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#1 superBobo

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 04:19 PM

There doesnt seem to be much interest here for these kinds of jackets, which is weird considering how much repros their are from brands such as post overalls, warehouse and sugarcane, and how popular they seem to be in vintage circles in Japan (see Free& Easy for proof...). So, I deciced to make a new thread, since this isnt really what most think of as "denim jackets".

Im a big fan personally, since the model itself is so easy to wear, simple and utilitarian. A part of the appeal is the near lack of any "design" element, just a straight jacket with four pockets, but the devil is all in the details as you know.

I hope to get some discussion around these model of coats, and as a starter, I present my "collection" (sorry for the shitty pics), to give people a taste of how they can differ in the details.

Cotton and Cheep got some coats that I know of, but it would be great to see other members stuff aswell.

Blue Bell
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really nice dark denim
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Big Ben by Wrangler
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grainy fade
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Montgomery Ward
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APC, black raw denim, and cotton blanket lined
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Polo Ralph Lauren, herringbone denim
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 04:19 PM

Levis (anyone can ID what line its from?)
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Carhartt, 12 oz duck
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bonus, vintage swedish work jacket in Fristads "marine twill" fabric
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 05:19 PM

i like you collection, bobo! good idea to start a thread about these jackets. personally i wouldn't wear one, i don't think i could pull it off.

they do seem to be popular in japan, and i've seen some very nice chore coats by Eternal when i was in Nara... never really paid any attention to it afterwards, but i'm curious what the rest of the boards thinks...
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:26 PM

Great collection! I like them, I have a few chore coat inspired jackets by APC (they call them work jackets), but not the one above though.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 09:43 PM

^^thanks guys.

would be nice to see some pics from others.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 10:29 PM

Nice thread!

Here's mine (reposts but posting to have them in this thread and to keep it going):

LEE (bought used, can't say much about it)
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LVC 1905 Sunset Coat (predistressed):
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 10:33 PM

^^nice! the lee jacket is interesting, since the more common 91-J coat has two breat pockets, and sort of different pocket placement. Great Lvc jacket aswell.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 10:37 PM

That Levi one is from the LVC collection...Spring 2002 I think.

Personally, I don't like the cut...I prefer shorter jackets...probably has to do with the fact that I'm pushing 5'9"

Levis (anyone can ID what line its from?)
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:03 AM

^^thanks for the ID (and the good news:) ) I never really got into cowboy denim jackets, since they are so short, so chore coats are perfect.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:29 AM

i was just browsing through the omnigod collection and stumbled upon this pic

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and thought it looked great. man, omnigod deserves so much more attention on this board. i really really love their garments

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:34 AM

RRL always has some pretty cool distressed chore coats:

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I'm pretty sure selvedge runs throughout the inside of the coat too
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:13 AM

Here is mine carhartt chore coat, nothing spectacular but just that's what i wear for past 2 winter, same as the bobo one but just different color.
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Bobo:

looks like you havent wash you brown one yet, here is my other cartartt brown coat i worn for past 6 winter, wash once.

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by the way, i really like that montgomery ward one, but why are there two button opening on the top?? Believes that someone waxed their Pointer chore coat too, but dont know how that ones goes....
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:30 AM

^^nice, almost honeycombs. I have yet to wash it yes...

I wonder the same about the Montgomery ward coat.. maybe its for two different buttoning styles, or a manufacturing error?

It was Familyman that waxed that Pointer coat... really cool project. Im curious about pointer brand in general, for instance their hickory stripe chore coats.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:42 AM

that is exactly what i am looking at few days ago, but their pics cant be enlarge and the size i wear is 36 in carhartt, so i wonder the how their small compare to the 36. But those hickory one look very well especially the price. Might send them an email toa sk
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:44 AM

here´s some Pointer jacket measurments http://item.rakuten....ana/po-45-0926/

I really like the look of the Pointer fisher stripe and hickory pants aswell, but thats another story...
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:50 AM

