Whether worn as a liner to our Winter Stable Jacket, or as a standalone piece, the Camp Liner Jacket evokes a sense of rugged utilitarianism and outdoor adventure.
One of the principal themes of modern menswear journalism is the dissecting and elevating of military classics. Battle uniform has existed, in some form or another, from the moment humans decided that a proper scrap was the best way to resolve a disagreement. The fact that military clothing focused so heavily on practicality while simultaneously looking smart has ensured that fashion writers have never stopped singing its praises. The latest wave of uniform chatter, that began about decade ago, may or may not have been sparked by our obsession – and when I say ‘our,’ I very much include myself – with the concept of ‘functionality.’ The idea that clothing should be useful, and we should understand how and why it works, now applies to both the hard-core mountaineer and the commuter whose most challenging expedition is the speed-walk between Bank and Monument stations.
But it makes sense, doesn’t it, that where possible, our clothing should work for us, that it should be useful. The obsession with all the ins and outs of military wear seems justified when you consider how hard that clothing had to work and how clever the best examples were. The perfectly placed pockets, the just-so hem lengths, the tough as nails fabrics. If we can incorporate even a touch of that smart thinking into the pieces that we wear most often – so a drawstring can provide a more comfortable fit, so a wallet is easy to access or a hood fastens fully to keep our necks warm – then, well, why not?