Welcome back to "DEEP DIVE," where we look at the inspiration behind some of our favorite Engineered Garments pieces. This edition focuses on the "Field Pant," a durable pair of reinforced work pants.
Engineered Garments' Fall Winter 2023 collection revolves around the theme of "Heavy Duty Ivy." This theme draws on the history of rugged American clothing from the 20th century and reimagines classic styles and fabrics under the Engineered Garments brand.
The United States has been the world's largest economy since 1890. As an economic and cultural juggernaut, the clothing of workers like truckers, railroad workers, train engineers, and loggers remain fixed within the cultural zeitgeist.
The work pant is a crucial part of the workwear milieu. The Engineered Garments Field Pant takes inspiration from C.C. Filson's Double Tin Pant, which was initially built for lumberjacks in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
C.C. Filson started "Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers" in Seattle, Washington 1897, providing gear and supplies for prospectors during the Yukon gold rush. As the gold rush waned, Filson expanded into clothing for fishing, hunting, and forestry, with their tough clothing becoming synonymous with the lumberjack's attire.
In 1912, FIlson launched a new line of clothing made from durable waxed cotton. This fabric, milled in England, was water resistant and incredibly durable thanks to its twill construction and paraffin wax coating. Though the company marketed this first material as "waterproof khaki," lumberjacks called it "Tin Cloth," as the oil finish wax coating was similar to the tin coating on copper wires.
Filson's Double Tin Cloth pants earned a reputation for being nearly indestructible. They featured extra reinforcement patches on the front of each leg and a smaller patch above the hem on the rear. The fabric's tight weave, wax-treated duck canvas, which British Millerain still mills, made the pants resistant to water, abrasion, thorns, ticks, and more.
The Engineered Garments Field Pant pays homage to the Pacific Northwest loggers' attire. Designer Daiki Suzuki retains the signature reinforcement patches but uses different fabrics. The base of the pants features from 8.5 oz herringbone, reinforced with 6.5 oz ripstop fabric. The contrast in fabric, weight, and color adds a unique touch and enhances functionality. Daiki combines a lumberjack silhouette with military fabrics and incorporates details like corduroy facing on the pocket opening, inspired by British hunting pants.
The Field Pant is a nod to the history of American work pants, taking a classic silhouette and giving it a modern twist.
The Field Pant is available in the following fabrics:
Black Cotton Herringbone Twill
Dk. Navy Cotton Herringbone Twill
Khaki Cotton Herringbone Twill
Olive Cotton Herringbone Twill