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Collection Review - Battenwear FW20

The Battenwear Fall/Winter 2020 collection is made for today’s tribe of global travelers. At this start of a new decade, never before in history have people been able to jump so casually between time zones and continents (COVID-19 restrictions aside =), coast to coast, east to west and back again. Building travel-ready components into their clothing and accessories has always been a particular pleasure for the folks at Battenwear - making the perfect pocket for a metro card or passport, creating items that pack up small, and finding ways to make practical, weather proof jackets look “night on the town” ready so that you only have to pack one piece of outerwear in your suitcase.

Battenwear - Bouldering Pants

Once Battenwear opened their second office in Topanga, CA in 2017, and started commuting between NYC and LA, their focus on travel-ready gear began to sharpen even further. The FW20 Battenwear collection has many travel-ready touchpoints. Highlights include the Waist Pouch, our long-time favorite Scout Anorak Jacket, and pants like the Active Lazy and Bouldering Pants which customers tell us are ideal for navigating airports and train stations.



In their frequent travels across the country, from old stomping grounds to new and back, they have found that they also have become travelers through time, at least in spirit. They look back in order to plan forward, anticipating what is around the next corner while appreciating of what was around the last. This mindfulness of tradition and the history is reflected in their designs. Each item they make feels familiar to their customers because it is reminiscent of the gear they saw their parents wearing when they were children, or that they themselves wore at a younger age (or coveted from catalogs). More importantly, their designs are not simply retro-looking, but also uniquely contemporary in construction and fabrication. They never just copy old designs. They take ideas from the past, mix them together and reinterpret them, making fresh-feeling gear suited to today’s discerning city dweller.



Battenwear is pleased to present its Fall/Winter 2020 collection in anticipation of many adventures to come, and in hopes that both their hindsight and foresight will be 20/20 this decade and beyond.

Layering Guide

Don't get us wrong, we love a great fitting tee. But we get all giddy when it comes to the L-word (layers!!). With Fall wasting no time in sending the sun packing, staying warm is quickly becoming priority number one. Piling on a bunch of sweaters isn't exactly the smartest (nor stylish) solution. The good news is we’ve broken down some essential layering piece you need to have at your disposal this season. 

When it comes to layering, a light-to-medium gauge cardigan or zip-up (ideally in a temperature-regulating fabric such as Merino wool) is a versatile choice. Merino’s an active fibre – it reacts to changes in body temperature, keeping you warm on crisp autumnal days, and cool if the weather is unseasonably warm.

 

Few jackets can be worn in quite as many ways as the Chore jacket. Usually unlined and in a hard-wearing fabric such as cotton drill or moleskin, it’s ideal for a range of casual looks from all-out workwear through to off-duty tailoring. It can also be layered under a heavier garment, or over something lighter such as knitwear or a vest. Due to its boxy cut it can easily accommodate a chunky roll neck underneath, or an equally functional utility vest if you want to maximize the pockets available to you.

 

The overshirt can be treated in a similar way to the chore jacket in that it can worn in a hundred different ways. Open over a T-shirt, buttoned up under an overcoat, or even worn over a lighter shirt, it’s the utility player capable of doing it all. However, the overshirt needs to have a slightly boxy, almost oversized cut, which will allow it to be worn over another shirt and should be made from a heavier weight fabric than the shirt worn underneath to differentiate the two.

Warm, elegant and a lot easier than messing around with buttoned cuffs, a nice knitted sweater makes a sophisticated and hassle-free alternative to a shirt, and looks its least ‘math teacher’ when paired with an overcoat.

To tie the look together, consider going tonal up top with a navy blue knit under navy outerwear, or set off a camel coat with a rust or burnt orange design.

Just as overcoats can be dressed up, they can also easily be dressed down. Chuck an overcoat into the mix over a hoodie and things get considerably more exciting. 

Collection Review - Kestin Hare FW19 - In High Places

Kestin Hare’s Autumn/Winter 19 collection titled “In High Places” draws inspiration from the British mountaineers in the 1970s. This era was described as “the golden age of mountaineering” with a key group of die-hard British climbers achieving celebrity status due to their pioneering and inspiring efforts.

Research started with a trip to uncover the archives at the Scottish Mountain Heritage Museum near Fort William. There the team uncovered garments that were worn by the climbers, including the renowned crowd of Dougal Haston, Robin Smith, Doug Scott, Don Williams and Chris Bonnington. Inspiration was taken from the fabrics, functionality, details, colours and production of the garments.

The A/W19 colour palette reflects the natural environment of the mountain terrain in the 1970s and is made up of icy blues, off whites, moss greens and highlights of pollen yellow. Ventile, British wool, Italian boiled wool, textured fleeces and multiple checks are tied into the collection, reflecting the cloth of vintage mountaineering pieces.