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Iterations: Sashiko Work Jacket.

Published May 13, 2016

"Iterations" is our sandbox where we work on new styles and silhouettes outside of the traditional seasonal cycle. We've wanted to introduce our take on a traditional European work jacket for some time now; once we found the right fabric for the project last fall, we were inspired to move forward and develop this new outerwear piece to add to our range.

First up, the details. In comparison to vintage counterparts, we've lengthened the body and slimmed out the body and arms for a contemporary fit. We designed a patch pocket layout that offers two top entry slots and two side entry pockets directly below for the hands. There's also a hidden pocket on the inside for a phone or valuables. The jacket is finished with wood buttons that exhibit beautiful grain variation and will age nicely alongside the fabric.

Where this jacket really shines though, in our opinion, is the fabric. It's a deep indigo double-face sashiko textile custom woven in Japan for us. Literally translated as "little stabs," sashiko is a Japanese hand-stitch method traditionally used for both decorative and reinforcement purposes. In this case, the sashiko pattern is woven directly into the inky fabric; as it fades, the stitches will lose indigo at a different rate than the surrounding fabric, yielding what promises to be stunning wear marks. Don't be surprised if your hands turn blue during the first month of wearing this garment.

The Sashiko Work Jacket is currently available via select retailers and our webstore.


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