In 1939, Paul Sperry – a former First Class Seaman in the United States Naval Reserve – was selected to manufacture seaworthy shoes for sailors in the United States Naval Academy. Just two short years later, Fidelity Sportswear, a Naval supply company best known for crafting the original U.S. Navy Peacoat, was founded in Boston, MA. Recognizing a shared passion for the sea and commitment to fine craftsmanship, we’ve partnered with Fidelity Sportswear to create a collection of purpose-built products inspired by our shared maritime heritage.
Made in Boston since 1941, Fidelity is known for crafting fine jackets and outerwear from high-quality materials like Melton wool and time-tested trims. The company has changed very few elements of what made their jackets worthy of the Navy’s seal of approval over the past 70-plus years. Their most celebrated product, the U.S. Navy Peacoat, was adopted from Britain’s Royal Navy Reefer Jacket in the early 20th Century and is still in production today.
All manufacturing continues to be run out of the Fidelity facility, located just a few short miles from the heart of Boston. The present day owners, Sterlingwear of Boston, a family-owned company, have deep roots in military manufacturing and are also the exclusive manufacturer of the U.S. Navy Peacoat.
The Sperry x Fidelity collection consists of four distinctly Naval-inspired jackets designed for men and women. Each jacket is meticulously crafted with American-made materials and trims, and a military-certified inspector examines each coat prior to leaving the factory.
The collection is available for a limited time only in the Sperry store in the Flatiron District in New York City and on Sperry.com. Shop the Sperry x Fidelity collection here.