As another month rolls to an end, and we all share our surprise at how fast April has gone – hasn’t it gone fast though? SO fast – we welcome the dawn of May and with it another bank holiday, which means for the most of us, getting a day away from our desks. May Day, or International Workers Day, commemorates the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. Police were trying to disperse a public assembly protesting for the eight hour work day when an unidentified person threw a bomb and the police reacted by firing on the workers, killing dozens of demonstrators. Although the U.S. have now apparently commandeered the day as ‘Loyalty Day’, set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the U.S. Of course they have. It’s good to know the history behind our day off, so we can toast to the guys who fought for our right to a reasonable amount of hours in a working day, and one day with none at all – bottoms up. Here’s our ode to the working forces with a utilitarian inspired Weekly Outfit, check it out after the jump.
Thom Browne – Dobby Twill Workshirt
Short sleeved button up cotton shirts veer dangerously close to a looking like you’ve given up trying, favoring comfort over style for a slight breeze running on and around your forearms. But this Thom Browne shirt confirms that you can have it all, style and comfort. This refined take on an authentic American workshirt is crafted from thick dobby-twill cotton and has a sharp, boxy fit. Buy it now from OKI-NI.
Carhartt – WIP Hamilton Brown Rey Coat
Carhartt was initially founded to make work clothing for railroad workers, they have since progressed into more streetwear-friendly designs but their clothing still maintains a distinct utility aspect, one for which they are recognised and respected. This Rey coat in hamilton brown is a simple design that illustrates the timeless appeal of workwear and Carhartt. Get your hands on one from their online store.
Levi’s Vintage Clothing – 1960s 605 Rigid Jeans
Levi’s need little introduction. Initially, denim jeans were created to be worn by factory workers. Probably those same factory works who were protesting for their working day to be reduced from 16 hours a day down to eight. That’s a 50% reduction, pretty unreasonable if you ask me. A couple of hundred years later and Levi’s are still going as strong as ever, popular among the masses without compromising on quality. This pair of Vintage Rigid Jeans have a sharp silhouette and are available now from Tres Bien.
Sebago – Kettle Boots
Sebago and their range of deck shoes expanded to include boots and all manner of designs. Founded in the 40s means quality assured, these Kettle boots are made from leather and Filson oil finished cotton with a rubber sole, so they’ll definitely endure a few socialist protests, if that’s your bag. Buy them online from Nordstrom.
Maiden Noir – Camo Leaf Rucksack
It’s funny how so many utility trends are easily subsumed into streetwear, there is definitely an article to be written out of that. This military inspired Maiden Noir Camo Leaf Rucksack from their Spring/Summer 2013 collection is the perfect example of this. Inundated with practical features including internal and external pockets, drawstring and press stud closure and authentic military detailing, the all-over camo leaf print is a fresh take on traditional camouflage. Buy it now from The Goodhood Store.
Izola – ‘The Hell With Work’ Flask
What could be more fitting to celebrate a day off work, or a day at work, than this flask from Izola? Engraved with the expression ‘The Hell With Work’, the stainless steel flask can hold up to 3oz of your finest liqueur, spirit, of whatever your favoured poison is. It’s a neat 3.5″ x 3″ so you can keep it on your persons in case of emergency. Pick one up direct from Izola.