Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Outdoor Retailer Winter 2016/17


Notably, many outdoor apparel makers showed off  classic parka jackets with big front flap exterior pockets, and attached hoods... CPO shirts styles (the dark navy wool versions of yore-inspired by the USA Navy ones)-but beefed up with down or synthetic insulation,  and variety-baseball jacket silhouettes ---but this time made from modern textiles and/or DWR treatment for better warmth-weatherproof wear-and breathability...than what was worn in say Shackleton's time...but interesting...lacking the state of the art body mapping designs...that are popular selling points.

New additions are found in some of these jackets=more interior pockets...for all the personal electronics we live with... velcro closures (patented in 1955)...and cutting edge synthetic insulation that rivals down for warmth.


Woolrich® parent has several labels-including their premium collection- John Rich&Bros. --named after the family founders. (soccer to you Yanks) scarves...and hat.
LOVE the USA stars and stripe blanket lining of the John Rich & Bros. Arctic Parka- a made in the USA-Woolrich Western Mills (PA) contribution to a classic jacket. Seriously warm and a bit hefty vs a puffer. Wet resistant-via a DWR finish on the exterior. There are several wool lining styles case don't want to flaunt the flag.

on the tradeshow floor-there were a bunch of John Rich & Bros. Woolrich classic mountain style parkas on display...reminded us of quality of Canada Goose...

Other Woolrich Parkas...
Advisory Mountain Parka...100% wool insulation in iconic buffalo check plaid-outer pockets...dual entry great for cold hands
iconic wool blend wheel fabric with Dupont Teflon water repellent finish, merino rib storm cuffs, internal zip+iconic dump pockets, 2 way center front zipper w/ storm flaps, 650 Goose Fill Down, Double baffle down construction...prevents shifting
Flash Point Parka-180 gm Arctic Insulation, hood with adjustable drawcord, 100% polyester sherpa lining in hood, waxed cotton shell water repellent, storm flap buttons closed over front zip stylish, imo...iconic hand warmer pockets with flap closures, internal waist drawcord, internal sleeve storm cuff
Keepsake Quilted Parka-water resistant cotton plaintive...cozy quilted fleece lining, snap rented side seams, interior chest pocket-good 2-3 seasons choice
handsome made in WOOLRICH,  PA- Woolrich Wool Blankets/Throws...designs from the archives...great gifts
 NAU's offerings are always a highlight-this sharply designed label has been using sustainable/ recycled and repurposed materials (down sourced from discarded Euro household goods-that's purified)...for many its city worthy, performance apparel.

NAU-super warm Dual Recycled Down Trench is looks wise-  similar to the ones that have been around for decades...but with a 21st century outer shell-  made of recycled melton wool-polyester blend...and insulated with 650 fill recycled down. The entire NAU down embedded line-up for F/W 2016 -in fact-uses recycled down. BRAVO. The above-in Caviar (black) or Cape Heather (grey)...plenty exterior/interior pockets, external waist drawcord adjustment, attached hood that adjusts, 2way reverse coil DWR front zip w. internal wind flap  $425
NAU UTILITY DOWN SHIRT for men....hybrid work shirt heritage with warmth of winter jacket winter tough poplin face, 650 fill recycled down insulation, snap rib knit collar to ward off the cold or show some 'tude-worn up. Snap sleeve plackets and cuffs...Pictured in Scotch---also in Caviar (black) and Frond (kinda army green) $235
FLYFLOW-urban style-batter up or surfing the spring snow.-or maybe even a round of golf.....multi-tasking jacket that can travel - by FLYFLOW.-DWR piece-with bold center zip keep water out, ribbed cuffs for ft/warmth and old school collar shape...for casual side of life.