In the world of reproduction denim there are some pieces that have become “classics” despite the fact they’re… not necessarily classic in the historical sense. But that’s the power of these brands that have revived many of the old styles. Some spins on the old stuff are so good they become important and ubiquitous in their own rite.
I would elevate the Ranch Blouse from Mister Freedom to that pantheon. A hodgepodge of archival details mixed up into an attractive and slightly eccentric end-product, this jacket has been an essential for a long time. And maybe if you have one, this newest version will get you to buy another. Even if that does mean that the bank will be paying for it upfront.
The Ringo Ranch Blouse is everything you loved about the original denim version, but in a lightweight black veg-tan leather that just oozes cool. The teacore leather will fade with wear, chipping away the black coating and revealing a lighter, burnished tone of leather underneath.
Made in USA with sturdy poly-cotton stitching, and a short boxy fit, this jacket is just as tough as it is good-looking. And it will need to be – because you’ll find yourself slinging this lovely thing on every darn day.
Available for $1,200 at Franklin & Poe.