The J. Peterman Company: Our Story

Our Story

“Clearly, people want things that make their lives the way they wish they were.”

J. Peterman has been traveling the world to find uncommonly good stuff for nearly a quarter century. During this time, The J. Peterman Company has brought romance and uniqueness to individuals and their lives with authentic, well-made apparel and goods from just around the corner and the world at large. Serving as trusted agents, we deliver selected stuff, unexpected and of great value, which remind our customers of lives as they sometimes wish they were.

It all began with “a little ad.”

From that “little ad,” we continue to bring uncommonly good stuff with each Owner's Manual catalogue and our website ( Because we never do things the way they think we should, we build our catalogues starting with the hand-illustrated art and detailed stories behind each item, laying out each page one-by-one.

Whether it is our women's and men's apparel, accessories, and luggage or our one-of-a-kind merchandise, we demand a hands-on approach and never want to be ordinary. But we also understand that a website needs to work for you. On, we strive to stay true to ourselves AND constantly work to provide you with great functionality and ease of use.