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Leather Work Aprons and the Workplace

Jul 5, 2008
When you think about leather goods, a leather apron is probably the last item to you think about. Almost always we think of aprons as being made from cotton or linen. Although you probably wouldn't wear a leather apron around your home, they do servve well as work aprons in some professions and activities.

Leather work aprons come in a wide variety of styles. They are sought after because they are durable, flame and heat resistant, stain resistant, and offer the wearer protection not found in aprons from conventional cloth. Leather aprons are perfect for those who work in professions such as a welder, machinist, waiter, or gardener.

A leather work apron is favorable for the serving staff at restaurants because they are stain resistant and can be wiped clean. This type of apron has large pockets and ties at the waist. Their black color also looks rather professional and fits well with uniforms.

A similar styled leather work apron is called a half apron and also ties around the waist and is worn for shop work. It has a row of pockets sewn on similar to a tool belt which makes it convenient for keeping track of small parts and tools while providing protection to the worker.

Some leather work aprons also protect the chest area and are known as full aprons and come in two styles. The over-the-neck style has a strap which is worn behind the neck similar to a halter top and the cross-back style has two shoulder straps which cross in the back to help ensure the straps stay in place. These full leather aprons can be short or below the knee depending upon the job function requirements. Depending upon the designer and purpose, these full aprons will have a variety of pockets in various locations or no pockets at all.

Leather work aprons cost around $50 for a half shop apron, up to $200 for a full cross-back that has buckled adjustable straps and rivets. The expense is well worth the price considering the protection these leather aprons provide. They will also last much longer than traditional aprons and stay nice looking since they can be wiped clean and are stain resistant.

Leather work aprons can be purchased from uniform supply companies that handle uniforms and clothing for professions besides nursing and other healthcare jobs. Many uniform companies only offer scrubs and accessories for the healthcare profession, so make certain to look for a company that services industrial workers as well. If you do not have such a uniform company close to you, you can order a leather work apron on the internet. When you order it online, you have a wide selection of companies to choose from and it lets you shop around and pick out styles so the leather work apron is perfect for you.
About the Author
Leather expert and knowledgeable Ethan O. Tanner shares his knowledge of the different types of leather work aprons and gives ideas foruses of leather aprons in the workplace.
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