#500: Mr Will Halbert | Editor in Chief of The Essential Journal.
Our #500 series explores the most stylish & interesting ways to spend £500 on menswear. This week, we got in touch with menswear enthusiast, Dachshund tamer and Editor in Chief of The Essential Journal, Will Halbert.
There’s a short answer to this: I’d invest in a quality denim jacket. There’s a long answer too, though. And it goes like this:
The humble denim jacket is about as key a menswear piece as it gets. Forget the fact that it oozes a classic, americana cool – it also just happens to pair with almost anything. The denim jacket is – for want of a better metaphor – ketchup for your wardrobe.
But here’s the kicker: Not all denim jackets are created equal. The ubiquitous nature of the denim jacket has made it a victim of its own success. The market is flooded with fast fashion cash-ins that cut corners and lower standards in the name of an easy sale and a quick buck. Bottom line? If you’re going to buy a denim jacket – and there’s every reason that you should – then you might as well buy the last denim jacket you’ll ever realistically need.
The Workers Club can help you with that. Taking cues from traditional American trucker jackets and French chore coats alike, TWC’s one-rinse selvedge denim jacket is a menswear milestone to be reckoned with. Once rinsed for more mellow indigo hues, minimal shrinkage and a much softer hand than your average selvedge number, the shear wearability of TWC’s denim jacket means you don’t have to be a hardcore, tried-and-tested denimhead to break it in and pull it off.
Pair the jacket’s easy, breezy, go-with-anything simplicity with the fact that its denim hails from Okayama’s Nihon Menpu Mills – one of Japan’s most renowned denim crafters – and you have a jacket that’s as expertly constructed as it is endlessly wearable. Whether you’re looking to double up on your denim or smarten things up with a pair of pleated cotton twill trousers, TWC’s selvedge trucker has you covered. Long story short, that’s exactly where the first £295 of my £500 would go.
If you want my advice on how to spend the change – and reading this far seems a little perverse if you don’t – I’d cop a pair of TWC’s high rise, pleated chinos while you’re at it.
Boasting similarly spectacular construction details as the brand’s denim offerings, these made-in Britain bottoms bear all the hallmarks of a go-to future classic. Peerlessly crafted. Effortlessly cool. Money well spent.
Let us know your thoughts on Mr Will Halbert’s selections. You can check out more of our #500 series features through our #500 editorial.