I fully understand that the fabric employed on this jacket from Kato is called a corduroy and it probably has all the qualifications to be called such, but more so in a way that like caviar could be called a “snack” or Dom Perignon could be called “booze” — sure you could do that, but it’s also underselling things to a disorienting degree. Anyways, this corduroy goes like 25 directions (ok four), has a hefty wale and a gradation that can only come from indigo, and the effect is somewhere between wide stripes, a checkerboard pattern, and cave etchings. And man, does it work.
But since there’s also a jacket attached to this fabric, let’s talk about it. Made in the USA from the aforementioned 100% cotton, indigo-dyed 6-wale corduroy fabric — piece-dyed to slowly fade over time and garment washed to kickstart the break-in process, if you were looking for more info — the jacket itself features a point collar, a button front placket, a chest and side pockets, button cuffs and a straight hem.
And considering that we’ve established a baseline of transparency already, I’ll be up front and say I have absolutely no idea how this jacket fits. No clue. You (the royal version, of course) could tell me that it fits somewhere between a Nuptse and a Perfecto and I’d just have to pretend like I knew what that meant. But if you’re into it — and you should be, it’s awesome — and if you do have questions, I’m sure there are some helpful folks at Brooklyn Clothing Co. that could clear things up, so bang their line.
Otherwise, it’s available at Brooklyn Clothing Co. for $449 CAD (~$351 USD)