Woolrich is an outdoor clothing company known for its timeless wool coats and blankets (Woolrich has made blankets during the Civil War and both World Wars!). The company was founded back in 1830 by John Rich who immigrated to Plum Run, Pennsylvania from England. It all started with John starting a wool mill and selling his wares out of a mule cart to different tradesmen in need of durable, warm wool products. During the Civil War, Woolrich made wool blankets for Union soldiers. By the late 1800s, Woolrich expanded to the leisure market. As more people were able to enjoy the outdoors, the market for wool products opened up as well. As more and more people could afford to spend time outside and vacation, the more people who needed warm clothes. In 1925, Woolwich introduced its Classic Hunt Coat. The black-on-red Heritage Plaid coat came with wool pants to match. The bright red material was chosen to appeal to hunters. The matching set became known as the Pennsylvania Tuxedo, becoming a staple in outdoorsmen’s closets. By the late 1980’s, Woolwich became an international brand. Today, the Pennsylvania Tuxedo is considered a historic and iconic item in American fashion.
My dad purchased his Classic Hunt Coat in the late 1970’s. He bought it to wear during his trips to Alaska – for nearly 15 years, he’d spend 6 months out of the year salmon fishing, crabbing, and hunting all throughout the Alaskan wilderness. The coat lasted him through all of his trips. We live in Florida now, and when it was time for me to move up north, he passed his Classic Hunt Coat in black-on-red Heritage Plaid on to me. The coat is now almost forty years old yet looks like I just bought it. It’s extremely durable, warm, and super cool. Sources: http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/company/aboutUs