By Christina Shepherd McGuire // Photographs by Jeffrey Kaphan
To most men, mountain fashion is more about practicality than looks: Does it keep me warm? Does it pack down small? Is it rugged enough to withstand seasonal beatings?
So at Teton Family, we thought we’d sneak a few local wares into the closets of our nearest and dearest (without overpolicing the effort). A jacket from Stio, pants from Mountain Khakis, or a trucker from Aion all add the right amount of steeze for a night on the town, and enough usefulness for an outing with the boys.
Deck out the little guys, too! No matter what dad’s sporting, we’re sure they’ll want to follow.
1. Stio Hometown Down Jacket. Stio delivers a styly update to winter’s uniform. And the water-repellent down in this number absorbs 30 percent less water and dries 60 percent faster than untreated down. $295
2. Stio Junction Flannel. The Junction Flannel melds men’s dresswear specs with a laid-back, cozy design. Made of brushed, garment-washed flannel, with felled seams, and laser-etched logo buttons. $98
3. Stio Rivet Jean. Stio didn’t miss a stitch with their “moderately relaxed” Rivet Jean. Just roll up the cuffs to unveil vintage felled seams for added flair. $125
4. Stio Marsten Down Vest. If down jackets make you sweat (we get it—thick blood), Stio’s Marsten Vest should suit your fancy. The abrasion-resistant upper yoke and mini-ripstop torso give it the integrity of your favorite work vessel. $165
5. Stio Buckhorn Bonded Flannel Shirt. Don’t leave Stio’s “shop shirt” behind at your favorite après spot; it’s bound to get stolen! This flannel backed with cozy microfleece—a favorite of the Stio crew—will soon become your grab-and-go staple. Just make sure to keep it on lockdown. $155
6. Stio Louis Slouch Beanie. The retro styling on the Louis Slouch Beanie reeks of mountain pride (says Stio). And just try combing the thrift store for an imitation with the Tetons on it. Not happening. $30
7. Stio Kids’ Hometown Down Jacket. The Kids’ Hometown Down Jacket boasts many of the men’s features, plus an added ID label and interior pine cone embossment. No skimping on this best-seller, folks! $159
8. Stio Kids’ Rambler Reversible Jacket. After listening to the groms, Stio designers added some hood “attitude” to the mini version of the Rambler Jacket. The twill plaid on one side reverses to a weather-shedding shell, guaranteeing complete playground protection. $98
9. Stio Kids’ Southwest Jackalope Tee. Does the jackalope really exist? Local artist Tim Tomkinson thinks so … $25 (not shown)
10. Stio Kids’ Jackalope Beanie. Not just for boys, this fleeced-lined beanie comes in three colors with a “no-itch” bonus! $25
11. Mountain Khakis Camber 107 Pant. Mountain Khakis blows doors on Carhartt (and rightfully so)! New this season, the men’s Camber 107 Pant supplies the stretch of a yoga pant with the features of a full workhorse. $69.95
12. Mountain Khakis Yak Shirt. Yep—this sustainable shirt contains yak hair, woven with hemp and organic cotton for creamy softness. Plus, it’s a good conversation piece. $109.95
13. Mountain Khakis Bronze Aspen-Leaf Belt Buckle. This lost-wax-casted belt is almost too pretty to wear. $79.95 (see sidebar)
14. Mountain Khakis Log Carrier. The Mountain Khakis Log Carrier won’t leave you empty-handed. Burly enough to carry a big load with its reinforced climbing rope handles. $97.95
15. Mountain Khakis Kids’ Original Pant. Perfect for the kid who stacks wood alongside dad. The chap-style knee patches, action gusset, and reinforced heel cuffs fit the ruff-and-tumble wearer. The internal elastic waistband lends room to grow, too. $54.95
Mountain Man Toy Shop
16. Mountain Man Trucker Hat. The Mountain Man Toy Shop claims this lid as the “modern-day cowboy hat.” Pop into their shop just off Town Square to purchase this fashion icon. $19.99
17. Mountain Man Peace Pipe Tomahawk. It’s a hatchet. No, it’s a pipe. Well actually, it’s both! Handmade locally in Idaho Falls, this tool is an excellent thrower and a perfect essential for hunting or camping. Any man on your list will covet this showcase gift. $299
18. Aion Woodsy Camo Trucker. Aion takes pride in making sweatshop-free wears. So you can feel good rocking the Woodsy Camo Trucker, complete with a low-profile bill. #dontsweatit, $32
19. Aion Zippered Hoodie. Take it down a notch with Aion’s Zippered Hoodie. Sport it on the couch over your favorite jammies or rock it on the hill as the perfect après piece. $59
“If I can’t provide jobs in my own community, then I’m going down with the ship,” says sculptor and artisan Bill Royall, a Teton Valley, Idaho, resident. In between ski runs, Bill crafts bronze belt buckles (like the aspen-leaf buckle featured in this article) for Mountain Khakis. He uses an ancient technique called “lost-wax casting,” where a duplicate metal carving is cast from its original. Bill enhances our community by working with local companies like Mountain Khakis and Rocky Mountain Hardware, the foundry in Blackfoot where his designs are reproduced. Check out his bear claw and trout buckles, too, or catch up with him at williamroyallsculpture.com/gallery.html.