Laboratory Style Initiative Introduces Luxury Line of Lab Coats

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Scientist brings new aesthetic appeal to clinical and lab apparel

Laboratory Style Initiative has created lab coats that give women in the medical and scientific communities distinctive alternatives to these often ill-fitting, unflattering garments, revolutionizing the idea of the ‘white coat’. The intricacy of the pattern behind each Laboratory Style Initiative lab coat, and the subsequent labor involved in manufacturing them, sets these products apart from all others currently available.    Designs that feature unique details such as welt pockets, strategic pleating and button tabs were brought to reality by tapping into the expertise of a patternmaker with over 30 years experience in everything from uniform to couture clothing engineering. The result is lab coats that rival the style of any high-end piece of outerwear, yet are still appropriate in a professional environment. Founder, scientist Elaine Tanhehco, experienced an uphill battle searching for the right contractors and suppliers that understood her vision, explaining, “When I told people I wanted to make lab coats, they either tried to water down my designs or wanted to reduce the utilitarian features, such as large pockets. I had to convince them to rethink their expectations.”

The body of each lab coat is comprised of a smartly textured, yet low maintenance twill chosen for its crisp appearance, and complemented with glossy marbleized buttons. Comfort was incorporated in the design of these garments with accommodations for curves, as well as properly fitting armholes, sleeves and shoulders that easily allow for a full range of motion.

Dr. Tanhehco remarked, “Even though there are lab coats out there labeled as fashionable or designer, I couldn’t find anything that was really exciting or interesting. There are some made of better materials, but still nothing that stood out in terms of design.” She speculated that the lack of chic lab coats may be due in part to the stereotypes of women in science and medicine as not being fashionable. However, Dr. Tanhehco knew that many medical and scientific professionals were cognizant of trends and high fashion designers outside of the workplace, and was determined to give women equally stylish choices when it came to their lab coats. “I wanted to create pieces that make you feel as good as when you put on your favorite dress or jacket.”

Laboratory Style Initiative supports its community by purposely designing, cutting and sewing its products in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Laboratory Style Initiative also donates to causes that are focused on bringing healthcare to those in need by dedicating a portion of its profits to charities such as Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and Remote Area Medical.

To view and purchase Laboratory Style Initiative’s products, visit their website at


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