In France, it’s called a laboureur work jacket.
In the United Kingdom, it’s called a donkey jacket.
In the US, we call it a chore coat or a shirt jacket.
It’s not ‘work wear’ in terms of a suit and tie, these jackets are made for rugged, tough conditions. They’re meant to be functional and protective. Something to throw on while at work or doing a chore. The design resembles a thick button down shirt and almost always has exterior patch pockets and a high collar to protect what you’re wearing underneath.
In France, they were originally worn by architects while working on designs and construction sites. In Japan, a denim chore coat was worn by firemen (they had to constantly douse themselves with water so they didn’t catch fire but the indigo chore coat became the predecessor to the denim jacket). In the US, construction workers wear a waxed cotton, fully lined version of the coat (not all construction workers… but I’m sure a few… that’s not exactly my area of expertise…).
If you’re Bill Cunningham, it’s your daily uniform.
Nowadays, the shirt has seen a million variations, but most hold true to the basic elements: a classic cut, unlined coat with exterior pockets. Built to last.
“Built to last” is part of Bridge & Burn’s core values. They’re the Portland based brand that made this work jacket in collaboration with designer John Blasioli (design partnerships are kinda their thing too). It’s made from wool and definitely made to last!
There’s something so great about a brand focused on uncomplicated, quality goods. Check out their full collection with the link below. Their shirts and jackets are my particular favorites. I paired it with a high funnel neck sweater and cropped, pleated pants because Lord knows I’m not working with my hands. I’m not protecting myself from anything. ;)