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October 16, 2012

Ultimate Coat Guide: Penfield Toggle Coat

When our Ultimate Coat Guide debuted yesterday, the first coat that caught our eye was the Penfield parka above.

Founded in Hudson, Massachusetts in 1975, Penfield takes pride in designing garments fit for New England winters. This jacket’s Teflon® coating and real down fill have the ‘winter’ part covered—while Ivy League details like genuine wood-and-rope toggles and a hood lined with tartan plaid (must be somebody’s school colors) reflect the brand’s preppy roots.

If you’re looking for an insulated coat with a touch of class, this is it. Channel Holden Caulfield and wear it over a blazer and repp tie. (Trapper hat optional.)


Check out the rest of our Menswear team’s favorite coats,
from a waxed-cotton Barbour to mountain-ready gear by Canada Goose:



scott October 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

can someone please tell me what pants and shoes this model is wearing in the main picture?

Justin, Blog Editor October 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Hi Scott, thanks for your inquiry.
I checked with our Stylist team. The pants are Vince and the boots are by Wolverine.

—Justin, Nordstrom Men’s Blog Editor

Torey November 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I am curious as to what this type of style is called.

Justin, Blog Editor November 20, 2012 at 6:01 am

Hi Torey, thanks for your question.
We called this a ‘Toggle Coat’ in the title of this post, because we wanted to call attention to the classic style of wood-and-rope closure; in our Ultimate Coat Guide, however, this coat falls under the wider category of ‘Insulated Coats,’ due to its being padded with a layer of super-warm down.
—Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

Kco December 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I would love a version of the main coat in a wool/peacoat style material with the same closures. Not a fan of down personally…

Justin, Blog Editor December 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Kco, thanks for your note. Here are some similar toggle-closure coats, in wool or wool blends:
- Burberry Brit ($995)
- Black Rivet ($179)
- Topman short jacket ($170)
- Topman long coat ($180)
- PLECTRUM by Ben Sherman ($795)
- BOSS Black by Hugo Boss ($695)
- Marshall Artist ($322)
- MARC by Marc Jacobs ($788)

—Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

Timo January 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Wow, this is just amazing! Love, love, love this outfit!!

Chris January 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hi Justin, would you please be able to provide details of all of the garments.


Justin, Blog Editor January 31, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Chris,
Thanks for reading, and for your question. I checked with our Stylists on this:
- Barbour Quilted Feather Vest (under the jacket)
- Ted Baker Shawl-Collar Sweater
- Nordstrom Twill Sport Shirt
- Vince Corduroy Pants
- Wolverine ‘Winchester’ Boot
- Polo Ralph Lauren Convertible Wool Gloves

The Penfield Jacket and John W. Nordstrom Tie have sold out, but you can find similar styles here: Insulated Coats | Striped Ties

—Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

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