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This uniform-maker helps buildings build their brand.
Crain's New York Business - Oct 23, 2016

Pioneering Women In Real Estate 2016
www.sokolmediaonline.com - Apr 22, 2016

Real Estate Weekely-One-of-a-kind uniforms for One World Trade Center observatory
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Uniform Appeal
The Cooperator - Mar 28, 2014

Uniform Approach to work
Real Estate Weekly - Uniform Approach - Feb 26, 2014

I. Buss & Allan Completes Redesign of Uniforms for The Durst Organization’s Commercial Portfolio
CityBizList - Feb 11, 2014

City’s best dressed doormen get the Savile Row treatment
Real Estate Weekly - Aug 07, 2013

Dressing your Building for Success
Mann Report - Aug 01, 2013

Resnick Rolls Out New Uniform Program
Real Estate Weekly - May 29, 2013

I. Buss & Allan Uniform to Put the Dress in the Address At Four Phillips International Properties, Including the Bar Building
CityBizList - May 29, 2013

I. Buss & Allan Rolling Out New Designs for Employees of Jack Resnick & Sons’ Buildings
CityBizList - May 21, 2013

Glitzy NYC buildings order doormen attire to match
The Read Deal - Apr 01, 2013

I. Buss & Allan Designs New Uniforms For Manocherian Brothers Buildings
The Mann Newswire - Apr 01, 2013

Uniform Firm Dresses Solow’s Properties
Real Estate Weekly - Mar 20, 2013

I. Buss & Allan to Design Uniforms for Solow East Side Residential Buildings
CityBizList - Mar 07, 2013

The Latest Doormen Fashion
New York Times - Jan 17, 2010

Fashion District: Doormen’s Uniforms Reflect on the Whole Building
New York Post - Dec 12, 2009

Outfitting the City
100 Year Association - Sep 08, 2009

NAUMD Hands Out Image of the Year Awards
Wearables Magazine - Jun 08, 2009

The Closer
New York Daily News - May 07, 2009

NAUMD 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) AWARDS ANNOUNCED
NAUMD - Apr 27, 2009

Going Up?
Uniforms Magazine - Sep 01, 2008

An Occasion to Wear ‘Empire State Burgundy’
New York Times - May 26, 2008

Front Door Fashions: The High Style and History of Outfitting the City’s Doormen
NY Daily News - Aug 10, 2007

This uniform-maker helps buildings build their brand.

This uniform-maker helps buildings build their brand.

Crain's New York Business - Oct 23, 2016

When Jennifer Busch’s forebears were running I. Buss & Allan Uniform, their products were typically drab affairs with little to distinguish one from another.

Not anymore. With Busch at the helm of the 124-year-old family design and manufacturing firm, the uniforms the company crafts have become true fashion statements, bringing style and panache to businesses, hotels, concert halls and luxury apartment buildings that want a chic and modern look.

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Pioneering Women In Real Estate 2016

Pioneering Women In Real Estate 2016

www.sokolmediaonline.com - Apr 22, 2016

Jennifer Busch is the CEO and lead designer of I. Buss & Allan Uniform Company, a leading supplier of uniforms to the real estate and hospitality industries. She is the fourth generation of the Busch family to run this business. She has substantially grown the company, adding a creative division that works with its clients to design unique looks to promote and enhance their brand. Her client list includes many of New York’s prominent real estate owners and developers as well as landmarks including Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. Jennifer studied writing at NYU and psychology at Hunter College, earning degrees in English and Psychology. Prior to joining the family business, Jennifer worked in the field of psychological research and also flourished in the creative industries.A born and bred New Yorker, Jennifer leads with an innate understanding of New York’s storied history and culture, infusing her work with her love of fashion, music, travel and art. She is currently working on launching her own fashion line.

My Mentor:
My father was my strongest role model. Though we have very different management styles, and I run a very different company than he did, he taught me to work and work HARD. He set an example for me by doing so himself. He also taught me to play to people’s strengths and this has helped me to cultivate my staff members to be the best employees they can be. And most importantly, he taught me the value of integrity. Making an excellent product, providing great service, fixing mistakes and standing by your word.

“I truly believe in building a great team and giving people an opportunity to grow beyond what they might have envisioned.Sometimes this entail suggesting and other times pushing a bit, but if people are willing and able,amazing things can be accomplished.”

Real Estate Weekely-One-of-a-kind uniforms for One World Trade Center observatory

Real Estate Weekely-One-of-a-kind uniforms for One World Trade Center observatory

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When the operator of One World Observatory, Legends, wanted to create a uniform look for its staff, it turned to Jennifer Busch and her renowned fourth-generation company, Manhattan-based I. Buss & Allan Uniform.

