New Jacket City

One of SF’s best brands unveils a slick car coat

By The Editors
October 15, 2015 9:00 am

San Francisco has a jacket problem.

Well, not so much a problem. More an infestation.

You’ve got the Platonic ideal of the leather jacket. Or this one, seemingly inspired by an evening out with Peter Quinn. You’ve got the tech-savvy one that self-adjusts to the temperature.

And now, you have a highly refined version of the car coat, care of the denim impresarios at Tellason.

What makes a car coat a car coat?

They’re made for motoring. Ideally down Highway 1, on an inordinately sunny day.

They’re longer than your average jacket; this one hits mid-thigh. And they’re usually more substantial than, say, a windbreaker.

Tellason’s new limited-edition Sheppard coat ticks all those boxes.

It’s inspired by a Haight Street rummage find Tellason co-founder Pete Searson made 25 years ago, from a 1950s Sears Mountain Cloth collection.

This updates it in every way, reworking it in rinsed Italian indigo canvas selvedge, with quilting on the inside and flannel-lined front pockets.

Because let’s be honest: Highway 1 can get chilly.

And winter (at least our temperate, car coat-appropriate version of it) is coming.

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