Parka minor in weatherproof ripstop in postman blue

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Buying

£490.00

Parka, made in London, with weatherproof ripstop — a lightweight (7oz) weave of very strong aramid fibres from Yorkshire — and horn buttons and brass loops from the Midlands.

Sizing

The parka fits true to size, but the best size for you depends on how you wish to wear it. For a sharper jacket-like fit, go for your normal size. For a more relaxed overcoat fit, so it can be worn over several thick layers — or if you are even slightly between sizes — go up a size. The shoulders will be smooth and soft either way, as a consequence of the sleeve construction.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 21½ 22½ 23½ 24½ 25½
Back length 29 29¼ 29½ 29¾ 30
Sleeve from   centre-back 35       35½       36       36½       37      
Called "weatherproof" for a reason, this cloth. Rain, no matter how much, beads up and bounces off; wind shall not pass. But at the same time, it has superlative heat-transfer and ventilation properties. By trapping air and wicking moisture, it is a high-performance shell on cold days and hot, sticky ones alike.
The parka minor, despite its name, is a very substantial coat, packed to the gussets with old-school function and feature. It has an extremely high front, which runs right up over the chin, and a wide wrap — not double-breasted, but not far off — intended to shield the wearer from every element.
The hood covers all parts of the head save the face — such as is the least requirement for a hood — and, with its three-panel construction, hugs the crown and curves cleanly around the forehead and temple. It is built to hold its shape when down: standing up, almost, to keep things warm and dry at the nape.
The parka, at the neck, has two studs — or snap fasteners, or poppers, or even tiches, if you prefer. Small and unassuming things, an aged brass finish, and a mechanism which closes with an authoritatively dull click rather than a juvenile tinny one.
The parka has a front of four horn buttons — dark in colour and matte in finish. Because each is a thing of nature, they are all unique — differing in shade and markings. But for all their beauty, they're hidden away when fastened, thus less likely to snag on bushes, brambles, and other outdoor perils.
Sitting at the waist are the first half of four outer pockets. These, the most obvious half, have an envelope opening — an "up and under" construction which is much more secure than the norm — which is built into a particularly large flap. Deep, these pockets, and a particularly formidable home for wallets and mobiles.
Below the main pockets are side-entry pockets. These are positioned at optimal longitude and latitude for the satisfying plunging-in of hands.
Running around the waist of the parka is a wide belt. It runs beneath the flaps of the pockets, and fastens with a pair of brass sliders: operating in the classic d-ring style.
Belts are nothing if not divisive, of course — some love 'em, some don't — and so this one is designed to be removed without leaving behind any evidence of absence. It runs into a slot hidden beneath the pocket flaps, see, and from that point, runs through a channel that runs around the waist to the other side.
The sleeves of the parka have a couple of darts positioned in the region of the elbow. The sleeve is wide up top, see, so that things may be layered under the coat, but, very much at the same time, it has a tight cuff to hug the wrist and keep out the elements. Darts help with this.
The parka has a tight cuff, which when fastened snugly grips the wrist. There are two levels of tightness, the second of which is certifiably circulation-troubling.
One of the other notable aspects of the coat is its construction. It is a hybrid of two sleeves, with the smart lines of an inset sleeve at the front, but, at the back, a roomy raglan sleeve. In practical terms, this frees things up in the upper body; in aesthetic ones, it means a pleasing curve on the shoulder.
Bar-tacks may be found here, there, and everywhere — but in particular at points of stress, such as at the openings of pockets, or here, where the underside of the envelope pocket must grip firmly to the top.
The back panel of the parka is fully lined with a slinky satin, making donning and undonning it a breeze, and helping to reduce friction with whatever is worn underneath. The side and front panels, however, are lined with the outer cloth, making for a redoubtably rain-proof experience across the entire front.
With things so eventful on the outside of the parka, inside, things are clean and simple, with a chest pocket on the left-side as worn.
The front of the cloth is a ripstop weave of aramid fibres; the back is a raised ripstop of more aramid fibres. Weapon-grade strength. And yet the cloth is soft and tactile, doesn't much age, and is supremely hardy vis à vis abrasion. Great for travel, too: light and resistant to creasing.

