Hedley & Bennett is the L.A.-based culinary brand that produces the best aprons and kitchen workwear in the marketplace. Ellen Bennett started the company at the age of 25 while working as a line cook at a renowned Los Angeles restaurant. Her goal: to craft a pro-grade apron that looked better, performed better and made the person wearing it feel prouder, more confident and more creative than anything else out there. Today, Hedley & Bennett outfits 6,000+ restaurants/cafes/coffee shops and home cooks from coast to coast.
A creative at heart, Bennett has always been eager to lock arms with fellow creators, and to collaborate in out-of-the box ways—her intuition and approach has led to collaborations with Vans, Rifle Paper Co., (RED) and more. In 2018, in collaboration with Samsung, Bennett built a state-of-the-art Test Kitchen Studio within the 16,000 square-foot apron factory in DTLA for hosting cookbook parties, chef demos or dinners, cooking classes, conferences, etc. In 2019, as a partner and creative-at-large, she helped to open the Firehouse Hotel, the first boutique hotel in L.A.’s Arts District. Hedley & Bennett’s story has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, Inc., Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart, and the Today Show. She lives in Echo Park with her husband Casey, their pet pig Oliver and six chickens.