Great thread Bobo. Love the chore coat. Huge fan of Warehouse Co. coats, they have sooo many. Warehouse, Double Works, Duck Digger and Blue & Gray. Lots of crazy washes and raw.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:01 AM

I've been thinking of picking up a Sugar Cane chore coat for the past 2-3months now. I kind of forgot about it for the past 3 weeks, but checking out this thread just reminded me of them again.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:41 AM

bobo, is that carhatt chore coat vintage??
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:15 AM

nice collection Bobo been trying to find one I actually liked enough to buy and settled on Post O'alls tried to hunt some down of rakuten sites like these nice and simple

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and Imperial Post this ones a bit dressier

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I contacted them the other day and they told me that Garbstore and Oi Polloi are soon to be stockists hopefully signals a wider availability

looking for a nice Headlight jacket too

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:36 AM

Cool thread Bobo! I've always been interested in chore coats and see a ton of them while browsing the japanese rakuten sites, but I just haven't bought any yet.

I'm really liking the post overalls stuff.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:55 PM

thanks for the positive feedback guys!

Post Overalls looks all sorts of amazing to me, both jackets, vests, shirts and pants, very tasteful and on point... I hope the prices wont be to crazy if they get to europe.

That Imperial Post Overalls jacket seems to be cut in the same way as older hunting vests... interesting.

The warehouse coats are intese aswell, a bit different. I really like the look of those in cotton duck i´ve seen online..

Msspark, I got the coat used on ebay, and it seems to have some age, but the buttons and everything are the same as today, so it cant be older than say 80s or so I think.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 02:22 PM

some relevant Free & Easy photos from ebay
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seems the chore coat pretty much found its modern shape in the 40s, while those predating this had different pocket shapes and often chin straps..

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 02:49 PM

call pointer today but they told me that the hickory one is out until at least the end of september, otherwise i would have bought it..
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 11:52 PM

I really dig them. I have the same problem of length with regular style jean jackets, so chore jackets are a good alternative for me. I picked up a vintage lined one from ebay recently which I plan to start wearing once it cools down a bit.

I really like some of Sugar Cane's, like this one for example.
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Sadly, I think it's an old model as I've never actually been able to find it in stock(SC makes some other nice ones too, but I love the shape of the pockets on that one).

But now after picking up a denim one what I've looking for is a lighter cotton one, something like this EG one I missed out on.
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Some of the Japanese brands have some really nice ones, but I've found the sleeves are sometimes too short for me on them. I wish more American brands still made them, as I think I'd find the sizing better for myself.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:39 PM

find this on ebay
didnt know that CommedesGarcons x pointer brand
made in Japan
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 05:40 PM

Came across an interesting site recentley Workers

It has several sections with info on makes and makers of work wear like Carharrt, Crown, Lee, Payday, Montgomery Ward etc theres even Boots, Coveralls and Shirts

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It is cover all of Mongomery word corporation [pawahausuburando]. The word corporation for the first time appearing the power house brand, 1929. (Trade mark register statement) The brand which ever since that, is used in the work wear and the casual wear starts is the power house.   In the raglan sleeve, the cuff is seen in only relatively old cover all, the design where the reverse appears in the chart. The silhouette the [me], the arm to be thick is the boorish silhouette thickly in the whole.  




definitley worth a browse around

The chap who's site it is also makes Chore Jackets and shirts but entireley to order
here is the most recent one which he just finished taking orders for a few days ago

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I emailed to get more info but through the translation it is a little difficult to get an exact reply but it seems it is a very small operation maybe even one man and items are available to order for a few weeks and then those orders are produced over the next few weeks

the next set are some shirts and I'm very seriously considering it

prices wont break the bank either
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 06:58 PM

^^Amazing coat, so might be worth the effort. The raglan sleeves and cuff style makes it rather unique.
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:44 PM

Not sure how to shrink this, but recently ordered this one:

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:12 PM

I've been eyeing up the workers website recently too, missed the boat on that railroaders coat but it is pretty stunning.
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