K-Way: The Original Pac A Mac
The K-Way Pac A Mac is a timeless anorak style from the original casual era.
The story of K-Way started with a vision from Leon Claude Duhamel. Whilst sat in a Parisian cafe in 1965, soaking up the culture of the romantic European city, it began to rain. Duhamel observed how the Parisians’ mood quickly changed as it began to pour down, soaking their clothes in the process. The light bulb moment struck when Duhamel realised there was clearly a demand for a lightweight and functional waterproof rain jacket and he was going to design it. K-Way was born out of the original Pac A Mac concept. The lightweight nylon rain jacket could be easily stowed away in a small bag when the weather was fine. When a sudden downpour came the jacket could be pulled out of the bag and worn within seconds. The idea was groundbreaking at the time and would lead to other functional inspiration for many outerwear designers all over the world. K-Way was one of the first brands to introduce the pullover cagoule style in a lightweight pack away rain jacket style.
Above: The K-Way Half Zip Leon Jacket in orange available now from 80s Casual Classics.
Throughout the 70s & 80s K-Way introduced a range of French adverts for the Pac A Mac. The adverts highlighted the ease of use of the Leon Claude Duhamel born design for an assortment of activities from sports, outdoor activities to school trips for children. The French connection was very strong with the brand, however it was the Casual subculture connection that saw the brand find a new home on the terraces of the UK. Areas like Liverpool & Manchester championed the cagoule style throughout the late 70s and early 80s. Brands like Lacoste, Peter Storm, adidas & K-Way became staple cagoule brands’ for the young casuals in the forever wet and windy region. K-Way’s continental appeal was just as important as its foul weather function. The casual cagoule look was born and still remains a popular outerwear look today.
Above: The K-Way Full Zip Claude Jacket in violet available now from 80s Casual Classics.
The K-Way Pac A Mac is quite simply a timeless anorak outerwear style from the original casual era. Teamed up with jeans and trainers it just looks the part whether you have a penchant for retro cagoules or you’re simply just after some lightweight and functional protection from the rain. We’ve now introduced 2 all time classic K-Way styles to 80s Casuals Classics, the Leon & the Claude, both aptly named after their creator, Leon Claude Duhamel. The Leon comes in the classic overhead cagoule style and features a half zip fastening and kangaroo style pocket to the front. The Claude jacket features a full zip fastening and adjustable drawstrings to the hood and waist. Both styles span a rich heritage from the K-Way archives and feature the iconic pac a mac function, waterproof qualities and original K-Way branding to the left chest. Both styles are available in an assortment of colourways ranging from California blue to violet.
Above: The K-Way Half Zip Leon Jacket in California blue available now from 80s Casual Classics.