Work jacket in coal grey wool-angora twill

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Four-button jacket, made in London, with a blend of lambswool and angora from Wales, a lining of wool-melton from West Yorkshire, and dark horn buttons from the West Midlands.


The jacket fits true to size, and so the mannequin — the most standard 38 in the world — wears S. The body is short, and its shape is fairly straight. The sleeves are narrow, and the cuffs tighten firmly around the wrist.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 20 21 22 23 24
Shoulder 17 18 19 20 21
Sleeve length 24 24½ 25 25 25½
Back length 27½ 28 28½ 29 29½
The jacket is made with a blend of lambswool and angora, woven in south-west Wales. It is a warm but lightweight cloth of cloud-like buoyancy and comfort. There's a fluffiness to it, and a softness, such that if you close your eyes and give it a stroke, you'd swear it was a cashmere sweater.
The jacket is a short and casual one, with four buttons. It has a stand collar, which starts about an inch high at the front, and rises gently around the back of the neck.
The buttons on the jacket are horn, and are dark in colour and matte in finish. Being as they are an entirely natural thing, these buttons, each one looks a little different to the next, varying in tone and hue. The same goes for the little backing buttons (below-left) which support each of the buttons on the front.
The jacket has five pockets. First are two open patch-pockets running across the front. Then there is a smaller patch at the chest. Inside, meanwhile, are two jet pockets (on which more below) — one of which is stitched through to the front.
The sleeves are a standard sort of width, but they taper sharply at the elbow and fasten snugly around the wrist with gusset-type cuffs.
The jacket has two medium-size jet pockets on the inside — one on each side.
The jacket is half-lined in the body with a mid-grey wool-melton from West Yorkshire — and with a little pleat down the centre — and the sleeves are lined with a lightweight cotton.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1", more or less 12 stone, and is as standard a 38 chest as you could hope to meet. The jacket he's wearing here, then, is a size S.

Makers of

The jacket is made by an outerwear factory in north-east London. It is specialised skill, assembling jackets from thick and heavy cloth. The idea is to make something which truly lasts — all highly durable making techniques, heavy fusing, and turned seams — without the result being stiff or bulky.
What the Welsh don't know about wool isn't worth knowing. Sheep-rearing sorts began to bring fleece into the wooded valley of the old mill two-hundred years ago. It was for weaving blankets back then. Now it is blankets plus assorted other woollens — all notable for superior softness and skin-friendliness.
The wool lining hails from a mill founded in the Heavy Woollen District of West Yorkshire in the 1800s. Carding, blending, spinning, and weaving — it all happens on the same premises. This unique arrangement means that the fleece’s change into top-grade cloth could not be more tightly tuned.
The horn buttons are cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain. It continues a tradition in the Midlands, first linked to the area's meat markets, in the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons here in Birmingham."

So they say

As with my overshirt, I am very pleased with the work jacket, too. Your things are very distinctive, without being at all gimmicky and are beautifully made. Thank you.

Quick on the heels of an overshirt acquired a week earlier, this gent bought a work jacket in melton wool in September 2017.

After a brief detention in a mountain-top post office, the [work] jacket has arrived and is unsurprisingly delightful.

This gent bought a rare thing indeed — the work jacket in wool-angora — in September of 2016.