Battenwear SP21: Collection Overview
Building upon the wardrobe that Battenwear founder Shinya Hasegawa wishes to wear himself; during moments before and after surfing, throughout family beach trips and business focused time spent in the city working with the brand’s own manufacturers, a fresh selection of colour tones and summer-appropriate fabrics have been chosen for core Battenwear jackets, shorts and accessories included within the latest SP21 collection. Each design is enriched with authentic, original references but meets modern day requirements through performance details and contemporary updates. Well known for radiating a distinctive vintage inspired charm in homage to surfing and outdoor clothing from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, this particular collection carries the familiar Battenwear character but acts as a mental escape during the planning stage of next adventures.
Exploring the day dreams conjured throughout a turbulent time of social and travel restrictions, to give a strong indication of the story behind the Battenwear SP21 collection Hasegawa has chosen ‘hidden paradise’ as the motto for the new season, informed by imagined scenes of walking to tropical beaches, sitting in a park listening to live music and eating with new friends in foreign lands.
As a dedicated collector of old mountain gear, references to Hasegawa’s own knowledge of archival vintage clothing and historical adverts from outdoor brands such as Patagonia, LL Bean and The North Face is intertwined within each Battenwear release. Allowing you to wear a mountain parka throughout the year, the water resistant Light Shell Parka was created as a sporty hybrid, with the same look and features you would expect from original outdoor designs but with a reconsidered character that results in a lighter weight finish. With the ability to be coordinated with warmer weather outfits via black, sailor blue and yellow colour variations, like all Battenwear designs the Light Shell Parka is suited to both everyday wear and rugged adventures, making it a strong contender as the go-to coat for wear through spring and into summer.
A preferred choice for just about any outdoor activity that easily accompanies casual t-shirt and relaxed jacket combinations, the Battenwear Camp Shorts have a soft and smooth feel similar to cotton, but with the added bonus of being quick drying with a water repellent coating. Noting feedback from customers who have expressed their love for these shorts and how they have become ideal for an endless list of hobbies during summer holidays, Battenwear have been careful to maintain their original character and features. Equipped with utilitarian zip-secured pockets and an integrated belt, similar to ones included within early climbing-focused apparel introduced during the 1970’s by fellow California label Gramicci, the elasticated waist and generous inseam allows for comfortable movement, complete with the prominent Battenwear mountain range logo on the front and reverse.
Acting as a symbol of how their adventure-orientated goods take you to the mountains and beyond, the same emblem has been incorporated through embroidery on lightweight nylon cap styles for this collection. True staples for wear during moderate seasons where high levels of warmth or protection aren’t required, both the Battenwear Nylon Field Cap and Nylon Travel Cap have been designed for easy transportation and versatile wear as a progression upon the brand’s outdoor-driven brand’s reputation. Offering the perfect transitional styles that equally suit energising outdoor activities and more relaxed summer days spent in the sun, minimal fuss and practical fastenings enhance the low profile, unstructured silhouettes whilst the selected nylon is durable with embroidered eyelets to encourage ventilation.
As a sturdy all-in-one accessory, the Battenwear Tie Dye Canvas Tote builds upon a firm, practical favourite with a shape selected to hold a selection of necessary items, cut from a traditional 10oz cotton duck canvas decorated with a unique tie dye effect. Taking a reliable classic and adding a fresh, easy-going character that has no doubt been inspired by trends of the 1960’s and 1970’s, this carry-all is in tune with heritage construction methods associated with products designed and made in the USA, demonstrated through bartack stitching at key stress points and piping along the edges of the inner zip secured pocket. Celebrating traditional workwear that have informed a number of outdoor brands over time, the result is a grab and go bag capable of carrying everything you could need during days on the road and time spent close to nature.
Using apparel history and the story of how clothing has changed over time as a building block to develop each range, Shinya Hasegawa and his design team understand the benefit of creating goods that transition so easily between different environments. Seeing well-made clothing as a friend that you keep returning to and growing with over time, the lifestyle message behind Battenwear celebrates the stories accumulated by well-made gear. However you create your own hidden paradise this season styles within the Battenwear SP21 collection encourage excitement for future expeditions, enhancing adventures that happen day to day and across challenging terrains.
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