PONY first began manufacturing product through Levi's outside of the United States in the 1970s, but had secret hopes to become an American brand synonymous with the world of sports. Rothco got its start as a military surplus clothing company, after employing peddlers to walk down the straight-ahead streets of New York City collecting clothing. Both brands share a certain legacy - a longevity, and love for the city. (PONY is an acronym for "product of New York.")
Enter designer and artist Jeff Staple, who recently wrapped up a capsule collection with 13th Witness and Joe Buck for Wish ATL; the pigeon enthusiast, along with PONY and Rothco, have allied to create a military-inspired capsule collection that exudes the trailblazing streets of Manhattan. Old New York, perhaps, but with a spin of modernity from Staple's camp. The line, which consists of a jacket, boots, and backpack, bears the classic surplus look of Rothco, sportswear vibes from PONY and block-conscious artistry from Jeff, who designed the patches for the outerwear.
The PONY x Rothco partnership will see its first release on January 15 at Overkill in Berlin, and any American fans can get their hands on the three pieces on January 23, when the collection drops at Reed Space.