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Founder and CEO, Hedley & Bennett

Ellen Bennett: Biography at a Glance

  • Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles based apron and work wear company, 
  • Started the company at 25 while working as a line cook at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in LA, after realizing the drab, disposable aprons that served as their uniforms needed a major upgrade.
  • Hedley & Bennett now outfits some of the most prominent chefs and makers in the world, and is sold in William Sonoma, Sur La Table and Whole Foods and can be seen on Food Network, Bravo, and more
  • With a 90% female work force as well as a female owned business, Hedley & Bennett has been featured in Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and on the Today Show and MSNBC as an American success story
Founder and CEO, Hedley & Bennett

Ellen Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles based apron and work wear company whose ethos is to give pride and dignity to those in the kitchen and beyond. Bennett started the company at 25 while working as a line cook at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in LA. She realized the drab, essentially disposable aprons that served as their uniforms needed a major upgrade. Reimagining aprons and clothing with feedback from her fellow culinary compatriots, Hedley & Bennett now outfits some of the most prominent chefs and makers in the world. The company outfits thousands of restaurants worldwide, and is also sold in William Sonoma, Sur La Table and Whole Foods and can be seen on Food Network, Bravo, and more. With a 90% female work force as well as a female owned business, Hedley & Bennett has been featured in Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and on the Today Show and MSNBC as an American success story. 

Bennett’s approach has always been a straight up hug and real talk. R&D happened in real kitchens and she was able to really listen to what was needed to make a better apron. Aprons led to chef coats which led to work shirts. Hedley & Bennett now makes aprons in a ton of different styles, chef coats for men & women, work shirts, kitchen linens and the MISE knife bag. 

Ellen has grown Hedley & Bennett into a multimillion-dollar kitchen- wear empire with its “Proper Bad Ass Aprons” and fans like Danny Meyer and Martha Stewart. 

She lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and her potbelly pig, Oliver.

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