This jacket from Japan Blue finds it's inspiration in old style work jackets from a time when looking dressed up while working was preferable. Some of these old work jackets had similarities with suits, and you can even see old pictures of workers wearing hats and ties paired up with their protective clothes. The so-called chore jacket became synonymous with tough labor in the late 19th century, designed to be functional and to withstand though wear. The length of the jacket along with the roomy pockets made it the perfect functional jacket to be worn as an protective outer layer garment.
This version of the classic chore coat is inspired by the ones used by the railroad workers in the early 20th century, where the striped fabrics were considered garish enough to make the workers stand out in a crowd and easy to spot when they were working by the train tracks, much like the yellow vests of today.
Japan Blue has made this jacket as a contemporary version of the classic chore jacket, with a tighter fit and a shorter length than the traditional cut but still made out of the same kind of sturdy and durable indigo twill fabric used back in the days. As for the striped pattern, is is actually woven into the fabric rather than printed as they used to be, adding strength to the fabric and and ensuring that the dots won't wear off. At the front of the jacket you will find one slanted buttonhole, a detail that was used on earlier versions of chore jackets to fasten the chain of your pocket watch. Eventually the pocket watch was replaced with the more modern wrist watch, and the button hole didn't serve any purpose and was removed. We think it's a fine detail that serves as a hommage to the history of this kind of work jackets.
- Japan Blue Railroad Cover All Jacket - 100% cotton - Indigo twill fabric with woven stripes - Four pockets - One slanted buttonhole for pocket watch chain - Sanforized and won't shrink - Made in Japan
All measurements are in centimeters and measured on a flat surface. Width is measured straight across the chest from armpit to armpit, length is measured at the back of the garment from the neck down and the sleeve length is measured on the underarm from the armpit to the end of the cuff.