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vintage french workwear jacket


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vintage french workwear jacket

De rigeur for railway workers in 19th century France and never out of production since, the workwear jacket (or chore coat) is a traditional garment with a dynamic, living culture of reinvention. This piece is layered with another type of work; visibly stitched by hand to reinforce worn patches and revive faded colour, in the tradition of sashiko mending.

While today you might use their ample, topstitched pockets for your phone and keys (or a copy of l'étranger) instead of tools, these jackets are nonetheless true to their essentially practical and robust origins. Known as “Bleu de travail” (in French, work blues) for their distinctive, deep violet hue, our vintage workwear jackets are sourced and made in France from heavy 100 % cotton drill, just like their ancestors. They can be worn all year round as a button-up shirt, open over wool in winter, and as a lighter layer with any summer tee- buttoned cuffs are tres chic rolled and the straight-sided cut is comfortably breezy.

Becoming even softer in colour and texture with every outing, this unique jacket will come to show the history of your own use, serving its new owner for many years, and who knows- you may one day add a new stitch or two yourself.

made in France

colour : ink
fabric : 100% cotton
details :
  • 3 external patch pockets
  • 1 internal breast patch pocket
  • preloved condition
  • sashiko mending on back
measurements : 
  • chest 100cm
  • length 70cm
  • sleeve 62cm

care instructions : This indestructible vintage piece has been washed and line-dried many a time before – the occasional cold machine wash is all that’s required, though like your favourite denim, you can preserve colour and condition by airing, more than washing, where possible.

*model is 164cm tall