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Penfield’s ‘Gibson’ Hudson Wax Jacket

It’s been raining quite a bit here lately, which is good. Though we’re nowhere near out of the woods yet on the drought, every drop counts. The recent rains no doubt helped tip me over the edge when I decided to purchase the Penfield 'Gibson’ jacket from J. Crew last week. I’ve received a number of messages since then about this jacket, and I figured I might as well snap some pictures and write a few words about it.

I normally don’t buy things at full retail, but a number of factors conspired to push me over the edge on this one. I didn’t really need another rain jacket, as I have several that serve the same purpose as this one here, including a North Face 'Decagon 2.0’ jacket in a nice bright green that I recently thrifted. But, as fate would have it, I was in a nearby J. Crew recently with my wife and checking out the menswear section as she shopped around when I came across this jacket.

I generally find the third-party things that J. Crew sells to be quite overpriced, but I really liked the detailing on this jacket so I thought I’d try it on just for kicks. It felt comfortable, and when I looked in the mirror I was a little surprised by how much I liked how I looked in it. It was flattering. To be more precise, I felt like it made me look thinner than I actually am (people who have seen me wear it in person may debate this, but whether real or imagined, it’s how I felt it looked). The slimming effect of the jacket naturally made me want to buy it, and so I took a glance at the price tag assuming its revelation would make me walk away. Though by no means cheap at $150, it was about $100 less than what I was expecting it to cost. I guess that planted a bug in me.

I went home and looked up the jacket online to see if I might find it cheaper somewhere else, but $150 seemed to be about the going rate. So I went back to J. Crew the next day and bought it. I think it’s the first item of clothing I’ve ever bought at full retail from J. Crew, and it’s certainly more than I’ve spent on a tech-y rain jacket before, but I really like it and am quite happy I made the purchase. Though the cognoscenti would no doubt disagree, I feel like this jacket is like a more affordable version of a nanamica. And while I can’t justify spending $600+ on a rain coat, I can just about do $150.  

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I promised some time ago that I’d say a few things about this new collar from Luxire, the BBBDC 2.0 if you will. I pretty much just added another ¼ to the length of the collar points, and widened the spread a tad. For my next batch of shirts I may try to make the collar band a little less tall, and hopefully get rid of some of the gathering of the collar towards the front. These were some heavier shirts that helped see me through some of the colder weather this winter; I especially love the heavy flannel of the middle shirt. 

I haven’t gone thrifting in a while, but I parked in a Goodwill lot the other day when I went to see my optometrist, and, since I was about 10 minutes early, I popped in for a quick look. They were having a 5 for $5 tie sale, and I found this—along with two others—from PRL, and two Paul Stuart ties (one nice silk foulard, and one royal artillery). Not mad about it at all.