Sushi Chef Coat

Inspired by the Japanese short kimono, this coat is the first design worn by Advanced Fresh Concepts Corporation sushi chefs. It is white with a blue collar that extends down the front of the coat. The fit is loose, with the sleeves hitting a few inches above the wrist and the body reaching mid-thigh. The wearer secures the coat by crossing the right panel to the left, the left panel over to the right, and finally tying the attached strings to hold it in place. This creates a V-neck style that is further emphasized by the navy blue trim.
The first AFC chef uniform consisted of this coat, a full length green apron, and a chefs hat. It was worn between 1990 and 2006. Each component of the uniform includes the first generation AFC Corp. logo, which shows the initials 'AFC,' an image of two pieces of nigiri sushi, and 'Since 1986' within an oval. The two pieces of nigiri sushi on the logo are individually wrapped with a piece of seaweed, probably a tamago nigiri (egg sushi).
Currently not on view
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date made
ca 1980s
Physical Description
polyester (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 49 3/4 in x 32 3/8 in x 1/80 in; 126.365 cm x 82.2452 cm x .03175 cm
place made
United States
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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