The challenge was to create outfits for three categories of employees that would reflect both the advanced design aesthetic and the unique nature of the complex. The Observatory, is located on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the iconic One World Trade Center.

Ms. Busch, the firm’s CEO and lead designer, worked closely with the operating team at Legends and The Hettema Group to create customized unique designs for the general floor staff, the retail employees, and the observatory’s Tour Ambassadors.

To meet the design requirements, and provide clothing that is comfortable, high-performing, and long-wearing, Ms. Busch designed three durable and high-performance Dryfit material polo shirts. The polos feature a repeating building pattern printed into the fabric for the retail employees, a custom shade of blue with pink buttons and custom printing of the logo on the back of the shirts for the general floor staff employees, and black polos with electric blue accents for the Tour Ambassadors.

The shirts are worn with black trousers, a custom electric blue belt with a One World Observatory belt buckle, and “super-hip” Adidas sneakers.

“These uniforms convey a very specific cool and high-tech mood for Legends,” says Ms. Busch.

“It was an honor to collaborate on the design and manufacture of these signature uniforms. We’re proud to have been able to contribute to the success of this historic and incredibly important New York landmark.

“When I design a uniform, my overriding question is: What is the client’s vision for this building and what it represents?” explains Ms. Busch. “My goal always is to enhance my client’s brand. I do this by understanding their brand and what it’s meant to convey.”

This was especially the case of the uniforms for One World Observatory, which provides guests with unparalleled, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet.

 

 

Uniform Appeal

Uniform Appeal

The Cooperator - Mar 28, 2014

According to the old admonishment, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s sage advice in just about any situation; but when it comes to how your building and its on-site staff present themselves to residents, visitors, and prospective buyers, the ‘cover’ matters. You wouldn’t dream of using mismatched carpet samples and second-hand black-light posters to decorate your lobby, so it stands to reason that you wouldn’t be up for outfitting your front desk staff in jeans and ratty T-shirts.

Uniforms identify specific tasks and roles—a doorman, a super, a security guard, a concierge or a valet, and so on. Staff outfitted in clean, well-tailored uniforms project a professional image and can promote a sense of decorum and security that a non-uniformed staff may not. To the uninformed, outfitting the staff of a co-op or condo building may not seem like a large undertaking. Just order some pants, shirts, jackets and shiny shoes, right?

Not quite. Volume, storage, cleaning, maintenance and replacements are just the basic issues to be addressed when outfitting everyone from the doorman to porters, to maintenance and janitorial staff, and that’s before the questions of style, color and seasonal requirements even come into the picture.

Attract the Right Attention

Of course, what style of uniform you get depends a great deal not only on the amount of money your building has to spend on the project, but on the look or mood you’re trying to set for your building. A modest high-rise complex may be well-served by putting their doormen and security personnel in pressed trousers and crisp white shirts and ties with a basic navy blazer, while a historic or luxury building might go all-out, suiting their doorman in a wool greatcoat with gold buttons, braiding and epaulettes. Still other buildings might opt to put their front-of-house staff in smart black suits, to convey a mood of downtown hip and urbane suavity. In that regard, the uniformity of a building’s staff is as subjective as buildings are unique.

No matter the style, when a doorman or porter’s uniform is clean, neat and well fitting, it is easy to walk past and not really notice—and that may not be a bad thing. Jennifer Busch of Manhattan-based I. Buss & Allan Uniform Company maintains it is better for uniformed staff to go unnoticed altogether than to be noticed for the wrong reasons.

According to Busch, “Image is an important part of our culture. A uniformed staff increases a building’s appeal.” When determining how to outfit a given client’s staff, Busch works with a board and its management to determine the style and image appropriate for the property. She looks at the building, the location, the lobby and the overall furnishings to help determine a complementary style for staff uniforms. “Old style, traditional, cutting edge—what image do you want to convey?” she asks a potential client.

Renting vs. Buying

Most uniform companies offer clients an option for both buying and renting uniforms. Renting includes cleaning and maintenance of uniforms and guarantees quality control. “We work with the staff, and provide one-stop shopping,” Busch explains. “If a client chooses to purchase the uniforms, separate cleaning agreements may be arranged.” Unionized buildings require staff uniforms to be furnished by the co-op corporation or condo association, so Busch rarely finds individuals responsible for purchasing their own work attire.

