Spring and summer in California isn’t what most would dub “severe,” but weather is weather no matter where you are. Whether it be the dense fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean during your early morning commute, the steady winds punctuating a late-weekend hike, or merely an unexpected pattering of rain as you meander about town, Marine Layer’s Fog Jacket ($175) is designed to thwart the everyday elements with a welcome blend of sleek style and refreshing practicality.
San Francisco-based Marine Layer is a company priding itself in sustainable, American-made apparel. Founder Mike Natenshon essentially started the company in his living room circa 2002, aiming to construct a product that fit great while retaining the familiar softness of your favorite shirt — you know, the one now run ragged through years of washing and persistent use. More than a decade and few credit bills later, Marine Layer now offers everything from casual tees and flavorful wovens to classic polos and stylish outerwear. A swath of California mills knit the company’s custom fabric, conventionally blending Pima Cotton and MicroModal, the latter of which is derived from recycled beech wood. It’s comfortable and functional, while providing peace of mind in knowing the company supports a range of American workers and factories that have been in place for more than 25 years and counting. And it looks great doing it, too.
Available in either a blue or tan and red build, the company’s flagship Fog Jacket offers top-body protection made of quality materials and an attractive, split-body design. A lightweight, cotton ripstop body accompanies the waterproof nylon top, ensuring durable construction while shielding wearers from dew and other environmental elements you’re bound to encounter on a daily basis. The jacket also features cotton cord drawstrings and round leather stoppers akin to many modern jackets, along with a bevy of pockets located both inside and outside the jacket for minimal storage. The soft, poly-lined body is comfortable and exceptionally breathable, while providing ample room for additional layering during those cool spring nights when minimal warmth just won’t cut it.