Ten years ago, history was being made on a variety of fronts.
Facebook was launched and Google made its first public stock option. Gasoline was a paltry $2.10 per gallon. The Boston Red Sox ended “The Curse of the Bambino,” winning their first World Series since 1918.
That same year, 2004, Cherokee Workwear was born, and the high-quality, comfortable and durable medical uniforms became the go-to scrub brand for busy healthcare professionals around the world. We’ve had a lot of fun over the course of the year looking back at where we started. As Mike Singer, CEO of Strategic Partners, Inc., Cherokee’s parent company, said, “When we first envisioned the Workwear line, we were determined to create the perfect scrub with the comfort, fabric, styles and fit that healthcare professionals desired and with the value that they deserved. If the feedback we’ve received is any indicator, I believe we succeeded.”
In the last few months, we’ve focused on the evolution of Workwear and touched on the development of some of the brand’s winning styles, including the debut of Cherokee Workwear Originals in 2004, the launch of Workwear Men’s Classic in 2007 and last year’s unveiling of Workwear Premium Core Stretch for Juniors.
But what has made our 10-year celebration truly special has been hearing from healthcare professionals like you. We are so grateful for the work that you do every day and your commitment to helping others. Your outpouring of support and enthusiasm for Workwear has made this milestone incredibly memorable and meaningful.
Please continue to check CherokeeUniforms.com for new products and follow us on Facebook for updates, inspiration, events and contests. Thank you for your continued loyalty to Cherokee Workwear. You’ve made our celebration a perfect 10.
Hi friends! As we conclude our Cherokee Heroes series this month, we are so thankful for the healthcare heroes we’ve gotten to know over the year. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments and steadfast dedication to their patients, as these nurses represent the more than 2.7 million nursing professionals nationwide who selflessly devote themselves to helping others each day. In getting to know these 10 nurses from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the themes that resonated loud and clear were the importance of teamwork, the commitment to their patients, their passion for the profession and the support of colleagues. It’s apparent that these are the pillars found in hospitals and nursing facilities across the country, and nurses look to and lean on each other for strength and encouragement. To learn more about Cherokee’s celebration of on-the-job teamwork, check out our video.
And now, we’re delighted to introduce you to our final Cherokee Hero, Kathleen Palas. Kathleen has been a nurse for two years and works on the medical-surgical floor primarily with GI patients and patients with transplants. Prior to becoming a nurse, Kathleen worked in nutrition, but she knew that she wanted to pursue a profession with more patient care. Plus, she “always loved kids” and spent a lot of time babysitting, therefore she felt that a career in pediatrics was her true calling. She loves connecting with her patients in “goofy” ways and is not only inspired by their strength in the face of challenges, but the strength and support of their families as well. It’s not surprising that interacting with her patients and their families on a daily basis is Kathleen’s “favorite part” of her job.
Here are some fun facts about Kathleen:
- She describes her work as “challenging, rewarding and fun.”
- Her on-the-job must-haves are teamwork, the ability to multitask and think on her feet, her stethoscope and having fun.
- In her free time, she loves being with her baby girl and doing anything outdoors.
- She was Batman for Halloween!
Kathleen wants to encourage those who are thinking about a career in nursing to go for it. She feels it’s a great profession as well as a great way to “meet people.” There are also so many different specialties to choose from that you will be able to find your niche and truly thrive. We are so glad that Kathleen followed her own advice to become a nurse, and we’d like to thank all of our Cherokee Heroes for pursuing their passion for nursing!
For more about Kathleen, check out her inspiring video.
Love her look? Kathleen is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Knit Top in Sweet Orchid and a Cherokee Workwear Drawstring Pant in Sweet Orchid.
Hi friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Emily Lloyd. Emily has been a NICU nurse for over four years, and she works with newborns and infants who are in need of critical care. She describes herself as “rambunctious” and full of energy, which are perfect matches for the fast-paced nature of the NICU. She’s also very detail-orientated, as the NICU itself is an environment where the smallest details and changes can make all of the difference.
Since she was young, Emily knew that she wanted to go into pediatrics, and nursing was really her calling as she enjoys being able to spend full shifts with her patients as opposed to coming and going through the unit. She not only loves helping and treating her little patients, but finds getting to know their families and providing support for them every step of the way incredibly rewarding. While working in the NICU has its challenges, especially in terms of separating work-life from home-life, Emily tells us that even though there may be bad days, it’s comforting to know that there are always good days too.
Here are some fun facts about Emily:
- While a stethoscope is one of her on-the-job must-haves, Emily feels that her “eyes” are her biggest assets, as they allow her to see and catch the slightest changes that can take place in the NICU.
- Her advice for young nurses is to remember why they went into nursing even if they have a rough day. As Emily says, “Stick with it!”
