Craig Green’s ‘Worker’ jacket was made for the spring and summer. You’ve probably seen the jacket on Kendrik Lamar or it might even be saved to your wishlist; so why is it that the ‘Worker’ has been a season repeat, year after year? Green first released his now iconic worker jacket back in 2015. It almost immediately ignited the workwear/utility trend throughout luxury menswear. A core piece of his collections, the ‘Worker’ was of course featured in his SS21 release. Green played with an earthy palette of olive, black and navy tones, adding a vibrant cherry red as a stand-out colourway. The North London designer has released the jacket in a few variations since its creation, most recognisable in his signature quilting and panelling techniques. Inspired by the functionality and protective nature of workwear, the jacket embodies a British utilitarian heritage style.
Although continuously reinvented, the ‘Worker’ keeps its signature features of a spread collar, chest patch pockets and press-stud closures. It has been worn by many icons including Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean. Young Thug featured the Black Quilted Worker in his ‘Gunna – Three Headed Snake’ music video back in 2019.
Craig Green’s eponymous brand has always been centred around the ideas of uniform and workwear, even down to his highly conceptual runway shows. He said to END. Clothing in a recent interview, “They’ve all been inspired by something at the beginning that was very traditional and it’s developed and developed until it’s something unrecognisable”. His SS21 collection referenced functionality at its best, incorporating fisherman-inspired headwear, ties paired with button-up shirts and deconstructed aprons, symbolic of the hospitality world.
You can shop the ‘Quilted Liner’ in navy and black; a new collarless style for SS21 and the green ‘Quilted Worker’ on SSENSE . Other styles will be dropping soon on websites such as Matches Fashion, Selfridges, END. Clothing and Browns.
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