Up to this point, our full documentation on the evolution of our personal style artillery has been exclusively reserved to footwear. On the other hand, Division Road focuses our attentions equally on apparel and accessories as a wardrobe retailer looking to provide the best heritage goods across all categories. So, it’s only fitting that we present a full curated catalog of pieces in our regular rotations that show the developments and durability of our garments, informed by the same ethos and position around our fully rebuildable footwear. All in, what makes the goods we provide better is that they adapt to the wearer and communicate a lifestyle while remaining distinct within a wardrobe for decades by reflecting a rare authenticity and quality.
The apparel we provide, like our footwear, follows strict guidelines as we only offer goods produced in developed nations, with an emphasis on those crafted by a given brand that is an actual manufacturer. Our garments must be produced using high quality materials from sources that offer a high degree of transparency from raw fiber to traditionally milled fabrics, often from storied producers in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Moving into manufacturing, we’re looking for slow makers using old-world techniques with an aim at workwear durability. Then, with all of those baseline requirements met, we focus on evolving heritage pieces from the materials used along with refined fits and details, and that are inherently special from fiber to final product to present luxury-oriented garments within the modern heritage menswear movement.
Simply, our goods are made to last on all levels and never get old to the wearer. As you tour through some signature pieces from our personal wardrobes, you’ll see these garments are not only utilitarian, but a reflection of our lives and style journeys as indispensable armaments for future expeditions on the Division Road.
Jason has quite a collection and because he’s always thinking about the next development project, there is a regular cycle of wearing samples heavily and picking certain pieces in order to properly test and explore. This frontline “wear duty” is required to generate new ideas about future iterations while ensuring the products we provide are up to our standards. Jason’s style profile is much like our approach in taking cues from workwear, combined with elements of tailoring and refined menswear, so as to be effortlessly infused with an historical military backbone and occasional vintage streetwear inspiration to provide a new-classic aesthetic. The strategy is to be creative in ensembles that blend fabrics, textures, and influences while not appearing to be costumed, which is really the trick of creating a personal style. Looking at the patina on his Ten C Anorak with its saturated Dark Navy that is going grey (much like his hair) to the Cromford Shearling Flight Bomber that has darkened and molded through countless storms and journeys, there is a tale to tell from each mark. Like many of us, once he finds a piece that seamlessly fits into his wardrobe that also provides new explorations in style, Jason will embrace and wear it ceaselessly like his Corridor x DR Washed Black Herringbone Twill M41, Iron Heart 33-T Tonal Denim Western, Iron Heart x DR AWC Serviceman Cargo, and his Studio D’Artisan G-003 Tapered Slim, all of which are perfect examples of what a well-worn staple should be and how it will develop.
Ten C Dark Navy OJJ Anorak Jacket
Cromford x DR IVY ST. Charcoal Shearling Flight Bomber Jacket
Corridor x DR Washed Black Herringbone Twill M41 Jacket
Iron Heart Tonal Denim 33-T Western
Iron Heart x DR Olive Drab Whipcord 502DR Serviceman Cargo
Studio D’Artisan G-003 Tapered Slim G-3 Series
Hestra Chestnut Winston Hairsheep Cashmere Lined Handsewn Gloves
Kevin comes from a denim-head background and is constantly looking to expand his horizons stylistically as he adds pieces that are categorically new to his wardrobe to explore his styling abilities. It is our sense that an individual’s style should reflect one’s personality, background, and aspirations, and Kevin’s profile is just that, with a gravitation towards pieces that reflect his rural upbringing with a western workwear lean, but in unique fabrics and colorways that communicate his passion for textiles and refined representations of patina progression, which he then combines with items that have a sophisticated nature about them to indicate where he’s going. With a deep knowledge about fabrics and the intricacies of dyes, yarns, and weaves, Kevin’s pieces are to be regarded as special upon close inspection. Looking at some of his patina selections like the Freemans Sporting Club x DR Chore Coat, Motiv x DR English Dress Work Vest, and Iron Heart x DR AWC Tradesman Double Fronts, these are produced in specialty hearty twills that will form to the body like denim yet show subtle changes in texture and color. Speaking of indigo dyed items, even in this realm he is looking for the abnormal, such as the 246-NIN Natural Indigo Denim Western and 251-RED Red & Dark Indigo Flannel Work Shirt both by Iron Heart, or his favorite Deep Indigo x Indigo G-004 Tight Tapered jeans that are fading with brilliant blues down the white core that reward the wearer when the work is put in regularly.
