Monday, January 26, 2009
New Gear: J Crew
Personally I'm a Ralph Lauren guy all day but you have to admit, this jacket is dope.
Excerpt from GQ
J.Crew has devoted itself in recent seasons to the atmospheric—the Liquor Store is equal parts stage set and retail space—so when the brand set its sights on creating a military jacket, no surprise that it went for broke on the details. Made in collaboration with the Hollywood-based vintage hound, designer, and retailer Mister Freedom, the Crew's limited-edition (only seven made) deck jacket obsessively reimagines forties naval garb, boasting enough period details to satisfy even the most meticulous armchair ensign. The grosgrain cotton outer layer is loomed to Navy standards, the lining is a wool "naval blanket" (stitched MFSC Navy—that's Mister Freedom and Sugar Cane, the name of the Japanese mill where it was created), and sandwiched between the two is a layer of organdy, a feature of the original jackets on which it was modeled. You won't see it, but you will hear it: As the fabric moves, it creaks like an old house settling. Good for wind-proofing, says the company; less so, presumably, for sneaking up an enemy combatant.
$850, available at the J.Crew Liquor Store, 235 W. Broadway, NYC, (212) 226-5476, jcrew.com