42 New-School Workwear Grails That Go Way Beyond Your Dickies - SolidRumor.com

42 New-School Workwear Grails That Go Way Beyond Your Dickies

 42 New-School Workwear Grails That Go Way Beyond Your Dickies

Sneakerheads likely best know Sacai for its Frankensteined flips on classic Nike kicks, but founder Chitose Abe has built a cult following for the off-kilter vision she honed while training under the likes of Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe. Lately, Abe’s directed that incisive eye toward traditional workwear forms: barn coats and baggy double-knee trousers, all paneled in vivid technical nylons. 

Sacai patchwork-print zip-up jacket

$2,057

Farfetch

Sacai Oxford cropped trousers

$780

Farfetch

Sacai multi-pocket panelled jacket

$1,100

Farfetch

Oil / Lumber

Oil / Lumber’s Ethan Kiyoshi Summers crafts all of the label’s impeccable Japanese-inspired workwear himself in his Nashville studio, and then puts its function and wearability to the test while constructing the company’s other main offering: gorgeous wood furniture. 

OIL / LUMBER noragi work coat

$205

OIL / LUMBER

OIL / LUMBER house pant

$125

OIL / LUMBER

OIL / LUMBER haori coat

$175

OIL / LUMBER

Reese Cooper

In the five years since he launched his eponymous brand at the age of 18(!), Reese Cooper has racked up a sparkling CV: his first full runway collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week in 2018; he became the youngest-ever finalist for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund a year later; and his clothes have shown up on the backs of everyone from Travis Scott to Idris Elba. He’s gotten there by following a pretty steady formula: hardwearing, deeply American clothes—flipped in wild prints and offbeat tones with perfectly boxy, pocket-happy silhouettes—all produced in Los Angeles. 

Reese Cooper brushed cotton canvas work jacket

$798

Reese Cooper

Reese Cooper ripstop cargo shorts

$298

Reese Cooper

Reese Cooper cotton-flannel shirt

$350

Reese Cooper

Craig Green

Craig Green became a star in London’s fashion scene on the strength of his quilted nylon workwear—arresting and elevated but still highly practical, like a toughened-up take on Issey Miyake’s pleats. More recently, Green has been unafraid to take his understated signature fabric in more, uh, stated directions, as proved by the trippy floral jacket below. 

Craig Green x Browns 50 vibrating floral jacket

$1,766

Farfetch

Craig Green fitted quilted panel trousers

$1,088$544

Farfetch

Craig Green floral diamond hooded jacket

$1,101

Farfetch

Satta

London’s Satta specializes in a breadth of crisp, tasteful essentials, all bound by a couple of excellent defining qualities: muted tones and very good pockets. 

Satta 3rd zip shirt

Satta ripstop cap

Satta Tundra shirt

MAN-TLE

MAN-TLE’s Larz Harry and Aida Kim, leaders of the hard clothes movement, fashion simple clothes—old-school parkas and zip-up vests—from crunchy, impenetrable fabrics capable of withstanding the kinds of intense conditions they often face in their native Australia.  

MAN-TLE R10S7 flat vest

$510

MAN-TLE

MAN-TLE R10S1 shirt

$530

MAN-TLE

MAN-TLE O3 snap hood parka

$820

MAN-TLE

Darryl Brown

When you read Darryl Brown’s resume—former Kanye stylist and railroad engineer—his cropped, comfortable, highly functional aesthetic makes immediate sense. “If Dries and Carhartt had a baby” is how the designer describes it himself. Thankfully, his tasty clothes lean closer to the latter in affordability, while still delivering all the artful consideration of the former. 

Darryl Brown military work shirt

$180

Nordstrom

Darryl Brown T-shirt

$80

Nordstrom

Darryl Brown Japanese cargo pant

$170

Nordstrom

Imperfects

Entirely made and designed in California, Imperfects inflects all its hardy goods with a laid-back, surfer-y energy: everything looks and feels washed, worn, and perfectly broken-in straight off the rack. 

Imperfects Courier pant in hickory twill

$170

Imperfects

Imperfects “Benny” jersey in olive twill

$120

Imperfects

Imperfects dungarees in raw Japanese canvas

$250

Imperfects

Tombogo

You used to scoff at your dad wearing zip-off pants on family vacations, but Tombogo’s updated takes on convertible clothing—built with heavy-duty details like reinforced knees in wavy, mind-bending colors—will give your pops the last laugh. 

Tombogo convertible double knee pants

$350

Tombogo

Tombogo convertible half zip work shirt

$180

Tombogo

Tombogo kimono cardigan

$90

Tombogo

Graziano and Gutierrez

Graziano and Gutierrez began life as a university thesis project in 2018, when founders Alejandro Gutierrez and Samuel Graziano traveled to Mexico to spend time with traditional textile artisans. The duo decided to turn the exquisite fabrics they were finding—generally used for furniture upholstery and tablecloths—into the stuff they liked to wear: trucker jackets and work shirts, pleated trousers and loose shorts. No word on their final grade, but for what it’s worth? We’d give ’em an A+. 

Graziano and Gutierrez red diamond trucker jacket

$455

Graziano and Gutierrez

Graziano and Gutierrez black striped work shirt

$215

Graziano and Gutierrez

Graziano and Gutierrez natural work pant

$185

Graziano and Gutierrez

Camiel Fortgens

Rising Dutch designer Camiel Fortgens’ easy-wearing clothes are cut flowy and raw, with the occasional jagged, unfinished hem that ratchets up their unaffected appeal. 

Camiel Fortgens 11.08.04 worker jacket

$432

Camiel Fortgens

Camiel Fortgens 11.05.09 worker pants

$414

Camiel Fortgens

Camiel Fortgens 11.05.12 knee shorts

$278

Camiel Fortgens

PRODUCTION CREDITS:Photographs by Martin BrownStyled by Jon Tietz and Liz Serwin

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