Collaborations and Releases from De Bonne Facture, Andersen-Andersen, Gitman Vintage, and Bates Hats
For this week’s release, we are focusing on makers that create pieces that speak to both the transparent sourcing process and connection of our products from the raw harvested materials of the land all the way to garment production. The benefits of natural materials in terms of overall performance in the elements, the validity of traceability with those types of compositions, and sustainability through the longevity of well-crafted garments are at the basis of everything we bring in and collaborate on at Division Road.
We partner with brands that not only source from the best mills and producers but dive deep to validate the actual raw materials and components used, whether it be the sheep’s shear or a cotton plant’s boll. In that view, we bring you a selection of products from De Bonne Facture, Andersen-Andersen, Gitman Vintage, and Bates in a palette and style theme that connects those mechanisms: sourcing from nature, producing articles in specific mills, and making goods in workshops to the highest quality standards possible. We believe what you wear should be made with soul, and that translates into looking good and feeling good in garments that have an authentic connection to the land.
De Bonne Facture looks at garments as an extension of the landscape from the agricultural aspects of fiber and components used in productions and sees this as a reflection of one’s style and character. With a focus on full traceability, the brand endeavors to produce modern renditions of timeless garments in the most natural way by using organic and mulesing-free raw material wherever possible and engaging techniques that limit the use of dyes. The Corduroy University Jacket uses a fine fibered, Austrian milled fabric with a butter-soft hand and luxe luster with workwear level durability. Our new favorite sweater Knit Vest appears as if it’s directly out of the landscape in an undyed, walnut brown French Merino Wool for a soulful sartorial piece. Lastly, the revered Pecora Nera Crewnecks are made with a Loro Piana yarn left in its undyed, natural state from a New Zealand farm that’s preserved the Black Sheep of Merino breed, which have been largely bred out of existence, yielding a piece with an unmatched slubby sophistication in a spongey boucle knit for a rare offering for the outstanding outsider.
Touting the most impressive yarn-to-garment production in knitwear, the distinguished Danish team of Andersen-Andersen utilizes an exclusively developed extra spun, long fiber, new Merino wool yarn to create beautifully made pieces that have unmatched longevity, comfort, and weather-beating properties. These naval grade and contemporary classics embody a complete approach to quality by ensuring a single annual shear of Patagonia sheep is taken at fleece level, left natural or dyed in saturated colors, and then knit to perfection in hand-linked and bar tacked garments that have fully fashioned interiors with no raw edges. This week, we give you two of the more recent additions to the Andersen-Andersen collection. The Natural Taupe Work Jacket comes in an undyed yarn for a modern approach to a chore coat with an unrivaled double pique knit that balances drape and structure. The Hunting Green Skipper Vest can transition seamlessly from a layering piece in the woods to outerwear by the fireside with a tailored form boasting vintage styling and effortless function.
Back in the day, one could almost always expect a camouflage pattern in the Gitman Vintage collection that embodied the season’s theme or palette. The polarity of a dress-casual button down in a military pattern has always appealed to us at Division Road, especially one with satirical artwork or a versatile palette. For our seasonal collaboration with Gitman Vintage, we sought out a specialty and substantial camouflage broadcloth. This led us to find a Japanese milled, overdyed oxford cloth that’s printed in a harvest brown and earthy black palette with an organically shaped woodland pattern. These exclusive-to-Division Road camo button downs in this rare heavy weight broadcloth fabric, which will age with a casual sophistication inspired by the outdoors, are not only collector items but amazing foundations to any ensemble to blend in during excursions into the backwoods or to stand out when examining works at a gallery exhibition.
Lastly, we head to the top of an ensemble with a collection of Bates Caps in exclusive fabric ways with a consistent palette and style theme. The ever-popular Toni Cap pairs modern and sleek lines with a traditional panel cap in a restock of the Dark Olive and Camel Loden Wools, a Tyrolean woolen famous for its past usage by laborers and outdoorsmen in the Alpine region of Europe for protection against extreme weather conditions. For new additions, we present a pair of Gatsby Caps in a Pecan and Anthracite Donegal Tweed by Abraham Moon that have slightly more volume while still maintaining a contemporary take on an industrial-era baker boy cap. This completely vertically milled fabric uses an authentic Kilcarra slub yarn spun in Ireland that is thick, durable, and yields a fabric ideal for countryside weather with variable texture and tone that creates a staple ideal for the outdoorsman looking for sartorial expeditions.