Brown's Beach Vest
The Elusive Mr. Beach.
From a newspaper advertisement for Brown’s Beach Jackets & Vests in 1967: “Styling by Mr. Brown. Fabric by Mr. Beach.”
Let’s back up.
1901. Mr. William W. Brown delivers Mr. Beach’s revolutionary, unshrinkable, cold-defying fabric to market in the form of workwear jackets and vests. The become known for their durability and water resistant qualities, and the pieces quickly become ubiquitous among lumberjacks, fishermen, hunters, and guides in the early 20th century.
In time, they become highly collectible.
But what happened to the elusive Mr. Beach? Clues are hard to find, but I'm not giving up the search.
In the meantime, let me introduce you to the go-to vest favored by rugged outdoorsmen for well over a century.
Brown’s Beach Vest (No. 6712). Classic 4-pocket trapper vest hugs the body like a sweater and is practically impervious to the elements. Constructed of fabric developed specifically for harsh Massachusetts winters. Tightly woven with a warm inner wool fleece and water-resistant, knitted cotton face. The salt and pepper texture is created working with a range of varying count threads in two different colors and twisting them to create a twill. Bound twill edges, and a two-way zipper at front in place of traditional snap. Imported.