When a client has a rental agreement with the company, it is easier to address seasonal and weather changes. “How seasonal changes for uniforms are handled depends on the building,” Busch says. A client may choose lighter fabrics, short sleeves, and mesh hat inserts for warmer weather. “Some buildings may select a lighter jacket or vest or just a short sleeved shirt for the summer, but all items will be logo-ed. We have color and stripe options for polo shirts and cargo pants and we are able to create a cohesive image,” says Busch.

Once a style is agreed upon, it takes six to eight weeks for the made-to-measure uniform to be completed. Because of the turnaround time, a smart manager will be proactive, ordering winter uniforms in August, for example. Most uniform companies recommend ordering two sets per staff member to allow for a set being in the cleaners. Typical pricing for two doorman uniforms with ten shirts runs approximately $1,200, and roughly $1,500 for three complete sets—though the sky’s the limit, depending on budget, materials, and how ornate the building wants to get.

Respecting the Image

Alan Steinger of Top Hat Imagewear in Hempstead shares Busch’s views regarding the importance of image. Steinger took over ownership of the Long Island-based store in 1975. He had studied hospitality and hotel management, but soon found the business he grew up in fit him as well as a custom-tailored uniform. He started supplying tuxedos to restaurants, caterers, country clubs, casinos and hotels. Steinger moved from subcontractors to in-house manufacturing over 20 years ago and now has 85 employees manufacturing and shipping uniforms.

In order to determine uniform options for a property, uniform companies typically submit an array of choices to the board that complement and enhance the building itself, including seasonal uniform changes between winter and summer weights, as well as color changes. Once the design is selected, a company rep will go to a client building and take each staff member’s measurements to ensure comfort and proper fit. Overall, “Everyone should look like they shop at the same store,” says Steinger.

Both Steinger and Busch recommend that boards be proactive and order new or seasonal uniforms well before the weather starts to change. A short turnaround time usually means emergency rush pricing, so proactive planning will reduce the expense incurred when changes are needed or desired in a hurry.

One Size Does Not Fit All

While uniforms can identify and unify a staff and provide for image and branding, not all uniform requirements are the same, and not all budgets can embrace custom designs. Smaller buildings with smaller budgets still have an interest in maintaining a crisp, put-together staff, however—and for those communities, uniform rental rather than purchase may be a viable solution, says Jack Ippolito of Primo Uniform Services in Brooklyn.

For rental clients, Ippolito’s company offers uniform cleaning and repair services, and upon request will provide lockers to make weekly pickup and delivery easier. As with a purchasing customer, a company rep will make periodic on-site visits to measure all staff in order to obtain the best fit. “If a client employs three shifts, we measure all three,” Ippolito explains. They furnish uniforms for porters, mechanics, and painters, as well as doormen and concierge. “Uniforms identify the staff, and answer the question, ‘who are you letting in’?”

“Most service uniforms will last 2 to 4 years, and dress uniforms can last 4 to 6 years,” states Ippolito. He says that weekly cleaning improves the life span of the garments, but normal wear and tear often depends on the job. For example, “Plumbers tend to wear out the knees faster,” he explains.

Like Busch and Steinger, Ippolito prices out doormen uniforms in the $800-$1,200 dollar range, with wool overcoats being the most expensive item. He addresses seasonal requirements by sometimes splitting the orders.

Whatever the uniform requirements are for your condominium or co-op, there is a wide range of choices. A proactive board will shop early for the best pricing to meet the property’s needs. From stylish custom design to weekly rentals, there are options available for every taste and budget.

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Uniform Approach to work

Uniform Approach to work

Real Estate Weekly - Uniform Approach - Feb 26, 2014

Employees of  The Durst Organization who work in its nine commercial properties are now sporting new uniforms designed and manufactured by I. Buss & Allan Uniform, announced Jennifer Busch, chief executive officer of I. Buss & Allan.

The uniforms vary according to role, with different outfits for security staff and concierges, porters, cleaning staff, engineers and foremen.

Each outfit, however, features the iconic Durst logo embroidered in a custom shade of blue. The blue logo also appears in custom designed patterned ties for the security and concierge staff, who also wear black suits. The cleaning staff has uniforms dyed a unique shade of with contrasting blue buttons.

Durst executives were actively engaged in the design process. “Designing and manufacturing the uniforms was a collaboration between I. Buss and Allan and The Durst Organization,” said John Mongello, director of building services for The Durst Organization.

“We worked together through every step of the process and generated a product that works well, looks good and makes us and our employees proud.”

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I. Buss & Allan Completes Redesign of Uniforms for The Durst Organization’s Commercial Portfolio

I. Buss & Allan Completes Redesign of Uniforms for The Durst Organization’s Commercial Portfolio

CityBizList - Feb 11, 2014

Employees of The Durst Organization who work in its nine commercial properties are now sporting new uniforms designed and manufactured by I. Buss & Allan Uniform, announces Jennifer Busch, chief executive officer of I. Buss & Allan.

