It’s On Sale
J.L. Powell Lakenheath Quilted Coat
Your chance to jump on the quilted blazer bandwagon at an affordable price point.
$179, originally $448 at JLPowell.com

It’s On Sale

J.L. Powell Lakenheath Quilted Coat

Your chance to jump on the quilted blazer bandwagon at an affordable price point.

$179, originally $448 at JLPowell.com

It’s On Sale
J.L. Powell Grant Chukka Boot by Alden
Fall is just over the horizon, gentlemen, and J.L. Powell’s seasonal sale is full of beautiful things for your next adventure.
$178 from $298 at J.L. Powell

It’s On Sale

J.L. Powell Grant Chukka Boot by Alden

Fall is just over the horizon, gentlemen, and J.L. Powell’s seasonal sale is full of beautiful things for your next adventure.

$178 from $298 at J.L. Powell

Q and Answer: Clothing for the Field
Michael asks:  I’m a biology student and as my classes become more advanced, more  field work becomes involved. This means trekking through woods, wading  in streams, getting on all fours to collect mushrooms, or turning over  rocks to look for insects. Is there something I can wear for all of this  that is fashionable and practical? I’ve no problem dressing myself well  out of the field, but I’d like to look a cut above the traditional  jeans, sneakers, and t-shirt that are prevalent in the field.
Right now, Michael, thousands of cool kids are sitting in pools of their own drool, wishing they had an opportunity like this.  At this moment, nothing is cooler than classic field clothing, and you have the chance to wear it for reasons beyond simple fashion.  Enjoy yourself.
The best outdoor clothing has a hundred-year-plus history.  The clothing that British ramblers and American sportsmen wore in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s remains just as functional and beautiful now as it was then.
Spend some time with brands like Filson, Barbour and Orvis.  Look for vintage pieces from companies like L.L. Bean and Abercrombie & Fitch which made fine quality outdoor clothing for many years before turning mallward. (Even now, the real outdoor and hunter’s clothing at Bean is some of the best they make.)
My advice is to focus on a simple kit.  Buy some great khaki pants, some solid shirts, a wool shirt or two, a great knit, a Barbour or Filson coat, a pair of amazing field boots and a pair of boots for wet work.  The outerwear in particular should last a lifetime with proper care.  Take care with fit - contemporary style suggests a closer fit than most legacy brands offer - this can be corrected with careful sizing or a bit of tailoring.  There’s no need to go overboard in this direction, though, if you plan to keep your gear for decades.  And remember: all the most durable items in your kit are probably available used.

Q and Answer: Clothing for the Field

Michael asks: I’m a biology student and as my classes become more advanced, more field work becomes involved. This means trekking through woods, wading in streams, getting on all fours to collect mushrooms, or turning over rocks to look for insects. Is there something I can wear for all of this that is fashionable and practical? I’ve no problem dressing myself well out of the field, but I’d like to look a cut above the traditional jeans, sneakers, and t-shirt that are prevalent in the field.

Right now, Michael, thousands of cool kids are sitting in pools of their own drool, wishing they had an opportunity like this.  At this moment, nothing is cooler than classic field clothing, and you have the chance to wear it for reasons beyond simple fashion.  Enjoy yourself.

The best outdoor clothing has a hundred-year-plus history.  The clothing that British ramblers and American sportsmen wore in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s remains just as functional and beautiful now as it was then.

Spend some time with brands like Filson, Barbour and Orvis.  Look for vintage pieces from companies like L.L. Bean and Abercrombie & Fitch which made fine quality outdoor clothing for many years before turning mallward. (Even now, the real outdoor and hunter’s clothing at Bean is some of the best they make.)

My advice is to focus on a simple kit.  Buy some great khaki pants, some solid shirts, a wool shirt or two, a great knit, a Barbour or Filson coat, a pair of amazing field boots and a pair of boots for wet work.  The outerwear in particular should last a lifetime with proper care.  Take care with fit - contemporary style suggests a closer fit than most legacy brands offer - this can be corrected with careful sizing or a bit of tailoring.  There’s no need to go overboard in this direction, though, if you plan to keep your gear for decades.  And remember: all the most durable items in your kit are probably available used.

It’s On Ebay!

By the time it was purchased by The Limited in the late 1980s and transformed into a children’s clothing store, Abercrombie & Fitch had already been through bankruptcy and was a shell of its former self.  In the first half of the 20th century, though, A&F was the premiere outdoor brand in the world.  It outfitted Teddy Roosevelt for his big game hunts and sold spectacularly beautiful things like this portable seat.  Perfect for watching a polo game, a round of golf or a fox hunt, it transforms from handily handled into monopedal sitting place with ease.  And since most people searching “Abercrombie & Fitch” on Ebay are looking for something quite different, the current high bid is just $39.