Sure, an old retired pair of jeans will do in a pinch, but there comes a point in the life of any piece of clothing when it’s been run too ragged to be of service (but hey, now you’ve got something authentically broken-in to wear fashionably).
The answer: something tougher than the workwear-inspired stuff that’s been floating around the Internet for the past few years now. We’re talking about real workwear. Stuff you don’t have to worry about beating up, because it was made for it—and because the price didn’t have the overseas shipping from a small artisan workshop in Japan built into it. We’re not guaranteeing all of this stuff will fit the same way, but you’ll be happy to have that extra give in your pants’ rise when kneeling down to change the spool in your edger.
Clothing has seen a lot of great technological advancement in the past century—new-age nylon, moisture-wicking fleece, genetically modified gloves that work on touchscreens—more often than not, sacrificing some handsomeness in the process.
But last week’s post on tweed trumping tech in the blazer game reminded us that sometimes the choice between high-tech and high-handsome doesn’t have to be made—because the best-looking option also happens to work just as well as any newfangled technology.
Orvis is upping the Americana ante this Fall with its new capsule collection, US Patent. The venerable outfitter for the casually rugged outdoorsman is throwing its hat into the heritage ring with a curation of 50 or so pieces—ranging from flight jackets, to fishing rods, to cowboy hats. The full line will be available come mid-August, but this handsome Hill Climber Jacket has already hit the market as a collab with the newly minted Brooklyn-based operation, Taylor Supply. It’s got the transition-between-seasons functionality of waxwear, but with unique enough details—a shawl collar and button-up front—to not look too Barbour-y (read, British). We’re searching for our hunting cap and briarwood pipe as we speak.