Tainted waterway on the runway! Calvin Klein selling jackets in ‘Gowanus Black’ color

Stylish: Calvin Klein is making its Foundation Trucker Jacket in a color called “Gowanus Black.”
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“Gowanus Black” is the new black!

Brooklyn’s Nautical Purgatory is officially trending among fashionistas, with iconic New York City-based brand Calvin Klein hawking jackets in a hue called Gowanus Black.

The toxic Gowanus Canal is notoriously filled with noxious sludge often referred to as “black mayonnaise,” and some Gowanusaurs speculated that the gross stuff lurking at the bottom of the fetid waterway served as the inspiration for the jackets’ color — which to the naked eye looks no different than any other shade of black.

“So ‘Gowanus Black’ is a color? As in mayonnaise?” tweeted locals Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds, who together are working on a documentary about the long-time industrial neighborhood that the city wants to upzone to make way for more residential buildings.

One of the Calvin Klein garments cut in Gowanus Black cloth, the so-called men’s Foundation Trucker Jacket, was nearly sold out by press time, with just one of the cotton-denim-and-polyester coats emblazoned with a black-and-white flag on the back available for $76.

But a second Graphic Denim Trucker jacket for women, featuring a “modern graphic logo” in red stitching on the front, is still available in spades in Gowanus Black, according to Calvin Klein’s website, which shows the piece stocked in sizes from extra small to extra large for $69.99.

The women’s jacket also comes in a color inexplicably named “Gowanus White” — which this newspaper speculates is a reference to the recent announcement that part of the filthy canal is the cleanest it has been in more than a century, thanks to a recently completed dredging-and-capping program the Feds conducted in the Fourth Street Turning Basin as part of the Superfund site’s cleanup.

Calvin Klein reps did not immediately respond to questions about the origins of the Gowanus black and white colors, when the jackets first hit shelves, and whether they are sold exclusively online or in stores.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, December 31, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
...I don't know how to feel about this.
Dec. 31, 2018, 9:38 am
Frank from Furter says:
In the Jimmy Cagney/doris day movie-"the West Point Story"(1950), they have a song about Brooklyn and one of the lines is "nothing quite smells like the Gowanus".
Dec. 31, 2018, 10:57 am
Fashion says:
That color is more dirty ink black to me.
Jan. 1, 11:25 pm
John from Park Slope says:
If they had done some research they would know that lavender in the color most closely associated with the canal. For decades it has been lovingly referred to as "lavender lake".
Jan. 2, 9:38 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
I have this jaquette!
Jan. 2, 5:58 pm
Bernie Boroson from Rooklyn Heights says:
Here do I get one cheap? Century 21?
Jan. 6, 8:05 pm

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