each jacket consists of carefully selected kit bags, tarpaulins and surplus canvas, chosen for their unique graphics, usually hand-lettered by the soldier, and repurposing the straps, handles and rivets from the original kit bags.
our master tailor in Europe cuts and assembles each jacket individually, artfully placing the graphics, handles and straps of the original kit bag. the couture finish is evident in every detail. each jacket is then tweaked to perfection in our UK studio reviewing each unique design for style and functionality.
each Totem jacket is one of a kind.
one size. pre-washed.
patterned after vintage workwear, each jacket is a unique design. each has been carefully inspected: holes and fabric defects are part of the design. garment is pre-washed. do not wash. fabric softens with wear.
Made in Europe.
Who We Are
Andrea Trapani is the founder and designer of TotemUK. A collector of vintage military and workwear, Andrea has upcycled these materials into his collection. With a background in trend forecasting, menswear buying, denim expertise, and merchandising, Andrea has created a timely, organic collection. Based in Hastings, UK.
Anthony Knight is a master craftsman and collaborates with avant garde fashion designers and on elaborate theatre productions. Originally from London but an honorary veneziano, Anthony creates costumes for the Opera, and teaches sartoria at the fashion university and women's prison. Based in Venice, Italy.
John Puddephatt is a trader in vintage textiles and menswear. As an illustrator, John's work has shaped the fashion forecasting industry. As a designer, he has worked with the top houses in the Italian fashion industry. As a collector, his eye is unerring. On social, he's a ghost. Based in the world.