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THE PEA COAT

Knowledge The pea coat is one of the oldest garments that is still worn in its traditional version. Made from coarse and heavy wool in navy blue, it has been used by sailors on the North Sea since the 1700s.

The original pea coats were designed to protect against the freezing cold on the Atlantic yet allowing enough freedom of movement to work efficiently on the ships. The name comes from the Dutch word ‘pij’, which referred to the weather-resistant fabric used in the original jackets.  

The design is close-fitting, double-breasted with wide lapels, hip-length and slightly flared with an indented waist. Turned up, the distinctive oversized collar functions almost like a hood, and the two vertical slit pockets are lined to keep the hands warm. The coat traditionally fastens with six or eight buttons etched with a fouled anchor symbol. Made from coarse and heavy wool in navy blue, the pea coat has been used by sailors on the North Sea since the 1700s, and it was later adopted as official uniform by both the British and US navies. The jacket became popular in the late 1940s, inspired by the style of American sailors, and were brought into French fashion two decades later when masculine shapes were re-interpreted to form a new and androgynous female look.

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The notion of the archive is one of ARKET’s central themes and runs as a common thread through the brand. It represents the long-lasting nature of our collections, an extensive library of design history and vintage samples, our ideal of transparency, as well as the inspiration for and name given to our in-store shelving system. The digital ARKET / ARCHIVE captures research, inspiration, and past projects, and forms the collective story of who we are.

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The pea coat

The pea coat is one of the oldest garments that is still worn in its traditional version. Made from coarse and heavy wool in navy blue, it has been used by sailors on the North Sea since the 1700s.

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JR–Work–Shop

This winter, we are invited to discover the playful world of Sofia Ekvall and Mats Johansson, the creative minds behind Stockholm-based design studio and toy brand JR-Work-Shop, whose geometric illustrations are featured in the latest ARKET Artist Edition.

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Vegetarian recipes

Featuring gourmet sandwiches, hearty salads and featuring gourmet sandwiches, hearty salads and flavoursome toppings, we’re introducing fresh recipes created by chef Martin Berg.

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The grid is an essential element of our visual identity. It represents the notion of the archive and is used to organise and display information ranging from the names of plants to fabric weights and different types of materials used in our collections. These nine squares symbolise the separate parts that together form our world, and they are also the areas where we strive to make a difference.