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There are a plethora of winter jackets out there, which would both compliment your jeans and keep you snug and warm. But there are a few classics that we feel are the perfect companion throughout the winter months. Most of us Denimhuters oddly prefer the colder months.

The summer sees us sweating in our heavy jeans, while others stare in disbelief at someone foolish enough to wear jeans in 35°C heat. Let’s face it, if we have to explain, they will never understand. The alternative is too traumatic to contemplate. Horror of horrors, we abandon our jeans, frittering away precious days of wear.

When the colder months swing around we breathe a sigh of relief. These civilized temperatures not only allow us to comfortably wear our jeans, they also provide us with much more possibility when it comes to our outfit.Let’s look at the first line of defence in the battle against the winter chill. Your winter jacket.The N1 Deck Jacket was developed in the 1940s for the US Navy.With its tightly woven cotton outer shell and alpaca lining it staved off even the harshest conditions the sea could throw at it. There are a number of companies making fantastic variations on the N1; Trophy Clothing, Pike Brother, and Spiewak to name just a few.
However, the Buzz Rickson’s version has to be the closest to the original we have seen. Available through Burg&Schild.
Sticking with the Navy, we have the always classic peacoat.The peacoat can trace its design as far back as the 1790s. Yet the “modern,” classic version is most commonly associated with the Navy. The heavy Melton wool outer, double breasted closure, wide lapels and high collar being perfect for keeping out the worst of the weather while at sea.
Like most classic military clothing, the peacoat found its way into the civilian life. You can find a great many different variations of good and bad quality.For us, the US 740N Naval Pea Coat from Schott has to be one of the best. It ticks all the boxes: 32 oz. Melton outer, anchor-embossed buttons, and the classic military cut. Oh, and its water repellent, which naturally comes in handy. Available thought Burg&Schild.<

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It should come as no surprise to you that I am a huge fan of Eat Dust. Their clothing is classic and practical. The production quality is right up there with the best, and they are simply fucking cool.Keith and Rob keep things simple, they find the best possible cut for a particular garments and stick to it. Every now and then they offer us variations.
For this winter they have taken their 637 Core Worker Jacket and, in collaboration with artist Nicholas Coleman, they have come up with the 637N. With a heavy wool, beautifully patterned outer, and red satin lining this jacket is super rare – only 83 were made. They’re all hand numbered and hand signed.You’ll have to be quick if you want one. Available through Meadow.
Going back to the military, for this jacket we will leave the sea and look to the sky.During the Second World War, RAF bomber pilots had to spend long periods of time flying at very high altitudes. Their planes had no pressurized cabin or heating of any sort. Put simply it got cold up there, very cold.
To help them cope with freezing temperatures the pilots and crews of the planes were given jackets made from sheepskin wool. The natural insulating properties of the wool made for the perfect defence from the cold.The RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket from Alexander Leathers is probably as close as you can come to what they were wearing in the 1940s. Made from the best US-sourced sheepskin, the most authentic hardware from Japan, and made with the skill of a dedicated machinist, this jacket not only as authentic as possible, but also beautifully made. It will last a lifetime.
I was lucky enough to try this jacket on recently and believe me; I could go out in the Berlin winter with nothing under this but a T-shirt and be warm and toasty. Available through Alexander Leathers.Images courtesy of named stores, aside from title image, which is vintage. 

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