The On-the-Cusp Jacket Maker


Field Scout, Ryan Hartman’s collection of refined basics inspired by classic military tailoring, has been a staple at well-curated menswear stores since it sprung fully formed into existence three years ago. Having built up a following and some street cred, the brand is now bringing its canvas army jackets, flannel button-downs, and dressed-up sweatpants to the masses with a new website that seems to signal an arrival of sorts. And Hartman, known for superior fabrics and neutral colors, is seizing the moment by releasing exclusives like a henley hoodie that perfectly dresses down a sport coat.

Still, our favorite from the new Field Scout collection is the denim flight jacket, Hartman’s coolly updated take on the American essential. This practical sheath is more suited to bikers – Hell’s Angels and pedalers alike – than wranglers: Its contoured to the body, cut in stiff black denim, and features zippers on the front, sleeves, and upper-arm pocket for keys or phone. We also like the lightweight cardigan in navy or light gray, an item designed for layering. Made of high-end pima cotton with a touch of alpaca wool, Field Scout’s version has the ease of a sweatshirt while looking crisp enough for the office. [Denim Flight Jacket, $329, and Cardigan, $249;]