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JWJ’s El Patron 2 Jacket Goes Down Smooth


If you’ve been pining for a non-denim denim jacket to complement your bevy of denim pants, JWJ might be the move. They’ve made a splash with their El Patron jacket in the past, an eye-catching take on classic denim truckers jackets. This time, however, they’re back with a smoother version.

Rather than the usual denim that goes into their El Patron, JWJ went with a hefty 15oz. Japanese duck canvas from Nihon Menpu that’s been washed once to remove shrinkage. It’s a rich caramel color that’s best represented in the studio images. Wax on or wax off, you can choose whether or not to grease this baby up in anticipation of spring showers. The fabric’s not the only change, though. JWJ simplified it this time around with straight stitching at the front pleats rather than the triangle stitches in earlier versions. They also kept the pockets clean, leaving out the decorative floral embroidery.

Do a 180 and you’ll see that the back has been streamlined, too. The pleats on this duck version aren’t as accentuated and are pared down to just a single pleat rather than a double pleat. You’ll still find flat felled seams, YKK hardware reinforced with leather washers, and cinch-back. And if you’re like me, you’ll appreciate that they kept the offset patch pockets just for a little dose of weirdness.

Available for €225 (~$275USD) for JWJ.

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