Season: Fall/Winter 2021
Price: ¥128,700 (about $1,135)
Editor’s Notes: Especially when riffing on signature designs from stalwart companies like
But, like any good bit of satire, one has to wonder if READYMADE’s latest cushy jacket needs to exist.
At the risk of deflating any tension, I’d argue that the brand’s Patagonia-inspired outerwear makes a strong case for its being. Not everyone may agree, though.
READYMADE’s seasonal collections usually encompass a plethora of T-shirts, jackets, and accessories, with recent ranges extending far beyond
Offered in off-white and black, READYMADE’s layering piece is a worthy send-up of the Patagonia style, down to the pocket placement and logo. READYMADE’s imitative fleece weighs in at over $1,100, though, while a Retro-X won’t take you for more than $200 at most.
Therein lies the rub.
Especially given Patagonia’s famed environmental messaging, I’d imagine that for most, it’s a tall order to imagine coughing up that much money for something that basically co-opts the design of an existing garment.
READYMADE isn’t merely stealing a design and calling it original, though: the brand has loosened the Retro-X’s cut for a more relaxed fit and swapped Patagonia’s 50% recycled polyester shell for a deep pile teddy fleece sourced from eco-conscious textiles and vintage cotton — you can see that the pocket is sourced from an old piece of militaria.
By my (fairly generous) standards, READYMADE’s take on the style is transformative enough to justify the wink. Can’t say that I could personally justify the purchase price, of course, but I don’t deny that it’s a worthy spoof.