The trend for workwear often leans on craftsmanship and authenticity – two words that the French chore jacket personifies.
The classic chore – blue, boxy, collared, with either three or four pockets – dates back to early 19th-century France.
There it was dubbed the bleu de travail, or worker's blues, named for the labourers who would wear it as uniform. Its bright blue hue arose from the simple fact that indigo was cheaper than other dyes, with its pockets designed for storing tools and bolts.
For decades it was little more than a piece of utilitywear, but has become increasingly popular with the resurgence of heritage clothing.
The rise of the chore jacket is often attributed to the photographer Bill Cunningham. Legend has it Cunningham picked up his cornflower blue coat from a French hardware store for $20, admiring its simple utility.
Today, the chore has established itself as a cornerstone of modern menswear, with brands like these offering their own takes on its understated charm.
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