Woolrich Woolen Mills
June 18, 2011 Milan
It's that kind of storytelling that raises McNairy's clothes above the mundane. Mixed in among the khaki safari jackets, for example, were shirts in a traditional African print. That motif has shown up in other Milan shows, most notably at Burberry, but with McNairy, there's a personal twist. He used to design a women's line called Finis. (period very much intentional), and his first order was for clothes in an African print he had sourced in New York. When the orders came through, he suddenly found himself on a plane to Dakar, Senegal, to fulfill the demand.
Ironically, though, the coolest items here were the simplest: an army green cotton coat that zips up into a bag and a pair of khaki/sweatpant hybrids. Somehow, the designer manages to give even these utilitarian pieces a bit of soul.