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J. Press Peacoat
I’ve long been an advocate for actual vintage naval peacoats, rather than designer knock-offs, but this is a beautiful jacket. The fit’s about a 42R, I’d say.
Starts at $100, Ends Monday

It’s On eBay

J. Press Peacoat

I’ve long been an advocate for actual vintage naval peacoats, rather than designer knock-offs, but this is a beautiful jacket. The fit’s about a 42R, I’d say.

Starts at $100, Ends Monday

Here is some advice I have shared before, but bears repeating.
If you’d like to own a pea coat, buy a real one. Get one from the 60s or earlier in good shape from eBay or a vintage store.  It will probably cost you less than a hundred dollars. Here is how to date a pea coat.
There’s less than zero reason to buy an inferior contemporary version, and it’s absurd to buy some designer’s knock-off. Get the real thing. It will be both cheaper and better.

Here is some advice I have shared before, but bears repeating.

If you’d like to own a pea coat, buy a real one. Get one from the 60s or earlier in good shape from eBay or a vintage store.  It will probably cost you less than a hundred dollars. Here is how to date a pea coat.

There’s less than zero reason to buy an inferior contemporary version, and it’s absurd to buy some designer’s knock-off. Get the real thing. It will be both cheaper and better.

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This beautiful turtleneck is the Mariner Sweater by Freeman’s Sporting Club. It’s 88% shetland, 12% cashmere, which sounds nice for the neck. The description helpfully offers “THIS IS NOT A FASHION SWEATER!” and “THIS IS A WINTER TOOL!” Actually, while I might disagree with the former statement, I agree with its sentiment - this looks like a very, very high quality piece, and while it may be fashionable, it’s a genuinely classic style. The Freeman’s pieces I have do not scrimp on quality, and this looks to be no exception. I should hope not, for $387.
If you like the idea of a sweater like this, but can’t afford the chunk of change it costs, try this reproduction WWII Submariner Sweater from What Price Glory? It’s all wool, and they have a good rep, but it isn’t knit in New York City. That said, it does cost more than $300 less.
Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. After all, this is A WINTER TOOL.
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This beautiful turtleneck is the Mariner Sweater by Freeman’s Sporting Club. It’s 88% shetland, 12% cashmere, which sounds nice for the neck. The description helpfully offers “THIS IS NOT A FASHION SWEATER!” and “THIS IS A WINTER TOOL!” Actually, while I might disagree with the former statement, I agree with its sentiment - this looks like a very, very high quality piece, and while it may be fashionable, it’s a genuinely classic style. The Freeman’s pieces I have do not scrimp on quality, and this looks to be no exception. I should hope not, for $387.

If you like the idea of a sweater like this, but can’t afford the chunk of change it costs, try this reproduction WWII Submariner Sweater from What Price Glory? It’s all wool, and they have a good rep, but it isn’t knit in New York City. That said, it does cost more than $300 less.

Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. After all, this is A WINTER TOOL.

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Timex Camper Watch
A couple people have Tumbl-complained, so let it be said that this watch can be found elsewhere for five or ten bucks less, so look around before you buy.
$34.95 with Free Shipping

It’s On eBay

Timex Camper Watch

A couple people have Tumbl-complained, so let it be said that this watch can be found elsewhere for five or ten bucks less, so look around before you buy.

$34.95 with Free Shipping

I interviewed William Gibson recently for my public radio program, The Sound of Young America, and the program was just released online.  It’s rare for a public radio interview to be concerned with fashion and style, and rarer still when that interview is with a science fiction writer, but that was one of the core issues in our conversation.  Gibson’s books tend to be about ideas, and his most recent, Zero History, is about the interplay between fashion, identity and authenticity.  He’s even helped create/curate some items for the Japanese brand Buzz Rickson, which manufactures perfect duplicates of 20th century military clothing.

Enjoy the interview, which I’ve included here.

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FOUR FINDS FOR FALL

#4: Vintage Peacoat

This find was serendipitous. While I was interested in a pea coat, and there are plenty to be found on eBay, I was actually looking for a “military coat” when I stumbled on a listing for a “Vintage Naval Clothing Factory Mens Coat Military NAVY.”

The picture sure looked like a pea coat, so I did a search for “Naval Clothing Factory” and found this thread, which identified the pea coat as genuine World War II military-issue in near-pristine condition. I jumped on that quickly, and won it for a remarkable $22 shipped.

Unlike the pea coats we’re most familiar with today, WWII-era pea coats have a slim fit (the author of that thread notes they’re the slimmest-fitting of any he owned). The color is a midnight blue, almost black (substantially darker than it appears in my pictures), and the pockets are lined with corduroy. This is hands down my best eBay find yet, and I’ve been waiting six months for the weather to get cold enough to wear it.

I’ve had my peacoat, which is, as best as I can tell, from the period between WWII and Korea, since high school.  I bought it at a garage sale in Portland - I think I paid twenty dollars for it.  It still looks as great as it did when I bought it.  I’ve worn it every winter.  There’s no need to buy a second-rate knock-off, just get the real thing.

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North Sea Clothing makes reproduction submariner sweaters in the UK.  They cost 115 pounds, including shipping.

North Sea Clothing makes reproduction submariner sweaters in the UK.  They cost 115 pounds, including shipping.

I was reminded today by a mention in Valet of What Price Glory, a really remarkable military surplus and reproduction shop that caters to militaria nerds.  I first learned of it through one of my favorite blogs, Hollister Hovey, when she put together a great collection of items from the site a few months ago.

I started browsing the site and was inspired to make a little collection of my own.  You can see it online, from the Submarine Sweater to the amazing rain cape.  Do some browsing of your own, and you’ll find some remarkable stuff at very reasonable prices.  Remember that the proportions of military gear tend to be generous relative to current fashion, so things may need a nip and tuck to be au courant, but this is tough stuff to find at any price, much less at prices so affordable.

Ghurka shorts.  Maybe I’ve just been spending too much time with this book, but I’m on board.

Ghurka shorts.  Maybe I’ve just been spending too much time with this book, but I’m on board.