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Love it or hate it, the lines separating streetwear and trail attire have blurred to a point of near consolidation. Technically-rich gear and garments designed to keep wearers warm (or cool) and happy during outdoor pursuits translate perfectly to the needs of city dwellers traveling by foot, bike, and public transit through whatever mother nature has in store that day. Adaptation is the sincerest form of flattery, or something like that.
The newest release to fit both environments—and catch our eye—comes by way of coveted NYC streetwear brand 18 East and Boston-based retailer Bodega, in the form of a collaboration apparel collection called Good Anywhere. The line of GORP-adjacent streetwear begins with basics like graphic tees and sweats, then adds adventurously designed workwear and outdoor staples like fleece that are designed to wear well (or good) anywhere.
The 18 East x Bodega Good Anywhere collection will drop Friday 11 February at noon EST and be available online from Bodega and 18 East. In the meantime, we're diving in for a preview as primer—we all know these garms will sell out fast.
The collection is inspired by New England, home to both brands and a rich outdoorsing history, but a close eye will note the lookbook's backdrop as Orcas Island, a distinctly Pacific Northwest landscape. Not that it really matters, but Field Mag contributor and all-around pal Brandon Herrell photographed the collection, and we're longtime fans of 18 East, so we took the opportunity to reach out to 18 East founder and designer Antonio Ciongoli for some insight.
“We loved the idea of going to a different location that was kind of focused on the outdoors but totally different from what we were used to," Ciongoli tells us. "If you think about it, our team is very much a New York team. But our fabrics and clothes are made in India, and the pieces themselves really are good anywhere.”
Well, Good Anywhere comes out swinging with attractive outerwear pieces like the Burroughs Parka ($365), which features oversized cargo pockets, a colorful Redstone Tactical Vest ($215), and the deep-pile fleece JY Hooded Pullover ($215).
A print inspired by a palette of fallen leaves on forest floors works its way into several pieces, most visibly so on the County Double Knee Pants ($195). The 3-in-1 Camp Hat ($125) and Neck Gaiter ($78) are both reversible, showing fleece on one side and leaf print on the other.
Collab graphic wear typically suffers from a low-effort treatment of doubling up on brand logos, so it’s refreshing to see some original artwork and illustrations making up the fun, bold graphics on the crewnecks and tees that round out the line's more casual side.
Eschewing the seasonal collection format many in the "fashion industry" still adhere to, 18 East releases its single-run clothing and accessories in individually numbered drops, which at the time of this article’s writing, is up to Drop 39.
Fans of both brands will undoubtedly be quick on their clicks and taps to scoop up pieces from this collab when it hits Bodega and 18 East online at 12pm EST tomorrow. So don't sleep!