The latest collection from Levi’s Wellthread and Outerknown features a handful of essential cool-weather wardrobe staples. The Fall 2018 release includes a lined denim jacket, western shirts and new tees, all made with a focus on sustainability. The garments are a natural evolution of the brands’ collaboration, which first launched in November 2016 with four pieces (two 511 jeans, a denim trucker and a polyester sherpa Trucker).
The latest iteration of the denim jacket is a lined Type III-style jacket made from a blend of cotton and ReFibra Tencel. The Tencel is made with reclaimed cellulose from post-industrial cotton waste which is chemically transformed into a durable, versatile fiber. Like an earlier iteration of the jacket, the denim uses Levi’s WaterLess system that saves 50 percent more water than traditional dying methods. And, as this jacket is designed for cooler weather, it features a serape-style lining made from a blend of cotton and recycled cotton.
Building upon earlier styles, the Fall 2018 collection features two western shirts. One style is cut from the lining material of the denim jacket, a striped recycled cotton, and is appropriate for everyday wear. The other is designed as an overshirt and features a quilted shell made from a cotton-linen blend, padded with cotton and lined with the blanket lining used in the denim jacket.
The most affordable pieces of the collection are the t-shirts which cost $40 and feature a wave graphic inspired by the famous Hokusai wooldblock print ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.’ Available in white and denim colorways, the shirts are made from recycled post-industrial cotton (white colorway) and recycled blue jeans (denim colorway).
The Levi’s x Outerknown collection continues to evolve and grow and is one of the more exciting sustainably-minded projects on the market. While not necessarily inexpensive, the garments are thoughtfully designed and are a great step forward in sustainable apparel.
Lined Trucker Jacket by Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown $185
Padded Western Shirt by Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown $165
Western Shirt by Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown $128
Pocket Tee (White) by Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown $40
Pocket Tee (Denim) by Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown $40