Many Japanese companies have jumped into the repro (reproduction) movement, striving to recreate vintage American clothing with close attention to original details. Freewheelers & Company, a Japanese clothing brand, takes this to a completely new level. Using bygone days of America as its inspiration, the company offers eight sub-brands, each featuring pieces modelled on a different moment and place in American history.
The “Ironall” Work Jacket comes from their “Great American Clothing Hall of Fame” brand, which reproduces pieces with the names, trademarks, and details of now-defunct actual American clothing companies. Ironalls was a pre-World War II workwear company, but beyond that, not many details are known.
This particular jacket features 10 Oz. indigo denim, washed once to help reduce shrinkage. It has triple-stitched seams, button-adjustable cuffs, three patch pockets, and a utility pocket on the left breast.
Along with the other pieces in their collections, this piece strives to capture both the style and materials of a particular era. Many of the details are based upon vintage workwear, such as a chin-strap collar–used to keep the collar secure in inclement weather condition– and removable buttons–a feature meant to allow railroad workers to switch out the buttons for those of their company. The tags and buttons are reproductions of the original brand’s, featuring its trademarks and graphics.
- Name: “Ironall” Work Jacket
- Weight: 10 Oz.
- Denim: washed-once 100% cotton indigo
- Additional Details
- Triple-stitched seams
- Removable buttons
- Chin-strap collar
- Available at: Hickoree’s for $544.00