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.