It would be fun to eavesdrop on the brainstorming sessions at Taylor Stitch. When first designing the silhouette of their now-classic Ojai Jacket (pronounced oh-hi, after the SoCal town and weekend spot near Santa Barbara), the creative team drew inspiration from French workcoats of the 19th century. Now the company is releasing their latest version and it’s a stunner, this time in a fabric style popularized in a still earlier time and different part of the globe: The Ojai Jacket in Washed Indigo Sashiko.
Sashiko was invented by Japanese fishermen in the 17th century. It consists of white thread against a darker fabric, decorative stitchwork whose purpose was to reinforce the material for durability. The Ojai Jacket is made from pre-washed 100% organic cotton, superbly soft, and it will get more gorgeous with each use. The 9-oz per yard weight provides warmth without being bulky. You can toss it into the machine for a cold water wash, and the fade is part of the charm.
The indigo blue hue is ethereal at first glance, and the jacket’s details reveal themselves upon closer inspection. The pockets are sewn with felled seams, which is the most labor-intensive sort of construction but also the strongest. There’s a clever slot in the chest pocket to hold a pen, and the jaunty white buttons are made from bone horn.