Those familiar with vintage military menswear will know the initials BDU, for Battle Dress Uniform. Initially produced in camouflage for U.S. Army combat troops starting in the early '80s, it has since become ubiquitous in every branch of the armed forces.
What it has never been, until now, is an avant-garde, heirloom-quality piece of menswear. Which is where Taylor Stitch comes in, naturally.
The S.F.-based apparel artisans took the silhouette of a standard-issue BDU and built it out of a slubby 5-oz., 78% organic cotton, 22% linen blend. Then they dyed it a deep indigo blue. The result is the magnificent new BDU Shirt Jacket in Indigo Slub.
It's designed as a "comfortable and versatile piece that can serve as a mid-layer or as lightweight outerwear depending on your needs." And true to its military origins, it's packed with "utility-focused features" including two expandable chest pockets with hidden button flaps, pen slots, reinforced elbow patches, and dual-entry patch pockets for hand-warming or storage.
The custom fabric is lightweight with great texture made to age beautifully with wear and use—be it combat or civilian. And the brand even gave it a light garment wash, "so it feels great on the skin and has the character of a well-loved piece" from the get-go.