VINTAGE EZRA FITCH PIECES
My piece for this Back-to-School 2013 "Classics" theme on The Sitch on Fitch is on the Ezra Fitch collection (2004-2006) by Abercrombie & Fitch.
On reflection, the Ezra Fitch collection was almost an A&F prelude to RUEHL No.925 – the premium collection was made up of clothing and cologne, with the cologne being discontinued in 2007. Incorporating finer quality fabrics, washes, and make, it was sold alongside traditional A&F clothing in the brand's regular canoe stores.
Prices reflected the superior quality of the materials used in making these garments, and dare I say it even the t-shirts were made in the good old US of A! When was the last time you saw that on an A&F t-shirt in an A&F store! (Not counting the current "American Made" collection).
I only have a three piece collection: two t-shirts and one coat...
The first thing that hits you about this tee is the thickness of the cotton; it's almost as thick as a modern A&F twill shirt. The front graphic is a very subtle Adirondack theme; the t-shirt seams are on the outside (it's an inside out t-shirt!); and there's destroyed nicking around the neck and sleeves which adds to the level of overall detail. It feels just so comfy and warm.
Again, similar thickness of cotton as the t-shirt above. This one with a simple Algonquin pass and the now famous "1892". This tee has one hidden secret: a cheeky logo on the inside of the tee ;)! (Check out my longfellow). Nicking and that lived-in destroyed look adds to the level of detail. The whole feel of the tee is soft and has that premium feel that warranted the additional dollars that these items cost over normal A&F tees of the time.
Firstly the weight! It weighs a ton!! With the Ezra Fitch logo on the left chest, the destroyed look with added paint and oil splatterings make this feel like you have just walked off a construction site. And has that rough and rugged look and feel to it. Even Abercrombie gets a mention on the right sleeve...
All three pieces – granted, now worn and vintage from over the years – have a real premium feel to them that we also briefly felt with RUEHL. They are timeless pieces that I have enjoyed wearing and I hope to continue to wear for many years to come...
THIS HAS BEEN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE TALES OF VINTAGE!,
A SERIES OF POSTS HIGHLIGHTING EXCEPTIONAL ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO.
PIECES WITH PERSONAL STORIES FROM FANS ACROSS THE PLANET.
Images and written content © Peter M. in submission to The Sitch on Fitch for Tales of Vintage. Images and written content edited by C.E.R.