J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the largest U.S. bank with $2.74 trillion in assets, has been relaxing its starched shirt and black suit dress code incrementally since 2016 when its color palate was expanded to navy and gray — gasp! suiting — along with layering pieces such as sweaters and vests.
If it all sounds a bit dull, that’s because banks aren’t supposed to be exciting. That’s best left to the movies, whose bank scenes often involve robberies. And yet, Chase wanted its branch employees to have a little more color in their lives. So, it added more fabric options, including patterned shirts and blouses; chambray shirts and dresses, and performance fabrics for comfort and freedom of movement.
In the spring, Chase allowed branch employees to wear jeans to work any day of the week — and that was big news. Today, Chase announced a collaboration with Jason Wu, who designed a mini collection for bank branch employees. There are 45,000 workers at Chase branch offices, and while not all may opt for the Jason Wu collection, they’ll have an opportunity to order it via Chase’s apparel program.
“People who work at banks aren’t always associated with high fashion and I wanted to
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