by Valery Joseph
When Matty Merrill founded his line Distilled, it was with the sole intent of encouraging inspired partnerships. Working with Oakland-based graffiti artist Adam5-100, the duo produced the Adam5-100 jacket. "We made a beautiful coat that not only performs in cold weather, but also addresses Adam's need for an accessible interior pocket—which can hold Adam's stencil rolls and spray cans—or, in the case of our customers, whatever cargo they need to stow."
In addition to its graffiti roots (the jacket also features Adam5-100's trademark screen-printing artwork on the inner lining), the design offers a nod to the tech-savvy with a leather headphone eyelet for easy ear-bud access. "We [intend] each Distilled garment to look great," says Merrill. "But we also want them to offer design solutions." Mission accomplished.