July 15, 2015

Paper To Product: Edition 215

In an earlier Paper to Product post for the Swift Mills Denim Utility Shirt, we spoke about the growth of our team and our reinvigorated commitment to nail the little details that make our essential products more special

Many of us here have our own collections of vintage trucker jackets. It is a piece we all admire and one we have been wanting to tackle for a while. When talking about how should TS approach such an already iconic piece, we all agreed upon the importance of imparting our own perspective on the design and the denim involved. While most designers and brands these days carry out simple riffs on the Levis Type I, II and II jackets, we created a visual silhouette that is our own.

Our design objectives were to simplify the aesthetic, improve the fit, think through the details and work with a denim that got us excited.

Cleaning up the aesthetic while improving the fit meant that we had to ditch the busy vertical pleats of the Type III trucker and approach fit through a more tedious process of pattern work. The result is a better fitting jacket with no pleats or folds on the front or back panels.

Other discrete improvements are deep welted side pockets to keep your hands warm and our signature rounded pockets. Just as our shirts boast no pleats on the cuffs or back panels for easier ironing, you will notice there are no pleats on the sleeve, front or back panels.

When you open the jacket, you'll notice that we utilized the selvedge in the cuffs and front panels and that we also opted for a busted back seam (similar to the outseam of your jeans) that displays the beauty of the denim's finished edge. To increase durability, we reinforced the front pockets and sleeve openings with rivets and also reinforced the the collar and front panels with zig zag stitching. The interior of the jacket features clean finished, functioning pockets and exterior features our own custom matte black YKK doughnut buttons.

Best of all, we are releasing our first jacket in a sulfur-dyed black warp and weft 14 oz. Yoshiwa Mills selvedge denim. We found this cloth to be particularly well suited to this jacket because of how soft and easy to wear is was right off the bat. While this long haul jacket will age beautifully over time, it's downright comfortable right out of the box.

To put another notch on the 'need' list we decided to match this badass fabric in a pair of jeans. The fabric feels seemingly broken in despite the raw state and we'd be hard pressed not to say that it's not one of our new favorites.

So there you have it. Black up top and on the bottom.