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"Drunk Check" Crosscut Flannels.

"Drunk Check" Crosscut Flannels.

A collage of images of the FW20 drunk check flannel.

A diptych of a man wearing the white and black variant of the Crosscut Flannel.

A young man wears the mustard and black colorway of the drunk check crosscut flannel.

A macro shot shows the hairy texture of the flannel.

A diptych of both colorways of the crosscut flannel worn on body.

They say good things come to those who wait, and we have waited a long time for these flannels to arrive. Delivering FW goods in January is never the goal - but like we shared in our 2020 Year in Review post, many of our products this past year faced unprecedented poduction delays. In the case of these Drunk Check Crosscut Flannels, the mill in Japan that weaves this fabric shut down for good during the global COVID-19 outbreak last spring. Given that this was the strongest-booking style of the season and one of the cornerstones of our collection, there was no way that we could let it go. We worked together with our fabric agent to find a new mill to reproduce this flannel for us, a task that proved to be quite difficult.

We call this flannel "Drunk Check" due to the wobble in the buffalo plaid pattern; when we saw this effect on a swatch card almost two years ago, we knew that it had to be a part of the FW20 collection. Our first Crosscut Flannel was produced in 2008 and they've shown up in every single collection we've made since 2014. We continue to be inspired by classic heritage checks from decades past but when you've been making flannels for as long as we have, you're always looking for ways to try new things and have a little bit of fun along the way. The inconsistent wave in the Drunk Check pattern is subtle and at first glance you might not even notice it, or you might attribute it to the rippling in the fabric. The weight of the flannel is also stunning - it ranks up there with some of the beefiest flannels we've made in years past and features a tight, hefty weave that will block wind. We had the exterior of the flannel brushed for a very soft hand. Altogether it's a really compelling flannel, one that we'd comfortable saying is among the best we've ever made.

Back to our production woes. When we had first booked this fabric for production, our agent told us that the wobble in the plaid pattern is a very difficult technique to achieve and that there was only one fabric mill in Japan that was willing or able to do this. You can imagine how we felt when we were informed that this very mill was forced to shut down. As a last ditch effort before we decided to pull the plug on the shirt altogether, our agent worked quickly to find another mill in Japan who would be able to try and attempt this process - and we were very fortunate to find one. We are happy to say that this new production run of Drunk Check flannel checks every box and we could not be happier with how the final product looks, feels and wears. 

The Drunk Check Crosscut Flannel retails for $285 and releases this Friday, January 15th, via our website, flagship stores, and the following retailers:

Berkeley Supply (Denver)
Blue Owl (Seattle)
City Workshop (Maplewood)
Cultizm (Online)
Earl's Authentics (Ketchum)
Franklin & Poe (Philadelphia)
General Quarters (Los Angeles)
Guevel (Kansas City, MO)
Homme Essentials (Richmond)
Iron Shop Provisions (Lake Charles)
James Dant (Indianapolis)
Jeanslife (Winterthur)
Mildblend (Chicago)
Office Hours (San Luis Obispo)
Recall Clothing (Geneva)
Redcast Heritage (Barcelona)
Reserve Supply Co (Houston)
Self Edge (San Francisco)
Self Edge (Los Angeles)
Self Edge (New York)
Self Edge (Portland)
Silver Deer (CDMX)
Snake Oil Provisions (Long Beach)
Snake Oil Provisions (Nashville)
The Stockist (Salt Lake City, UT)
Thirdmark Supply House (Rockford, IL)
Withered Fig (Online)

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