- She loves the outdoors, and you can often find her hiking and bike riding. Anything outside is “awesome.”
- She says that you know you’re a nurse when the conversation in the break room is about “bodily fluids” or “wounds,” and no one seems to mind!
Emily is inspired by her coworkers, especially those with many years of experience. There are NICU nurses who have been working in the unit for 30 years or more, and their passion for their job, their patients and their patients’ families reminds Emily every day that she picked the right profession. And we couldn’t agree more!
For more about Emily, check out her inspiring video.
Love her look? Emily is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Maternity V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Navy and a Cherokee Workwear Maternity Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Navy. We are excited to announce that Emily welcomed her new baby late last year!
With fall fast approaching, there’s no better time to take your look from faded to fresh. We have the fashion 411 on the most-wanted pieces of the season. Updating your style is a snap with our trendy tips for fall.
Summer may be gone, but bright prints and patterns are certainly here to stay. You’ll find fun florals, hot houndstooth and patchwork that pops to take your fall tops from frumpy to fabulous.
Flexibles: Pattern Pieces
Runway: Well Suited
Solids that Rock
Solids are just that – solid staples in any work wardrobe. But don’t be afraid to go bold. This season, look for colors inspired by purple and green to add some fashion-forward flair to classic style and comfort.
Luxe: Mock Wrap Top in Plum Berry
Luxe: V-Neck Top in Hunter
Cherokee Workwear Premium: Mock Wrap in Bordeaux
Mix it Up
They say variety is the spice of life, and that’s no different when it comes to your work outfits. Forget the matchy-matchy of yesterday and mix up collections, colors and prints. Creating your own unique blend of style and comfort is what makes the fall season so fun.
Step away from the ordinary and go for the ornate. These tops have cuts, embellishments and embroidery that add a touch of elegance to every piece. Elevating your style has never been so easy.
Runway: V-Neck Top in Pewter
Runway: V-Neck Top in White
Wearing Mickey Mouse is a fall fashion do. Disney-inspired prints will bring a smile to your patients’ faces, as well as your own. And remember, a smile is the best accessory. It’s always in season!
Tooniforms: Minnie L’Amour
Tooniforms: Spinning a Yarn Black
What comes to mind when you think of fall? Leaves changing? School starting? The weather is getting cooler, and we have hot new colors that will bring some wow to your work wardrobe. But be warned, wearing these must-have hues may make others green with envy, and we promise that’s not purple prose. Both fashionable and flattering, our new tones inspired by green and purple are the perfect way to spice up your look with a little fall seasoning. No matter what your go-to Cherokee collection, cut and style may be, we have the shade that’s sure to make you look sharp, along with the quality and comfort you’ve come to depend on. Here’s what’s in store…
Cherokee Workwear Premium: Mock Wrap in Bordeaux
Flexibles Prints: Around the Square
Flexibles Prints: Garden Medley
Flexibles Prints: Doodle Butterfly
Flexibles: V-Neck Knit Panel Top and Mid-Rise Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Pine
Runway Prints: The Frill of Flying
Runway Prints: Well Suited
Luxe: V-Neck Top in Hunter
Luxe: Mock Wrap Top in Plum Berry
Hello friends! We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Nam. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for two years, and she works with children with trach ventilators, pulmonary and respiratory issues as well as patients with diabetes. Jennifer pursued a career in nursing because she wanted to do something meaningful and important in the lives of others, and what she soon discovered is how much meaning and importance it brought into her own life. Every day on the job is different from the next, and while she never knows what she may encounter when she walks into work, she knows that each day is going to be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Her favorite part of her job is not only working with children and helping them feel better, but also getting to know their families and being able to provide them with care and support. She enjoys connecting with her patients in special ways, whether it’s bonding over a love of dogs (She always wears a button of her adorable two-year-old dog, Tate!) or even having an impromptu jam session complete with musical instruments. It’s no wonder that Jennifer describes herself as “silly” and “a big kid.”
Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:
- She finds her work to be adventurous, fun and rewarding.
- Her five must-haves are sleep, her badge, her stethoscope, a good attitude and the support of her coworkers and family.
- Her heroes are her parents who inspired her to work hard, her husband who is incredibly encouraging and her fellow coworkers. She and her coworkers “lean on each other and look to each other to be inspired.”
- She grew up loving Belle from Beauty and the Beast because Belle is smart, well-read and fearless. As Jennifer says, Belle “would make a great nurse!”
Jennifer tells us that you know you’re a nurse when you can’t help but give advice to your friends, and you always want to watch over the people you care about. And it’s Jennifer’s compassion, selflessness and caring nature that truly inspire us and make us proud to call her our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
For more about Jennifer, check out her inspiring video.
Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Red and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in Red.