The uniforms vary according to role, with different outfits for security staff and concierges, porters, cleaning staff, engineers and foremen.  Each outfit, however, features the iconic Durst logo embroidered in a custom shade of blue.  The blue logo also appears in custom-designed patterned ties for the security and concierge staff, who also wear black suits.  The cleaning staff has uniforms dyed a unique shade of blue with contrasting blue buttons.

Durst executives were actively engaged in the design process.  “Designing and manufacturing the uniforms was a collaboration between I. Buss & Allan and The Durst Organization,” says John Mongello, director of building services for The Durst Organization.  “We worked together through every step of the process and generated a product that works well, looks good and makes us and our employees proud.”

“It was an exciting challenge to develop a design that reflects the strength of the Durst brand,” says Ms. Busch. “By working closely together with key members of Durst’s leadership team, we were able to develop a style that conveys the contemporary, sleek, forward-thinking, and high-end image associated with Durst buildings.

“I should also note that the Dursts are one of New York City’s most legendary and highly respected real estate families, and that it has been an honor to work with them “.

The new uniform program is a full-service rental that includes such eco-friendly measures as recycled hangers and plastics and green products for cleaning.
I. Buss & Allan is also working with Durst and The Port Authority on uniforms for the new building at One World Trade Center.

Founded in 1892, I. Buss & Allan is a fourth-generation family-run, woman-owned business specializing in custom-made and stock uniforms.  The firm’s clients include residential and commercial real estate entities, hotels, private clubs, restaurants, police departments, fire departments, universities and security firms.

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City’s best dressed doormen get the Savile Row treatment

City’s best dressed doormen get the Savile Row treatment

Real Estate Weekly - Aug 07, 2013

Doormen at some of the city’s top apartment building are getting the Savile Row treatment with tailor-made togs to rival anything the residents wear.

According to leading uniform designer Jennifer Busch, CEO of I. Buss & Allan Uniform, in a city where first impressions count, the cut, style and color of staff uniforms are the top of the shopping list at a tony buildings.

And when Men’s Wearhouse just won’t do, owners turn to some of the city’s leading designers to create winning looks for building staff.

“If someone looks bad, people notice,” said Busch. “The doorman and concierge are the fist impression when people walk into a building, so it’s vital they look good.

“Uniforms can be so much more than just clothes. They can be something no-one notices, or they can be an extension of a company’s brand and an opportunity to promote the building.” ….

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Dressing your Building for Success

Dressing your Building for Success

Mann Report - Aug 01, 2013

“Clothes makes the man” is the popular saying Jennifer Busch, the CEO of I. Buss & Allan Uniform, would go a step further. She would go a step further. She would say, “Clothes make the building.” after all, she knows just how important uniforms are to a building’s brand and image.

Her firm, I. Buss & Allan, has plenty of experience in this area. founded in 1892 by Busch’s great grandfather, is a fourth generation, family-run business specializing in custom-made and stock uniforms.

Its client roster reads like a Who’s Who of Manhattan Real Estate – current clients include Malkin Holdings (and its flagship property the Empire State Building), the Resnicks, Durst, Sheldon Solow, Lefrak, the Roses, the Manocherians, and Phillips International, to name a few.

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Resnick Rolls Out New Uniform Program

Resnick Rolls Out New Uniform Program

Real Estate Weekly - May 29, 2013

The uniform design and manufacturing firm I. Buss & Allan Uniform has worked with the ownership at Jack Resnick and Son’s to come up with a new look for the firm’s engineers. The new uniforms will be worn in 11 of the New York City buildings owned by Jack Resnick & Sons.

I.Buss & Allan is also introducing new ties for Security and Concierge in these buildings, announced Jennifer Busch, the chief executive officer. The new ties will be unique to the Resnick account. They are gray and black, and have a silver wave-like pattern, which complements the tailored black suit with the square JR logo on the left front.

The engineers’ uniforms include a light gray shirt, charcoal work pants, and a logo in Resnick blue that matches the logo on the Resnick business cards.

‘Well conceived and highly attractive uniforms created by I. Buss & Allan have played, and continue to play, an important role in the branding of our buildings as well as our company,” stated Jonathan Resnick, president of Jack Resnick & Sons. “We couldn’t be happier that our relationship with this firm is ongoing.”

“Resnick has been a valued client of ours for many years,” says Ms. Busch. ”The attention to detail and quality evident in their buildings is also evident in their approach to their uniforms. They understand the critical role that uniforms play in supporting a brand’s image. In this case, the uniforms convey an image of stylish, contemporary luxury.”

