Quality, well fitting, timeless garments that stand out are what companies shoot to achieve when collaborating. Some of them fail, and some succeed. This is definitely a success story. The guys over at 3sixteen consistently produce quality garments, with the perfect fit – wether it’s a pair of jeans, or shirting. They stay true to these values with some help from Portlands very own Woodlands with picking a fabric for those wet & cold days. The best of the best, made in Oregon, and no stranger to any of us – Pendleton wool. These are slim enough to wear by themselves, but are also able to be layered. Being from Florida, I am crazy enough to be wearing a wool shirt in the summer. Unfortunately, they’re mostly sold out – but there are a few sizes still available (and on sale) at Woodlands & the 3sixteen online stores. You snooze you lose.
I’ll take a late pass on this one, but it’s still worth mentioning, and picking up if you can find it in your size. November of last year, Levi’s released a collaboration with Pendleton. The collection consisted of some traditional Levi’s garments that were slimmed down, and made a little more interesting by some creative use of Pendleton fabric. I had been in the market for a denim jacket that was made here, had a good fit, and a slight ‘worn in’ look. The construction of this jacket is top notch. Most of the stitching throughout is chain stitched, bar tacks on the waist pockets, hand-set rivets on the sleeves, antiqued buttons, and a lightweight denim that can be worn all year round – in most places. The fit is on the slim side, so I sized up one and it fits perfect. I’m not even sure if these are available anymore, but here’s some pictures anyway.
PS: Does anyone know where they sourced the denim from? It feels like Cone, but I wanted a solid answer.