As dressing like your boyfriend becomes less a trend and more a classic style, the line between men’s and women’s wear continues to blur. Yes, they’re still in separate departments, but like Barneys knocked down the wall between theirs its increasingly easier to shop both sides. So we imagine there’s a loyal contingent of women who will be thrilled to hear that Richard Chai‘s the new creative director of Filson—and you don’t even have to wait a season to see what he’s done.
Part of Chai’s first collection for the heritage brand will be on display at his ready-to-wear show on February 9th, just a week from today. To start, they’re offering six of Filson’s classic jackets in new fabrics like beige and charcoal wool or navy suede with waxed denim. In a slight twist, Chai actually approached the brand and offered his services. Filson’s CEO told WWD, “We met and it was like he’d read our book. He was clearly smack dab in the middle of the vision we had for growth.”
Chai said, “Our partnership will be rooted in everyday wear, approachable with unexpected fabrications and details that are signature to my collections, all while staying true to the heritage of the Filson brand.” And there’s no contract, so as long as it keeps working the two will continue their collaboration.