You may know the Pacific Northwestern outfitters for their neo-rustic camping gear, but now they’re turning out handsome American-made waxed jackets and Horween-leather hiking boots—and they’ve got a vintage stock of gems like a Japanese army raincoat and a pair of French hunting trousers from the 1930s.
The brand is Freeman Seattle (not to be confused with these guys), and the raincoat is pretty close to perfect. The design takes after the classic Sierra Designs 60/40 parka, but as with many classic items, this one turns out to be cheaper to make from scratch.
And in the grand tradition of Northwestern rain gear, it’s as light as possible—which should be handy once March rolls around.
Around this time of year, a two-wheeled jaunt through the city starts to look pretty good—provided you can do it without looking like a bike messenger. To help you face down the considerable challenge of looking good on a bike, we sat down with Aldan Shank of Seattle’s Hub and Bespoke—a combination bike shop and boutique—for a primer on sophisticated bike style.
West-coast boutiques are getting in on the online game too. The latest is Seattle’s Blackbird, which has brought some of our favorite brands to its new online storefront, including Opening Ceremony, Rag & Bone, and Acne Jeans. Of course, you could find most of these brands elsewhere online if you looked…but it’s always nice to have a well-chosen selection.
Rarely do the newswires provide quality analysis of men's style (usually they're busy with trivial things like war.) Thus, our eyebrows were raised when this valuable Associated Press primer on the men's market was franchised in multiple local papers. Casting masculine style as a workingman's game of inches and following issues of lapel length and the new, "rebellious" role of the tie, it imports the conversation to far-flung fashion outposts like Denver and Seattle.