or triangular scarf). A useful accessory for canteen staff working between hot ovens or hot plates are sweat-absorbing bandanas and neckerchiefs. For staff serving canteen food, less stringent clothing regulations apply. Work clothes should nevertheless be hygienically maintained, uniform and suitable for contact with guests.

Who pays for work clothes in the catering industry?

Gastronomy clothing is important, in the kitchen it is mostly prescribed within the framework of the HACCP concept and professional work clothing is also an indispensable component in service in order to serve the guest in a hygienically well-groomed outfit. A blanket answer to the question of who bears the costs for work clothes in the catering industry cannot be given - the legal basis varies.

Whenever there is a provision regulating the wearing of professional, work or official clothing at a workplace, the employer must bear the costs of procuring such clothing. A provision to this effect may be found in a collective agreement concluded for the industry or in an individual employment contract, a company agreement or a special agreement. Less common in the catering industry are legal regulations (e.g. derived from §3 of the ArbSchG) that prescribe the wearing of special protective clothing.

For example, anyone who works as a cook with unpackaged, perishable food is obliged to wear HACCP-compliant, hygienic work clothes (see also "What clothes do you have to wear in the kitchen?").

The situation is different for the service staff. For them, street clothes should actually be taboo and professional uniforms compulsory - but there is no corresponding legal regulation. If a service employee would like to wear professional clothing at work to protect his or her private clothing, without a written agreement to this effect, he or she must bear the costs for this proportionally or completely. However: The ratio of the procurement costs must be in reasonable proportion to the salary paid to the employee. It is said that the employee must not be "unfairly disadvantaged". In other words, the monthly cost of clothing must not be disproportionately high compared to the monthly income of the service worker.

"Catering & Food Retail" brochure from CWS Workwear

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