As worn

Him, here, is 6'1", just over 11 stone, and as standard a 38 chest as you could ever meet. The parka he is wearing, then, is an S.
This is the same parka minor, in the same size and on the same man, but in a different cloth (weatherproof ripstop as opposed to thick canopy cotton).

Makers of

The coat is made in north-east London. It is a very specialised skill, assembling coats from heavy cloth, and every reasonable step — and the odd unreasonable step — is to taken to endure things are built to last, from the cutting of the pattern to the work on the machine, but without the results being stiff or bulky.
The ripstop cloth comes from a mill in the Heavy Woollen District of West Yorkshire, founded in the 1800s. Things have, of course, moved very much with the times, and so the traditions of weaving are allied now to cutting-edge, industry-leading standards in weaving, dyeing, and testing.
The brass hardware is made by a foundry in the West Midlands, which was founded in the 1800s. It is the last such foundry in an area once heaving with them. Its sand-casting method — which sees 940°c molten brass poured by hand from a crucible into sand-made moulds — is ancient and infallible.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons made in Birmingham."

So they say

I've been meaning to leave you some positive words about the parka, as it's absolute beauty and I'm really impressed with it. It's just full of that S.E.H Kelly magic. The cut of it is so nice and really sharp even without the belt tied, and only looks even nicer with the belt tied. Before getting it my worry was the hood being too small, as my head is pretty big compared to the rest of me, haha — but the hood is perfect! And the cloth is incredible. I love ripstop, but have never had any of this quality or thickness before, and it looks luscious, too. I can see this becoming my favourite garment I've got from you so far, and that's pretty hard!

A pleased man from Canada, who purchased the parka in weatherproof ripstop in cosmos in March 2020.

The parka arrived and is great: an excellent fit for a parka, I think. The fabric is wonderfully luxurious as well as durable, which I wasn't really expecting from a ripstop.

Kind words from a gentleman who picked up the parka minor in weatherproof ripstop in blue in April 2020.

The parka minor in ripstop landed on my desk at work today. Now I can't help but wear it in the office. Everybody looks at me as if I'm hoping for indoor rain. Only the rain-dance is missing. The fit, feel, and look are just perfect.

Enthusiasm abounds from Germany, where a man picked up the parka minor in weatherproof ripstop in early November 2019.

My first day wearing it was a cracking way to test the waters: all-day heavy downpours. Me and my better-half decided to take a stroll around our area. One of the first things she said was, "You look like the adverts where ketchup rolls straight off a pair of trainers." Another was, "You could probably pass this down as an heirloom." I agree, it's a stunning piece, visually and physically. We must have been out for two hours, and the only sign of water appearing was through the stitching. Expected — but really minimal amounts for how much it was hammering down. This only happened after around the hour mark, too. Day to day, it's been getting plenty of comments around the office. You can expect a couple extra orders from as I’ve sent them on to your site. I honestly could not ask for a better coat. You've have done an outstanding job, and I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to develop it.

Feedback from a man enjoying his parka in weatherproof ripstop (the most water-resistant of all cloth used here) in the city where rain was invented, Manchester.

Smart simplicity, I would call it, the design of your parka. Beautiful and functional efficiency. It rained one late afternoon. After five minutes, my parka was completely covered in a spray of shiny tiny drops on a dark blue like the sky. People stared at this new attribution to nature. Inside, warm and dry. Outdoors I wear a hat, with not too wide a brim. The hood of the parka is spacious, fitting over my hat, brim and all, without deforming. The hood doesn't make noise: it is quiet itself; in it, sounds are not muffled.

So explained a gentleman in Amsterdam, who purchased the parka in weatherproof ripstop in September 2018.

I've just received the parcel with the very wonderful parka. It is stunning in its design and cloth. It fits so well, and feels incredibly comfortable. I had not imagined such a technical material could feel so pleasantly soft to the touch. The colour is superb, too. And the parka looks great whether carried open or closed — the way the hood and neck fold back. I feel I can now withstand whatever weather our strange climate provides, and look good, at the same time.

Words from a lady in Denmark, who bought a parka in weatherproof ripstop in March 2018.