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Knit Beachcloth Jacket

Knit Beachcloth Jacket

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A craze was started in the early 1900s by a man with the last name of Brown creating a product he called Brown's Beach Cloth Jacket. He originally made the jacket for the intense Northeastern Winters, but pretty soon many different customers throughout the USA wrote in to ask to buy his jackets. Pretty soon he was making vests, hats, and many other items out of his famous fabric. It was knit tightly on the outside, and brushed on the inside for warmth. It could get wet and still block the wind and keep you warm. This was a pretty miraculous fabric. The craze lasted well into the 1930s and 40s where it wasnt uncommon to even see the vests and jackets with the signifiable pocket styles on surfers on California beaches.

This fabric is knit in the same way as the original Beach Cloth fabric, however as the original looms and machines don't exist in the USA this fabric now comes from Japan (not surprisingly, as many mills in Japan have learned to make older American cloth in even more new and interesting ways) 

The Wythe Beachcloth Jacket comes in a marled brown like the original, and the same cotton webbing to cover seams. I completely rethought the shape though and added in a soon-to-be-signature reinforced hunting pocket instead of the more traditional welt pockets on the vintage originals. I added more side snaps on the back to keep some shape in the body. The fit is so comfortable and moves with your body. It's an ideal jacket for staying warm both inside and outside, and I can say it fits a book nicely for your morning train ride or a weekend walk in the park. I haven't taken mine near the beach yet, but am thinking this would be JUST the thing for the post wetsuit chills

  • Japanese fabric
  • 32% cotton, 68% Wool
  • Made in China
  • Custom Steer snap closures
  • Dry Clean Only
  • Regular fit, buy your normal size