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Recently, in a store, I tried on a Normandy and Monroe raincoat and immediately fell in love with it.  It is just a simple, classic raincoat made of Ventile, which, as explained at their website, was invented by the British durring WWII.  It is a breathable, water proof fabric.  The coat has a clever system of dealing with pockets.  The lining snaps in and out.  (I like that--no fiddling with buttons or zippers.)  The company, run by two young men out of Little Rock, has made great inroads in a very short time.  I found their website to be of interest and so am sharing it with you.   Normandy and Monroe They make a a variety of attractive coats.  I think it is well worth your time to peruse.  I had never heard of the company before.
post #2 of 13
Looked at the site, and out of curiosity I might go down to try on a coat at the Andover shop. The site is very nice, if a little Merchant Ivory, but the look (pleated khakis?) is a little too preppy/WASPy/corporate-climber for my tastes. Actually, I was at a party with all these Harvard preppy types a couple of weeks back. There were all these Brooks Brothers guys (Banana Republic for the "edgy" types) talking about building up their portfolios, and nursing their single drink of the night, and just generally schmoozing one another while crap music played. At some point, I thought "what the hell am I doing here?" Well, that contributed nothing to the discussion, did it?
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Guess I'm a Preppy, WASP-y, corporate-climber   I have to admit it, I still think pleated khaki's look better than flat-front pants. For some reason, the flat fronts always look like military uniforms to me. Bradford P.S. I think I would have been bored at that party as well.
post #4 of 13
Thanks clarinetplayer, I liked what they had to say on their site. I will check em out at my local stockist here in Virginia.Need a new raincoat.
post #5 of 13
Nice stuff. Their reversible coats were particularly interesting.
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LA Guy: What you do at those parties is go in the kitchen and hang out next to the keg. That's where all the interesting people are.
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Yeah, LA Guy, what exactly were YOU doing there? It sounded like a regular Republican convention. No, wait, there aren't any Republicans at Harvard, are there?
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And to completely hijack this thread (can you still say that?) Logan, It's funny you should mention that.  I hung out, albeit briefly, at the Harvard Law School Republican Party's "Total Recall" party on the night of.  Those guys are slightly scary.  It was like the charge of the khaki brigade.  In my regular circles, I'd never heard non-sarcastic criticism of Arnold as "Not conservative enough" and similarly non-sarcastic praise for McClintock (sp?) for being a "true" conservative. As for the other party, I did end up hanging out by the keg, getting a little tipsy with the other slackers. ("Um, investments? Well, I bought the new Lost in Translation CD yesterday, and it rocks. I think that I'll be listening to it for a while.") We ended up turning down the lights (who ever thought of a well lit party?) and doing some hybrid c-walk/conga line to 50 Cent. Like I said, continuous hanging out by the keg made us a little tipsy. Back to Normandy and Monroe - I do like their overcoat. I've actually been looking for a charcoal or black (maybe herringbone?) one for a while now.
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Actually, I was at a party with all these Harvard preppy types a couple of weeks back.  There were all these Brooks Brothers guys (Banana Republic for the "edgy" types) talking about building up their portfolios, and nursing their single drink of the night, and just generally schmoozing one another while crap music played.  At some point, I thought "what the hell am I doing here?"
Having grown up in Cambridge, and having been to far too many of these parties (albeit while in high school), I can give you some advice. It may seem unintuitive, but go to the MIT parties: they are far and away more fun than any Harvard party I've ever been to. Sure, some of the MIT guys are a bit geeky, but they have much more diverse tastes (i.e. conversations more interesting than "Oh you went to Deerfield? Do you know Brett Wharton?"), and know how to have a good time. While the women sometimes leave much to be desired, they're certainly no worse than the Harvard girls, there are a disproportioinate number of asian women (for whom I have a special fondess) and sometimes they ship in the Wellesley crowd.
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May I share a testimonial about the Normandy and Moore outerwear. Today, my (olive) N & M rain coat (they call it a rain shell) in the mail. It is the lightest rain coat I've ever had. And as luck would have it, a torrential rainfall occurred this evening. The water just bounced off the coat. I was perfectly dry and protected. It is the best rain coat I've ever had. For years, I've worn a Burberry trench coat--which I have hated. Cheap construction, cumbersome, and not all that water resistant. (On Saturday, the Burberry is going to the Salvation Army.) If any readers are looking for a classic styled and functional raincoat, this is it. The liner is neat--it snaps in an out. No more fiddling with zippers or buttons. N & M make all kinds of coats. I would be interested in seeing more of their products.
post #11 of 13
Hmm...those parties sound no different than things down south at Ga Tech. Im not the only one that hates those parties apparently.
post #12 of 13
This is some serious thread resurrection here. Anyway, just found this on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-399-Normandy...QQcmdZViewItem
post #13 of 13
To take this in a somewhat different direction, I bought a pair of Normandy & Monroe shorts from VCH over the summer. The fabric and cut are great. It's my favorite pair. It's also the only pair of shorts I've seen with extra fabric so the waist can be let out.
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