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The Peacoat

A Brief History

A Pea Coat (Peacoat) is a heavy topcoat worn in cold, miserable weather by Sailors in both European and American Navies. The original coat was tailored from “pilot cloth” – a heavy, coarse, stout twilled in a dark blue cloth with the nap on it’s outer side. This was sometimes called P-cloth from the initial letter of pilot, and the garment made from it was called a p-jacket – later a pea coat. The term has been in use since the early 1700s to denote coats made from that cloth.

A Style Classic

As with all of our recommended building blocks; The Peacoat transcends time and fashion to become another stylish, yet perfectly practical classic. On film they have often been worn by the action hero, most noticeably Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Skyfall.


We recommend you opt for an authentic version and avoid high street fashion for this garment. In the UK Silvermans Naval issue Peacoat is the best example. In the US it’s sold under the Gerald & Stuart Fidelity brand. The cut of the authentic coat is fitted at the shoulders and arm holes and has a deep collar, with a relatively fitted body in a navy or black.

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