Jul 25, 2012


In honor of the upcoming DENIM BRUIN - MADE IN CALIFORNIA event this coming Friday thru Sunday July 27-29 in San Francisco, CA celebrating denim & workwear designed and made in California, we share a vintage CAN'T BUST 'EM engineer coat in a much favored vest jacket style that was made some 70 odd years ago in the great city by the bay. 
This garment is constructed using express stripe denim which has a wider stripe pattern than the more commonly seen hickory stripe variety. The GOLD LABEL tag located at the inside collar likely dates this jacket to the 1940's. From the VintageWorkwear.com collection.
Collarless "vest jacket" styling with elongated lower front waist
Angular patch pockets with stripe pattern lined up to match the body of the jacket provide a nice detail
Engraved type buttons with enamel inlay
1040's era machine loomed rayon Union Made/ Trade Mark neck label
United Garment Workers of America Union Label
Elbow area of the sleeve showing natural wear from real world use
Back side view shows distinct vest type design with shorter back and longer front
Cuff edge stitching reinforcement and machine repaired holes tell the tale of real work and related  wear & tear
More real wear & tear found on the sleeve


  1. I have seen a catalog illustration of an almost identical sleeved vest made by Filson, only in their tin cloth. I believe I may have seen one on eBay. Very interesting design but I've never seen one in any old photo of workers.

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