Wide Wale Cord.
Photos: Joe Chin
This season’s been a wild one. For the most part, what we’re rolling out now has been at least a year in the making. And possibly because all that’s happened in the past twelve months, this matching set of jacket and pants is really hitting the spot for us right now. The best way we can explain it is they’re hard wearing but easy to wear.
They’re made from corduroy, a fabric with a rich history. While its soft texture may conjure up associations with luxury, its modern roots are in the working class wear in the North of England during the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, where it was valued for its durability and ease of care. Like so many other fabrics that we’re drawn to working with, it will age well as it goes the distance.
This particular corduroy measures 8 wales and is made in Japan. Wales are units of corduroy measurement that designate the number of ridges, or wales, per inch. The lower the number, the thicker the wale; 8 is definitely on the wider side. To showcase it, we chose two styles that come from a working past. The first is our Shop Jacket, based on the French bleu de travail - which is like the chore coat’s European cousin. It’s a light jacket that’s perfect for layering (over a shirt / hoodie, under a parka), and has become a reliable part of our fall seasonal collections.
The other is a new pant style that’s making its debut - we call it the Work Pant. It takes cues from vintage French work pants, such as the large patch pockets on the back. It also features our most generous cut, with a high rise and roomy top block, and an ever so slight taper for a clean, modern fit. If you fell for our fatigue pants after trying them on, you might love these too.
These, too, are clothes that are practically begging to be tried on - and you are of course welcome to stop by our stores in Los Angeles and New York to check them out in person. But if that’s not an option for you, then you should definitely know that for all its durability and aging potential, our corduroy drapes beautifully from the get go, and has a softness on par with one of our brushed cotton flannel shirts - offering perfect comfort any time of day or night.
You can find the Corduroy Shop Jackets via select retailers which we’ve listed below starting Friday, December 4th. Look for the Shop Jackets and the Work Pants to launch on 3sixteen.com at noon EST on December 4th, as well as via our flagship stores on the same day.
Berkeley Supply (Denver, CO)
Blue Owl (Seattle, WA)
East West (St. Louis, MO)
Guevel (Kansas City, MO)
Homme Essentials (Richmond, VA)
Iron Shop Provisions (Lake Charles, LA)
Office Hours (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Reserve Supply Co. (Houston, TX)
Snake Oil Provisions (Long Beach, CA)
Snake Oil Provisions (Nashville, TN)