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Richard Chai's Filson Belt Bags are Not Your Mom's Fannypack

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The Fall/Winter collections are the best. Why? In a word: layering. This is the time designers trot out the rich leathers, sweet, sweet outerwear and the occasional fur. So it didn't come as a surprise yesterday when Richard Chai sent his models out stomping in Dr. Martens (on the women) and Palladium boots (his own collab, on the men), and hunkered down deep into winter coats that look as though they can actually take on the elements.

No, the surprise came when even those coats were layered...with removable pockets sewn onto a leather belt. Will we be wearing bustle-like pocket belts come next winter? Hunters are already well familiar with the silhouette, considering that this design is actually a shooting bag, but seeing them atop a tailored women's wool overcoat gets the creative styling juices flowing.

The belts and other bags in Chai's show were actually an announcement of sorts, that the designer has newly taken the reins at heritage brand Filson, as Creative Director. We only wonder what outdoorsmen?who've been wearing belt bags like this for years?would say to the fact that it's now a runway fashion piece.
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