3/4 Wool Overcoat Suggestions?

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  1. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in the market for a 3/4 length wool coat that could be worn over a suit, or even just with a shirt/sweater/dress pants. I currently own a wool/cashmere/poly blend car coat in black. I work in a business casual environment, so the shorter coat works okay most of the time (and for casual use on the weekend). However, it really doesn't work well for those times that I wear a suit to work.

    I'm thinking something in Navy, 3/4th length, and single-breasted. SFer FourInHand is selling the following at a great price:

    http://www.fourinhand.com/Product.asp?dept=104003&Product=PD80E-07

    This looks almost perfect for what I need, although I'm a little unsure about the sizing (which I have e-mailed them about). In the even that it doesn't work out, any other suggestions? I'd like to keep the cost closer to $500 than $1000, so the likes of Burberry etc. probably isn't a realistic option.

    Thanks!
     


  2. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    Wait until the day after Christmas sale and snag one from Brooks Brothers. They make a long (45") and short (38") town coat that would fit your needs:

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Brook...t,pd.html?dwvar_010L_Color=BLCK&contentpos=15

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Brook...t,pd.html?dwvar_032L_Color=BLCK&contentpos=16

    They perform extremely well in the rain/snow and the wool has a good hand to it. During the sale, they would be $593 (long coat) and $534 (short coat). For 3/4 length you probably want the short town coat, but I figured I would include both for your to look at.
     


  3. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    That's a good looking coat, and if the sale price was under $600, it would be in my price range. The supreme irony, of course, is that my office is a five minute walk from the Brooks Brothers in downtown Toronto. However, over the Christmas break I will be in Tucson AZ. According to their website, the only BB location in Tucson is a "Country Club" and "Women's Only" location, and seems to suggest that their men's collection is mainly golf-related (and very little in the way of dressy stuff). Which doesn't surprise me, as I find Tucson to be a pretty casual city. Even if they did have some of the dressier stuff, the chances of them carrying a decent selection of winter coats is pretty slim, being in southern Arizona and all... [​IMG] Although I'm still surprised at the number of people I see down there in December bundled up like they're at the north pole.

    Do the BB boxing day discounts apply to orders via the web, by chance?
     
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    Ask them if they'll give you the sale price early before you leave or refund you the difference if you buy it at full price within 30 days.
     


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    ^

    Those are really nice topcoats for the pricepoint - but I'm leery of club monaco quality after a few bad experiences. At least with their shirts and trousers from a few years ago the fabric looked nice at first, but held up pretty poorly over time.
     


  7. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    $593 < $600


    All Brooks Brothers discounts can be applied to internet orders. I have done nearly all my Brooks Brothers purchases this way.
     


  8. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    Great to know! I'll definitely keep this in mind.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
     


  9. Needsmoreshoes

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    If you have the patience might I suggest eBay? I got an Aquascutum 100% Cashmere coat for £120 last week, it's in the tailor right now being shortened and brought in which will cost me and extra 50 but overall I got a deal you wouldn't find in a sale section anywhere. You just need the patience to keep a lookout for something you want to come up and it can be a little risky but I'd say if you're lucky it really can be worth it.
     


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    Thanks for the suggestion Nms. eBay is an option for sure, provided that one has patience (as you point out). I also find that a number of sellers don't ship to Canada, which cuts down availability somewhat.
     


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    I've never heard of fourinhand.com, and despite the terrible website, photography, etc... they don't look too bad for the price actually. Everything is just terribly represented on the website.
     
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  12. Gauss17

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    I ordered some ties from them. They were very professional with the order and would not hesitate to buy from them.
     


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    3/4 overcoats are a rarity in stores, I also recommend ebay for those coats.
     


  14. Firefox

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    The site is run by a SFer (although it's now apparently going out of business). I agree that the site design, etc. leaves something to be desired, but I've heard some others speak well of the products (albeit usually in reference to ties).

    On a different (but related) topic, any opinions on preferred brands for rain overcoats?
     


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