Battenwear, a New York based brand we’ve touched upon here before, have released their Fall/Winter 2013 lineup to universal acclaim. The parkas, the original piece Battenwear was founded around, return with new modifications to put the brand’s unique twist on a functional yet attractive mountain parka. The fully lined, four pocket, adjustable jacket cut from a 60/40 cotton/nylon blend is designed to be as useful in the city as it is facing the elements. The retro rucksack follows this theme of functional on the street or in the snow, taking inspirations from a classic hiking pack and modifying it with cordura nylon, a suede base, external pockets for days, leather loops and details and comfortable shoulder straps. Then there’s the Battenwear work shirt, a 1970’s outdoorwear influenced chambray shirt with a spread collar, curved hem and subtle details. It’s a great example of a uniquely Battenwear piece that takes a staple and builds on it. Finally there’s my personal favourite piece of the collection, the Warm Up Fleece that brought us to Battenwear in the first place. Created thanks to the owner and designer Shinya Hasegaw’s love for surfing, this piece was designed to be worn for those cold mornings on the way to the beach and waiting for the ways to kick on before being pulled back on when emerging from the freezing water. The full fleece shell will definitely keep you warm and details like a two way zipper, ribbed hems and cuffs and canvas front pocket all add to the piece without going overboard. Much of the collection is available through End, and select piece can also be found in Hickoree’s.