The chore coat is a staple workwear piece & an essential to the modern working mans wardrobe. Dating back over a century, the garment has been adopted into today's daily wear, but is significantly identified for function. Most will come detailed with two open top patch pockets along with a chest pocket or two. These pockets were meant to store ones hammer, nails, & screws, but today they will more likely be seen storing pens, pads, & phones. U.S. manufactured chore coats originally consisted of durable denim & canvas that paralleled with the hard labor of the American Industrial Revolution. Pioneering brands such as Big Mac, Carhartt, & Pointer developed stouter silhouettes that were relevant to the time, but as times changed, so did the demands of the consumer. Catering to this, we offer the K3602 which is a more tailored iteration of the original chore coat silhouette. For a warmer version, we also have the K2601, a wool rendition of the classic.
Prior to the American rendition of the chore coat, Europe was developing the coat out of a much different fabric to that of denim & canvas. Moleskin was their preferred fabric of choice; a tightly knit heavyweight cotton presenting the perks of wind resistance, comfort, & insulation. During the French industrial revolution the colors of your chore coat designated the industry you worked in: Black were for carpenters & blue were for mechanics. The color designations did not transfer through the times; Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham is consistently seen in his now iconic royal blue French chore coat as he photographs the trends that transcend into the city. One could even partially accredit Bill for the style recently inundating vintage shops across the board.
It's a timeless design that can be integrated into any style. Perfect lightweight coat for warmer days, & an ideal layering piece for the colder months down the road. Whether it be new or vintage, integrating a chore coat into your rotation is a must.