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The more you know about Sterlingwear, the more you will trust our brand. Read on for interesting facts about our garments, construction techniques, and more!

Pea Coats date back several centuries, have been employed by numerous navies throughout the world, and have been known by many names.  The term "peacoat" most probably derives its name from the Dutch word "pije", a term used to describe a coarse, woolen coat worn by sailors.  Also known as "pilot" coats, after the cloth of the same name and "reefer" coats, named after the sailors or "reefers" whose job it was to climb the riggings on sailing ships.  Whatever you call them; peacoats have been a staple in military and civilian outerwear for generations.

is the fabric we use for all of our coats. As with many materials, the fabric received its name from the town where it originated hundreds of years ago: in this case, Melton, England. Made from wool, the sturdy textile was woven in a variety of weights. The 24-oz weight was used for both civilian and military outer garments in most cooler climate nations from the 17th to the 20th century. Its popularity is attributed to the fact that after weaving, the surface is roughed to create a nap, or slightly textured pile which helps trap body warmth and repel moisture. At Sterlingwear, we use two different types of melton: 100% wool for our Mariner and Navigator models, and a resilient 80% wool/20% nylon blend for our Classic and Authentic styles.

Slash Pocket (shown at far left) - Featured on our 6-button coats (the Authentic and the Navigator), the slash pocket is bound on both sides of the opening, and reinforced at either end with triangular tacks.

Welt Pocket (shown at near left) - A welt is a folded band of fabric used to trim the opening of a garment pocket. Welt pocket trims present a sleek, more tailored look. They can be found on our 8-button coats (the Classic and the Mariner).

Convertible Collar  (Shown near-left) - Found on our Authentic and Navigator styles, this distinctive, oversized collar that typifies the peacoat, is made to be worn either up or down, hence the name "convertible".  Worn down, it lies flat across the chest. Worn up, the collar functions much like a hood, protecting the face and neck from wind and cold, however, unlike a hood, the convertible collar allows the wearer and unobstructed field of vision.  The Stand-Up collar (shown at far left) - Found on our Classic and Mariner styles, is slightly raised off the shoulder and shaped, lending a more European feel, while still providing protection from the elements.  Both styles of collar feature buttonhole lapels enabling the collars to be buttoned at the neck. 

Anchor Buttons are standard issue for all U.S. Navy Peacoats, as well as, all of our Anchor Collection coats.  The buttons feature the "Fouled Anchor" design, which is an anchor wrapped in a thick rope.  This design dates back more than four centuries, and has been adopted by numerous navies throughout the world as part of their insignia. 

Vent - A vertical opening in the center-back of a coat, starting at the hem. The vent provides additional ease of movement, and lends a more tailored drape to the back of the garment. When constructed properly, the top of the vent is securely reinforced with close zig-zag stitches called "tacks" or "bar tacks." You will see this detail in our Mariner, Navigator, and Authentic models. The Classic is the only model with a one-piece back.

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