Homeware and Appliances - Sydney, NSW
Providing premium quality uniforms and equipment to the hospitality industry and domestic cooks since 1912.
The exclusive ladies’ and gentlemen’s outfitters known as Johnson’s was established in 1912 by draper and clothier James Johnson. The original location, on the corner of George and Grosvenor Streets, was known as Johnson’s Corner, and to this day still bears its name.
Following the Great Depression the business hit the wall, but in 1932 an enterprising employee of the business named Ernest Pickham borrowed some money and bought it out. He renamed it Johnson’s Overalls and supplied specialised uniforms to working men and the merchant navy.
His son, Neville Pickham, remembers his father would take orders during the day, close up shop, dash out and buy the fabric, and have the uniforms run up that night ready for the morning pick-up.
Neville Pickham started working at Johnson’s Overalls in 1957 and expanded the trade into kitchen equipment: “European chefs were coming in for uniforms and saying they needed a decent knife.” So he began to import French Sabatier and German F. Dick knives, pots and pans, aspic cutters and mandolins.
In 1970, The Rocks was redeveloped and the Johnson’s business moved to its current location at 739 George St, Haymarket.
From the late 1960’s Johnsons were supplied hospitality uniforms from a Melbourne based company founded by the Ray family. which eventually became known as Ray Uniforms and Dura-Wear Industries, which were both responsible for the development of the Club Chef brand. When the Pickham family retired in 2009, Tony Ray purchased the business and has recommenced the Johnsons legacy of providing the highest levels of products and service to the hospitality industry.
* TAFE & College Kits
* Chef Uniforms
* Custom Uniforms
* Knife Brands
* Knife Types
* Knife & Equipment Kits
* Tools & Utensils
* Culinary Software
* Barware, Wine & FOH
* Culinary Books
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