Q&A with Andreas Weinås
This year we’re celebrating one of our signature designs: the 002 Flight Jacket. To highlight its unique quality, we’ll be featuring the model throughout the year in a variety of materials, and sharing stories of the people and process connected to it.
To start, we sat down with our friend and editor Andreas Weinås to discuss the design and his experience wearing it for the last 6 years.
(Stòffa) When did you first see the Flight Jacket?
(Andreas Weinås) I first saw the flight jacket back in 2015 when I covered Stòffa’s first Stockholm Trunk Show. I remember that the Field Jacket caught my initial attention but after trying on the Flight Jacket I was sold.
What were your first impressions when you tried it on?
My first impression was the striking details of the collar and pockets. Neither gimmicky nor safe, it felt thoughtfully designed from both an aesthetic and functional point of view. One example is the construction of the pockets, which allows you to comfortably place your hands in them from the side. What I liked most about it in general was how sophisticated it feels, especially given the casual nature of the design. It’s something I often consider to be a substitute to my sport coats rather than a traditional leather jacket.
Do you wear it often?
Since I commissioned it back in Jan, 2016, it has become one of the true cornerstones in my personal wardrobe. With the exception of perhaps the two coldest months I’ve worn it every other week for almost 5 years now. I’ve brushed it occasionally but never used any suede treatments. It has developed a beautiful and natural patina without looking dull or worn out. I’ve thought about cleaning the collar (the area that is in contact with the neck) but it’s nothing that really bothers me. It tells a story and I have so many great memories while wearing that jacket.
How do you feel when you wear it?
I feel excited. Still after all these years it makes me feel something extra when I put it on. Like I mentioned, there is something quite sophisticated about it so I like to pair it with high waisted cotton trousers, a crewneck or turtleneck sweater, and Belgian shoes.
What makes it special to you?
The most special thing about it is the personal connection. The beautiful patina of the brown suede is one thing, but what I really value is the connection to the people behind the product. When I put my jacket on it makes me think of all our conversations about the creative process and overall philosophy over hamburgers in Stockholm the past 5-6 years. Having a connection to the people behind a garment will always make it more special, whether it’s a bespoke suit or a custom made flight jacket.