Utility has been inherent to menswear since the dawn of time. It often fascinates me that way back when men were interested in clothing that could protect them from the various elements and also support them in their pursuits. This principle combined with modern day living is something that Tony Mammoliti had in mind when designing the Lakewood Jacket.
With inspiration from Steve McQueen, Tony set out to design a garment that could “last longer than most presidential administrations,” but reinvented this traditional military field jacket for everyday life. Like all good things, they started from the ground up and decided to source fabric from one of the USA’s oldest wax fabric companies; Martin Dyeing & Finishing Company. With over 200 years of experience, their sought-after wax canvas is one of, if not the best, quality wax fabric globally. Tony describes the fabric as, “mid-weight waxed canvas, with a weighty, robust finish, that still feels incredibly soft at hand, and only looks more handsome the more it’s worked in.”
Personally, what I thought was most intriguing about the Lakewood Jacket was that it was customizable. When we think of custom clothing, we often picture suits, shirts, and top coats, but never something as functional as a field jacket. For this reason, I was excited to design my own variation of this menswear essential. Take a look below to see what I created!
You know what the best part is? The Lakewood is made right here in Toronto, Canada. Below is a video showcasing the Lakewood Jacket and the various design options:
Special thanks to Tony and the team at YNOT for creating my custom piece. I feel like this will be one of my staples for years to come.