One of the first pieces that really caught my eye when I was getting into clothes back in the day was the faithful chore jacket. I knew nothing of its heritage and the part it played in the UK’s industry, and it’s not until London-based workwear brand Paladrin sent through their Briggs Jacket last month, that I ever gave much thought.
Influenced by the workwear of centuries gone by, Paladrin focus heavily on function, stripping away any unnecessary frivolities from gear to ensure that it’s supremely fit for purpose. While doing so, however, they’ve got one eye on contemporary menswear culture, ensuring the cut and colour work with the wardrobe and style of men today. It’s a difficult balancing act, staying true to the roots of the clothing you’re creating while still innovating, but it’s one that Paladrin seem to have down to a tee.
The brand isn't trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the rugged shirting and tough chore jackets (if it ain’t broke!) but instead, Paladin harks back to the essence and traditional values that these clothes once represented. In many ways, whether intentional or not, Paladrin create clothing that celebrates the working class culture that forged our country. As someone who hails from a small town in the North of England, I’ve got a lot of time for that.
Designed and constructed in the nation’s capital, it seemed only right to shoot Paladrin’s Briggs Jacket in London. Just imagine, over a hundred years ago when rugged, slightly oversized and highly functional chore jackets filled the bustling and growing streets of the city. Instead of an iPhone and Oyster card, the pockets were filled with tape measures, brushes and hammers. The chore jacket was the catch all piece of the common man, it just so happens that it also looks pretty damn nice.
With Matt Horrocks behind the lens directing us to some good spots along the Thames, we spent a few hours getting accustomed to the unmissable yellow jacket. The verdict? Surprisingly versatile for something in such a colour.
The first look, which we shot in the amazing space at The Tate, is one for those weekend nights at the pub. The combination of dark denim, smart shoes, a button down and chore jacket has always been a favourite, although it’s something I wear less these days... but that’s mostly because Brighton’s just so laid back. The Briggs jacket, which is a fairly oversized fit (I usually take a large, but this is a medium and there’s still plenty of room) sits real nice over a fully buttoned up shirt. This look is a year-round evening wear winner, but definitely one I can see myself getting some mileage out come Autumn.
The second look, which I pulled together with the warmer months in mind, really shows how versatile this piece is. You wouldn’t expect to be able to work a slightly oversized, vivid yellow jacket with shorts, but somehow, it just works. Finished off with Teva sandals and a pair of Ace and Tate shades, it’s one for them days that aren’t straight up sunny but certainly aren’t cold either. The Japanese denim used to create the Briggs will keep out whatever the elements throw at you, I’m sure.
As I picked quite the statement colour, it’s important to keep the rest of the look muted so that the jacket becomes the focus and things don’t feel too busy. I’m guilty of opting for a lot of navy, white and grey in my wardrobe, so adding an entirely new colour to the mix did wonders for me, opening up a load of new possibilities and outfit choices. It means you can go for a nice and simple outfit and bring a load of colour over the top.
There’s a nice juxtaposition between the practicality and roots of the Paladrin chore jacket and the bright yellow colourway. In many ways, it sums up the brand quite well: take classic styles and make them so brilliantly that no one can ever suggest you aren’t doing them justice, but offer colours that add something fresh, extending the appeal things. To me, it seems like quite the winning combo.
You can pick up the Briggs Jacket from Paladrin dot co for £165. Be sure to follow the brand on Instagram to keep up with the latest, this is a brand to watch out for sure.
The jacket in this post was gifted by Paladrin.
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