Update: Lost Art Press Chore Coat


One of Tom Bonamici’s sketches from the summer that shows the basic design of the jacket.

The Oregon garment factory has just produced our first chore coat prototype using the Japanese cotton that Tom Bonamici has selected. Tom wants to make a couple small adjustments to the way the collar will sit, but he is almost satisfied.

That prototype is on its way to Kentucky for us to inspect the workmanship and evaluate the cloth. Tom says the fabric is so good it feels like “unicorn butter.” That’s worrisome because we were after “centaur mayonnaise” for the hand feel.

Meanwhile, other details of the jacket are coming together. One of the important aspects of this garment (for me) is that it not be a piece of marketing. Like a traditional French coat, there will be only two details of the maker: The buttons will be debossed with “Lost Art Press” in tiny letters. You’ll have to look closely to see them. And the inside pocket will be embroidered with our skep logo.


The embroidery design for the inside pocket.

There is still a lot of work to be done, including getting the price nailed down and finalizing some of the sizing.

The way we are going to sell these is going to be a little different than your typical clothing store. We’re going to publish very specific sizing guidelines so you can determine which size is for you. We’ll open up the ordering for a month. Everyone who orders one will then get one.

This will do two things: Greatly reduce waste and therefore help us keep the price down because we won’t have to account for garments that don’t sell.

If everything goes smoothly, the jackets will ship in March.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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37 Responses to Update: Lost Art Press Chore Coat

  1. joshuawpierce says:

    just make sure you have lanky girl sizes and I’ll be so happy.

  2. Jonathan Schneider says:

    Shipping international?
    I’m thrilled!

  3. Mike Kolodner says:

    Just wondering…will those front pockets have flaps? My shop apron fills with saw dust all the time! BTW, it looks a lot like the shop coat that my HAS shop teacher wore 50 years ago!

  4. Brian G Miller says:

    Quality is the issue here. One can buy junk anywhere. Hoping for the best, literally. Looking forward to more info.

  5. toolnut says:

    Is this a one time offer (one month) or will you periodically open ordering for new production runs?

    • If it sells well, we’ll offer it again. We’re hoping to create a long-term relationship with this factory and offer a few other high-quality items for the shop.

  6. simmonsjay1 says:

    I have several German versions of this coat. The breast pocket on all of them have stitching to separate a narrow pencil “slot” in that pocket. Nice feature

  7. Shipping to Canada? Please?

  8. Richard Mahler says:

    It going to be “so very nice” I will hesitate to do any work while wearing it. When I work I work, and I dress like things happen – which they do. I wear the old stuff I would not be seen in anywhere else, but I am a solitary worker.

  9. Craig Regan says:

    No mention of colour?

  10. treenworks says:

    Looking forward to seeing this progress. I’m hoping the sizes will include those with a “robust” waistline. Really enjoy what and how you do.

  11. Patrick says:

    I’m putting off buying new light jacket in order to wait for this.
    Also “centaur mayonnaise”?

  12. Patrick says:

    I’m putting off buying new light jacket in order to wait for this.
    Also “centaur mayonnaise”?

  13. Bill says:

    Glad to see it’s being made in my home state. Here’s a vote hoping you’ll offer tall sizes to fit my gorilla arms.

  14. byoregon says:

    I’m happy to see it’s being made in my home state. Here’s a vote to offer tall sizes to fit my gorilla arms.

  15. Jeremy says:

    Any chance you’ll have any samples at the next open house?

  16. david says:

    I have been wearing two versions of this French jacket for the past 20 years I need a new one . can you sent to the U K ? Happy to pay extra to mail it .

  17. Mike says:

    I hope the range of sizes will include allowances for tall folks. Thanks

  18. David Owen Jones says:

    hope it will be offered in 3xxxl at least in 2xxl

  19. Dan Hale says:

    Black shows every speck, so does dark blue, a nice sawdust color would be more helpful.

  20. Elmer Kreisel says:

    pencil “slot” in that pocket,yes. I like two top pockets myself.

  21. Will this coat qualify one for membership in the fancy lad academy?

  22. nordichomey says:

    Wow… 3,000 people at WWA all wearing the same jacket!

  23. Matt_ Robin says:

    does it come with cake?

    • robimatt says:

      Is it absorbent as I often work my fingers to the bone and am left with boney fingers there but nothing to complain about as long as the roof holds the rain.

  24. SSteve says:

    I’m partial to more of a “Pegasus crème brûlée” but to each his own.

  25. Neil D Mosey says:

    While I generally like the design of the coat, why can’t I shake the image of the massive hoards wearing the navy blue coats under the “Mousey Toungue” regime? Hey….another one for the color palette.

  26. John Burton says:

    Please offer XL tall.

  27. Mario says:

    “Unicorn Butter” Careful, lest one be called a “Fancy Lad” and such for wearing such a fine garment!

  28. TrevorML says:

    Hi Chris

    this coat sounds brilliant… I have always loved the look gof the classic French version… is there going to be the opportunity for international buyers to get hold of this as well?

    cheers from Oz Trevor


  29. Bruce Lee says:

    Lets be honest – Fat Guy’s sizes please. Even the UK manufacturer you listed only goes to a 46 inch chest, I run a 48 to 52 inch chest depending on the manufacturer. You weedy youths need to stop discriminating against us more generously proportioned gents. 😉 International delivery by USPS would also be essential for me.

  30. Jonathan Schneider says:

    vetra.fr is sweet stuff for research and orientation

  31. C C says:

    Sign me up!

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