by Stephen Garner

woolrichWith its fall/winter 2018 collection, American outerwear brand Woolrich continues its quest for the perfect balance between technical features designed to withstand adverse weather conditions and urban attitude with a new partnership with Griffin, the design studio specializing in performance apparel, led by Jeff Griffin.

The Woolrich x Griffin x Woolrich collection revisits and interprets two all-time Woolrich classics and updates it with Griffin’s signature touch. The Atlantic Parka -an updated version of the original Arctic Parka- and the Smock Anorak will be offered in a selection of 1830 pieces, celebrating the year in which the brand was established. The completely reversible L’Atlantic Parka and Smock Anorak with lowered shoulder line, feature a high-visibility orange lining consistent with the outdoor vocation of the brand, which has been producing outerwear in this color variation since the very beginning. This collaboration represents a combination of each brand’s ethos shared by the design studio and Woolrich.

woolrichAlthough oversize volumes transcend gender distinctions, jackets are punctuated by references to tradition; the iconic Woolrich Buffalo check covers hood and pockets recalling the first fabrics created in the brand’s mill, one of the oldest still operating vertical woolen mills. A tribute to tradition and a celebration of functionality. Featuring 8 pockets, the waterproof jackets are made in Europe, yet tested in the winds that blow on England’s Atlantic coast, where Loveland Farm – the eco-retreat and headquarters of the design studio are located.

The jackets are also available in two different versions offered with the original orange lining. Whereas a military-inspired optic black paints a three-layer polyester canvas, in which a film able to turn this piece into a breathable and waterproof garment is inserted, ultra-light photographic camouflage -exclusively produced by Griffin- utilizes ripstop nylon as its canvas.