The work Ms. Busch’s firm will do for Resnick encompasses design, supply of uniforms, cleaning, maintenance, repair and replacement of the uniforms.

Founded in 1892, I. Buss & Allan is a fourth-generation family-run, women-owned business specializing in custom-made and stock uniforms. The firm’s clients include residential and commercial real estate entities, hotels, private clubs, concert halls, restaurants, police departments, fire departments, universities and security firms. Among I. Buss & Allan’s clients are the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller University, the Empire State Building, the Yale Club, the Manhattan Club, the Millennium Hotel and such Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and East Midtown.

For more information, please visit http://www.ibuss-allan.com.

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I. Buss & Allan Uniform to Put the Dress in the Address At Four Phillips International Properties, Including the Bar Building

I. Buss & Allan Uniform to Put the Dress in the Address At Four Phillips International Properties, Including the Bar Building

CityBizList - May 29, 2013

Porters and concierges at the Bar Building (42 West 44th Street), 250 Church Street, 40 Rector Street and the Garden City Medical Group Building are sporting new uniforms, under terms of a new contract between Phillips International, the owner of the buildings, and I. Buss & Allan, the uniform design and manufacturing firm.

The new porter uniforms include black work pants and light grey work shirts with the “Phillips International” logo embroidered on them in black block letters. The concierge uniforms are charcoal suits, long sleeved white shirts and ties.

‘We have worked with many of the top real estate firms in Manhattan, but this is our first contract with Phillips International,” says Jennifer Busch, CEO of I. Buss & Allan. “It’s an honor to add this prestigious firm to our client roster.”

I. Buss & Allan will not only supply the rented uniforms, but will also clean, maintain, repair and replace them.

“Uniforms complete a building’s image,” notes Ms. Busch.’ ‘They make a statement of professionalism, for which Phillips International is known.”

Founded in 1892, I. Buss & Allan is a fourth-generation family-run, women-owned business specializing in custom-made and stock uniforms. The firm’s clients include residential and commercial real estate entities, hotels, private clubs, concert halls, restaurants, police departments, fire departments, universities and security firms. Among I. Buss & Allan’s clients are the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller University, the Empire State Building, the Yale Club, the Manhattan Club, the Millennium Hotel and such Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and East Midtown.

For more information, please visit http://www .ibuss-allan.com .

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I. Buss & Allan Rolling Out New Designs for Employees of Jack Resnick & Sons’ Buildings

I. Buss & Allan Rolling Out New Designs for Employees of Jack Resnick & Sons’ Buildings

CityBizList - May 21, 2013

The uniform design and manufacturing firm I. Buss & Allan Uniform has worked closely with the ownership at Jack Resnick and Son’s to come up with a new look for the firm’s engineers. The new uniforms will be worn in 11 of the New York City buildings owned by Jack Resnick & Sons.

I.Buss & Allan is also introducing new ties for Security and Concierge in these buildings, announces Jennifer Busch, the chief executive officer. The new ties will be unique to the Resnick account. They are gray and black, and have a silver wave-like pattern, which complements the tailored black suit with the square JR logo on the left front.

The engineers’ uniforms include a light gray shirt, charcoal work pants, and a logo in Resnick blue that matches the logo on the Resnick business cards.

‘Well conceived and highly attractive uniforms created by I. Buss & Allan have played, and continue to play, an important role in the branding of our buildings as well as our company,” stated Jonathan Resnick, president of Jack Resnick & Sons. “We couldn’t be happier that our relationship with this firm is ongoing.”

“Resnick has been a valued client of ours for many years,” says Ms. Busch. ”The attention to detail and quality evident in their buildings is also evident in their approach to their uniforms. They understand the critical role that uniforms play in supporting a brand’s image. In this case, the uniforms convey an image of stylish, contemporary luxury.”

The work Ms. Busch’s firm will do for Resnick encompasses design, supply of uniforms, cleaning, maintenance, repair and replacement of the uniforms.

Founded in 1892, I. Buss & Allan is a fourth-generation family-run, women-owned business specializing in custom-made and stock uniforms. The firm’s clients include residential and commercial real estate entities, hotels, private clubs, concert halls, restaurants, police departments, fire departments, universities and security firms. Among I. Buss & Allan’s clients are the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller University, the Empire State Building, the Yale Club, the Manhattan Club, the Millennium Hotel and such Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and East Midtown.

For more information, please visit http://www.ibuss-allan.com.

