Your Closet Needs a Jacket With Some Patina. Start Here.

Allie Holloway

SHOP $240, huckberry.com


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We’ve all got our quirks. Some people love used bookstores for the musty air that hangs thick over the stacks. For others, it’s the deep, earthy funk of a particularly pungent blue cheese. But for my money, it’s the strangely piquant smell of waxed cotton. In fact, before sitting down to write this piece I buried my face in the sleeve of a waxed cotton jacket and inhaled like a gout-ridden viscount who just popped a rare vintage Bordeaux. On the nose I got high notes of spearmint and eucalyptus balanced with undertones of worn upholstery and my parents’ candle drawer. In other words, heaven.

It’s one of the reasons I’ve developed a deep and abiding appreciation for the flannel-lined waxed trucker jacket from Flint and Tinder, Huckberry’s in-house line of “hard-wearing, American style staples.” I’m an enthusiast of all things outwear, but lightweight jackets are my sweet spot, and this thing ticks all the boxes: three-season weight, infinitely layerable, and brimming with patina potential, thanks to that waxed cotton finish. Tack on the style’s august history and this one’s made-in-the-USA pedigree, and you’ve just given me even more reason to make some room in my (very crowded) coat closet.

a closer look at the waxed cotton, which will only get better the more you wear it
A closer look at the waxed cotton, which will only get better the more you wear it.

Allie Holloway

Waxed cotton is the OG technical fabric.

Long before crinkly, colorful technical fabrics lit up trailheads, guys resorted to more primitive ways to stay dry, like the sailors who would grease their gear up with linseed and fish oils. That had some obvious, disgusting drawbacks, which is why classic outerwear brands began experimenting with paraffin-impregnated fabrics back in the early 20th century. Flint and Tinder took a page from that early innovation by cutting their jacket from Martexin sailcloth in a just-right 7oz. weight. Toss a chunky knit or hoodie under it now and watch those first snowflakes just bead off your shoulders. Come spring, head out with only a tee underneath and pay no heed to those passing shower predictions on your weather app. The more you wear it, the more the waxed finish will crack, crease, and mold to your body, creating a personalized look no technical rain shell could ever hope to achieve.

SHOP $240, huckberry.com

the jacket is finished with classic trucker details
The jacket is finished with classic trucker details.

Allie Holloway

We’re talking about an icon here.

Ever since Levi’s debuted the Type 1 around 1900, the trucker style has found its way onto the backs of everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Jack Nicholson to Chance The Rapper. That’s largely due to a simple formula that Flint and Tinder chose wisely not to deviate from, with one notable exception. The flannel-lined waxed trucker jacket keeps the classic button front and cuffs, welted hand pockets, and tailored fit. But as the name suggests, this particular trucker also comes with a blanket-stripe flannel lining, which is an upgrade, since while the Type 1 has always been undoubtedly cool it has never been particularly warm.

the fabric comes from new jersey, and the jacket is cut and sewn in la
The fabric comes from New Jersey, and the jacket is cut and sewn in L.A.

Allie Holloway

Born in the USA.

Let’s face it, our country could use a little extra support right now, and knowing that Flint and Tinder crafted this jacket on these shores isn’t just feel-good, it’s do-good, too. The flannel-lined waxed trucker is cut, sewn, and finished in Los Angeles, the nation’s largest garment manufacturing hub. And that Martexin fabric mentioned earlier? It’s from the Martin Dyeing and Finishing Co. of New Jersey (est. 1838). So picking up this jacket isn’t just a win for your wardrobe, it’s a win for America. And goddamn it feels good to win, doesn’t it?

SHOP $240, huckberry.com


Photography by Allie Holloway. Prop styling by Claire Tedaldi for Halley Resources.

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