The first deep-pile fleece jacket appeared 35 years ago, six years after Malden Mills introduced the world to polar fleece, and quickly became canonical as an outdoor garment. The descent into low-cost (and low quality) ubiquity came about as a direct result of Malden's refusal to patent their new textile. By the end of the century, fleece jackets were fully déclassé, something to ridicule as a non-choice when worn and given away in bulk as corporate swag.
However, as the original pieces became coveted collectables, the design language and materials began to be adopted by designers like Kiro Hirata of Kapital. Warping and twisting the source code in the same way he hacked other classic garments, he takes the deep pile fleece jacket and pulls it in his alt-history of garments.
The fleece here has an indigo damask pattern woven in, with peak-outdoors-aesthetic touches such as the contrast piping and jacquard webbing detailing. Even the zipper pull has a little embroidered tiger motif.
Fits true to size. Wash cold, hang dry.
- 100% polyester fleece outer
- Nylon pocketing and trims
- YKK zipper
- 2 zip pockets
- Single zip rear pocket
- True to size
- Wash cold, hang dry
- Made in Japan