words/images Judith Ecochard
Not that the NY Times misses much by a decade or so-but we were like, where have you been...maybe not west of the Hudson...when the print read published a bit on the fashion style of weapons hiding attire...specifically mentioning Woolrich, as if it was the latest thing. (Story).
|Holster Shorts-in Sage, 12 oz washed canvas|
Anyone who has attended OR...or certainly the more than packed SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor) in Las Vegas...would read this and say old news.
However, get past the hyperbole...one such apparel maker, Kakadu Traders, -named after of northern Aussie locale, btw---has been churning out durable, Outback tough, and rather stylishly rugged apparel and haulers for years-at value prices, we think, considering the items are worthy of any high-end boutique.
Said retailers...discovering (finally) --- heritage brands-that consumers want.
For Fall 2012...Kakadu Gun Worn ...aka "...its whats on the inside that counts..." showed several traditional but fitted well...men's tops and bottoms we thought make great travel pieces...with loads of pockets, quality trims and hardware...and easy care fabrics that endure the test of time.
|handsome spread collar L/S shirts, soft hand feel|
|Hooded Bomber 16 oz canvas, leather trimmed|
|Holster Pants-12oz washed canvas|
|Kelly Vest-12oz Washed Canvas-leather trim|
|Gunn-Worn Pilbara-12oz washed Canvas with Leather trim|
|Gunn Worn Mesh Back---interior pockets angled-open with a hook and loop tab closure--- attached to the shoulder and armholes for easier weight dispersion---|
|Hoover Vest, water resistant in a 12oz MicroWax Oilskin with Jacard Trim|
KAKADU also makes some great bomber hats in sturdy canvas, weather proof oilskin and leather...and a few apparel pieces in women's cuts too.
PLUS: Terrific and user friendly backpacks, satchels, and Utility bags---of 12 oz pigment and thick oilskin-with leather trim, solid brass hardware...
|adjustable straps, 3 outer, one inner pocket|
|Duffle bags- of 18oz Drought Canvas, fully cotton lined, inner pocket and removable shoulder strap-shown in Ghost Drum Brown|
|Shoulder Bag-Cowhide trim, Brass Hardware-in 18oz Rhino Canvas-main compartment with zip closure|
|Hats----many styles-perfect for city or country wear|
Maybe it's the locale-or just the laid back ease of the employees...we always see a bunch of relaxed canine near the Kakadu booth....