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Glitzy NYC buildings order doormen attire to match

Glitzy NYC buildings order doormen attire to match

The Read Deal - Apr 01, 2013

They say clothes make the man. It turns out that may be true for buildings as well.

Many New York City apartment buildings order custom-made uniforms for their doormen to make sure the staff’s attire matches the building’s style, said Jennifer Busch, CEO of the 122-year-old Manhattan uniform company I. Buss & Allan.

“We usually do custom-made uniforms for doorman buildings,” she said, “because they’re all unique and have their own personalities.”

For example, her company just supplied the uniforms for doormen and concierges at developer Sheldon Solow’s four residential rental buildings on the Upper East Side, including 1 Sutton Place North and 1 East River Place.

Busch called the uniform’s design “classic elegance,” which she said is in keeping with the buildings’ prestigious reputation. The uniforms consist of double-breasted charcoal suits with black velvet cuff trims and collars, and black braids on the sleeves in the shape of the firm’s reverse diamond logo. Bright red lettering matches the design accents throughout the buildings’ lobbies, said Busch, whose company also designed the uniforms for employees at the Empire State Building.

And at the Langham, a prewar rental building at 135 Central Park West, Busch recently designed “ornate and traditional” uniforms: a black three-button suit with antique gold trim, plus a matching hat and overcoat.

Newer buildings, by contrast, usually want chicer, more contemporary uniforms, she said.

For example, the Langham’s owners, the Manocherian Brothers, opted for more modern uniforms at two of their newer rental buildings, Empire House at 71st Street and Third Avenue and Windsor 400 at 400 East 71st Street.

At both of these properties, Busch designed slim-cut suits with narrow lapels and chunky white embroidery.

Custom-making uniforms is no small undertaking: It involves sending a tailor to measure every doorman and concierge.

But many landlords and developers evidently feel it’s worth it: Buss’s client roster reads like a Who’s Who of New York City real estate: Rose Associates, Jack Resnick & Sons, Equity Residential and Malkin Properties.

And for the time being, at least, Bush said she doesn’t see buildings doing away with custom-made uniforms.

“There are some things about New York that they’re not changing,” she said.

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I. Buss & Allan Designs New Uniforms For Manocherian Brothers Buildings

I. Buss & Allan Designs New Uniforms For Manocherian Brothers Buildings

The Mann Newswire - Apr 01, 2013

The uniform design and manufacturing firm I. Buss & Allan Uniform has modernized the uniforms at three Manhattan residential Manocherian Brothers buildings to better integrate with the properties’ aesthetics and lobby designs, announces Jennifer Busch, I. Buss & Allan’s CEO.

“The uniforms differ from building to building and are closely coordinated with the lobby designs of Maria Antonella Pace Interior Design,” noted Busch. For example, the uniforms at 135 Central Park West are ornate and traditional in look, including a black three-button suit, peak lapel, antique gold trim with a matching hat, and a five-button overcoat with a convertible collar and stitched-down belt and white gloves, while the uniforms at Empire House and 400 Windsor are more modern in style, including custom-tailored, slim-cut suits, narrow lapels, and chunky white-block modern embroidery.

I. Buss & Allan is also in the process of designing new uniforms for two other Manocherian Buildings – 420 East 79th Street and One Astor.

“Working with Jennifer and I. Buss & Allan is a pleasure,” said Pace. “I have worked with them on several projects, be it uptown or downtown. Together with I. Buss & Allan, we are always able to establish the perfect complement in a uniform concept for each neighborhood and design aesthetic.”

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Uniform Firm Dresses Solow’s Properties

Uniform Firm Dresses Solow’s Properties

Real Estate Weekly - Mar 20, 2013

The uniform design and manufacturing firm I. Buss & Allan Uniform has been hired to provide the custom-made design and full-servicing of doormen and concierge uniforms for all of Sheldon Solow’s residential buildings in New York City, announces Jennifer Busch, chief executive officer of I. Buss & Allan.

The buildings are all on Manhattan’s East Side: One Sutton Place North (420 East 61st Street), One East River Place (525 East 72nd Street), 265 East 66th Street, and Rivers Bend (501 East 87th Street).

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I. Buss & Allan to Design Uniforms for Solow East Side Residential Buildings

I. Buss & Allan to Design Uniforms for Solow East Side Residential Buildings

CityBizList - Mar 07, 2013

The uniform design and manufacturing firm I. Buss & Allan Uniform has been hired to provide the custom-made design and full-servicing of doormen and concierge uniforms for all of Sheldon Solow’s residential buildings in New York City, announces Jennifer Busch, chief executive officer of I. Buss & Allan.

