Category Archives: Jackets

Tom Beckbe OuterWear: Made in USA

I really enjoy the outdoors, especially during the Fall. I can”t wait for the temperature to drop just a bit so I can break out my heavier clothing.  When I saw the items from Tom Beckbe I knew I wanted to bring them to your attention. The product line is geared towards hunters, but these garments and bags have a very multi-purpose feel to them.The Tensaw jacket features a waxed shelter cloth shell, a corduroy-lined collar for warmth and – really nice touch – a  cotton twill lining dyed in Alabama red clay.Not terribly cold out but you need a little protection and some storage pockets? The Kinsman vest has you covered.Looking for a durable duffle to carry your gear? Check out the Canvas Weekender. The bag is made from waxed army duck canvas and features Horween leather trim. It is also has a waterproof liner.If waxed canvas isn’t your thing, you can opt for this beautiful Horween leather Weekender bag that will patina beautifully with age.

Regards,

Paul

Flannel-Lined Trucker Jacket: Made in USA

What could be better on a Fall day than a flannel shirt or a good-looking lightweight jacket? How about combining them both? That’s what Flint and Tinder has done with their Flannel Lined Trucker Jacket.

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Martexin 7-ounce sailcloth from New Jersey is waxed on both sides for water resistance.It’s fully lined with 100% cotton flannel in a herringbone pattern.It makes for a really stylish jacket that is fully functional with two hand-warmer pockets and a button-down chest pocketThe jacket is made in Los Angeles.

Regards,

Paul

Denim Trucker Jacket: Made in USA

Whenever I see an American-made denim jacket I just have to check it out. This latest addition is a trucker style from Flint and Tinder offered by Huckberry.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The origin of the nickname “Trucker” is an unusual story. Supposedly it came from the Japanese, who pictured it being worn and broken in best by American long-haul drivers. Originally made from only raw selvage denim, the jackets would, after miles of wear, take on that great personalized fading that means so much to denim fans.What’s different about this jacket is that it’s made from a 2% stretch fabric that allows for freer movement. It’s cut a little longer than typical denim jackets and has a more modern slim cut. The jacket features two inner pockets and two hand warmer pockets along with a Type 1 chest pocket. The jacket is pre-washed for added softness and features button closures.While some people question the denim-on-denim look, I have always thought it worked really well, especially with the darker denim washes.

Regards,

Paul

The Good Acre Collection by Taylor Stitch: Made in USA

Quite a few companies are grouping their menswear into “lifestyle collections” and one of my favorites is Taylor Stitch. I love the fact that you can buy a complete outfit that has a story behind it; even better if that story fits your own narrative. Take the Good Acre Collection, which is currently in the funding phase. The collection is geared more toward those that work with their hands rather than those sitting behind a desk but, truth be told, it works for both.The Chore Pant is better looking than the worn jeans I tend to wear to work everyday. It features a double knee and is made from 100% cotton Duck Canvas.The Utility Shirt is a slightly heavy fabric, so I see it as a Fall garment or as a light summer jacket worn over a colorful tee. The Cone Mills fabric alternates between twill and plain weave to achieve the “corded” affect.
The collection features two different jackets: The Project jacket, above, is constructed from a 10-oz Beeswaxed Army Duck Canvas, so it is water repellent.The second design is the Chore Jacket, which is on my short list to replace a foreign-made coat I’ve worn for years. The combination of a cotton, dry-wax canvas shell and a 100% cotton blanket stripe lining will be perfect for chores during the New England Fall when the leaves start to change.The shirt that Taylor Stitch chose for ths collection is made in Portugal, so I took the liberty of selecting my own, American-made replacement, the Moss Mechanic Shirt.Finally, there is the all-important footwear. There is only one choice here and that is the Mark Boot, made for Taylor Stitch by Rancourt of Maine.

Taylor Stitch is a crowd-funded site, so you need to act when items are offered. However,  there are plenty of items in their Essentials Collection that are kept in stock. It’s a very well-curated collection.

Regards,

Paul

New For Summer at American Giant: Made in USA

If you know American Giant, it’s probably because they manufacture the garment that has been called “The Greatest Hoodie Ever Made.” What you may not know is they have lots of new items for both men and women that are worth checking out.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Newer items from American Giant include summer-weight versions of their most popular items.Three new styles of pants for her: The Kick Flair, the Pant and the Cropped Pant.The Anorak and the Coach’sJacket are two new outerwear options available in Black, Blue and Pine.For the guys, there is the Heather Baseball T, Classic Muscle T and Warm-up T.

And several new dresses for women.Finally, the Weekend Short is new.

So head on over to the American Giant if you need to freshen up your summer wardrobe.

Regards,

Paul