I get a lot of clothing in and out of the office, and I kinda like it. It gives me an opportunity to weather-test things I never really get a chance to on my own. I’m as broke as anybody else out there, even though I’ve been successful in my career. So buying a new pair of pants, shirt, shoes, jacket, etc., is an expense. I can’t imagine how hard people with kids have it.
One brand that sticks out to me over the years is Orvis, which is perhaps better known for its flyfishing rods than clothing. I have several items from their collection, and these clothes are just as classic and well-made as you’d expect from the brand. Here are a few of the shirts they sent to help me look good this fall.
Orvis Trout Bum drirelease Long-Sleeved Zipneck Casting Shirt
This normal-looking shirt is actually made of a poly/cotton blend that includes what the company calls “all-natural, odor inhibiting FreshGuard protection.” All I know is it’s a very comfortable shirt that works just as well in the Arizona desert as it does fly fishing at one of our lakes like Patagonia, Roosevelt, or Havasu.
Orvis Flat Creek Tech Flannel
While natural fabrics are great, I absolutely love technical fabrics, and this particular one is made of recycled oyster shells and PET polyester plastic. They’re blended with cotton and spandex for a soft, moisture-wicking fabric. Don’t be fooled by them calling it a “flannel” though. It’s a checkered shirt that’s nearly as fine (and soft) as dress shirt – just made for everyday usage.
I especially like the hidden zipper pocket that gives you a place to store sunglasses. It’s at the exact spot I usually hang mine on the buttons. And the hidden button-down collar is just icing on the cake.
Orvis The Perfect Flannel Shirt
If you need a thicker flannel for those colder days, this Perfect Flannel Shirt from Orvis really lives up to its name. I’ve put it in regular usage for the past year, and it still holds up and looks as new as the others. It’s pure cotton and includes faux-suede trim for an extra layer of comfort.
It’s somewhat similar to traditional Buffalo Flannel, but with white stripes adding an extra level. This is the flannel I wear when I want to feel like Jack White walking down the trail. It’s the perfect blend of fashion and function.
Orvis/Grayling Ceramics Growler and Howler
Orvis isn’t just focused on profits – it also wants to imbue some Midwestern American spirit into this holiday season. The company partnered this year with Kalamazoo, MI-based Grayling Ceramics to produce exclusive co-branded growlers and howlers. These sturdy, ceramic jugs have a flip-tight lid that keeps an airtight seal for the freshest beer possible.
It’s great to see these locally handmade works of art getting a boost from Orvis. Choose from either a trout or tree print with the Orvis logo on the back, GC logo on the bottom. Grayling also has bear, moose and other designs (along with other products) on its website, so check them out too.
A Brand Promise That Matters
Nike really pushed the “Just Do It” motto, but Orvis takes this to another level in its marketing. Check out this Instagram video COO Simon Perkins made with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello.
This is that can-do American spirit that made this country great in the first place. It’s the same spirit that will make it great again. I get a lot of clothes in from high-end brands, but it’s the classic looks that I lean towards in my every day usage. These styles looked good when I was a teen, in my twenties, and I’m still digging them at the end of my thirties.
What will never go out of style, though, is the company’s dedication to its brand promise. That’s what makes me feel proud to tell people “who I’m wearing” when asked about my shirts. Now I just need to see if I can get a hold of their fishing rods to test out.