Words by Alex Freeling
Images by Matt Choi
A jacket can have many virtues. Sharp elegance or easy charm. A flattering silhouette. Protection from the weather. Somewhere to keep your phone. A good field jacket has them all.
Like so many classic designs, the contemporary field jacket is military in origin. It’s a direct descendant of the U.S. Army M-65, and further back, safari jackets, and other warm-weather uniforms. This combination of adventure and discipline helps to explain why the garment excels in both casual and formal civilian contexts.
Trunk’s own model, the Blandford, was designed to capitalise on this versatility. “I wanted to design a practical travel jacket that could be worn with almost any outfit,” says Keita, our product developer. It’s light enough to wear from a wet spring through a hot summer and into autumn, and long enough to sit comfortably over a suit jacket as well as over a t-shirt.
In the same spirit of versatility, the Blandford is made up of Belseta “Peach Skin,” a fabric that combines the waterproof and windproof qualities of technical fabrics with the soft feel, breathability, and natural finish of luxury cotton. It’s made exclusively for Trunk in Northern Italy, in a classic military olive shade and a refined navy.
Most jackets have storage space, but the field jacket is unrivalled as a pack horse. The four outer pockets are easy to access, ideal for outdoor pursuits. The lower pair can be loaded up without distorting the overall shape and are reinforced with hidden bar-tacks for extra strength. It’s also handy for urban travel, thanks to the addition of an internal passport pocket. In either case, the super lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabric comes into its own, since you can easily roll and pack it on any trip for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
In terms of style, too, the Blandford is a jacket for all occasions. Like a sport jacket, its length complements the higher waist of a tailored trouser. Its structured collar can be worn raised, giving a touch of raffish charm, and the cinch waist can be tightened with an internal drawstring to provide shape through the torso. At the same time, it’s unstructured through the body and generous in fit, meaning it relaxes into the most casual of outfits and can easily be layered over a structured jacket or knitwear.
The olive model is shown here with classic spring/summer casual choices: the Trunk York Stripe Tee and Japanese “one wash” Resolute 710 denim. The navy model shows the Blandford taking the place of a heavier, full-length raincoat in a formal outfit. It’s layered over Ring Jacket’s quintessential summer suit in grey tropical-weight Calm Twist wool, shown here with a white Finamore Leonardo Oxford cloth button-down shirt and crunchy Trunk silk knit tie.