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6876 Brecon Ripstop Ventile

The fourth edition of the modernist parka

We’ve already looked at the philosophy behind Kenneth McKenzie’s 6876, when the brand dropped its latest Barkas B1000 jacket this winter. 6876 doesn’t attend trade shows, nor does it follow seasonal fashion schedule. To put it simply, Kenneth ignores the traditional rules of the game in order to be able to do what he really wants. There must be some disadvantages of this strategy but he just doesn’t seem to care. Neither do we as long as the brand rolls out gems like the latest Brecon parka.

In fact, this is already the fourth generation of the Brecon. The first one was introduced back in 2009 as a reaction to the heritage craze going on at that time. Instead of following the trend Kenneth designed the modernist version of the classic parka silhouette with very strong lines and almost brutal aesthetics. Created with function in mind, the Brecon was constructed in Portugal from water resistant bonded cotton fabric manufactured by Italian producer Limonta which also supplies the likes of Mismo and WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

A year later 6876 released the second generation of the Brecon jacket constructed in the United Kingdom from Ministry of Defense approved worsted Barathea 375 gram wool. Among the highlights of this version was a custom made Japanese pine bark quilted lining. For the third iteration of the Brecon Kenneth McKenzie collaborated with the famed Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi known for his work under the Fourness and Cash Ca brands along with the various projects for adidas Originals. Made in Japan, this technical parka featured 3-layer nylon fabric with polyurethane laminated membrane and taped seams.

Described by Kenneth McKenzie as “the definitive version in terms of fabric and shape”, the fourth edition of the Brecon is constructed in Portugal from technical, yet natural cotton ripstop fabric which is manufactured in UK by renown weather specialists Ventile. Ventile uses premium long staple cotton which usually counts for only 2% of yearly harvest. The tightly woven, yet breathable fabric provides superior protection against water and wind and wears in beautifully.

Seven years and four jackets later the Brecon still retains its parka silhouette with strong lines and almost brutal aesthetics. Nevertheless, each new version of the jacket is a completely different project in terms of sourcing of materials and managing production operations. Even though this approach is much more difficult and expensive than just reproducing of the same model over and over again, it frees the designer from the usual limitations allowing him to find the right fabric/manufacturer combination thus guaranteeing the highest level of performance and quality without compromises. At the end of the day this is what we love 6876 for.

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