PHOTO: Chez nous chef and co-owner Stacy Crowe-Simonson is modeling the pants and "Tru" from her collection La Cuisinere. Fashion just stepped into the kitchen with women's chef wear designed from Chez nous' executive chef and co-owner Stacy Crowe-Simonson. Simonson is the founder of the clothing line, La Cuisiniere, which specializes in women's body-types to give them a comfortable, yet professional, look in the kitchen. La Cuisinere consists of three tailored shirts, pants and a skirt, all made to fit the body rather than the traditional over-sized chef jackets and pants. "A regular customer brought me a German cookbook and inside, there was a woman chef who was wearing a Dutch outfit complete with a skirt," said Simonson. This look inspired the line making it more flattering to the customer's eyes while adding mobility to the apparel. "The clothing line took me two years to create with the help of my mother," said Simonson. "I tried different materials and found what works best for the outfits." The three shirts are uniquely named after special women in Simonson's life including, "Tru", named after Simonson's grandmother; "Johnnye", named after Simonson's other grandmother; and "Lyndia", named after Simonson's husband's grandmother. "Tru" has an Asian influence in the design, "Johnnye" features three-quarter sleeves and "Lydia" features short sleeves and a scoop neck. The line is complete with a pair of fitted pants and a mid-calf skirt. "My grandmother Johnny passed away recently so I wanted to honor her," said Simonson. The line has gained a lot of exposer since the release including media attention. "I would like the line to continue to grow; maybe add colors and different styles," said Simonson. "I am in the talking stage with two cable channels that have asked to feature La Cuisinere as a part of their television shows." While Crowe has not committed to any of these contracts, she says that she will focus on "quality not shear advertisement." "It is hard balancing two careers," said Simonson. "However, my passion is here at the restaurant." Chez nous has been a part of Humble since 1984 and is located on 217 S. Ave. G. For more information about La Cuisiniere, visit www.lacuisinierechefwear.com.

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