Daniel Craig has taken the James Bond movie franchise to new levels of edginess, attitude, and style. What began in the Ian Fleming novels as Bond’s rather utilitarian wardrobe has evolved throughout the 24 films, typically erring on the side of sophistication but migrating these days to a more practical field ops-type palette.
007’s style has seen Sean Connery’s light grey mohair suit in “Dr. No,” Roger Moore’s full-on yellow ski suit in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Pierce Brosnan’s no-nonsense black M54 Field Jacket in “Goldeneye,” and of course the myriad tuxedos 007 has donned throughout all of the films. Craig has pushed the envelope of what Bond wears in terms of sophistication (Brunello Cucinelli suits), eye candy (some rather tight blue swim trunks), and modern casual wear, namely Rogue Territory’s Waxed Ridgeline Supply Jacket in the 25th movie, “No Time To Die”.
Why is this such a big deal? Well, if you assumed what Craig was wearing was a bespoke tailored jacket from Italy, it wouldn’t be cause for surprise. But the mere fact that it comes from a Los Angeles-based, workwear-style boutique brand whose inspiration comes from early 20th-century American manufacturers is shocking, indeed.
Other than the Portland-made Danner boots he wore briefly in Spectre, the closest Craig’s come to American apparel before was on two occasions: the Sunspel “Riviera” polo shirt he wore in 2004’s Casino Royale, but that shirt was designed in England and made in Turkey; and the American labeled Billy Reid wool pea coat Craig donned in Skyfall, but that one was made in Italy. Rogue Territory’s Waxed Ridgeline Jacket was designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, and it’s the perfect piece for the action-focused 007 because it’s impeccably made, simple in design, and rugged.
The jacket itself is made with 100% 10-ounce American waxed canvas. This type of fabric has a longstanding history of toughness, water and wind resistance, and has found fresh new styles for the modern age.
This lightweight jacket is unlined, and that, coupled with the properties of waxed canvas, make it a unique option for the type of outerwear you don’t have to keep putting on and taking off as you’re coming and going.
The Ridgeline is in the style of a trucker jacket, a waist-length collared jacket first appearing in the 1880s, and is actually a permutation of Rogue’s selvedge denim Supply Jacket. The difference between this and most denim jackets is the lack of chest patch pockets and vertical seams on the front, providing a more streamlined style. The final effect is more akin to a leather moto jacket, but at a fraction of the cost.
It gets patch handwarmer pockets, a unique welt left chest pocket with a slit opening, and a right internal chest pocket with exposed stitching on the exterior. The field tan color is perfect for its scenes in No Time To Die, and Craig wears it enviously.
Looking for a budget alternative? Unfortunately there isn’t much out there right now. We had originally found this no-name option that matches the color and cut on Amazon, but it’s been out of stock since we bought it. Several years ago we featured a Live Action Getup with a very similar style that Andrew copped for only $35 on sale from American Eagle, but that’s not available anymore. How is this helpful? Well – it’s not, really, but the point is, if you’re dead-set on finding a tan waxed canvas trucker jacket under $100 you may stumble across one eventually. If you’d be satisfied with a tan denim trucker jacket, those can be had under $50.
Looking for a warmer option? The flannel-lined waxed canvas jacket from Flint & Tinder, also American-made, is $55 less than the Rogue Territory and comes in tan. We’ve featured it a ton over the years, including in The 10 Best Field Jackets.
One Year Update
The jacket has held up great, no quality or wear issues to report. The waxed canvas, as expected, ages well with wrinkles and creases and is in the beginning stages of developing a patina.
This jacket works well for someone looking for a layer, in the way you would wear a denim jacket or lightweight leather jacket. The kind of thing you wear as a part of your outfit and don’t remove when you go into a bar. This is thanks to the fact that it’s unlined, unlike my flannel-lined Flint & Tinder trucker, which is worn more like a jacket that I take on and off.
Because of this, it’s a smart choice for guys who live in warm-year-round areas like LA or the south, where all but the coldest days of the years would require something substantial. If you live somewhere that has, you know, seasons, this is still a handsome jacket that can be worn in spring and fall and chillier summer evenings comfortably.
The jacket is a very tailored fit, so compare that to how you normally have to order clothing sizes, and consider if you’re going to want to wear thick layers underneath it to determine what size to go with.
I’ve seen no reason to question its capacity for longevity, and still love the idea of supporting a smaller American-made clothing brand.
You can still order them on Rogue Territory’s website, it’s currently listed as backordered with delivery in October. You can also order at Stag, and they also offer blanket-lined version. Occasionally you can find one listed with a decent discount on eBay or Grailed.