It rains almost every other day in Seattle, and if trends are any indicator, itâ€™s only going to get worse.
When that threat of rain looms over your head like a Charlie Brown-esque cartoon storm cloud at all times, thereâ€™s only two things you can do. You can move, or you can fight back.
The team behind Freeman (no affiliation with New Yorkâ€™s Freemanâ€™s Sporting Club) decided to stand their ground by battling Seattleâ€™s ever-present precipitation with a better raincoat. This meant a jacket that wasnâ€™t just waterproof, but also wouldnâ€™t make someone look like theyâ€™re about to scale Kilimanjaro. Sure, a technically advanced jacket might â€œwork,â€ but it might also be better suited for the ski slopes than a city street.
To design a jacket that was fit for everyday wear, even, or really especially, when thereâ€™s a torrential downpour, the brains behind Freeman found their inspiration in the outerwear of the sixties and seventies. Back then hikers and outdoor hobbyists traversed the Pacific Northwestâ€™s routes and roads in a variety of nylon slickers and hooded field coats, and itâ€™s from these that Freemanâ€™s rain jacket was born.
Using these classic jackets as their basis, the Freeman team pieced together a simple slicker that looks like something you might spot on the pages of Take Ivy. The jacket, which is produced entirely in Seattle, packs a two-ply nylon shell which blocks against any sort of storm, while its flannel lining keeps the inside nice and balmy. Itâ€™s a rain jacket thatâ€™s stylish enough to make you forget youâ€™re even wearing a rain jacket, yet still effective enough to make you thankful that you are once the skyâ€™s open up. Leave it up to a bunch of Seattleites to pull off that one. â€”JG