Thompson LES, the latest addition to Jason Pomeranc’s hotel franchise, recently opened its shiny doors. (Well, prematurely half-opened: Before you book a room or head over for a drink, bear in mind that the pool, outdoor bar, and restaurant are still under construction.) The luxe lodge's rooms are equipped with mini-bars stocked by Dean and Deluca, Sferra linens, and Frette robes. But most importantly, guests won't be offended by badly-dressed staff, thanks to their Rogan Gregory-designed uniforms. But Gregory, who collaborated with Bono on the eco-friendly clothing line Edun, is far from the first designer to cash in by dressing the help. Employees at other swanky hotels, waitstaff at restaurants, athletes, and even the Boy Scouts can boast of high-end names on their uniforms' labels. For example:
• At Pomeranc's 6 Columbus hotel, personnel are denim-ed in Rag & Bone, while cocktail waitresses at Teddy’s, the lounge at the Hollywood Roosevelt, wear Diane von Furstenberg's signature wrap dresses.
• Hugo Boss is responsible for the fierceness of Hotel Gansevoort employees, which is probably small consolation for the Hugo Boss-wearing hoards who descend on the meatpacking district each night.
• The Milano Beach Soccer team (yes, beach soccer is a real sport) will be frolicking in Dolce & Gabbana Speedos (yes, they wear Speedos) whenever beach soccer season begins.
• Stan Herman, former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is the godfather of uniform-redesign with FedEx, McDonald's, JetBlue, and United Airlines deals under his belt.
• Vivienne Tam clothed the workforce at The Mandarin Oriental New York, as well as the wait staff at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 66 before it closed. She also designed the outfits for the hostesses at Wakiya in the Gramercy Park Hotel.