Freemans Sporting Club x DR Burnt Brown American Bull Denim Twill Chore Jacket
MotivMfg x DR Vintage Military Japanese Twill English Dress Work Vest
Iron Heart Natural Indigo Denim 246-NIN Western
Iron Heart Red & Dark Indigo Flannel 251-RED Work Shirt
Iron Heart x DR Black Selvedge Twill 602DR Tradesman Double Front
Studio D’Artisan G-004 Tight Tapered Deep Indigo G-3 Series
Hestra Sienna Peccary Unlined Handsewn Gloves
Ephriam is new to the arena of heritage menswear, jumping right into the deep end at Division Road, and is fully enjoying his journey at the top tier of what’s out there. With a style that reflects a disgruntled 80’s punk meets professor, his ensembles look like a more elevated and contemporary version of what could be seen when watching Reality Bites or attending a show of The Cure. All relating to his background in music and introverted nature, Ephriam’s wardrobe is definitely palette driven, with Black (of course) being the primary unifier and often combined with neutral shades. Being a creative his wardrobe is made up of garments that offer numerous configurations and utility with the ability to select-and-go, which allows him to stay focused on our next editorial project. Further, his pieces have a durability-first disposition with hearty fabrics to meet the work conditions of the studio grind and trekking the city. Some of his patina post selections reflect subtle changes in color and texture like the Motiv x DR MTO Black Corduroy English Hunt Work Jacket and Natural Wool Swiss Army Officer Coat, or his Iron Heart 33-BLK Black Western and Gitman x DR BWR Deconstructed Plaid Hopsack. Then, there are the Shockoe Charcoal Field Trousers and his Fox-001 Coyote Fox Fiber Relaxed Tapered jeans that are regularly put through the wear ringer and show dramatic wear patterns from heavy-duty work in studio and constant styling.
MotivMfg Made-to-Order Black Corduroy English Hunt Work Jacket
1 of 1 MTO - No Animation
MotivMfg x DR Natural Blanket Wool Swiss Army Officer Coat
Iron Heart Black Denim 33-BLK Western
Gitman Vintage x DR BWR Deconstructed Plaid Hopsack
Studio D’ Artisan FOX-001 Relaxed Tapered Coyote Fox Cotton
Shockoe Atelier Charcoal Selvedge Duck Field Trouser
Hestra Grey Peccary Unlined Handsewn Gloves
Now that you’ve experienced our first Wardrobe Edition of the Patina Post by seeing how shrink-to-fit denims mold to the wearer, and even how certain outerwear pieces will change when lived in and loved well, you should be ready to embrace our products that, regardless of the category, break-in rather than break-down. We hope you enjoyed seeing hand-sanitizer and Snus fades along with well-worn and ripped knees and all the subtleties on these special goods that reflect one’s journey. One might note that easy alterations like lengthening the sleeves and moving button tabbed cuffs on Ephriam’s Motiv Swiss Army Coat or Jason’s drawcord hem customization on his Iron Heart x DR 502s exhibit the fact that a good tailor and an idea go a long way in creating a piece that is even more unique to one’s identity, body type, and lifestyle. Till next time, have a hand (maybe with some Handsewn Hestra Gloves) at your own patina projects and perhaps we’ll select some distinct style pieces from our Division Road Army of clients for the next edition...