Regardless of its initial origin, the pea coat quickly became a staple of navies the world over. A true example of form following function, it offered robustness, warmth and weather protection without the restriction of a full-length coat - important when one may need to be clambering about on rigging. Side-entry hip pockets were also essential for keeping one’s hands warm during cold nights at sea, and the wide collar and lapels could be turned up easily to keep the neck safe from the elements.
For cloth, we’ve used an elegant and weather-resistant Loro Piana double-faced twill for our classic grey and navy models, and for our more urban Prince of Wales check, a beautiful wool and alpaca blend. Perhaps it’s because of the pea coat’s roots as a sartorial garment with a practical design ethos that it remains so versatile today - equally at home as an outer layer over tailoring as it is paired with knitwear or even thrown over a t-shirt and jeans. However you choose to style it, the pea coat is a smart, functional and timeless piece that you’ll be glad to have to hand when the temperature drops or the weather turns.
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