It all begins with caring

WHEN IT’S MADE BY BARCO,
IT’S MADE TO MATTER

For Barco, caring for others is the beating heart behind everything we do. It’s the reason we’ve been making high-quality apparel for healthcare professionals for 90+ years. It’s the reason that Kenneth Donner, who took the reins at Barco in 1936, pioneered the use of nylon in professional uniforms. Because making the job easier for those who care for others is why we’re here.

Here at Barco, health care professionals are our heroes, and we proudly stand behind the craftsmanship, fit and fabrications that ensure that when you wear Barco you look your best, feel your best, and perform your best. Because caring is everything.

2019

2019

The winner Tatiana Giusti the Advising Professor and founder of Proyecto Mayú (@proyectomayu), put the winning proceeds towards the fight against a failing health care system and an outdated healthcare education system in Venezuela, inspiring others to join her.
2019

2019

SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. March, 2019, Barco is awarded Sonic Drive In’s Uniform Program
2019

2019

Barco launches Grey’s Anatomy™ Edge, styles and fabric with an inherent edge in 2019.
2018

2018

The worldwide leader in pizza delivery and online sales, chooses Barco as their uniform supplier based on Barco's commitment to providing the industry's best uniforms for the exceptional people who make Domino's the best pizza delivery company in the world.
2018

2018

The world's largest fast food restaurant chain with more than 40,000 restaurants globally, selects Barco as the primary supplier to service its North America restaurant.
2018

2018

Barco announces the launch of Barco One™ Wellness, the first medical scrubs with health-promoting bio-minerals helping the body self-regulate and recover.
2018

2018

The +Spandex-Stretch collection is added to the Grey’s Anatomy™ brand to enhance the performance with comfort and flexibility.
2017

2017

Five Guys recognized Barco's passion for innovative uniform solutions by awarding their entire employee identity program to Barco as a uniform partner. Five Guys passion for burgers and commitment to using only the best fresh ingredients, lead them to the title of America's Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain.
2017

2017

Grey’s Anatomy™ Impact joins Barco’s healthcare apparel portfolio offering a modern fusion of elevated design details new fabric with ultimate stretch.
2017

2017

Barco partners with leading lifestyle and work footwear brand Skechers USA, Inc. designed to offer affordable, sustainable, high-performance scrubs.
2016

2016

In 2016, Barco launches Barco One, sustainable scrubs made from 10 recycled plastic bottles per set and featuring QUICK-SHED™ technology.
2016

2016

Barco Uniforms partners with PF Chang's staying true to their bold heritage and time-honored traditional style.
2016

2016

Barco Uniforms became the sole supplier of Pei Wei in 2016.
2016

2016

Barco Uniforms partners with Panda Restaurant Group to provide uniform apparel for Panda Express.
2015

2015

Barco Uniforms partners and develops a new Qdoba uniform program, complimenting the décor and the brand’s fresh, bold flavors.
2015

2015

In honor of Kenneth Donner, his spirit and his beliefs, a new line geared to youthfulness and giving back is born. Ten plastic bottles equal one scrub set. They are, “Made to Make a Difference.”
2015

2015

Barco Uniforms becomes the approved Jamba Juice uniform supplier for US, Taiwan, and Canada.
2014

2014

The Grey’s Anatomy™ line introduces Grey’s Anatomy™ Active. which becomes an instant hit.
2013

2013

Barco Uniforms launches Grey’s Anatomy™ Signature, a premium brand introducing 4-way stretch with sophisticated styling.
2011

2011

On April 2011, 424 Barco employees and friends joined Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Barco’s Nightingales1st Walk for Kids.
2011

2011

Barco Uniforms becomes the sole supplier for Wendy’s.
2010

2010

Barco unveils its Advanced Research Clothing™ Technology (arcTechnology™)
2010

2010

Barco becomes the sole supplier for Jack-in-the-Box.
2009

2009

The company introduces its new NRG by Barco™ line.
2009

2008-2009

In 2009, the company launches Crayola™Threads by Barco, a vibrant new collection inspired by the power of color.
2008

2008

Michael and Frida Donner establish Barco’s Nightingales Foundation, dedicated to honoring nurses by helping children.
2006

2006

In 2006, Barco partners with ABC, creating the instantly popular Grey’s Anatomy™ Professional Wear by Barco.
2004

