It’s fair to say that we all have our favourites – no matter what your parents used to tell you. Unashamedly the Nehru Jacket is one of ours, but for spring summer we decided to rethink it from the ground up – or the collar down, as it were. We’ve called it the Chore Nehru Jacket, as it borrows as much from the classic French chore as it does from our typical Nehru.
The first thing you’ll notice is the fit. We’ve designed this to be a looser, more casual style: cut generously through the body with a similar fit to our Workman Jacket. Left unlined and unstructured (meaning there's no facing and therefore, no stiffness), it’s the kind of thing you’ll throw on over a t-shirt on bleary Monday mornings, or dress up with a shirt for relaxed summer parties.
Not content with just one new style, we've created three versions of the Chore: ink, sand and olive. The first two are made from 100% British cotton – seriously durable stuff barely bothered by dirt or dust, although a spilled ale might upset it briefly. The third option, olive, is a surplus cotton-linen blend sourced from Italy – an altogether more lightweight and some would say smarter option.
We’ve kept things pretty simple here: utilitarian patch pockets, a curved hem and a slightly taller than usual Mandarin collar. For the first time we’ve used corozo nut buttons sustainably sourced from the Ecuadorian rainforest floor. They’re derived from the tagua palm tree, dropping naturally to the ground in coconut-like balls called mococha. In turn they are harvested by the locals who care for the forest, enabling them to make a living from the produce. Are we saying that this is a jacket that could save the rainforests? In a small way, yes.