It took 75 years to make this extremely polished new raincoat from Ketums.
See, Ketums owner Daniel Smith had a grandfather who made bespoke rainware in Paris pre-WWII.
The German invasion of Paris ended those dreams.
Seventy-five years later, his grandson has revived the brand with an all-weather coat.
His new jacket is a transcontinental affair. It’s handmade in Oakland, with waxed cotton sourced from a 150-year old Scottish factory and Japanese corduroy for the sleeves, neck and hood.
Nice detailing, too: flannel lining, leather toggles and brass tips on the drawstrings. Oxidized metal snaps in lieu of buttons. A large breast pocket big enough for even the largest smartphone.
Available in hunter green or harbor grey, it’s a tailored-fit raincoat perfect for spring hiking or urban adventures.
And it looks better with age.
Handmade in small batches, orders made now will arrive in April, right in time for the rainy season (and they're $75 off, too).
After that? Daniel tells us a lightweight, machine-washable version will hit sometime this fall.
Main photo by Jen Kay