Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter is still Hol­ly­wood’s best primer on how to look epic in the great out­doors (and the big city), writes Michael Hainey

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Thirty-nine years ago, di­rec­tor Michael Cimino gave us The Deer Hunter. With the pass­ing of time, it has re­vealed it­self as per­haps the sin­gu­lar doc­u­ment of late-20th­cen­tury Amer­ica, a movie that pre­dicted where that na­tion was headed: tight-knit male friend­ships and values-cen­tred com­mu­ni­ties are shred­ded by eco­nomic col­lapse and the rav­ages of war. So it al­most feels lame to talk about the wardrobe. But as with any great film, there’s the story and there are the vi­su­als.

The Deer Hunter is loaded with style, in­clud­ing a scene in which a young Robert De Niro, Christo­pher Walken and John Cazale go hunt­ing in the Al­legheny moun­tains. Yes, Cazale is wear­ing a ruf­fled tuxedo shirt. Yes, Walken is wear­ing a fur hat with a bike re­flec­tor on it. And then there is De Niro, sport­ing an orange Hol­ubar coat. If you are old enough, you may re­mem­ber these as “60/40” coats — also called moun­tain parkas — made of a wa­ter-re­pel­lent, in­su­lat­ing cot­ton-ny­lon shell. I al­ways dug them be­cause they’re the Amer­i­can ver­sion of Bar­bour jack­ets: built for the woods but just as cool-look­ing in the city. They’re in a class of hard-wear­ing gear that’ll make even the most in­door guys want to get out of their el­e­ment.

Orange cot­ton-ny­lon parka,

£435, by Hol­ubar

Brown ny­lon back­pack, £170, by Fil­son

Brown leather/ny­lon boots,

£1,190, by Visvim

White can­vas-bam­boo-steel chair, £120, by Snow Peak Green stain­less steel flask,

£20, by Stan­ley

Blue/white; red cot­ton ban­danas, £32 each, by Imo­gene + Wil­lie

Visvim’s boots chan­nel vin­tage Amer­i­cana and fea­ture cus­tom Vi­bram soles; Fil­son’s ny­lon field pack is rugged and roomy, un­adorned with use­less pock­ets

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