First seen on the Fall/Winter 2019 runway, John Elliott and Caterpillar have delivered their collaborative capsule just in time for transitional weather. Taking cues from the 94-year-old label’s workwear heritage, Elliott remixed a host of his preferred silhouettes with function-driven detailing.
Though Caterpillar isn’t entirely unfamiliar with style-conscious drops, the label has only ever collaborated on footwear offerings — Elliott is Caterpillar’s first notable joint effort in the realm of fashion. Elliott visited the brand’s garment archives in Montana to draw inspiration for the collection, which fuses Elliott’s laid-back West Coast cool with Caterpillar’s hardwearing, function-driven ethos. “[Caterpillar is] truly rooted in function,” Elliott noted in a statement “Every detail that’s implemented in their products is intentional and rooted in a real dialogue they have with their consumer, most of whom own and operate Caterpillar machinery.”
Plentiful 3M accents serve to blur the line between work and streetwear, with the classic CAT logo screenprinted and patched across the majority of the goods for maximum visual impact. Italian nylon informs the understated work jacket, matching pants and shorts, occasionally interrupted with panels of plush corduroy for textural contrast. Heavy French terry hoodies, pullovers and sweatpants sport stylized branding, occasional camouflage and a special “double dye” process that yields unique, textured earth tones.
Most recently, Elliott prepped another selection of bespoke Nike LeBron Icon colorways.