Originally Posted by VictorC
The place i went to was emporium creek road, greenwich. The guy in the shop gets peacoats from an american source. Google him if you can, or i'll give you alink to him.
Peacoat, i am considering buying the authentic, sterlingwear. On the whole and by and large is it money worth it do you think. You seem very knowledgeable. I might be able to find second hand genuine US coats somewhere but to buy it from sterlingwear i cant go to wrong can i?
As I said, Sterlingwear makes a good civilian peacoat. The peacoat you are thinking of buying will be there next week or next month. It isn't so cold yet that you have to do something tomorrow. First read my research so you will have an idea of what is what. Then take a look at:http://www.vintagetrends.com/militar...=Navy+Pea+Coat
This is an alternative to ebay. It is an especially good source for the uninitiated. Then, next week, or next month, after you have studied things a bit, make a decision. I will say that I have had several Sterlingwear peacoats. Both civilian versions and the current issue versions. I have also spent several years researching and writing about peacoats. Plus, I have owned around 35 to 40 peacoats, mostly vintage issue models. For me there is no comparison between current issue and the vintage issue peacoats. The civilian Sterlingwear doesn't come close to either of the issue versions. But that is just my opinion. Others may see things differently.
Your location can complicate matters as you are in the UK. Duty will be a factor. If you were in Greenwich Village instead of Greenwich (section of) London, it would be simpler.
As I remember from my time in London, the wind isn't much of a factor, but the rain can be steady, and in the Winter it is quite the business (as in a bad way). You will want a peacoat that can repel the rain.
Good luck in your quest. I will be glad to help however I can.