Freenote Cloth’s Midway CPO is Superior in Sashiko

Militaria style meets Japanese heritage with this rendition of the Freenote Cloth Midway CPO jacket.

Sashiko, a Japanese word that translates to “little stabs,” is a traditional form of stitched reinforcement in fabrics. In this context, you have a thick cloth covered with thousands of reinforcing stitches, forming incredible texture and a fabric that can take any amount of abuse. Freenote has sourced this 14 oz. yarn-dyed fabric straight from Japan, and stonewashed it to give the jacket a sea-going attitude.

Two large chest pockets allude to its military origins — the Midway pattern is based on the olive green herringbone twill (HBT) utility uniform from 1942. Some new details bring the jacket into a new century, such as the four-hole horn buttons imported from Italy. The front placket has also been revised with a French placket design. Stress points receive a double needle stitch for additional strength.

Available at Franklin & Poe for $350.