Military and workwear outerwear has a rich history deeply intertwined with the evolution of warfare and industrialisation. In the late 19th century, as armies transitioned from brightly colored uniforms to more practical and camouflaged attire, military outerwear underwent a significant transformation. Innovations from World War I onwards, provided soldiers with protection against the harsh elements of the battlefield. Read more
Workwear outerwear emerged in parallel with the rise of industrialisation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Labourers faced challenging conditions in factories, construction sites, and other workplaces, necessitating durable and functional clothing. Denim jackets and coveralls became iconic symbols of blue-collar workwear, known for their ruggedness and utility. The mid-20th century saw the crossover of military and workwear styles into mainstream fashion, popularised by cultural movements like the punk and hippie movements. The utilitarian features of military and workwear appealed to a broader audience seeking both style and functionality.
Japanese heritage brands took these classic pieces, which mostly originated in the US and produced their own versions, sometimes looking to create an exacting replica of an original, sometimes taking inspiration from it and making something entirely new. The attention to detail, craftsmanship and materials employed by these brands results in life-long lasting outerwear that is durable, functional and supremely comfortable.