MotivMFG is headed by Samuel Wei, founder of Radiance Blue and the pioneer of the heritage market in China; and Daniel Gu, a third-generation tailor and designer. Together, they combine old-world tailoring (from various antique European manuals) with workwear production techniques. Constant research into garment production techniques around the world informs their design, with the goal of recreating, as opposed to just reproducing.
The Peak Lapel Lounge Jacket is Motiv's newest iteration of their original Denim Lounge Jacket, with some fit tweaks and some style tweaks throughout. It's an instant hit with us, featuring an extremely handsome 1920s-30s fit and Motiv's usual exceptional tailoring. Compared to older models, the shoulders have been modified significantly, being completely re-cut and let out to better accommodate a greater variety of bodies, and the side pockets have been changed to a "carved-in" welted type for additional durability.
The fabric is really special, as this is Motiv's very latest "Winter denim", developed in collaboration with the very best narrow loom weavers in China. Motiv call this "Donegal" denim because of the presence of neps in the weft yarns, designed to evoke the look and feel of tweed. The reverse side of the fabric is given a molleton process after finishing to additionally soften it and add a bit of warmth. The end result is truly unique, with the look and drape of a denim but the softness and comfort of a flannel when worn.
In addition to being selvedge, the warp yarns of the fabric are sulfur-dyed, meaning that they'll fade over time, developing a handsome and personalized patina for each person that wears them. The dusty grey weft yarns will show through in high-wear areas, creating subtle but incredibly complex fades that truly will only get better with time. To account for the fabric's initial shrinkage and stiffness, Motiv have also given each garment a wash before shipping them out.
True to size, with a very tailored shape that fits well right away and layers comfortably over shirts and light knits. The body is slightly short, usually worn in a 3-button stance that pairs best with high rise trousers. The trims are pretty great too, from the custom metal hardware to the selvedge details that are, well, everywhere (back seam, facings, cuffs, and undersleeve seams). The two internal pockets are cut from a light brown cotton twill for an extra bit of visual variation, and the collar can of course be worn up if you so desire.
Fits true to size. Wash cold and hang dry.
- 100% cotton
- Custom selvedge denim from China
- Tweedy neps throughout
- Molleton finish on fabric reverse
- Sulfur-dyed denim
- Peak lapels
- Three external pockets
- Two internal pockets
- Anatomical tailored fit
- 5 button stance
- Custom metal hardware
- Vintage fit
- True to size
- Wash cold and hang dry
- Custom labels
- Produced by MotivMFG in Beijing