Kahn goes on to explain that in picking fabrics for a hospitality project, two schools of thought exist. There are those who pick materials that age well, and those who choose materials that don’t age at all. In contrast to Vespertine’s pretty permanent structure of steel, glass, and concrete, Kahn chose the former for both napkins and uniforms, adding a touch of earthiness by using materials that will naturally wear with time.
For the servers’ uniforms, Kahn sought to create outfits that would appear minimalist but also earthy and flowy to contrast the dining room’s formality. He worked with Sees on black sleeveless tunics and short pants. While women show their ankles, men wear wool socks, and both don goatskin slippers, a soft leather Kahn picked to offset noise from hard shoe soles hitting the floor.