Built for pleasure or for pain? For function or fancy? Seemingly systemic in its codification of all that is prominent in left-field menswear, this monster features flap pockets, zip pockets, breathable sections, side zips, dangling cords, metal loops and (naturally) a pom-pom on the sleeve. No prizes for knowing what this garment is for, but I’ll give you a multiple choice. 1) A night down ‘Spoons surrounded by blokes in Ted Baker shirts. 2) Fishing.
Yep, it’s a fishing jacket. A Utility Fishing Pullover to be precise. Heralding from Japanese outdoorists Snow Peak, it’s currently on sale over at Coverchord and a more not-stocked-in-the-UK garment you’d be hard pressed to find.
Its unavailability on these shores is not surprising. Typically UK fisherpeople are not that interested in obscure Japanese menswear brands. While most independent UK menswear shops are not going to try and sell a weird cropped jacket with a pom-pom on the sleeve to blokes just looking for another OrSlow denim shirt.
All of which leads me to point it out in the first place. If you are drawn to this for fishing in, good for you. Enjoy that whole sitting for hours thing, on your own, in the damp, crying into your maggots; I hear it’s great. If however you are drawn to this because you think you can pull it off in a social occasion, good for you. Menswear needs brave men prepared to dress like anglers in non-angling situations. Otherwise, Oi Polloi would be out of business.