Few garments beat the rugged warmth of a sherpa jacket. These jewels don’t carry the hefty price tag of shearling, and they are closely associated with Western style — the budding darling of men’s fashion. The style as you see it below dates back to at least 1967, when Levi's introduced a lined Type 3 Jacket. Style historians trace the textile's emergence further back and even to a particular people — "Tibetan people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal" — but the sherpa collar peaked in the '70s, most agree.
It remained a part of the working class wardrobe for both its warmth and its wearability — something soft yet plenty sturdy. The sherpa jacket is a durable, classic piece of American outerwear and, if it’s not already draped over your shoulders, should be a strong contender for your cold-weather jacket roster.
Dickies' simple Deck Jacket represents refined workwear at its finest. Plus, there's faux fur on the inside (and the collar) to keep you warm. The contrast between black cotton canvas and natural sherpa is surely something, too.
Lo and behold the ultimate upgrade. Indigo-dyed corduroy contrasts soft brown synthetic sheep sherpa, and brushed black buttons. There are the usual two side pockets plus another snap-closure one on the chest.
Although this one differs a tiny bit from the Type III the sherpa lining debuted on, Levi's modern Sherpa Trucker Jacket is inherently classic, albeit refined for modern bodies. It's available in four washes, each with its own sherpa lining. Best of all, there's no stretch in this denim, meaning it'll better mold to your body instead of giving and eventually loosening.
The exaggerated collar on Wrangler's Range Corduroy jacket surely makes a statement. Sherpa lines the body while the sleeves are quilted, and brass buttons give the coat a vintage look.
Flint and Tinder's US Navy-inspired Deck Jacket is arguably the simplest on this list — for good reason. No fuss and no frills means fewer opportunities for rips, tears and better functionality. It arrives washed with sherpa on the collar and through the body and nylon in the sleeves for easy on-off.
Outerknown's Peacenik Denim Trucker looks a bit like Levi's, but the brand opts for a combination of organic and recycled denim and recycled polyester sherpa for a style that's as sustainable as it is fashionable.
Phew! $2,000 for this? Be nice. Saint Laurent's Shearling Lined Jacket is constructed in Italy from ultra-fine corduroy and rich, rustic brass buttons. You're paying for the fabrics and the fit, which is tailored and true to size.
Feel like you've already seen this one? Well, technically you have. However, this is a Type III from Levi's Vintage Clothing, a sub-label under the iconic American brand. This one's truer to the original and it comes in this tonal black-on-black iteration.
The Sherpa Work Jacket from Line of Trade adheres to the workwear aesthetic most closely. It forgoes chest pockets in favor of two side slit ones, and the collar is small, albeit normal-sized. The exterior's been waxed for waterproofing, and the zipper is YKK for longevity.
A mix of recycled and organic materials make up Patagonia's Pile Lined Trucker Jacket. Trust the outerwear brand even when it comes to lifestyle silhouettes, as they put everything they make through rigorous sustainability and durability tests.