• The Schott Pea Coat

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    “Never underestimate the power of a classic. When you put on a pea coat, you’re wearing a bit of world history on your back. And whether it’s the clean lines, the simple military styling or the rugged undertones, no man looks bad in a pea coat. It can be worn with nearly everything—and it’s been around so long, it basically has been.”       —Valet

    Photographed in Dallas, TX

    It’s my favorite coat this winter. Schott’s Slim Fitting Wool Peacoat for men and Women’s Lightweight Fitted Pea Coat are a smart updated twist on their classic peacoat. Complete with metal buttons and 24 oz. Melton wool, it’s the coat all the big name designers pulled from in churning out their offerings this year.

    The term “pea coat” is believed to have stemmed from the Dutch word “pij,” meaning coarse wool. It was later referred to as a pilot’s jacket and then shortened to p-jacket before eventually morphing into the term “pea coat.”

    Schott’s heritage is a true-blue, real-deal, piece of Americana. The iconic styles produced by hand for nearly 100 years have become infused in American culture and have served as battle flags for the American spirit. As the country and the world turned its attention overseas, so did Schott. On deck, servicemen kept out the cold with Schott's classic melton wool naval pea coat. Rugged and warm, these wool coats would be produced by Schott for the US Military for the next 60 years.

    Amazing in its own right, Schott NYC (Facebook/Twitter) is still owned and run by the third and fourth generations of the Schott family who still manufacture most of their clothing in the United States. In an old brick building the classic styles that have, and will continue to, connect with the American spirit are cut and sewn by the hands of trained craftspeople. The sense of pride in country is behind every pea coat’s anchor buttons. The courage to face the uncertainty on the open road and all the freedom that comes with it, is in the hearts of the Schott family as they look towards the future.

    Dec 30, 2009 | Permalink (19) Total Comments

    Shooman left a comment on 4/30/2013 at 5:31 AM:

    Why no socks with your shoos?  Aren’t you cold? You must have been eating your raw sprouts!!  Great blog and post some more shots of your shoos!!!!!!!!!

    Pip left a comment on 10/27/2010 at 3:01 AM:

    I distinctly remember pea coats being mentioned in Great Expectations, written before pilots no?

    robdarko left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 4:50 PM:

    Hey, you are not wearing your Clarks!  What gives?

    Excellent choice, F.E.C.  I went the traditional route and ordered my size (40) and it fits beautifully.  The trads are American made.

    This will be my uniform when I visit Montreal in Autumn.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 2:05 PM:

    @c.f.—I wear a 40R suit.

    Roger left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 1:55 PM:

    Made in Canada. Sick, guy.

    c.f. left a comment on 8/12/2010 at 9:16 PM:

    I was curious what size suit you wear and what size you wear in this coat. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    Margaret left a comment on 3/31/2010 at 3:35 AM:

    If I could only get my brother to wear this!  He’s a sophomore and won’t wear a thing he hasn’t seen one of his clone friends wear.  I hope he’ll get more adventurous because he’s got the look.

    stephanie McBride left a comment on 1/8/2010 at 11:23 AM:

    intriguing history behind the coat. great piece.

    Astrild left a comment on 1/2/2010 at 4:34 PM:

    You look great! And Tom, I’m not white and I like peacoats too :)

    Kasey Spain left a comment on 12/31/2009 at 1:26 AM:

    what a stud. know what looks better than that coat? your HAIR.

    Tom left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 11:26 PM:


    Robert I. Brown left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 10:10 PM:

    By the way, what do you shoot with?

    Ryan left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 9:54 PM:

    And the jeans look great - great fit and wash.  What brand?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 7:35 PM:

    The Boss—These pennies are Cole Haan Air Rivingtons.  I love them.  Unfortunately they are difficult to find now.

    Brittany left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 6:19 PM:

    I didn’t know the etymology of the term. Thanks for filling me in! Great blog.

    trip left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 1:23 PM:

    Interesting, I don’t think I’ve heard of metal buttons on a pea coat before.

    Skip left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 1:14 PM:

    I received an Schott 32oz for Christmas!
    Instant classic!

    The Boss left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 12:16 PM:

    Great shoes, man. What brand/model are they?

    Robert I. Brown left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 11:05 AM:

    You look great, Sir. Nice post as well.