I’ve been wearing polar fleece jumpers for a number of years and tried out all sorts, from the classic Patagonia synchilla snap-t’s to deep pile retro x’s. I’ve developed extensive collections at times, enjoying the variety you could find of colour blocked combinations and patterns, different garment styles like vests and so on. It’s been fascinating to see the wave of this highly practical garment originating from practical purposes seemingly crest and then form in to a bigger wave as it’s popularity outside of it’s more outdoorsy following has grown.
Some times with garments things just align at a certain time and that was the case with our Zip Fleece Hoodie. A couple of new suppliers with a variety of fleece options, a new maker, new trims. This all formed in to a concept that I felt was fresh and interesting, a way we could add some flare to an item I’d enjoyed and feel happy that we’d done something new with it.
One of my favourite elements of polar fleece jackets is the colour blocking that is often used and this gave us the opportunity to utilise the kind of off key colour combinations that we tend to gravitate towards. A hooded polar fleece is less commonly seen but gives the extra practicality of a hood and with the high neck zip closure provides a lot of protection from wind and rain and really adds to the ridiculously comfortable and warm feeling.
We added a bit of luxurious Checks flare with a satin ribbon trim which allows us to add another highlight and accentuate the panelling of the jacket, topped off with chunky vislon zips, cotton drawcord and Checks rubber patch.
What really made this all possible at the level we aimed for was finding a new factory in Auckland that had the skill level to work with the delicate ribbon trim and flexibility to work on sort of a unique garment like this. Truth be told developing this style was a bit of a headache, there is a lot of components in a seemingly simple garment and for a lot of factories this isn’t worth their time. It’s one of the most adventurous and fun garments we’ve made and worth every hurdle.