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Engineered Garments x Kafka: tough times call for tough clothing

Toughing it out at home is no joke. Whether it’s rearranging your objets d’art or hoovering up all four eps of Unorthodox. Every day there’s the same news. There’s the same pair of shorts to put on. There’s another celebrity gurning on Zoom. Have a shower, have another toasted sandwich. Open a coffee table book, close a coffee table book. And that Ocado delivery won’t unpack itself.

Tough times call for tough clothing.

This piece is from the newly launched Engineered Garments x Kafka drop. There’s a work jacket in there that doubles as a blazer and there’s this shirt. It comes in two tones of chambray and a mini Blackwatch tartan, but my choice is this darker denim twill.

There’s a lot going on here: a throat tab, triple stitching, a reinforced gusset (which is where the back meets the front, at the side — if that makes sense) as well as that enviable thread run-off. Then you’ve got the pockets. They’re built for doers, or rather doers without computers. Once those pens are in those pen holes you’ll still have room for other antiquated equipment — a book of stamps, a tape measure, a Helix Maths Set. It’s party time for the head boy.


Personally, I dig the contrast top stitching. It’s like a miniature Tron light-cycle race around the pockets. If you’re looking for a shirt that advertises you can afford pockets you’re in.

Overall this looks like a tough, hardwearing, last-a-lifetime shirt. Enjoy it, as through frequent wear your activities lend it personality and patina. Even if, like me, the closest you get to actual rough and tumble is watching Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

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