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Crescent Down Works Revisited

It’s November so naturally I’m shopping for a new down vest. In the past few years, I’ve gotten sidetracked by Rocky Mountain Featherbed and Western Mountaineering. But this fall, I’m checking back in on an old friend, Crescent Down Works. If you recall, Archival did a collaboration with CDW back in the day using Swiss knit sourced sourced from Centralia Knitting Mills (now permanently closed). Here’s what it looked like:

Archival x Crescent Down Works Vest
Archival x Crescent Down Works Vest

Although I own my own XS version of this collaboration, I’m looking for an ultra light down iteration for the summer. My goal: doll up like the summer fit models in a Japanese e-shop, pairing puffer with an Orcival striped shirt, Patagonia stand up shorts and possibly sockless Aldens or clunky brogues. Current shopping obsession: new ripstop down vest from Crescent Down Works (they seem to be phasing out the old 60/40 fabric vests). Preferred Style: Down Italian Vest. I love CD@ because they offer smaller sizes for women and children and continue to innovate funky down styles. See this new hooded pullover (my caching Fall wishful purchase).

Nostalgia tour. Here are some snaps from a CDW factory tour I did with Tom around 2012:

Nina showing a down vest designed for children
Tom modeling a classic down parka in 60/40 fabric
Fabric and fill options
Special make up in herringbone wool
Jacket and vest patterns

And here are some of my favorite fit shots from older Japanese blog posts:

Now it’s your turn. Here’s the ingredient list. Design your own!

2 thoughts on “Crescent Down Works Revisited”

  1. Had a CDW Italian vest in navy with orange and olive accents that was really nice, but just couldn’t justify keeping it, considering where I live in California, so sold it off. But if I lived in a cooler climate…
    Italian vest in Burgundy windowpane, with royal blue streak free body lining for hidden contrast, and olive streak free lining at the interior collar (so as to hide unsightly ring around the collar 🙂

    1. I have gone back to wearing one of their ripstop vests and temps up to 70 degrees. It’s actually light enough to be nice in evenings or early morning dog walks. I have that same issue with the collar!

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