Nov 26, 2010

Brown's Beach Jacket - Union Made in America

With the nighttime temps here in Southern California dipping down into the forties this past week, I have had the golden opportunity to break out my much loved but rarely worn Brown's Beach Jacket. This inspired me to share some photos my vintage Brown's Beach Jackets, Vests and few print ads from the collection. Also included are two vests and a jacket that we recently sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile and a couple of nice Japanese reproduction pieces. Enjoy!

Discovered these great jackets back around 2004 while searching for information on salt & pepper vintage workwear and gained a bit of an education while trying to find one in a larger size. Thanks to JD for the information and photos early on & RL for the BIG hook up back in 2007, another pivotal vintage workwear moment.  
My Brown's Beach Jackets & Vests 
My 3 pocket button front model, purchased as new old stock, worn only a handful of times 
 Brown's Beach Cloth DOT brand snap variation
 BROWN'S beach cloth, Norfolk MA label  
My new old stock 2 pocket zipper model with original hang tag and inspection tag. I believe this  model is known as a Surcoat. It cost more than the shorter button front version due in part to it's longer length and leather pocket detailing. 
Heavy Duty Talon zipper
Leather trimmed front pocket detail
Brown's Beach Jacket label & care tag
Garment inspection tag
Brown's Beach Jacket original bag, via JD 

My vintage Brown's Beach Vest, stripe version. Size 44
Brown's Beach Jacket embossed SCOVIL brand snap

My vintage Brown's Beach Vest, size 46
Brown's Beach Jacket SCOVIL snap. Piping showing honest wear
Iconic pocket shape & piping detail

Brown's Beach Jacket information tag, via JD
Information tag backside, note Union Made & Made in America at the bottom, via JD
My vintage duck canvas hunting pants with DOT brand Brown's Beach Cloth snap
Brown's Beach Cloth DOT brand snap  
Serval brand zipper
1943 -  A man, his beat-up Brown's Beach Jacket and a large fish. It's a great day!! 
via fellow Brown's aficionado Vintage Engineer Boots 
Vintage 1940's Brown's Beach collarless jacket with oversized snaps.
Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Vest size 42. Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Vest size 46. Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Jacket in a favored stripe version via Vintage Engineer Boots blog

Fantastic Shawl Collar Japanese reproduction. Guess I'm kind of glad it wasn't made in larger sizes, I would of had to have it.
Reproduction Brown's Beach "Shelter Cap" in black via the WILD ONE, Japan
Recently ran across these Reproduction Brown's Beach "Shelter Caps" over at the WILD ONE.
May just need to try & snag one of these


  1. So great to see all this together! Nothing quite compares to the utilitarian beauty of a Brown's Beach Jacket. Essential for any great vintage collection.

  2. In the 1960's, J. Finkelstein and Sons in Woonsocket RI produced the Brown's Beach Jacket and Vest.

  3. what is the value of these? I have a vintage mens small jacket in mint condition-virtually never worn. Salt and pepper with 2 pockets, broad collar. Gorgeous jacket.

  4. ...make that a three pocket jacket...thanks

  5. Don't know if this is still active but I'm from Worcester MA. The original home of Browns Beach. I havery a vest from the 1940 and I found one at a thrift store the other day. I am trying to date it, it is a belted back and interesting female snaps. Any info would be greatly appreciated

    1. Really cool! I would say 1920s or 1930s. Thats when cinch belts and nipple snaps were used. Is the tag black with gold letters? Feel free to email me:

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