Leaning on the prowess of Google Translate we can learn that Japanese brand Unfil‘s clothing is, “carefully made from the fabric of insistence is a reputation for simple and comfortable goodness.” Which, to be fair, is exactly what first came to mind when I saw this striped jacket and trouser combo. ‘Insistence‘ is the key word here. In that I can imagine my girl’s insistence that I never leave the house in this get up. It is, I grant you, a bold look. But one, I think, which recalls the intoxicating glamorama of the New Romantic movement. With perhaps a tip of the cap to classic Alcatraz leisure wear. Surely there isn’t a lady who wouldn’t find herself thoroughly enchanted by a chap in this?
I do particularly like the ‘Training Pants’. The knee sections, all askew, disrupting the flow of the stripes; well, I just like that kind of thing. There are zips at the hems too. If you’re still looking for a little-known alternative to the ubiquitous Needles track pant they don’t come much more little-known than these.
Team the pants with the jacket (half-lined, popper fastenings, ring-pull style gold zip) and you’ll look like you’ve tried. I mean, no one accidentally dresses like that – all striped up and uniform, like a businessman’s pyjamas in a prudish 70s sitcom. But on the other hand, you will be noticed. Try keeping the top unzipped, worn over a tee, and toss on some sneakers. You’ll look like an off-duty Goodfella who’s casual-wear is foreshadowing his fate. Or zip the lot up. Wear with a pair of heavy brogues and a bucket hat. This won’t make you look like anything in particular. Just an interesting dude, exploring the joys of the cloth, down a path most fear to tread.