Monday, September 27, 2010

Schott NYC Pea Coat

The pea coat is a classic that has survived the hands of time. It is a classic and will stay a classic for centuries to come. What was a cold weather uniform for sailors is now a good choice of casual winter wear. The term pea coat originates from the Dutch word "pij", which refers to the coarse woolen fabric. I personally was unaware of this, because the word "pij" is mostly associated with a monk's habit in the Netherlands.

The term pea coat was first used in the 1th century. In that era it was adapted by the British and Dutch Navy. The US Navy adopted it only in the late 18th century. The typical pea coat is double-breasted, having 3 to 6 buttons often with naval insignia. A pea coat should be navy blue or black. One of my favorites is the Schott NYC Pea Coat. Made of 32 oz Melton Wool and this will keep you warm. The fit is a bit slimmer then the original. I guess the sailors in the 17th century did not have a red satin lining in their jackets, but I love it anyway. 

(image via Rakuten.jp)

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