We don’t know many other small brands that have had the fortune to get their start with the support of a Manhattan Garment District giant like Takeshi Ohfuchi of Post O'alls.
The magic Takeshi does with workwear has fundamentally informed our approach to sportswear and outdoor gear. The way he coaxes form from function and creates surprises in details has been instrumental in the way we have chosen to construct Battenwear.
For our 10th Anniversary collection, we asked Takeshi to make two Post O’alls items in the style and fabrics of Battenwear.
There’s nothing quite like seeing your own creation through someone else’s eyes, especially those of our role models. We thank Takeshi for taking the time to help us celebrate with this collaboration.
For the Battenwear New Maker Shorts, we took the Post O'All's classic New Maker shorts, shortened them a bit and gave them a 1970's surfer vibe by using a lightweight (7.5 oz) vintage looking color denim. The effect is a pair of shorts that we haven't been able to stop trying on ever since they landed in our studio. They're comfortable, durably constructed, and great looking.
The Battenwear Sweetbear w/ Hood by Post O'alls is the meeting point between a vintage work coverall and a light mountain parka. Made with one of our favorite classic outdoor fabrics, 60/40, this Sweetbear feels like a ruggedly handsome, blue collar cousin of the Light Shell Parka. The Sweetbear also has loads of smart details, like the double needle stitch with cotton thread on the interior, so that the garment is not only durable but develops even more beautifully with each wash and wear.
Post O'Alls was founded in New York City in 1993 by Tokyo-raised Takeshi Ofuchi. Takeshi is the ultimate clothing hound, a global traveler of backroads in search of rare finds. His love of functionality makes him a connoisseur of pockets and loops and seams and cuffs. A clothing nerd will test another clothing nerd to see if they know Post O'Alls. It's the "Empire State Special," it's wearable art, it's ridiculously useful, it's one of the brands we own most of besides Battenwear.
In 2019, Takeshi relocated Post O'Alls to Japan. Their store is one of our favorite places to visit in Tokyo.