Manchester’s very own Private White V.C have recently released this ‘Chippy Jacket’, and from what I can see it looks like a real testament to British craftsmanship .
This piece of British styled workwear is 100% soft cotton, woven in Lancashire with the bottom pockets being lined in fleece and hand finished with lamb nappa from the Yorkshire Dales. This jacket also boasts copper rivets, which have been positioned on all pockets and key pressure points for extra strength and functionality. Inside, you’ll find two additional pockets, which are sat on top of the 100% cotton drill lining. To polish this jacket off nicely they’ve completed it with a leather edged corduroy collar.
Private White V.C is the sort of brand that holds a special place in my heart; it’s a family run factory in Manchester, which has seen generations of local people through their doors, devoted to making high quality everyday clothing. The collection is now designed by former head of Dunhill menswear, Nick Ashley. Private White isn’t just a name, he was a real person. Private Jack White, winner of the Victoria Cross in WWI, who after the war returned to Manchester and began an apprenticeship as a trainee pattern cutter. He went on to become general manager and then owner, before fading health forced him to relinquish his interest. He died aged 52. Years later his great-grandchildren still own the factory and continue this mans legacy.
All their pieces are still produced in Manchester and I think this is the sort of thing we should be both proud of and invest in. I’m not going to lie, the price tag is a bit of a lump, coming in at £350 but with the story, the brand ethos and the quality of the piece, I highly believe it’s worth it.
You can pick one up from their online store and at their two London stores now.