Spring Picks: Battenwear
Posted: Apr 19 2017
Season after season, we're continuously impressed with what Battenwear offer up. Based in New York City's Garment District where they do the bulk of their manufacturing, Battenwear designer Shinya Hasegawa takes his inspiration from a variety of eras such as '60s sportswear, '70s outdoor and mountaineering apparel, and '80s surfwear. Hasegawa sees these styles of clothing, according to the brand's website, "as embodying constant change, challenge, and forward-moving energy." We couldn't agree more, which is why we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite Battenwear pieces for spring and summer.
The Packable Anorak is a perennial favorite at Freeman, and for good reason: it's a lightweight, super-functional layering piece that we can't get enough of. Made from ultra-light nylon taslan, it features a side zip for ventilation (and to make this pullover jacket easy to get into) and a zippered chest pocket into which – as you may have guessed from the name – the entire jacket can be fully packed. One thing that we love about Battenwear is their attention to detail, and the Packable Anorak is the perfect embodiment of that – from the button cuffs to the cinchable waist, every single stitch on this jacket is fully considered. We've got it in both Navy and Beige since both colors looked so cool, we couldn't pick just one.
This season, we're all about patterns, and this Weekend Shirt in Brown Pyramid is as bold a pattern as they come. Featuring one of the most eye-catching prints we've ever seen, the Weekend Shirt in Brown Pyramid is made from a lightweight 100% cotton fabric that'll keep you cool all through spring and summer. It features a slim fit, chest pocket with button closure and a point collar that's neither too small nor too big – again, that hallmark Battenwear eye for detail. Paired with dark denim, this shirt is an instant winner.
Taking cues from the classic chambray workshirt – quite possibly the most timeless shirt in American history (one writer's opinion, anyway...) – Battenwear puts their inimitable spin on this everlasting design by turning it into the Sport Pullover in Blue Chambray. With its popover-style placket and loose, summery fit, it's as at home at the beach as it is at a 4th of July barbeque. A chambray shirt for the warmer months is a legit, can't-miss piece for your closet, and Battenwear's Sport Pullover in Blue Chambray is one of the finest examples we've ever seen. Try one – you won't be sorry.