Dream House DSquared Chore Coat

In his role as Will Atenton in the 2011 film Dream House, Daniel Craig wore a custom designed Dsquared Chore Coat. The (real? fake?) jacket was part of an online auction in July, 2013 and had an estimated selling price between $250.00 and $500.00.  Here’s a picture from the auction site:

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So, does anyone remember this movie? If you need a refresher, you can check out the trailer here. I definitely saw the film, but the only thing that’s stuck with me is Craig’s light brown, distressed cotton chore coat. Looking at the coat now, you can see some similarities with the Barbour X To Ki To from Skyfall in the design, although the Dsquared was definitely a boxier, looser fit.

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Features Wanted for the DSquared Chore Coat
  • 3/4 length coat
  • light brown/khaki canvas twill/cotton duck
  • Zip closure with button flap
  • Bellows waist pockets with flaps
  • Two chest height vertical zip closure pockets

Jeez! After a long stretch updating past posts with new options, I thought I’d give myself a break and go for an easy one. Almost every brand has some sort of chore coat/barn coat, right? Well, as soon as you factor in the zip chest pockets and the plain collar (i.e. no corduroy), the options thin out fast! So we’ve bent the rules a little with the alternatives below to give us more choices. And quick question: what exactly do you call a “chore coat” in the U.K.? ‘Cause I looked for one from a U.K. source, and other than some Barbours and field jackets, nothing turned up that came close.

Best Options

The Carhartt Sandstone Rancher Coat, available at Amazon U.S. for $52.56 to $129.99, could have been the inspiration for the Dsquared jacket. Patch chest pocket on the right side, and only sizes small and medium are left in stock, but it’s a Carhartt work jacket; sizing down is pretty much a given.

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Other Options

Listed from least to most expensive. First up is the Polar King Insulated Chore Jacket for $79.50. Gempler’s is the site where I found the most size selection. The jacket does have a corduroy collar, but it is tonal in color so it doesn’t stand out as much.  And let’s not kid ourselves: this thing is going to need A LOT of breaking in to get the distressed look of the Dsquared.

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The Columbia Canyon Cross Jacket, on sale at 6pm.com for $107.99. This one lacks the shirt collar of the original Dsquared and is more of modern take on the classic chore jacket.

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Another option from Carhartt: their Canyon Coat is available at Moosejaw for $119.99. Two patch chest pockets on this model, but other than that, it’s a great match for the Dsquared.

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The Cotton-blend Hooded Jacket from Mango could be a good alternative for someone looking for a variation on the theme. Retails for $139.99.

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Mike Fisher shared a solid find in the comments: The Berne Concealed Carry Echo One One Jacket is going for $104.99 on Amazon U.S. It has a hood and it’s a darker brown than the Dsquared, but the pockets and fit look like a great match. Thanks, Mr. Fisher!  

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Getting the Dsquared Chore Coat Look

The coat used in the film was already pretty broken in and distressed. Most new chore coats (like Carhartts, Dickies, and Red Kap) are as stiff as a board. So how do you get the Dsquared look if you don’t want to spend a few years breaking in the coat naturally? Ehow.com has some strategies. Or, if you’re the creative type, you could watch the video from Carhartt below.

If you have some suggestions for alternatives, share till your heart’s content in the comments below!

This post was updated on May 19th, 2016.

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6 thoughts on “Dream House DSquared Chore Coat

  • April 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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    So I am home from work today.. sick.. picked this movie up on VUDU in HDX…. Watch the scene in the hospital when the shrink shows him the surveillance videos.. has some close ups of the jacket collar.. it actually is corduroy… but a very fine wale

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    • April 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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      Thanks for the update. I had my suspicions about that, but I couldn’t find a picture clear enough to confirm. In most of the pics I saw the collar looks like a darker colored canvas duck; and of course the majority of pics from the film have the collar covered by the grey hoodie he’s wearing. May have to watch the film again! Hope you feel better!

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    • April 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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      Excellent find! Thanks, and I’ll add it to the list.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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    I Liked this film, I remember this coat along with the overcoat and gloves worn in the opening scenes.

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    • April 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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      I honestly cannot for the life of me remember what the film was actually about. But I had been meaning to write about the coat for a while now, so I’m glad this post is finally up! The Dsquared has been on the “To Do” list for too long, along with the leather jackets from Layer Cake and Casino Royale.

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