November 11, 2015

Paper to Product: Edition 230

There is a jacket like this hanging in most mudrooms, usually above a well-worn pair of shit kickers. It carries traces of mud from the yard, maybe some dog drool, a small splatter of paint and even a few grease spots. You put it on to carry in a load of wood, shovel the front steps or take a quick peek at the full moon.

You can tell this piece evokes a lot of nostalgia for us. We've all wanted a jacket like this and are not sure why it's taken us this long. After passing around the sample, everyone in our studio/office/warehouse was already talking about the one their old man had. Now it's their turn to snag one in the Workshop.

We kept the design for this jacket very utilitarian, with most improvements coming by way of fit. The shell of the coat is constructed with an 8 ounce duck canvas, light enough for mobility and ease of wear yet also burly enough to shake off an attack from an armful of splintery logs. The interior is lined with insulated nylon quilting, still the gold standard for this piece as the nylon makes it so damn easy to slip on and off over wintry layers.

The closures feature our custom antique brass YKK bear snaps, which add a nice touch of California to this cold weather standby (please feel free to send snow our way). Completing the pattern are two oversize front pockets with snap closures to handle anything you need to carry out your chores. 

Our fit is spot on for looking tailored over a button down and even a sweater. We don't recommend layering any further with this coat because it gets warm in a jiffy. If you're working in a cold garage or moving briskly through your day, it's ideal with just a tee shirt underneath.

No matter where, when or how you use the Task Jacket, you'll never regret bringing it. Moreover, nothing ages quite like duck canvas does over time. Words like "patina" and "heirloom" are never uttered in the mudroom, however, it's tacitly understood to be the reason that favorite old jacket was purchased in the first place.