United Airlines made this announcement:
Approximately 1,000 employees from both domestic and international operations participated in focus groups and “wear tests” where their input was used to enhance garment features and functionality. The Carhartt collection includes over 50 pieces, each designed to address our below-wing workforce’s specific needs, like bottoms with custom-design pockets to fit wands and other tools, color-blocking on hi-visibility gear to address dirt and grime and fabrics designed to address the wide range of climate conditions across our system. As a part of this effort, Carhartt also put an emphasis on the women’s collection, ensuring these employees have garments that have both proper fit and function. These various design elements and options created will help employees perform safely and efficiently.
The uniform refresh is part of a larger effort to revamp all United uniforms for more than 75,000 employees. Each decision with United’s uniform design partners, Tracy Reese, Brooks Brothers and Carhartt, have been driven by employee feedback, with a focus on high quality fabrics, improved breathability and overall enhanced fit. The next step in this cohesive collection will be to complete a second wear test before revealing final designs from Brooks Brothers and Tracy Reese for flight attendants, pilots, and customer service representatives. United expects to share more information in summer 2020.
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