White Castle is updating its employees’ uniforms in partnership with gender-neutral fashion brand Telfar. The American chain known for sliders and chicken rings unveiled the new shirts today, as well as plans for a new line of White Castle-inspired streetwear slated to debut this fall.
The New York City-based fashion brand Telfar, helmed by Telfar Clemens and creative partner Babak Radboy, is known for designing functional unisex clothing.
The new uniforms feature a wide, flat collar in royal blue with yellow stitching and an early 1900s-inspired White Castle logo on the left side of the shirt, according to a release. While certainly an update, they’re not a huge leap from the company’s past uniforms, which featured variations on blue collared and collarless T-shirts.
This isn’t the first time Telfar and White Castle have teamed up. The burger chain has catered several of Telfar’s New York Fashion Week afterparties in the past. White Castle will be rolling out the uniforms at its 400 restaurants nationwide, according to a release. The commercial White Castle streetwear line will be unleashed on fans in October.
While White Castle seems to be embracing its past — describing the uniforms as “bold yet classic” in a release — other fast-food chains seem to be embracing a more modern, toned-down look. This spring, McDonald’s worked with designers Bindu Rivas and Waraire Boswell on a new lineup of uniforms. Unlike the bright reds, blues, and pinstripes of the burger chain’s past, the uniforms embraced a muted black and gray color palette that some critics compared to those worn by villainous Imperial officers in Star Wars.