The pijjekker – in which 'pij' refers to the type of cloth used, a coarse kind of twilled blue cloth, and 'jekker' describes a man’s short, heavy, coat – is the original name of what is now known across the world as the Peacoat. Famed for its origins in the military, the Peacoat's history begins as early as the 1720s and features in nearly every surplus uniform in various guises. A longer cut often referred to as a 'Bridge Coat' was only worn by officers and often adorned with gold buttons.
A true labour of love for our Creative Director and Founder Phil James. From the heavy-weight, 22oz Melton wool that’s been woven exclusively for &SONS to the oversized buttons, forged from recycled metal. Every detail has been considered and consciously sourced - without compromise.
To withstand the elements and create a coat that was wearable and workable, we invested in a luxury textile for the lining called Modal. A fabric made from beech tree pulp which contains 50% more absorbent microfibres than cotton and is more sustainable and eco-friendly. The wool is recycled from old woollen garments that are repurposed and spun into new yarn.
The Perfect Peacoat
Is there such a thing? We like to think so. With a design steeped in provenance, we could only look back before creating something unique for the modern-day Pioneer. Taking cues from the earliest ‘pijjekker’ we have focused on the detail, keeping our branding to a minimum and balancing form with function.
We’ve increased the height of the collar to protect the wearer from the elements and introduced a traditional fastening that pulls the collar together around the neck for further insulation. The fastening can be removed or repositioned around the back when not in use. Due to the heavy-weight 22oz Melton wool, the collar sits proud when worn up and creates a unique silhouette for the wearer.
The right arm features a button-down band with a stitched patch that carries our ’Trading Co.’ logo embroidered in military grey.
A shoulder epaulette was traditionally used to tuck a cap or hat into for easy access as the weather turned. We have used this inspiration for our arm band.
After hours of testing, we decided to position the pockets at mid-level which is the perfect height for a relaxed stance. The pockets are made from a durable chord that is soft to touch and a superior fabric to the usual cotton lining.
Hand-stitched, Recycled Metal Buttons
We designed and forged our own buttons made from recycled metal. The buttons are pressed from discarded metal on the factory floor that is melted down and reused to avoid going into landfill. The factory also holds a GRS Certificate (Global Recycled Standard).
The oversized diameters make fastening easier and feature a unique ampersand and stars design.
All of our parcels are lovingly gift wrapped in waxed brown paper and string, they arrive at the shipping address as the perfect gift to a loved one .... or a present to yourself! We offer:
Free UK deliveries on orders over £100
Our standard UK delivery charge is £5.95 - except for our handmade boots
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