Originally Posted by alviny
hi everyone! Have been lurking around for sometime, and after reading all the informative posts here I'm looking to get a vintage peacoat of my own.
What do you guys think of the following from VT? I'm 5'09 with a 39' chest, I assuming a 38R would give me a snug fit.
I've heard of Pembroke Inc from the thread, but any info on Trenton Sportswear? Other wise both jackets seem to be similar (both Kersey Wool), condition and size-wise. The shorter sleeve wouldn't make so much of a difference, assuming there's length to be let out.
I don't have a Trenton Sportswear, but it does have to meet the Navy specifications, so I wouldn't worry about it. It will be well made with quality materials.
One thing you ought to do is try and gets an actual p2p from VT. Unfortunately, they think they know more than you do, so they may say something like, "Well the actual chest size is posted with the coat." That isn't helpful. You want to know what the p2p is before they round up, round down, just use the stated tag size or guess at the measurement.
I used to advise prospective buyers to go by the stated tag size on the vintage pea coats, as all coats I had seen were consistent with the tag size. Relying on this advice, one of my English friends got burned by a coat whose p2p was almost 1" larger than the tag indicated. As the p2p is only 1/2 of the measurement, the coat was almost 2" larger than the tag size indicated. He had shipping costs both ways across the pond to eat. I really felt bad about that. I though that was just an anomaly with that one coat, and wasn't concerned about future purchases. Then it happened to someone else. Fortunately, the shipping was in the US, so it wasn't a major cost problem. Because of those two incidents, I now stress the p2p. I know a lot of you think I am pedantic on the subject of p2p, but I have seen what happens when one relies only on the stated chest size. Also, when the coat isn't by a known manufacturer, we don't know how they fit their coats.
We all need to rely on the same objective language so errors are reduced. When one seller is using a term such as "measured chest size," we really aren't sure what that means. The seller may mean one thing and we think he means something else.
Another thing you ought to do is to ask Gary, or whoever is doing the pea coats these days, to hold the coat at an angle up to a strong light source, such as a daytime window, and check for damage. Each panel should be checked individually. This method will show moth damage that isn't observable any other way. They will probably do this for you.
Assuming these coats have a p2p consistent with the stated chest size, I think you will have a fit that allows a normal sweater to be worn underneath. The p2p will probably be about 20.25".
Originally Posted by cjmorris21
I got my Billy Reid peacoat in the mail yesterday. One of the chest pockets had a hole in the lining.
Considering the price of those coats, that shouldn't happen. The pockets should be substantial. Send it back as ask for them to pay shipping.