Essentials: Olive Drab

Aug 6, 2018

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “olive drab” is described as a “dull olive-green color,” or as a shade of “greenish brown” according to Webster’s New World Dictionary. Origins of the colorway, however, date back to the Second World War as it was widely used as a camouflage color – by the US Army in particular – for both equipment and uniforms. Otherwise referred to as “OD,” from here on out the colorway – or some variation thereof – permeated throughout the Armed Forces in some capacity up until 1981 when a patterned variation of OD green (known as M81 woodland) would replace the solid color.

Today, though, we’ve seen a resurgence of the colorway in civilian apparel in the form of everything from shoes to jackets to hats and wallets. Is this because of a sudden appreciated of classic styles or a continued respect for the Armed Forces who first sported the camo color? It’s hard to pinpoint really. One thing’s for certain though. Olive Drab anything looks damn good in just about any form it takes.

Zero Tolerance Model 0609

As a smaller, more carry-friendly version of the original Factory Custom 0606CF knife, the model 0609 is a clean and streamlined flipper featuring a highly detailed 3D-machined handle and a 3.4-inch CPM 20CV blade for both elevated toughness and resistance to edge chipping. The drop-point blade here is also corrosion resistant, boasts excellent edge retention, and a two-tone finish. As an added bonus, at least from a design perspective, the blade’s See-Through Pivot adds an intriguing touch to an already elegant piece.

Purchase: $275

Duke Cannon Solid Cologne

No need for messy sprays here. Instead, Duke Cannon offers this solid cologne that exudes a Redwood scent in conjunction with complementary notes of sandalwood, amber, citrus, rosemary, and clove. Like taking a walk through rain-soaked forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Purchase: $25

SeaVees Army Issue Low

Featuring water-resistant expedition grade nylon uppers, old nickel eyelets and two sets of laces, these military olive sneakers are a year-round go-to essential that pairs well with just about any casual get-up. A must-have without a doubt.

Purchase: $78

Head Porter Olive Drab Wallet

No frills or unnecessary attachments, the wallet from Head Porter comes equipped with all the basics of a reliable piece for years to come. We’re talking a nylon construction, zip-closed coin pocket, card and money compartments, and a velcro opening for easy access.

Purchase: $85

Outerknown Nomadic Coast Jacket

For the coastal cadet, Outerknown’s polyester and organic cotton Nomadic Coast Jacket is elegantly finished with a PFOA-free DWR for water resistance, an Econyl recycled nylon detail at the drawcord, taped shoulder detail for enhanced reinforcement, and snap closures. An ideal lightweight jacket for both rain and shine.

Purchase: $88

Taylor Stitch Democratic Chino

Looking for a new pair of olive chinos? Taylor Stitch thankfully has the hookup here with this Spanish-built pair made from 9.5 oz Spanish twill – featuring a custom YKK shank and brass zipper, brushed fabric, and mercerized yarn for enhanced durability.

Purchase: $98

Wtaps T-6 01 Cap

Top it all off, quite literally, with this minimalist olive-colored cap from the Japanese brand WTAPS. Each 6-panel piece is made with 100% cotton, features embroidered branding, and an adjustable leather tab for good measure.

Purchase: $109

Filson Barrel Pack

Pack it in before you head out with a little help from the stylish yet rugged Filson Barrel Pack. Each piece features a ballistic nylon exterior, polyester mesh interior pocket, a sturdy 2” nylon webbing shoulder, and measures in at 20” W x 12.5” D.

Purchase: $135

Jack Mason F401 Camp Watch

Paying tribute to the classic field watch, Jack Mason’s F401 Camp Watch boasts a Japanese quartz movement, SuperLuminova hands, 38mm stainless steel case and is water resistant to 100 meters. Can’t beat that.

Purchase: $175

Todd Snyder Moscot Lemtosh Sunglasses

Helping you up the style game for the better, Todd Snyder teamed up with MOSCOT to develop these attractive shades complete with traditional hardware, real glass lenses, original period details (between the 1930-‘70s), and outfitted in a signature olive colorway.

Purchase: $310

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