Earlier this year the headline in Ad Week read “Smith & Wesson to Lock ‘n’ Load Fall Fashions” and yes, they are here!
Fashion trends in tall boots and hunt inspired looks have been popping up everywhere. On my recent trip to NYC for Thanksgiving it seemed every woman I walked by was sporting tall leather boots or a classic wool cap. Case in point, check out Tommy Hilfiger’s fall collection, an homage to classic fabrics and design with a modern twist…
Love the look? Well, now you can have it WITH concealed carry features. As the Ad Week article states…
Finally, women can be armed without sacrificing style.
Scuttling camouflage and reflective orange fabrics in favor of classic twill in colors like “calvary” blue and “carbon” gray, the collection is being made by military outfitter Wild Things LLC, whose in-house designer Julie Golob (herself a world champion shooter) drew from Smith & Wesson’s 160-year history for inspiration. Buttons are shaped like the bases of bullets and the zipper pulls resemble revolver hammers. Jackets also feature “concealed carry pockets” perfect for a 357 Magnum—or an iPhone.
Now, before I go any further I do want to clarify that I am by no means an in house designer as incorrectly reported, though I did have the wonderful opportunity to supply my input in the design process. Working with Wild Things, LLC’s talented Kim Pingaro, it was exciting to be able to provide insight in making the clothing shooter ready.
The Smith & Wesson/Wild Things line features jackets, vests and pants for both men and women…
Jackets and vests feature subtle, yet highly functional, gun-friendly features. Internal concealment pockets, left and right, with zipper and snap closures, fit a personal firearm or your digital necessities. Back shoulder gussets with spandex panels provide and roomy shoulder construction throughout the line allow for a full range of motion. Finally, Smith & Wesson® details are featured throughout with branded snaps and zipper pulls.
Guys can choose from four different jackets and two vest designs along and two pant style options in men’s sizes. For the women’s line, there are the same number of options in jackets and vests to choose from plus one more pant option than the guys. Yes, you read that right, one MORE than the guys! How cool is that?!
Not only did I have the chance to try out a number of items, I also have added quite a few pieces to my wardrobe. I wore my S&W Range Jacket on my trip to the World Action Pistol Championships in Germany this fall. I thought it rather fitting as a member of Team USA considering the jacket’s inspiration – the American pioneer! Made in cotton canvas with stretch gusset panels and western styling, I love how I was able to securely stash my passport, cash, and phone along with all sorts of other stuff that made it’s way into my pockets on the trip.
The S&W Tracking Jacket is one of my favorites. Lightly insulated, I love how it provides a bit of extra warmth and the roomier fit makes it work with layers too. The quilting details and hunt inspired look make me feel both stylish and right at home in Montana.
When I am feeling a little bad a%$ I grab my S&W Shooting Jacket in black. Inspired by vintage military uniforms the durable water resistant finish and a tough nylon canvas shell make it comfortable to wear in not so ideal weather conditions. It looks great as a jacket for cool temps or sized up for layering.
As seen on Shooting USA, I wore my S&W Range Vest in the color “Heat” while I was demonstrating how the vest allows you to pack heat for my Concealed Carry for Women Pro Tip and a review of the awesome little M&P Shield…
I also wore a sample of the S&W Hybrid Pants in the video. These are my urban chic pants, for a Hunger Games meets Girl With a Dragon Tattoo look. Constructed in nylon canvas and soft shell materials, these pants have a tighter fit yet the fabric stretches and allows for full movement both on and off the range. The belt loops are also plenty wide enough for a Wilderness Belt or my Safariland ELS Rig.
Looking for more classic and looser fit pants? I have the Range Pant in “Lager.” The canvas construction and boot cut makes them fashionable for a walk outdoors with cowboy or motorcycle boots or to wear shooting, of course. Both the Hybrid and the Range Pant have a comfortable rise, not too low and not to high, making them ideal for carrying a firearm at the waist. I have not had a chance to try the Cargo Pant or the Hybrid Jacket or Vest yet, but they are on my list of things to check out at SHOT Show in January.
Fashion aside, what stands out about the line is that it provides women (and men) with options when it comes to personal protection and how they carry their firearms. Many women choose to carry in their purse because their wardrobe does not have the flexibility or features to comfortable carry concealed. Purse carry is the least secure for concealed carry options because a purse can be snatched or cut from its owner. The Smith & Wesson line now offers a way for individuals to carry a small handgun, like the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield or J-frame revolver, securely in a pocket in their jacket or vest or in a holster on their belt. The line also does not scream GUN!!! The Smith & Wesson details are subtle, yet fashionable and modern.
Interested? Well, Wild Things is currently offering a sale at WildThingsGear.com through December 4, 2012. Click on the pic below for complete details.
Bass Pro Shops is also carrying the line and at the time of posting is offering free shipping with a minimum order.
If you have any questions about the clothes that I can help answer, fire away!