Thursday, January 29, 2009

Archival Finder: Ben Silver Collection Vest

Male model, lifestyle ("weekender") packaging and prohibitive price point aside, I really like this cashmere trimmed nylon vest by online catalog clothier, Ben Silver. Friend Tom remarked that it looks like a luxury edition of the Patagonia Retro-X vest. If it were my design, I'd swap out the cashmere (too shapeless and prone to pilling) for a more robust tweed and perhaps reverse the total role/ratio of wool to nylon in the garment. And of course, I'd retain the shiny metal zipper but give it two-way functionality.

Ben Silver was considerate enough to produce a version of this vest for women which appears to have the same cut/styling and lacks any token, feminizing details. However, illustrating the need for a future Archival Clothing petition, the women's version only comes in two tragic colorways: fuchsia and white (which would be OK, I suppose, if there were at least one more traditional color option such as grey, brown or loden).

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