Invented in a Scottish mill that wove sails for the British clipper fleet back in the 1850s, waxed cotton canvas was developed to waterproof a mariner’s clothing and gear. Which is how the legendary British brands like Barbour and Belstaff got the idea to start fortifying their outerwear with a wax coating to combat wet, rainy conditions.
Over the decades, the multi-step process has been refined, yielding jackets that are lighter and more breathable, but still impervious to inclement weather (not to mention road burn and other potential hazards). But thankfully, the protective coating still develops that distinctive worn-in patina after some thorough wearing. They’re the ideal outerwear for transitional weather, when the coated cotton shell provides an equal amount of warmth, breathability and protection from precipitation.
Flint and Tinder raised the comfort levels on the classic waxed jacket by cutting theirs from Martexin 7 oz. sailcloth and lining it all the way with a soft, insulating flannel—even down the sleeves. It’s so popular, the jacket now comes in nine different colors and holds the record as Huckberry’s best-selling jacket of all time. Unlike most of the other waxed jackets on the market, this one is soft right out of the box. But then it molds to your body and gets even softer.
Of course, it’s not just jackets—or even cotton—getting waxed these days. There are a slew of bags and boots, along with other types of outerwear, all benefitting from that proactive waxy layer. Herewith, just a few of our favorites from Huckberry’s fall lineup.