2004

Barco Uniforms is awarded the uniform program partnership for McDonald’s, winning the 2004 Image of the Year Award by NAUMD.
2002

2002

Barco invents fashion reversible scrubs in 2002 under the Multiples concept. In 2004.
1995

1995

Barco pioneers the use of authentic stretch in medical apparel with its FLEXX World fabrics.
1995

1995

Barco uniforms is named an approved apparel supplier for KFC Restaurants expanding on Barco’s partnership with Yum! Brands.
1995

1995

In 1997, Barco’s Riverwashed™ brand becomes the first soft woven formulation used in the uniform industry.
1990

1990's

Barco introduces its Petite Floral, which sparks a print revolution in medical uniforms.
1980

1982

CEO Kenneth Donner is honored for 50 years of accomplishment in the professional apparel industry.
1980

1980

Barco launches Work Force™ in 1980 - white fashion separates designed to be mixed and matched.
1970

1970

Barco enters the corporate uniform arena in 1970 with a color block dress for Denny’s Restaurants.
1962

1962

In 1962, Barco’s helps launch the modeling career of Cheryl Tiegs, becoming one of her first clients.
1960

1960's

Barco introduces warp knits to medical uniforms, for exceptional comfort and wash properties.
1950

1950's

From the 40’s thru the 60’s, Barco creates fashion firsts with action backs, gusset and convertible sleeves for ease of movement.
1943

1943

In 1943, Barco pioneers the use of nylon, introducing stylish and easy care dresses to the nursing industry.
1940

1940's

Barco becomes the first to add fashion to uniform design, earning it’s spot on the national stage with the Barco 110 dress.
1930

1930

In 1936, Kenneth Donner takes the offer from his stepfather to run Barco Uniforms.
1929

1929

Morris Barker launches Barco in 1929 to provide uniforms for beauty and residential professionals.
A LEGACY OF INNOVATION

PROCESS

Barco’s designers and pattern makers in Los Angeles create each garment. Prototypes are cut and sewn, and then tested by real healthcare professionals who provide feedback before the models go into production.  All of this attention to detail is meant to ensure that our garments are always of the highest quality. It’s part of our mission to make your job a little bit easier.

Since the beginning, Barco has been committed to innovation, using fabric technologies and tailoring techniques to create uniforms that are beautifully designed, easy to care for and made to last.

PIONEERS

Barco’s pioneering use of nylon meant that uniforms were easy to care for and didn’t need to be ironed, saving hard-working nurses time and energy. Barco was the first company to create pant suits, offering an alternative to the traditional nurse’s dress and inventing the modern medical scrub set, which is still what healthcare professionals wear today.

Later, Barco was the first professional apparel company to offer tops and bottoms – for men and women – sold separately to accommodate a range of sizes and flatter any shape. Fashion scrubs with print tops were another Barco innovation that are still popular today.

A COMMITMENT TO CARE

In 2008, Michael Donner, Barco’s Chairman of the Board, and his wife Frida founded the Barco’s Nightingales Foundation (BNF). Created to honor his father’s legacy and inspired by the life-saving and life-changing work that healthcare professionals do every day, BNF provides services to children around the world.

Among its many projects, it has initiated a food program serving 6,000 families living in remote villages in Haiti. Due to COVID-19, a dedicated Barco team in Haiti hand delivers the monthly meal packages that have supplied over 5 million meals in the past year.  In addition, it has built 7 solar water wells to supply safe drinking water in these villages.

COVID-19 presented the healthcare industry, and the world, with the most difficult challenge of our lifetime. Barco stepped up, providing frontline healthcare professionals and essential workers with over 35,000 scrubs. BNF contributed an additional 350,000 masks to 6 local hospitals in California. It’s all part of our belief that caring takes care of everything.

WITH LOVE FOR THE PLANET

Caring for others comes with a responsibility to care for the planet we all love and share. Inspired by our commitment to a more sustainable future, Barco has created fabrics that use recycled plastic bottles and have the same high-quality hand feel and reliable performance of our other Barco fabrics. You’ll find recycled materials in the fabric of our Barco One® and Skechers™ by Barco lines. We’ve recycled 40 million plastic bottles since 2016, and we’re just getting started.

Our primary goal is to ensure that when you wear Barco you look your best, feel your best, and perform your best.

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