Known as "rice grain" fabric, in Japan Sashiko is often used to make kimonos and is prized for its remarkable combination of softness and strength. Which makes it a natural for the apparel artisans at Taylor Stitch to experiment with.
The S.F.-based brand has custom made some Sashiko fabric in a 100% organic 9-oz. weight, giving it the perfect amount of heft but without bulk. Having previously cut some into its classic Trucker Jacket silhouette, Taylor Stitch has now used it in a different fit, dubbed the Port Jacket.
This is an elegantly casual piece, with a slim fit, stand-collar, and binding on the edges which almost give it a boating blazer vibe. No outlandish colors here, though; the fabric is dyed a deep indigo with binding to match, set off by antique brass snaps.
And only after "a handful of washes [will] it really begin to shine," the brand notes, as the indigo dye will "fade over time, highlighting the complexities of the weave." And it's that weave which gives the Port Jacket its completely unique visual character.
Whether over a sweater, t-shirt or button-down, this jacket is going places in style—and so are you if you're wearing one.