RJ -- I personally like the look of these coats, but I think there are plenty of people who would consider a "teddy bear" coat declasse, regardless of whether it is made of alpaca or llama. Â It would look fine in New York, and would be great for keeping out the cold, but I cannot imagine getting away with wearing one in London. It's a bit like the astrakhan coat -- there is something not quite respectable and slightly spivvy about them. Â There are some great photographs from the 1910s and 20s of Winston Churchill wearing an astrakhan, but even those do not redeem the coat. Trilby
Thanks. As brown shoes, suede shoes, whangee umbrella handles, sock garters, brown suits, tweed suits, white shirts, Windsor knots, camel(-colored) coats, covert coats and various other things of which I can't think off the top of my head have all been derided as declasse in Town, I think I'll be OK with my llama coat although it'll take balls to wear it to work given how flamboyant it is. I don't plan to make any trips to London in the near future except to exact painful revenge on Darren should my suit and sportcoat not be awaiting me at the RJ bolthole when I return from Mumbai tomorrow.