The buildings are all on Manhattan’s East Side: One Sutton Place North (420 East 61st Street), One East River Place (525 East 72nd Street), 265 East 66th Street, and Rivers Bend (501 East 87th Street).

“The new uniforms will fully reflect the image of Solow and these luxury buildings,” says Ms. Busch.  “For example, the designs feature double-breasted charcoal suits with velvet-cuff trim and collars, a unique reverse diamond pattern on the sleeves, and customized logos in red on all suits that pop on the charcoal uniforms.”

In addition to designing the uniforms, I. Buss & Allan will clean, maintain, repair and replace the uniforms over a four-year period.  The firm is unique in offering this full service contract for custom-made uniforms.

“Solow and his properties have long been famous for their quality and service,” notes Ms. Busch.  “We’re excited about working with them to support their brand.”

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The Latest Doormen Fashion

The Latest Doormen Fashion

New York Times - Jan 17, 2010

BUILDING 200 Chambers Street

LOCATION TriBeCa

NUMBER OF DOORMEN 4

UNIFORM Charcoal gray suits in a polyester-wool blend

SIGNATURE FEATURE Nehru collars

Sleek and modern but a far cry from casual, these suits have arty downtown twists — the sleeves, for example, are full of bling. A row of checkerboard braid runs down their length, but on a slant, and the building logo is also embroidered on them — making it the first thing a resident sees when the doorman opens the door. The buttons are gunmetal, furthering the monochromatic look.

MATEUSZ TYLUTKI, 23

“I like dressing up in this uniform; I get into a sort of role. It’s very fitted, so all those hours at the gym pay off. But if you wear a white shirt under the jacket, you kind of look like a priest. My friends from school always bow down when they walk by; so far only one person has asked me for the last rites.”

Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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Fashion District: Doormen’s Uniforms Reflect on the Whole Building

Fashion District: Doormen’s Uniforms Reflect on the Whole Building

New York Post - Dec 12, 2009

Doormen are the first line of defense for any building, but they are also their ambassadors of style. Since doormen are essentially the icing on a building “cake,” their uniforms need to stand out.

“People don’t realize that the uniforms should be an extension of any redesign of the lobby or logos,” insisted Jennifer Busch, a fourth-generation Manhattan uniform designer.

Busch has a penchant for fashion that she proudly shares with the real estate industry through her work with her family’s I. Buss-Allan Uniforms. Busch joined 13 year ago and is now a vice-president. She laughed, “It’s in my blood.”

Her father, Stuart, is now president of the company established in 1892 by her great-grandfather Isaac. The company prides itself on elegant designs and full service, domestically sewn creations.

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Outfitting the City

Outfitting the City

100 Year Association - Sep 08, 2009

They’re inside your favorite restaurant and out in the streets. They stand inside doorways and sit behind desks. They are in the sky and far below ground. They’re everywhere.

Since 1892, I. Buss Uniforms has been outfitting the staffs of buildings, members of the New York Police department, soldiers during World War I, ushers at the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center, Coca Cola drivers and scores of other employees and city workers.

Stuart Busch – whose grandfather founded I. Buss – has been in the business for 50 years. He knows a thing or two about dressing a building staff. Over 75 percent of I. Buss’ business is with residential and commercial real estate, and covers over 1,000 buildings. In today’s competitive real estate market, the design of the lobby or hall is often intertwined in the way the house staff looks. Each creates the mood conveyed to potential owners and current residents.

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NAUMD Hands Out Image of the Year Awards

NAUMD Hands Out Image of the Year Awards

Wearables Magazine - Jun 08, 2009

I. Buss Uniform Company was among the recipients of the 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) Awards, held during the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Annual Banquet and Awards dinner in Las Vegas last month. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing a selection of the fashion industry’s most celebrated designers, journalist and fashion authorities.

“We are honored to be recognized by NAUMD for the design of these uniforms for the Empire State Building,” says Jennifer Busch, vice president of I. Buss Uniforms. “It was our goal to create a uniform program that stands out as part of the rebranding of the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building.”

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The Closer

The Closer

New York Daily News - May 07, 2009

Congratulations to I. Buss Uniform Co., the 100-year-old-plus apparel maker that dresses the city’s top doormen, hotel workers and building staff. It has just won the design award from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) for its work on the outfits of the Empire State Building observation deck and building staff. The Art Deco ties worn by the building staff, which reflects its height and stature with a modern design, highlight the sleek outfits. “Empire ownership wanted a uniform that was representative of the period when the building was built,” says Jennifer Busch (inset, left), the company’s vice president, who designed the uniforms. “We tried to capture this with several details, such as custom-dyed colors, to give them uniqueness, and the custom tie pattern that plays on the Art Deco theme. When I see the guards at the building, they recapture a time from the past when dressing for distinction, authority and style was important.” The awards were given out in Las Vegas. I. Buss was the only winner from the NYC area.

