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A Proper Trench

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by patrickBOOTH, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Does anyone know where to get a AcquaScutum in the States, particularly NYC? Or another solid comparabl brand besides Burberry??

    Barneys has a very limited selection of single breasts...
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was at Burberry on Sunday trying to find the classic trench. Well, they don't sell it anymore because all the men apparently want the short, skimpy ones. I inquired with them about Acuascutum or whatever. The sales girl never heard of it.

    I ordered the Burberry one on O'Connel's website.
     
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  3. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Ha! I was at Burberrys on Saturday look for the classic trench and I had about as much luck as you. The Classic Trench seems basically dead to them! They told me I could get a "Bespoke" for $2200-$2700 that would have all the classic features I wanted. Did they give you this (overpriced) option?

    What is the world coming to when even Burberry's doesnt carry its own iconic trench OTR?!

    Did you get the $1,850 Burberry on O'Connell's online site? Looks very nice. Unfortunately they dont carry 42 currently.

    Did you consider some other makers such as Paul Stuart? Days like this (NYC) remind me I need a good trench...
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Did not consider Paul Stuart. I mean I like the classic style, so might as well go to Burberry, right? The sales girl told me all of the men would get the classic one and then make them tailor it shorter, so that is all they carry now. I explained to her how it is pointless because your legs get wet and you lose your trouser crease. She shrugged. She didn't offer a "bespoke" option, but $2200 - $2700 isn't totally unreasonable. A trench from my tailor that I considered would be $2700+ I would never get a "bespoke" Burberry anything though. What they really mean is Made to Order.
     


  5. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Excellent. I hope it works out well. A pity it didn't arrive for today.
     


  6. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    What about a Mackintosh? Surprised that hasnt been mentioned.
     


  7. MyOtherLife

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    Probably because a Mackintosh isn't a trench coat.
     


  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, a mac is too unbreathable for me. Also, I am not a huge fan of the styling. I suspect that there will be many more rainy days this spring. Also, I am looking forward to my new umbrella purchase.
     


  9. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Serves the same purpose and I think it looks better than a lot of what has been posted in this thread. The Grenfall stuff is nice enough but some of the other examples seems very frumpy and old-manish.
     


  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was kind of going for frumpy old manish actually. I just think macs look too sparse. I thought the Burberry had just the right amount going on. Some of the million buttons and strange folds and lapels look a little too much.
     


  11. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    I have a uniqlo trench that would be both too short and too sparse for you. On the other hand, it looks really good on me.
     


  12. MyOtherLife

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    Irrelevant. The thread title is 'A Proper Trench'.
    You are ofcourse, entitled to your preference but a Mac is not and never will be a trench coat.
    As far as being 'very frumpy and old-manish', I am sure you will agree that not everyone can pull of a trench or Mac and therefore each gent would be wise to incline towards that which compliments his physique and fulfills his needs best.
     


  13. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I'm not sure there exists a physique on which a full trench does look at least fairly dated.
     


  14. Axelman 17

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    I understand the need point, I disagree on the physique point, I think trenches are naturally unflattering and crappy looking. I look forward to PB proving me wrong.
     


  15. MyOtherLife

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    We may have to agree to disagree on that which looks dated or old-mannish. My idea of the perfect trench coat is the Burberry or Aquascutum that is made of gabardine, double breasted with epaulets and of a length to just below the knee, not forgetting the belt with the hand grenade hoops and a nice fedora to top things off. Now some may regard this look as somewhat theatrical or dated but it is striking and draws attention; the right kind of attention. I receive nothing but compliments. I have fun wearing it and anyone around me seems to enjoy what they see. What is not to like?
    In fairness, I do own a Mack as well but wear it in warmer srping-fall weather. My trench I wear just above or below freezing. Both are useful and serve well.
     


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