It’s not getting any warmer out there. So if you’re like us, you’re starting to ponder what you’ll be covering up with this winter to stay nice and toasty—even when the weather is shite. You could go with the latest state-of-the-art Gore-Tex whatever, complete with thermal hand warmers and an inner lining that’s also an electric blanket.
Or… you could just reach for the same garment that has kept millions of American men warm for centuries: the pea coat. The arguments favoring option No. 2 are many. It’s wool, so it’ll stand up to even the strongest gust of wind. Its design is simple and classic, so it instantly makes any man look more rugged and handsome. (If you don’t believe us, check out Jack Nicholson in 1973’s The Last Detail.) It goes with just about anything. It’s comfortable. And it’s worked for members of the U.S. Navy ever since the branch set sail 240 years ago.
Speaking of which: Jacket experts Schott NYC and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum have joined forces to create a rather badass limited-edition pea coat that celebrates the Navy’s anniversary this month. It’s pictured above. The flask is optional—but encouraged. Between the flask and the coat, you’ll never be cold.
Editor’s note: Curious about the etymology of “pea coat”? Per Wikipedia: According to a 1975 edition of the Mariner’s Mirror, the term pea coat originated from the Dutch or West Frisian word pijjekker or pijjakker, in which pij referred to the type of cloth used, a coarse kind of twilled blue cloth with a nap on one side.