Originally Posted by zazaza
Since finding the right vintage coat isn't something I want to rush (and it looks like winter is finally arriving in new england) I decided to stop by sterlingwears factory/retail space in east boston today.
I tried on an authentic as well as a spec coat. The only major differences I saw between the spec and the authentic were 100% wool and higher/tighter arms on the spec.
I'm not sure if thats enough to justify the premium in price that the Spec commands. ($350 vs $210)
I found that their regular size coat fit me the best everywhere but in the sleeve length.
Peacoat (or anyone else!), can you tell me how much I could have a tailor lengthen the arms on a new coat by? (I figure I need about 1.5 inches)
Also, the SA told me that they offer custom made coats that are made to measure based off their existing patterns with whatever specs you'd like.
Basically, they have you pick one of their styles (navigator, authentic, etc), measure your arms, chest, waist, etc and you can then tell them what type of wool you'd like (there was the 80/20 in various colors, 100% wool , merino wool, loro piana wool, 100% cashmere.) as well as what color/pattern liner you'd like.
The service is $20 on top of the retail cost of the coat and then another charge depending on what fabric you'd like. (100% wool was an additional $55, loro piana $125, Cashmere $150)
Apparently this isn't something they offer on the website, but it may be worth a call to see if its something you can order on the phone.
A Sterlingwear Loro Piana authentic MTM sounds pretty damn awesome, but at around $455 is it worth the cost?