Smock in cotton panama in marine

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£150.00 — ex VAT

Smock, made in London, with a mid-weight (12oz) cotton canvas from a mill in Lancashire.


The smock fits true to size, but is intended to have a loose and relaxed fit so it may be worn on occasion over other layers. For a neater, slimmer fit, therefore, please go one size down.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 21 22 23 24 25
Back length 29½ 29¾ 30 30¼ 30½
Sleeve from centre-back 33 33½ 34 34½ 35

The method of sleeve construction on the smock means the shoulders accommodate and drape smoothly over human contours of every shape and size — rendering a shoulder measurement both impossible and irrelevant.

The smock is an all-purpose pullover, made with one foot in salty wind-battered maritime tradition, and the other in normal landlubbin' everyday life. It has an easy, relaxed shape, and is intended to be worn either loose, by itself, or like a protective workwear overall, over a shirt or woollen sweater, say.
A very large pocket runs across the belly of the smock, from one side to the other. It scoops down very slightly inside so that small and loose personal effects can be stored without complete risk of them falling back out, but the primary function of this pocket is to keep hands warm during a typhoon.
Strong little tacks abound on the smock, strengthening points expected to endure the most stress. The mouth of the pockets, for instance, and the sides of the neck.
The neck has a teardrop shape, and is cut so that its outline tapers towards the shoulder. It is high at the front and even higher at the back — again, a nod to old coastal smocks.
The smock has a dropped shoulder. This and indeed the body shape of the smock as a whole echo the way in which traditional smocks have been cut for at least a couple of centuries — almost square, and with the body of the wearer imposing the shape on the smock rather than the other way round.
There is a yoke spanning the back of the smock, which runs in line with the level of the armholes. It had a hanging loop and box-pleat built into its mid-point: the former for hanging it up when not in use and the latter for opening up some room in the back slightly in times of need and danger.
The sleeves have no cuffs, and instead welcome being turned up one or two times.
The cloth here is a cotton panama, which is a classic sort of canvas weave of middling weight. The yarn from which it is made is itself high-calibre, and a fairly rigorous milling process after weaving makes for a smooth, soft cloth, and both more comfortable and pliable than your usual cotton canvas.

As worn

The young man here has as standard a 38 chest as ever there was, so the smock he's wearing here is an S.
The same smock, this, just in another colour: the size is once again S and the chest of the man wearing it is 38.

Makers of

The smock, with respect to how it is put together and the sturdy nature of its cloth, has more in common with a jacket than e.g. a shirt, with heavy turned seams here and other seams bound tidily with cotton there. It is as such is made by a family-run specialist of coats and jackets in north-east London.
The cloth is sourced from a mill in Lancashire, in north-west England. Cottons have rolled off its line for nearly a century and a half. Industry-leading methods of weaving, dyeing, and finishing — unimproved in decades — along with steadfast adherence to quality, result in some truly first-rate cloth.

So they say

I just received my smocks. Perfect fit. Beautiful. If only everything sent to my door was packaged with such care.

This customer purchased two smocks in cotton panama in February 2020.

I love the cut and details (like the vents and dart at the elbow) and am mesmerised by the heavenly linen feel. Thanks for manufacturing such wonderful garments.

So said a happy owner of the smock in linen cambric in May 2020.