New at Freeman: Battenwear

Posted: Oct 19 2015

Battenwear is an NYC-based brand founded by lifelong surfer and vintage hound Shinya Hasagewa on the principle that clothes should be well made and work well in nature as well as in the city. Each article is made with attention to detail in the Garment District of New York City just blocks away from Battenwear HQ.

This fall, we picked up a couple of the Battenwear staple items: The Gym Jacket and the Reach-Up Sweatshirt.

Both crafted in a thick and soft fleece backed jersey, these are two staple pieces that are sure to be in heavy rotation in a year-round wardrobe. Let's take a look at the details of the Gym Jacket first. The Gym Jacket is based on a vintage sportswear warm-up sweatshirt but with an updated fit and fabric. Think that of vintage sweatshirt you found at the thrift shop minus the smell and not-quite-right-fit.

It's available at Freeman in Olive and Heather Grey. The first thing we noticed was the excellent fit and the fine attention to detail in craftmanship. This thing is built to last and to be worn. The Gym Jacket features a short stand collar, a snap down front (with reinforced snaps), side hand-warmer pockets with vintage stitch detailing and generous 3" cuff and hem ribbing. It is sewn with flatlocked seams throughout for maximum durability. The underarm boasts a diamond-shaped gusset for seam durability and range of motion.

 Vintage-inspired stitching on front pockets:

The Reach Up Sweatshirt is made using the same thick and durable fleece-backed jersey as the Gym Jacket. Must see to believe, but trust us, it is much thicker and softer than your average sweatshirt. It features a front chest pocket that is sewn for a unique retro look and is available in Grey, Heather Navy and Heather Olive. While they may not appear heathered, the navy and olive fabric are actually garment dyed heather grey fabric.

The Reach Up Sweatshirt features the same diamond-shaped gusset in the armpit for better range of motion and added seam durability.


Both the Gym Jacket and the Reach Up Sweatshirt are pre-washed and fit true to size. Check back for more Battenwear goodness next Spring!



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