The final layer on your outfit, the tailored wool coat will get you through winter in timeless sophistication, and with .08 you know every detail of your most important winter piece has been produced with equal measure of style and sustainability. We partnered with Pendelton Mills, a sixth generation family-owned company in Washougal, WA, to get the highest quality, warmest wool. We then fully lined the coat and pockets with silky soft tencel, a durable, breathable fabric made in a closed-loop, no waste process. When we realized that all shoulder pads on the market were made from synthetic materials, we just went ahead a made our own from organic cotton and hemp. These materials are then expertly tailored into the single breasted, notched coat in New York City and finished with an elegant, natural button made from the corozo nut. This is a coat with a story to tell, and one that will endure as a cold weather staple no matter how your style evolves.Discover our process
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- 100% Wool from Pendelton Mills
- Fully lined in tencel
- Single front button closure
- Two front flap pockets
- Back vent
- Made in New York City
- Dry clean only
- Model is wearing a size small
- Layered over the .04 Slim Button Voile and .06 Heather grey Alpaca Sweater and paired with Objects Without Meaning Raw Silk Slim Trousers and Veja White Leather Esplar Sneakers.
Made in the U.S.A.
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A journey. That’s the process we’d use to describe the creation .08 The Wool Coat.
Let’s start with design. In New York, where we are based, you have to absolutely love your winter coat, since you’re going to wear it everyday for months. We wanted structured details that help us look chic and trim even when nature is kicking up the worst she can offer. The length is perfect both for coverage against the elements and has just a hint of military vibe, to let everyone know you’re on your way.
Now to the production process.
We partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills and their Washougal, WA vertically integrated factory. Vertically integrated means that they own and operate many layers of the production process.
Pendleton Mills is sixth-generation family-owned company that has been around since 1863 when Thomas Kay, an English weaver set up shop in Oregon to benefit from the great American sheep that are raised on the West Coast of the United States.
Pendleton still benefits from these sheep today. 75% of the wool comes from the Western United States (just like the .01 and the .09) and the remaining 25% is from New Zealand. Hear from one of the ranchers in this video:
We chose to work with Pendleton Woolen Mills and their Washougal facility because none of their inputs are toxic. (Yes, most clothes out there are made with toxic dyes!) They also treat the water that gets placed back into our nation’s water system. Unlike in the developing world where 90% of water from clothing mills is dumped without any treatment right back into the drinking supply, causing the apparel industry to be the second biggest polluter of fresh water globally.
Check out the buttons on an old coat. Chances are, they are made from plastic. Why settle for plastic when nature provides a more elegant natural grain of the corozo nut? The corozo nut comes from the Tagua Palm, which is native to Ecuador, and where our corozo originates. Corozo is elegant, natural and sustainable. Their seeds can only be collected after they fall naturally from the tree. Seeds that are picked from the palm before they fall are not ripe enough for production. Raw corozo is ivory in color, and the porous surface of corozo makes it prime material for dyeing. Our buttons were dyed a vibrant black with low-impact dyes. Not only is corozo easy to dye, it is also resistant to fading and highly durable.
The lining of the .08 is Tencel. Tencel is the brand name of the lyocell fiber manufactured by Lenzing Fibers, an Austrian company. Lyocell fibers are extracted from eucalyptus trees that are grown for this purpose on sustainably-run farms - no ancient or endangered forests.
Tencel is breathable, absorbent, and similar to silk in hand-feel and drape, but much easier to care for. It is also crease-resistant and very durable, making it ideal for our coat lining.
Unlike conventional rayon and Modal, Tencel is created in a unique closed loop process, in which almost all of the solvent is recovered and reused.
To create a bit of structure, we need a little help with the shoulders. When we couldn’t find a traceable, organic shoulder pad option, well we just had to make it. Our shoulder pads are created with three different layers. The outside layer, which is normally made from polyester, for us is made with organic cotton. Inside, there are layers of organic cotton batting and a layer of hemp to stabilize the layers. No polyester for us. Our shoulder pads were manufactured in Mount Vernon, New York at a second-generation factory. The current owner is Harold, whose parents originally opened the factory.
Made in New York
The coats were cut and sewn at C&J and their partner factory, 37 Models, both located in the Garment District. Both are known for their tailoring expertise and construction of sportswear and outerwear. James, the owner of C&J, and Jeffrey, the owner of 37 Models have been friends for a long time.