Hello friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Graham Valley. Graham has been a nurse for over two years and works in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He always knew that he wanted to work in Critical Care, and he thinks one day he may eventually go into Medical Transport. His favorite part of his job is the randomness and spontaneity of the Emergency Department and the fact that each night is different from the next. He says that having the opportunity to truly help children while working with amazing and talented coworkers is what makes his job “incredibly enjoyable.” Plus, Graham really likes working the nightshift and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
Here are some fun facts about Graham:
- He describes himself as energetic and outgoing.
- He finds his work to be rewarding, very fun and incredible.
- He enjoys anything music-related, and he does a lot of writing. In fact, music and journaling help him unwind from work and life in general.
- As a kid, he always wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, not only because the turtles talked to humans, but because he loved pizza!
Graham would like to tell new nurses to stick with it. He urges them to listen and take everything in that they can, test out new skills and try out new things. Specifically, for men pursuing nursing, he hopes that they disregard any resistance they may face and fight any stigmas, as “men can be just as powerful in that profession.” Graham enthusiastically proclaims, “Go into nursing!” And we are certainly glad that Graham followed his own advice.
For more about Graham, check out his inspiring video.
Love his look? Graham is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s V-Neck Top in Pewter and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s Drawstring Cargo Pant in Pewter.
Hi Cherokee devotees! Summer is in full swing, and we’re inspired by the unique elements that make up the season. That’s how we continue to provide you with the freshest looks and styles around. And speaking of fresh, we’re confident that our boldest and brightest colors this summer will tempt your fashion taste buds and whet your fashion appetite. When it comes to summer styles, we’re excited to show off the fruits of our labor…literally!
What’s your favorite fashion fruit?
Wow in Watermelon
Cherokee Workwear Premium Mock Wrap Top in Watermelon
Sizzle in Citrus Green
Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Citrus Green
Cool Off in Orange Sorbet
Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Top in Orange Sorbet
Look Great in Grape
Flexibles Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Grape
Exude Pizzazz in Orange Papaya
Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Orange Papaya
Be All the Rage in Raspberry
Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Raspberry
We think you’ll go bananas over our beautiful (and fruit-iful) looks.
June is all about Jennifer! We are delighted to introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN, as we continue our Cherokee Heroes series. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for five years, and she works in the PICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In the PICU, she takes care of children who are the sickest of the sick, suffering from a broad range of serious health issues. For very personal reasons, Jennifer always knew from a young age that she wanted to work in pediatrics. Her brother was in and out of hospital during the first five years of his life, and the nurses went above and beyond to help her brother, as well as her and her sister, feel more comfortable and have a sense of normalcy during those difficult years. These nurses truly inspired her to pursue a career in nursing, and the positive and profound impact that they made on her is echoed every day in the way that Jennifer connects with her patients and their families.
Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:
- Her hero is her mom, who, while dealing with chronic illness on a daily basis, raised three children who all graduated from college and have thriving careers.
- She describes her job as rewarding and has learned to find what the child or their family is interested in so she can connect with them on a deeper level while caring for them.
- In her spare time, you can find her running after her two children and volunteering at church in a group for moms.
- The love she has for her family, including her extended family, is what keeps her going every single day.
For more about Jennifer, please check out her video. As Jennifer tells us, being a nurse has been “awesome every step of the way.” And we think Jennifer is truly “awesome,” too.
Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Embroidered Top in Royal and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in White.
It’s time to meet Mita! We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Mita Davis, RN, BSN. Mita has been a pediatric nurse for more than 10 years and works in Radiology. Growing up, Mita always enjoyed helping with her aunt’s four children, and she knew from this young age that she wanted to become a pediatric nurse. In fact, her favorite part of being a nurse is that she gets to be herself. A self-described Betty Boop, Mita likes talking to everyone, and it’s evident that her outgoing personality and positive energy touch the lives of the children she cares for as well as their families. As Mita tells us, “You know you’re a nurse when you have that feeling that you’ve helped someone. You know that you’ve done your part, even if it may be a small part.” But after spending time with Mita and sensing the warmth that she brings everywhere she goes, we know that the part she plays in helping those around her is anything but small.
Here are some fun facts about Mita:
- She describes her work as “exciting,” and even though it can be sad at times, it is incredibly fulfilling.
- The bond with her coworkers and their strong sense of teamwork, “make her whole day awesome.”
- Just like her stethoscope, the flower in her hair is one of her must-haves for a day on the job.
- She’s known around the hospital as Superwoman because she once lunged onto a moving train!
Mita calls herself “vivacious,” and it’s clear that her bubbly nature, positive outlook and generous spirit make an impact on the people around her every single day. And once you watch her video, we know she’ll make an impact on you as well.
Love her look? Mita is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Mini Mock Wrap Top in Ceil and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Pull-On Pant in Ceil.