MONDRIAN DESIGNS FOR U.N.
Byline: Kristin Larson
NEW YORK — Italian firm Mondrian has replaced Jones New York as the uniform of choice for U.N. tour guides.
In honor of United Nations Day on Oct. 24, 11 tour guides modeled their new navy wool suits at U.N. headquarters here. Mondrian, which also makes uniforms for Alitalia’s flight attendants, will provide the 120 tour guides working in New York and at U.N. offices in Geneva with two full sets of uniforms over the next three years — free of charge.
Jones New York had supplied uniforms to the guides since 1995.
“When I designed [the uniforms] I paid attention not only to Italian style, but to comfort,” said Mirella Bizzini, chairwoman of Mondrian, the ready-to-wear line based in Modena, Italy. “That’s why, for the fabric, we used a special mix of light wool and stretch.”
Bizzini said she chose a deep navy because it looked elegant and refined. The four-piece uniform includes a skirt, jacket, blouse and scarf for women and a tie and pants for men. For the first time, a maternity uniform will be available. Footwear is being supplied by Italian maker Valleverde.
The guided tours operation at the U.N. will mark its 50th anniversary next year.