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NAUMD 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) AWARDS ANNOUNCED

NAUMD 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) AWARDS ANNOUNCED

NAUMD - Apr 27, 2009

LAS VEGAS – Winners of the 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) awards were announced Saturday evening during the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Annual Banquet and Awards dinner. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing a selection of the fashion industry’s most celebrated designers, journalists and fashion authorities.

For more than 30 years, NAUMD IOY awards have recognized high achievement in the design, creation and manufacturer of imagewear apparel. Winners have mastered the concept of merging fashion and function in their image and market planning. At the same time, the program allows for the acknowledgement and recognition of the associations members who with their clients in creating imagewear that truly promotes and projects the image goals and objectives in building an image that enhances their corporate brand.

I. Buss & Allan Uniform won the 2009 Image of the Year award for the best security apparel.

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Going Up?

Going Up?

Uniforms Magazine - Sep 01, 2008

More than 10,000 people visit the Empire State Building’s 102nd-floor observatory every day, making this fabled building one of New York City’s largest tourist attractions. Another 5,000 people a day visit the building’s office tenants.

That’s a lot of opportunities to make a first impression.

Which is a big reason the building’s owners recently launched a $500 million facelift to help recapture the glory of this landmark, which was built in 1930 and is by far the oldest structure to appear in Top 10 lists of the world’s tallest buildings.

And in the true spirit of first impressions, the Empire State Building’s huge renovation project includes an equally massive makeover for its staff uniforms. Gone is the “casual look” – polo shirts and cardigan sweaters – and in its place is a complete tailored uniform, featuring jackets and pants, shirts, custom-designed ties, hats, shoes and belts.

“We wanted to bring back a uniform that harkened back to the Art Deco design and elegance of the building,” says Jim Connors, the building’s general manager. “We wanted the staff to stand out, with a professional look that kept to the true aesthetic of the building.”

Custom-designed neckwear “ties” together the Art Deco theme that I. Buss relied on to inspire the Empire State Building’s new uniform program. “We hope we can develop these in additional colorways, and we plan to sell them in our gift shop,” says General Manager Jim Connors.

Evidence that the new design met that criteria is abundant, from the deep burgundy colorway that is central to the new uniform program – custom-dyed to match the burgundy veining in the marble in the building’s new lobby – to the custom-designed, trademarked ties that feature a stylized version of the building against a starburst pattern.

Connors is proud of the fact that the uniforms were designed and cut by another New York City icon – I. Buss-Allan Uniforms, the oldest continuously operating uniform shop in the city. Jennifer Busch, vice president and the lead designer for the fourth-generation company, says the new uniforms feature lots of other classic uniform touches…

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An Occasion to Wear ‘Empire State Burgundy’

An Occasion to Wear ‘Empire State Burgundy’

New York Times - May 26, 2008

Mr. Gross is a guard at the Empire State Building who is usually posted at the 86th-floor observatory. The view from there is something. The uniforms that he and his colleagues used to wear — plain polo shirts and dark slacks — were not.

But his on-duty look is changing. The building is getting something of a makeover inside, and the building’s owners decided to extend that to custom-made uniforms that have just been delivered — 300 uniforms, each including 3 jackets, 4 pairs of slacks and 11 shirts.

The uniforms were hand-trimmed in a workroom 10 blocks from the Empire State Building. The building commissioned a Manhattan company that makes the uniforms seen on many apartment doormen and on some staff.

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Front Door Fashions: The High Style and History of Outfitting the City’s Doormen

Front Door Fashions: The High Style and History of Outfitting the City’s Doormen

NY Daily News - Aug 10, 2007

When children first see New York, they’re shell-shocked by the mammoth buildings lining Central Park’s West, Fifth Ave. and Park Ave. It’s their first glimpse of Manhattan real estate.

Then they see the doorman, an amenity created by turn-of-the-century building owners for wealthy buyers. They see stripes on the doorman’s pants, braids on his jacket sleeve, and the military dark-brimmed hat. They watch him charge up with whistle in hand to halt a cab. They see him opening and closing the cab door, and marching back to the entrance to another grand building of New York.

Ever since there were doormen in New York, I. Buss Uniform Co. has been hand-tailoring their outfits. Founded in 1892, the fourth-generation family business is still hard at work designing, supplying, tailoring and maintaining the outfits worn by the men who work the entrance and elevators at New York’s top residential buildings.

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