HOW TO DOM­I­NATE DE­CEM­BER

End the year the right way

Esquire Middle East - - STYLE - COM­PILED BY MATTHEW BAX­TER-PRIEST

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The trou­ble with be­ing a vin­tage hound is that what starts out as an in­no­cent trawl on Souq.com quickly turns into a trip down the rab­bit hole. You’ll find some vin­tage-cool pieces, then start Googling the sto­ries be­hind them, and even­tu­ally you empty your pock­ets. One such trea­sure is Wool­rich’s Arc­tic parka, made since 1972 — ac­cord­ing to com­pany lore, at least. Ap­par­ently the story goes that when the Trans-alaska Pipe­line was green-lit in 1973, Alyeska (the oil con­glom­er­ate cre­ated for the project) called on Wool­rich to de­sign ex­tra-warm parkas for its con­struc­tion work­ers toil­ing away in Alaska’s extreme con­di­tions. The re­sult was made of a flame-re­tar­dant Nomex Aramid ma­te­rial and was is­sued with match­ing pants in dark fir green. The Arc­tic parka be­came a main­stay of Wooldrich’s own branded lines (a late ’70s ver­sion I found on ebay is shown here) in a lighter blend of cot­ton and ny­lon. This sea­son, for those who like their vin­tage brand-new, Wool­rich is reis­su­ing the Arc­tic parka in shades of black, tan and more for around

AED3,000.

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