Woolrich John Rich Bros presented their AW16 lookbook at Milan Men's Fashion week which featured a Peta friendly fur-free iconic parka and the quietly efficient outerwear that the brand is really known for. To further this aim they also have a partnership with outerwear be-all and end-all fabric Gore-Tex®.
The original arctic parka was released in 1972 but comes in 2016 in a fur free edition. The hood is totally redesigned with a high collar and double closure giving it more of a city feel which is in tone with the current trend of wearing outerwear designed for extreme conditions to keep one safe in an urban environment.
The partnership with Gore-Tex® comes under a capsule that is named after a Woolrich label from the 1970s called the Teton collection. Ironically Woolrich were one of the first brands in the U.S. to use Gore-Tex® so I suppose that it is true that some things go in circles. The collection features more technical designs and garments that have an elevated performance capability that the Gore-Tex® fabric takes to the next level. The Mountain Parka and Mountain Jacket are two examples from the original collection that have been brought up to date.
Finally and perhaps most excitingly there is a collection that is only available outside of Japan in Woolrich stores and online at the Woolrich site. If you happen to be reading this blog from Japan then you should be able to find it very easily. The collection is designed in collaboration with Shinsuke Kojima. The collection combines Woolrich's American style with Kojima's aesthetic and Japanese manufacturing traditions. The Jungle Jacket and Mountain Parka are examples of how Kojima went back in to the very early archives of the brand. With all products being made in Japan here is a brief list of the fabrics used: Supima fine cotton, super soft Shetland wool, super 100s flannel wool, 3 ply 10s brushed wool, a Harris Tweed x Ventile fabric and indigo dyed chambray and denim. If that didn't really make sense or do it for you then here's an analogy James Bond just walked in Q's lab and got a super huge goody box of spy gadgets and is very excited indeed.
Available at Woolrich online and in stores and throughout Japan.