Vietnam has left an indelible mark on our culture, most notably in the form of shoddily pirated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole DVDs. And wars, or whatever. For gear from a dude whose inspiration is more Full Metal Jacket, the latest from Maiden Noir.
Combining vintage American style with Japanese fabrics/craftsmanship, the latest from Seattle-based Maiden Noir (helmed by the dude behind Manik Skateboards/Café Weekend/an schton of other local projects) is a warmer weather collection called "Longing for Darkness" that's inspired by Vietnam-era military gear and, like all their drops, purports to explore folk tales about the seventh son of a seventh son, presumably none of which include contraceptives. Some of the choicest new stuff:
Deck Hand Fleece: This heather'd button-front sweatshirt is outlined with contrast stitching, boasts a shawl collar, and is constructed from 100% Japanese terry, but not Jason Terry, as he comes from the land of the setting (picks) son.
Field Parka: An urban take on the outdoors that rocks a removable hood, a snap/zipper front, and 60/40 construction, a designation that refers to its blend of cotton and nylon, and a nightclub Jay-Z's building for people his age.
Stripe Oxford: Fancified with custom MN buttons, this traditional pinpoint oxford boasts a single chest pocket, a rear hanger loop and contrasting red gusset tabs, but not Gosset tabs, since that dude still can't afford to pick those things up.
MN's also in the accessory game with camo'd baseball caps and, in a collaboration with Timex, a canvas-strapped military-green watch called the Expedition, which is exactly what those evil owls from St. Aggie's called it when they kidnapped Soren in the first part of the film, before the dang DVD started skipping.