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Woolrich John, Rich & Bros.

Feb 18th, 2010 | Categories: Las Vegas, Outerwear | by Michael Williams

If you aren’t totally clear on the brand structure, there’s Woolrich, then Woolrich Woolen Mills and finally Woolrich John, Rich & Bros. The first is the main U.S. brand, the later two are the product of the geniuses of Italy’s WP. If you aren’t familiar with WP, they are the Italian distributor for Barbour, the global distributor of Woolrich and the owner of various other brands including shirt maker B.D. Baggies.

As it turns out, the guys from WP were the catalyst in getting To Ki To to create a special collection with Barbour. That special group of jackets was my first exposure to the Japanese designer — and I have since became a huge fan of his work. While out in Las Vegas at the apparel trade shows I had a chance to chat with the gents from WP and eventually the conversation shifted to To Ki To (whose name is actually Tokihito Yoshida). Apparently, To Ki To designed two coats for Woolrich John, Rich Bros. for AW10 — a down field jacket (the style name escapes me) and an update on the classic Woolrich parka. Both are obvious To Ki To designs in shape and detailing. I’m excited to see Tokihito contribute his talent to a company like Woolrich and am now thinking I have to buy both of these coats come fall to go with the Barbour Beacon bicycle jacket I picked up recently in London. Credit is definitely due to WP for bringing good companies and people together to make good product.

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “Woolrich John, Rich & Bros.”

  1. Michael M
    on Feb 18th, 2010
    @ 8:21 PM

    Loving the entirely reinforced lower sleeve sections in the last picture. Really good stuff.

  2. mistermidwester
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 12:34 AM

    There aren’t too many clothing makers doing stuff that looks both incredibly sharp and like something you could beat the holy hell out of and still have it hold up.

    But there it is. I love this stuff.

    Shadow-boxing a negative -10 Fahrenheit windchill in this coat would help you warm up real quick-like, and you’d still look good doing it.

  3. Teppei
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 2:12 AM

    Wow, really nice. Great details, as always with Tokihito’s designs.

  4. abc
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 7:08 AM

    let me guess…$500

  5. A Treasury of...
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 8:25 AM

    I’m always down for an angled pocket!

  6. jfox
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 10:24 AM

    killer stuff. lucky bam’.

  7. Greg D
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 10:43 AM

    @ ABC,
    Just because you can get an original American snorkel parka at any Army/Navy surplus for under $75 doesn’t mean that the Japanese knock off of the original thing isn’t worth 6x as much!

    Oh, and the original Woolrich hunting coat can still be had for $160 – you just won’t get that extra-trim fit.

  8. unitedstyle
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 10:55 AM

    Beautiful jackets. Wish I lived in a climate that required something like that.

  9. Alan
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 2:08 PM

    How long has there been 3 versions of Woolrich?

    I like the coat, not crazy about the fur hood ruff. Should have a brass zipper.

  10. Michael Williams
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 2:09 PM

    WWM was introduced in 2006, WJRB 2008 or 2009.

    That fur collar zips off…

  11. CEE
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 6:07 PM

    there’s an assumption that these are indeed cold weather coats — it would be interesting to know how they actually perform in cold conditions (but they look good, and that’s important too, to an extent). also, are these made in Japan? U.S.?

  12. Michael Williams
    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 6:08 PM

    I think they are both made in Canada.

  13. JP
    on Feb 20th, 2010
    @ 10:43 AM

    Really great outerwear, which I have a total weakness for.

    Any other bright spots at Magic? I don’t even go anymore, it’s been weak for so long now.

  14. Laura
    on Feb 22nd, 2010
    @ 9:22 PM

    Oh shucks I looked all over for this booth and couldn’t find it. Looks great though

  15. Jordan
    on Feb 23rd, 2010
    @ 4:53 PM

    I finally pulled the trigger and bought a WWM bd shirt, a beautiful red and tan plaid. After wearing it once — I kid you not — two buttons are falling off and the shirt is pilling right in the center. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but it’s the worst quality I have ever seen. My $20 Uniqlo plaid shirt gets more compliments, fits better, and has held up better than any other shirt in my collection (which includes all the designers you would expect for a reader of this site — except I don’t have a Gitman shirt yet, I confess). I dunno, though. I’m tempted to just go with Uniqlo from now on.

  16. dave
    on Feb 27th, 2010
    @ 1:41 PM

    so WHERE can that first jacket be bought??

  17. Michael Williams
    on Feb 27th, 2010
    @ 2:18 PM

    Dave — AW10 means Autumn Winter 2010.

    That means this fall.

  18. Stefano_G
    on Mar 3rd, 2010
    @ 4:07 PM

    @CEE
    I would say they are excellent for moderately cold climes (0-30 degrees Fahrenheit) but not the best for Arctic air (-40-0 degrees Fahrenheit).

    @Jordan
    I have purchased two WWM items so far, a cotton vest and a striped hoody. While the construction definitely wasn’t what I would expect at such a price point, the fabric quality is very nice. That’s too bad about your shirt.