Hotel LeVeque, set to open in December, will have locally designed and constructed staff uniforms that nod to the LeVeque Tower's Art Deco design, as well as Columbus' status as a top city for fashion.



Elizabeth Bourgeois' designs for Hotel LeVeque's women employees.

The iconic, 47-story, 89-year-old LeVeque Tower is getting a new look, thanks to a $20 million-plus makeover that includes improved offices, residences and hotel space. And the staff at the 149-room Hotel LeVeque will look sharp, too, thanks to Art Deco-influenced uniforms designed by Columbus' own Elizabeth Bourgeois. The uniforms designed by Bourgeois, owner of the handmade clothing company Team Chipmunk, "feature Hotel Leveque's signature midnight blue and subtle, starry accents," according to a press release from the hotel.

"As a lifestyle hotel that's part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, Hotel LeVeque is creating an unforgettable hospitality experience that truly reflects the beauty of its city," General Manager Geri Lombard says in the release. "We want to recognize Columbus' standing as a major fashion capital by incorporating the work of one of our many talented local designers into our staff wardrobe."

Bourgeois, a Columbus transplant, worked for 15 years in New York and Los Angeles as a film and theater costume designer. She says in the release that the Art Deco era "was an incredibly theatrical period and the architecture of the LeVeque Tower is very romantic." Her designs for Hotel LeVeque's staffers include, for women, "a soft, flowing blouse and jacket, with a silhouette reminiscent of the 1920s, over denim skinny or trouser pant." Her uniforms for men "repeat the tuxedo shape with a classic vest over a vintage-inspired dress shirt and skinny or relaxed jeans," says the release. The uniforms, sewn by Columbus drapers and tailors, in some cases also include a bronze image of the LeVeque Tower printed on the fabric. In addition to honoring the legendary building, the locally designed and made uniforms are also a nod to Columbus' status as a fashion industry hub in the US.

Hotel LeVeque is expected to open at year's end and will operate on the LeVeque's fifth through 10th floors.

Among further improvements to the LeVeque, 50 W. Broad St., are a renovated three-story grand lobby, dedicated office elevators, new HVAC systems and onsite security personnel, according to Tower 10, LLC, which purchased the historic highrise in 2011 and which is owned by entities held by developers Don Casto III and Robert Meyers. Other amenities include an onsite spa and fitness center, Starbucks, a billiards room, meeting rooms, an attached parking garage and a complimentary Downtown shuttle.

The Offices at LeVeque, now available for lease, will consist of 10 floors totalling 160,000 square feet of Class A office space.

Leveque Tower Residences will include 19 floors of apartments for lease and condominiums for sale by Kaufman Development's LVQ, LLC, as well as two penthouse condos at the very top of the tower that will be constructed by Tower 10, LLC.