2018 has been an absolute mess (there was supposedly an Olympics that happened this year), but emerging from the wreckage like a fuzzy ass phoenix was the pile fleece jacket. And because Nigel Cabourn can sniff out a trend’s OG source material like a truffle pig*, dude tracked down a ‘40s-era alpaca-heavy antecedent and deftly reproduced it for all our benefit.
*If a source exists, he probably has it cataloged in the archive. There are even (completely unfounded, very much made up here) rumors that Shia lives in that archive part-time.
Made in Japan with what lost & found is calling a “majestic” alpaca/wool pile fabric (20/80, for those into specifics but not synthetics), the 40s Wool Alpaca Pile Jacket is an eminently wearable design that features an unlined interior, a zipped front, a buttoned chest pocket and a couple of slanted patch pockets at the waist because—as I’ve stated on these pages before—pockets are always good.
So for those of you shuddering at the prospect of yet another piece mined from ’90s, know that this isn’t that. It just looks like it is.
Available for $695CAD (~$525USD) at lost & found.