Hi Brad. I was wondering if you could do a post on peacoats?
It would be my pleasure Seungjai. Some personal favorites are after the jump.
From left: Gerald & Stewart by Fidelity, Sterlingwear, Schott
If you’re looking to stay under $250, your best bet is to go with either Fidelity, Sterlingwear or Schott. Each brand has been around for decades. Each has produced goods for the armed forces at some point. And, each offers several affordable US-made peacoat models, all of which boast the typical “classic” details (32 oz. melton wool outer, quilt or satin lining, anchor buttons, etc). Fidelity’s mainline coats start at $110, while their fashion forward (read: slimmer fit) Gerald & Stewart pieces start at $190. Sterlingwear’s peacoats start at $160.00. And you can get one of Schott’s signature 740 jackets for around $200.
Clockwise from left: Dondup, Peregrine, Blue Blue Japan, John Lewis & Co.
In the $300 – $500 range, there are some nice classic and not-so-classic options from Dondup, an Italian brand that produces its whole range in Italy (more about them here, if you’re unfamiliar). The Made in England Authentic Peacoat from John Lewis & Co. is another solid mid-ranger. It’s crafted by Cooper & Stollbrand, the largest manufacturer of premium outwear in the UK. For a slightly different take on the peacoat design, check out the Bromley Wool Jacket from Peregrine. It’s slim, it’s made in the UK, and it totals in at around $365 with international shipping. Another non-traditional option is the Hand Dyed “Shashiko” Qulit Pea Coat from Blue Blue Japan, which is made in Japan out of heavyweight, 100% cotton sashiko fabric (the same stuff Judo and Kendo uniforms are made out of). Remember to size up on that one.
Clockwise from left: Outlier, Wings + Horns, The Real McCoy’s, Perfecto Brand by Schott
And finally, in the money’s no object category, there’s Outlier’s Liberated Peacoat, which is made in NYC from a water and wind resistant Swiss wool blend, and designed to accomodate an active lifestyle. There’s also the Canadian-made Ribbed Collar Peacoat from Wings + Horns, which features a knit shawl collar and oxford flannel lining. The leather-trimmed, quilt-lined, Black Watch Harris Tweed P753 Jacket from Schott’s vintage-inspired Perfecto line is another great one. And then, there’s the U.S. Navy Pea Coat from The Real McCoy’s, which is handcrafted in Japan out of Japanese-made fabrics and trimmings, and features a whole slew of costs-a-month’s-rent details. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg for lux options (see here, here and here for more), but they’re the ones I’m post partial to. Hope that helps in your search.
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