Triple Aught Design, based in San Francisco, is a favorite of OTC because they make unique and functional gear that works in the real worlda nd with real wardrobes.
A perfect example of this form-follows-function approach to TAD design is the Preatorian Hoodie. As with most of TAD’s apparel, there is a decidedly tactical and military-inspired look to this layering piece. That said, what really shines through with this 100% merino wool hoodie is it’s clean and straightforward design, functional details, and solid construction.
There is something inherently functional in all of their designs that speaks to a masculine aesthetic built on practicality and use. These are core elements of East Coast style and the preppy ethos; stuff built for work that has been appropriated for everyday use.
Some of the key elements that we like in the Praetorian Hoodie are the trim but comfortable fit, study and smooth zippers, and solid feel of the merino wool construction. Warming or cooling as needed, the wool has a natural stretch and softness that makes it a perfect, and dressier, sweatshirt stand-in.
The hoodie’s hood is big and deep, almost a cowl-line; but nonetheless practical. The two hand warmer pockets are well-sized and have an angled shape that creates a safe spot for keys and your phone. The zippered chest pocket is a great design element that is unexpected in a zippered sweater. And, even with a smartphone in there, no sagging or pulling.
As with other active life tops, the Praetorian Hoodie’s sleeves end with discreet thumb holes in the even you want to take out for a cool weather run, layer under a shell, or just keep your wrists warm.
Lastly, one feature that really makes us happy, especially with this winter’s spate of cold, windy weather, is the elongated zipper that runs well up the neck to your chin, closing out the cold and keeping you warm. This feature also explains the wider than average hood design.
When this hoodie arrived at OTC headquarters, it went right on and has been a daily choice ever since. Part sweater, part workout gear, part travel buddy. The Praetorian hoodie is another win from Triple Aught Design.