Country driving with windows rolled down and Born to Run.
Bare feet in cool grass surrounded by Ladies of the Canyon.
Swimming in a deep lake of Pet Sounds.
Lazing on a breezy dock with the Last Waltz dancing in our ears.
Building a bonfire under the Harvest Moon.
The 18 Waits Spring/Summer 2019 collection is inspired by summer soundtracks. They like to spend these warmer months outside with their shoes off and their favourite people by their side. Neil, Levon, Joni, Tom, JJ, Bob… because the music they listen to is as important as the company they keep.
Hues of sky blues, shades of rocky greys, and earthy naturals were used in this collection to evoke the spirit of the Canadian landscape. These garments reflect what they like to think their musical heroes of decades past were wearing while they dreamt up their songs of the summer.
Designer Shinya Hasegawa - who previously worked on the Woolrich Woolen Mills collection - is a lifelong vintage clothing hound. His inspiration for Battenwear comes from late 1960’s through early 1980’s surf and outdoor wear, an era of clothing he sees as embodying constant change, challenge, and forward-moving energy.
Using this vintage vibe as a jumping off point, Shinya designs Battenwear for the contemporary adventurer. An avid traveler himself, Shinya gravitates toward making clothing and accessories that are versatile, multi-functional, easily packable, and as comfortable as they are stylish. These are items that are intricately constructed to meet your needs, last long, and work hard, and they get better each time they are washed and worn.
Battenwear also grows out of Shinya’s experience as a year-round East Coast surfer. Surfing and other outdoor pursuits - like hiking, climbing, and camping - breed people who are dedicated to their sport in a way that defines them in their day-to-day lives, no matter where they are or what they happen to be doing. Battenwear strives to facilitate that dedication by making great looking outdoor clothes that are, above all else, functional and comfortable. Battenwear was founded in 2011 and is based in New York City with a satellite office north of Los Angeles, California.
For SS19, Battenwear pays tribute to their teenage years in the 1980s, particularly school-day afternoons spent chasing fun before dinner and homework. If they weren't in detention, they were playing baseball or soccer or Frisbee until the sun started to go down. They were in the hiking and camping clubs. They did odd jobs to save up for river rafting trips. The only time you’d find them indoors after school was at the arcade, because their mothers wouldn’t let them have video games at home.
Much like other brands at Muddy George, Battenwear's goal is that in 10 or 20 years, you’ll still be wearing your Battenwear items for adventures, and that your kids will be stealing them to start their own lifelong clothing collections.