Our Story

Ketums was started by my family in Paris around 1925. 

My great-grandfather, Joseph Smutek, set up a raincoat business on 66 rue de Bondy.  He handmade bespoke rainwear and groomed his oldest sons, Saul and Rudy, to work by his side. They took pride in crafting tailored goods that kept the elements at bay. 

In 1940, as my grandfather and his brother took over operations, the Nazis invaded Paris.  My family left Europe, their shop was destroyed, and Ketums was all but forgotten.  

After a seventy five year hiatus, I'm picking up where my family left off and rebuilding the Ketums legacy here in San Francisco.  The first project is an all-weather heritage coat, sewn by hand in Oakland.  We start with the finest waxed cotton from Scotland and pair it with a combed flannel lining and soft corduroy from Japan.  We produce in small batches to ensure the highest quality and attention to detail.  The result is a timeless, tailored coat that feels at home by the cold ocean and underneath the city lights.

It's the next chapter of the Ketums story and I'm proud to share it with you.


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Our mission is to create lasting cover that is comfortable, versatile, and durable. 

Create Beautiful Pieces that Wear Well with Age: Our primary goal is to create pieces that you will love, wear, and ideally pass down. This requires deliberate design, including fit and functionality, and a focus on crafting timeless pieces that will outlive trends.

Produce in Small Batches: We are uncompromising in our search for the highest quality fabrics and materials. We found that the best waxed cotton in the world comes from a small company in Scotland that has been in business since 1864. We work with them to produce our custom colors and finishes.  

Invest in Local Manufacturing: We exclusively produce our jackets in San Francisco. We work with local pattern makers, cutters, and sewers within a one block radius. We like being able to monitor the quality of our pieces in person and make quick adjustments with partners we know and trust. Having production close by gives us peace of mind knowing the people behind our pieces are treated with fair wages and working conditions. Sewing is hard work and there is no excuse for a bad work environment.

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