JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS TRACT REVERSIBLE FLEECE VEST - BLACK / OATMEAL DEADSTOCK DEEP PILE FLECE

$298.00 USD
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"The cornerstone of this project, JWM has been family owned and producing hard-wearing woolen outdoor gear since 1842. They were the very first company we reached out to for our Homegrown project because I’ve dreamt about working with them about as long as I’ve been designing clothes. Shortly after my initial cold email, I received a call from an unknown number with a VT area code. ‘Kenny?’ How does this person know I used to go by my middle name? ‘It’s Gene Richards.’ Mr. Richards lived across the street from me growing up and was the father of my childhood skate homie Eugene. ‘Got your email. We bought Johnson a month ago and we are wide open. Come home and let’s get to work.’ An auspicious start.

Shortly afterwards, my team and I were six hours north with my old friend and his father, digging through rolls of vintage woolens and incredible old garment patterns developed for some of our favorite Japanese brands like Nanamica and Nepenthes. We had only planned on developing one style, but once we saw what Johnson was capable of and what the Richards were willing to put into it, we couldn’t resist adding two more.

The Tract vest is made entirely with archival deadstock fabric.  The shape was originally prototyped for the Japanese market but never run in production.  To push it forward, we added a custom designed jacquard tape we initially developed for our second ever drop to trim each zipper (there are 3 on the oatmeal side) and updated the hip pockets to reference JWM Black Powder hunting pouch on the black side. The end result is a true collaborative garment, drawing on a balance of both brands’ design language."

-The Management

Proudly made in Vermont.

This garment runs true to size.  We recommend taking your usual alpha size.