Yes ma the fit is plant-based
A beautiful summer suit woven from RARE FLAX. Plus: the BBSP MASTER JAWN index
As we commemorated in this past Tuesday’s sletter, this week marks our 1-year anniversary. We are extremely good at what we do, so it’s gratifying that BBSP has been a universally beloved smash hit — thank you.
On Tuesday we rolled out The Blackbird Spyplane Profound Essay Depot for everyone — and today we are rolling out the Cla$$ified-tier “Blackbird Spyplane Jawn Index.” We went through every sletter we’ve published, scouring line by line so that we could artisanally hand-compile an EASY-TO-SEARCH JAWN INDEX listing the most fire garments, accessories, home-goods, etc. that we’ve covered:
The BBSP Master Jawn Index is an exclusive for our Cla$$ified Subscribers, and this right here is the public Spyplane list, meaning today is as good a day as any to have a lot of fun and upgrade yr subscription to the 100% reader-supported miracle that is Blackbird Spyplane.
Meanwhile… Last week Erin & I posted a series of sublime fit pics of ourselves in a double-knee linen suit to IG — and received thousands of DMs asking us to drop the MF-ing ID … Understandably, ppl wanted this linen.
This is the new unisex gardening suit from our SpyFriends at Standard & Strange — Oakland jawnsellers who whipped it up in collaboration with the linen wizards at NYC’s Blluemade (who we wrote about the other day).
The suit’s available in indigo and natural-undyed 6.6 oz Belgian long staple fiber linen — and you can cop the chore coat and double-knee work pants as separates.
Now you might be thinking, “Workwear… cut from linen?? Does that make sense?” O yes it does, shout out to pre-industrial Belgian laborers TOILING IN LINEN JAWNS while sipping Orval and sharing stories in WALLOON in the fields of Flanders!! (Which all sounds dope minus the toiling.)
“Linen is one of the original performance fabrics,” Jeremy Smith of S&S tells us. “It's not just crazy durable, it's also great at moving moisture off your skin and keeping you comfortable in a huge range of temperatures. That got blended together with a couple of our favorite vintage workwear pieces — the double-knee, buckle-back work pants; and the chore coat with hyper-specific pocketing (for watches, cigarettes, your union ID card).”
The blue linen joints feature an overdyed indigo treatment that results in “occasional crocking” and which will “fade and rope” with use, which sounds cool, and if Blackbird Spyplane was on some denim-nerd s**t — which we are not, but we respect it — would probably sound even cooler.
The natural joints are what the flax looks like undyed. The linen comes from a “family-run, five-generation-old, carbon-neutral Belgian linen mill” that holds certification from an actual group called the Masters of Linen, and Blluemade’s manufacturer in NYC is “a family-run, women-owned factory” in the garment district. (The buttons are undyed natural corozo-nut and the label, based on WWI and WWII War Garden / Victory Garden posters, was designed by Tomo W. Adachi.)
Most importantly? We teamed up with Standard & Strange and Blluemade to offer the SpyFriends everywhere a ⚠️ blessings-code for twenty percent off ⚠️ : enter “astro-inertial-gardening” (without the quotation marks). The jacket is $450 — indigo jacket here and natural jacket here. The pants?? They’re $450, too, baby — indigo pants here and natural pants here.
AND we are bestowing 2 of these suits — one in natural, one in indigo — upon 2 “beautiful & blessed” Cla$$ified subscribers. Mamma mia. Enter between now and this Sunday morning, May 9th, at which point we’ll contact the 2 champions !
BTW we got a fire “All Postal Workers Are Kings”-related tip from a Spyfriend: Tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT the NYU Costume Studies program is hosting a free virtual talk going DEEP on the swaggy history of US Postal Service uniforms from 1868 to the present day — how individual postal workers FREAK their fits… how the uniforms intersect with fashion… Peep that here.
That’s it 4 today, and FYI we are “going dark” next week — entering stealth hibernation mode for the first time since last December to recharge the damn Spyplane.
Peace! — Jonah & Erin