We feature many heritage-quality items on this website — pieces with a history or narrative inspired by the past, and built to last well into the future. Here are seven purpose-built, heritage-quality items on our radar from some of our favorite brands.
From a pair of vintage-inspired denim jeans and a 1960s mountaineering watch relaunch to a wear-it-for-life midweight jacket, this gear is built for the long haul.
Seiko Prospex Alpinist SPB121
The original Seiko Alpinist was built for mountaineers in the early ‘60s, but became popular with the general public because of its sharp looks. Seiko ultimately relaunched the Alpinist within their Prospex line resulting in the SPB121J1 here. It’s 39.5mm case and high-gloss green dial with gold indices is stylishly retro, while its 6R35 caliber and scratch-resistant sapphire are functionally modern.
Relwen Windzip Jacket
A dense yet lightweight 60-gram filling gives the Relwen Windzip Jacket a surprising amount of warmth, but the breathable water-resistant exterior keeps it from being stiflingly hot when the temperatures unexpectedly begin to rise in the fall or spring. Combined, those qualities make it an ideal jacket for chilly spring and autumn nights, and a perfect mid-layer jacket in the middle weeks of winter.
The Ridge Wallet
With The Ridge’s laser-focus on efficient function and construction alone, their Aluminum Wallet somehow still comes out exceedingly stylish. This buy-it-for-life minimalist wallet can hold up to 12 cards in its slimmed-down body, will develop some very unique patina over the years, and is guaranteed for life.
Nisolo All-Weather Chelsea Boots
The Chelsea boot is a sleek, sharp addition to any man’s footwear rotation, right up there with the lace-up hiking boot or durable rain boots as an essential for the colder parts of the year. And Nisolo’s heritage quality, All-Weather Chelsea Boots are just that: A sharp pair of breathable and weatherproof leather boots with custom memory foam added for all-day comfort and shock-absorbing studded leather soles.
Taylor Stitch Democratic Jeans in Sawyer Wash Organic Selvage
Taylor Stitch reimagines vintage denim with their Sawyer Wash Organic Selvage jeans, meticulously designed to get better with each wear and each wash. The Sawyer Wash adds a touch of vintage charm, making each pair unique. From its durable construction to its tailored fit, every detail exudes heritage quality.
Proof 72-Hour Merino T-Shirt
Moisture-wicking and odor-resistant? Check. A modern, tailored fit? Check. This is the ultimate year-round t-shirt for your collection. It’s both adventure-ready and lounge-ready, and softer than probably any other tee in your closet. Wear it for three days or more without a wash and it’ll still smell fresh. Don’t believe us? We wore one for three days and wrote about it. Read it here.
Shinola Runwell Backpack
Shinola’s Runwell Backpack nails all of the brand’s key features, from great design to handsome looks, while also protecting all of your gear. There’s a reason it retails for a little over $1,000, and given the brand’s commitment to heritage-quality materials and great looks, it’s easy to see why.
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