Call it a match made in workwear heaven. Call it the American heritage Dream Team. When word got out about the Levi’s Workwear by Filson collection, we knew we had to see it firsthand. With over 250 years of history between them, these two brands are synonymous with staying power. In a cost-to-quality comparison, their products rival any in production, today. This week, the collection went on sale in stores and online. From the comfort of Beggar HQ, we’ve had several days to familiarize ourselves with the pieces. Where, we wanted to know, could this collaboration go wrong?
Filson considers oil tin cloth its most durable fabric. (It acquired the name years ago when tin translated to toughness.) Off the rack, though, the material is really soft to the touch. The jacket’s moleskin collar and cuffs obviously adds to the effect. We only had a few days with the trucker, but a source said it quickly takes on a beautiful patina, and the shape of its owner — something to look forward to, but we actually appreciated its boxy stiffness. By Filson’s standards, this jacket’s ‘fitted,’ yet tailor-made for sweater combos come late fall and early winter. The one issue with the trucker is versatility. The right denim jacket can easily accompany you from the backyard to dinner at Babbo. The trucker’s range is more limited.
Constructed of heavy twill and denim, with fully-taped tin-cloth seams, the word ‘tote’ doesn’t do this bag justice. Its four exterior pockets are lined, too, while one is fitted with a brass clasp to secure keys and things. Filson’s signature bridle-leather straps, meanwhile, are reinforced to guarantee the brand’s 100-year warrantee. The twill/denim mix adds a sophisticated — yet hardly precious — touch. We christen this bag the official carryall of intelligent men everywhere.
Heavyweight denim. Check. Canvas lining. Check. Reinforced seams, bridle-leather straps and brass hardware. Three times, check. Add a sufficient style quotient, and there’s no reason not to love this bag. Fitting it into your wardrobe could be a challenge, however. It’s too casual for suits, and wearing it with jeans is denim overkill. Still a great bag, but only for casual khaki days.
With its heavy denim, quilted lining, and concealed wool/flannel earflaps, this cap’s hard to look at in the dead of August. December through February, however, it’ll be a nice alternative to knits. There is the issue of going overboard with the whole urban woodsman thing, but, again, quality is quality.
Levi’s – 750 Lexington Ave between 59th & 60th – 212-826-5957 – Map
Levi’s – 1501 Broadway between 43rd & 44th – 212-944-8555 – Map
Levi’s – 25 W 14th St between 5th & 6th – 212-242-2128 – Map
Levi’s – 536 Broadway between Spring & Prince – 646-613-1847 – Map