Although San Francisco does not get a real winter compared to much of the rest of the country, there are still times when the weather turns wet and chilly. Sometimes we even get that in the summer, unfortunately. And what better to ward off the dampness than a pea coat? These things have been associated with sailors for years, but even a landlubber can find a lot to appreciate in the thick wool construction and high collar. Besides, wearing a pea coat can make you look a little tougher than you actually are. But don’t get cocky.
There have been some twists on the pea coat that I have come across recently, but a classic is the version from Schott of New York City. Schott was founded in 1913 and is currently run by third and fourth generation members of the original family. Much of the company’s product line is still made in the U.S. If you’re looking for a pea coat, you can’t go wrong with this one.
For a twist on the classic, there is this option from Unionmade. It was done in collaboration with Golden Bear and was made right here in San Francisco.
That’s pretty bold, and while I like it, my wife owns a red pea coat of her own and there is no need for us to start dressing alike. Here is a version with the colors reversed, which might be a possibility.
If you want something other than wool, there is also this interesting option, also from the Unionmade/Golden Bear collaboration. The fabric is described as “ring-spun indigo canvas” — I have tried this one on and it retains the heft of its woolly cousins, and I think the canvas would do well against the elements.
So if you are looking for a pea coat to finish out the winter in, you will likely be happy with any of these options. Or, you could always seek out a military surplus store if you are trying to save some money. Just remember to flip up that collar and wear the hell out of that pea coat.