ARN Mercantile

There are a lot of different reasons to like the ‘workwear’ aesthetic, for some its the rugged had wearing nature, for others, it’s evocative of another era, for me it’s functionality and simplicity.

The term ‘workwear’ is somewhat overused (almost as much as ‘heritage’) to describe a wide range of clothing that we might once simply have been termed as the everyday clothing of the masses. This clothing that was originally designed to be simple, utilitarian and functional. It had to last and nothing was added that wasn’t needed, the result often being something rather elegant.  The trouble is that the over the prevalence of ‘workwear’ has seen a trend of getting as many ‘period’ details into a single piece as possible (how many random pockets do you actually need!). The results can sometimes end up looking little costumey. let’s be honest, most of us aren’t actually going to be climbing mountains, working oil rigs or fighting bears in this stuff, we’re going to be sitting at desks or going to the pub, so let’s have clothing that’s not out of place doing that.

Companies like Old Town Clothing and S.E.H. Kelly keep the designs simple, taking the best of then to make something that works for now. None do this better than ARN Mercantile. 

Using clean lines and subtle detailing, they produce garments that are both relaxed and elegant while still having a touch of humor.  ARN Mercantile is a combination of English workwear and Japanese design.  At its heart is pattern cutter Neil Christopher.

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