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The Origins of the Parka Jacket:

An iconic style and a wardrobe staple




Originally created by the Caribou Inuits to protect against the extreme cold temperatures of the Northwest Territories whilst hunting, the parka was traditionally made from caribou or sealskin with a large protective hood lined with fur. The exterior of the parka was also treated with fish oil to keep it water resistant.


Skip forward to the 1950s and the parka was re-designed for military issue and designed for crews stationed in colder regions. The shell fabric was changed to the distinctive sage green that became synonymous with the US military and the hood could be completely zipped up to protect against the wind, with this function earning the parka the more commonly known nickname the ‘snorkel parka’. 



The early 60s saw the parka adopted by the British Mod movement and the parka became a symbol of youth rebellion. The coats were snapped up by Mods from army surplus stores, which made them cheaper and more accessible, then personalized with hand painted logos, flags and the famous ‘target’ emblem - firmly cementing the park jacket’s place in fashion history.

Today, the parka remains a seasonal wardrobe staple thanks to its robust design and versatility. Here at Penfield, the Men's Parka has been integral to our collections season after season and, although staying true to the iconic silhouette, we continue to develop our range of men’s and women’s Parkas with up to date technologies, innovative fabrics and stylish colors.




THE HOOSACThe Ultimate Cold Weather Parka Coat

Reaching iconic status as a Penfield original, the luxurious Hoosac hooded mountain parka ensures dependability in extreme weather conditions and is built to withstand the harsh New England winters. Combining premium down insulation with a durable shell, the Hoosac ensures you are fully protected whilst exploring the great outdoors.


The Hoosac’s Key Features

Premium 80/20 down

Water resistant & windproof fabric

Coyote fur detachable hood trim

Button down storm flap with inside 2-way zip

2 lower patch pockets & 2 zip chest pockets

Fully adjustable hood with rubberized cord locks

Adjustable interior waist cinch

Removable powder skirt


THE KASSONThe Wardrobe Staple and Penfield Original

The Kasson Mountain Parka has been in the collection since the beginning. Little has changed during that time, as the durable shell, warm blanket lining and multiple pockets continue to be key features of this this versatile parka.


The Kasson’s Key Features

Teflon coated 60/40 cotton Nylon

Water resistant & windproof fabric

Snap down storm flap with inside 2-way zip

2 lower patch pockets

Upper back zip pocket

Fully adjustable peaked hood with leather cord locks

Adjustable interior waist cinch

Blanket lining in hood and body lining in contrast color Nylon


THE LEXINGTON – A Lighter Weight Parka, Perfect for Milder Conditions

Brand new for FW/ 16, the Lexington enters the collection as an affordable lightweight parka option, with a 60/40 shell fabric and highly insulating thermal wadding. Thanks to its tightly woven construction, it’s water resistant yet breathable.


The Lexington’s Key Features

Faux fur detachable hood trim

Water resistant & windproof fabric

Thermal insulation

Button down storm flap with inside 2-way zip

Rib-knit inner cuff

2 lower patch pockets & chest pocket

Fully adjustable hood with leather cord cinch

Adjustable interior waist cinch

Woven label branding on chest pocket

2 interior pockets


THE KINGMAN – The Down Filled Fishtail Parka

New to Penfield for Fall/Winter 2016, the Kingman is inspired by classic military fishtail parkas and features a weather-beating shell fabric and highly protective and insulating down fill.


The Kingman’s Key Features

Premium 80/20 down

Water resistant & windproof fabric

Snap down storm flap with inside 2-way zip

2 large lower front pockets

2 inside pockets

Snap adjustable cuffs

Adjustable peaked hood with leather cord locks

Snap up fishtail