Few things challenge a man’s sartorial credentials quite like heading out into the great outdoors. Fortunately, since 1975 American heritage brand Penfield has carved a niche for itself as one of the few names capable of turning out high-quality clothing that doesn’t leave its wearer looking like a middle-aged Scout leader.
Founded in New England, one of the frostiest corners of the States, Penfield quickly became known for its superior quality down-filled products (which its founder, Harvey Gross, helped introduce to the mass market), and later, its knack for hitting the hallowed sweet spot between form and function.
Today, Penfield continues to produce seasonal collections that work just as well for a trek in the hills as they do a trek to the pub. And with a sprawling archive of styles spanning more than four decades, it’s clear to see that the Massachusetts-born brand has always been at the fore.
It’s for these reasons that this winter the label decided to revisit its back-catalogue with the aim of drawing on the best elements from the archive designs and fusing them with new technologies.
The resulting Bear Pack capsule collection takes some of Penfield’s classic sportswear silhouettes from the 1980s and 1990s and brings them into the 21st-century with updated, lightweight fabrics.
With a distinct throwback feel, the 20-piece line-up features old-school heroes such as the Block Jacket and Pac Jac, with bold colour-block designs and the reintroduction of the iconic bear logo for a retro finish that’s anything but outdated.
Stand-Out Piece: Colour Block Pop Over Jacket
Typifying Penfield’s approach of updating archive pieces for a modern audience, the Colour Block Pop Over Jacket delivers style and substance in equal measure.
The half-zip windbreaker has been reworked in a breathable, water-resistant nylon and is finished with spacious hand-warmer pockets, a sizeable hood and Lycra cuffs and hem, making it a sportswear essential that can stand up to the harshest of elements.
The reintroduced 1990s bear logo sits front and centre on this eye-catching design, which comes in a striking red, white and blue colourway that nods to the brand’s American roots as well as a black, white and grey version for monochrome dressers.