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Arpenteur’s Kabig Coat Conquers the Cold With Melton Wool

French history provides a never-ending supply of workwear inspiration. It parallels retro American fashions but has just enough separation to keep them interesting and eye-popping in the modern world.

Arpenteur is one such brand that mines France’s storied tradition of making hard-wearing, handsome clothes that translate oh-so well to a life beyond workwear. For their Kabig Wool Coat, they’ve teamed up with the Joules Fournier Company, a woolen mill in the south of France.

This famous mill has churned out some beefy Melton wool for the jacket and the results look great–and very warm. The navy coat is styled similarly to that most classic piece of French clothing, the chore coat. Arpenteur has flipped the script slightly, by adding a hood, raglan construction, and all manner of adjustable straps.

Large waist patch pockets lend the coat some workwear practicality and a secret interior pocket lets you hide all manner of goodies within. All wool and all made in France, this jacket could seriously improve your quality of life this winter.

Available for $540 at BlackBlue.