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Bespoke Polo Coat Design

whirlwynds

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I am considering a bespoke Camel Polo Coat and have a few questions on design.

I am thinking of
-Double breasted, 6x3
-Peak Lapels
-Flapped Breast Pocket
-Flapped Patch Front Pockets
-Full belt
-Pleated vent
-French Cuffs
-100% camel hair, 13oz fabric

I am wondering if anyone can elaborate on pros and cons of different types of breast pocket (welted, flap, none); vent choices (single, pleated); belt (full, half, none); and lapels (peak, ulster).

Thank you!
 

Gus

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I think a flap pocket looks like an odd period style myself (even though RL keeps bringing out his late 1980's photo wearing his DB Camel coat with a flap). For an updated classic look either a patch or a welt chest pocket. Patch chest would look just a bit more casual IMO. No pocket reminds me of typical women's coats.
 

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13 oz fabric seems light.

I was comparing it to a British Warm
that I had which was 32 oz. in Melton
cloth. Melton is very thick and tightly
woven, unlike camel hair.
 
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dieworkwear

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I waffle back and forth on the breast pocket design. Been meaning to get a bespoke one for myself, but also thinking about going with a simple RTW piece. Personally go between flapped, welted, and no pocket myself -- although mostly the last two. Agree with Gus that flapped pocket can have a "period style" sensibility.

Anyway, my only hesitation with your description is that camelhair can be a bit more delicate, relatively speaking. If you get something in a camelhair-wool blend, it'll likely last longer. Maybe important if your custom tailor is expensive. 13oz is also awfully light. That's sport coat territory.
 

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Ok, will definitely move up to a heavier weight wool and maybe even consider a 50/50 wool/camel blend!

Originally I really liked the clean line of no pocket but then kept seeing these guys wearing gloves in the chest pocket and of course the flapped pocket kept rearing its head so thought may be worth a try for uniqueness and period correctness.
 

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I think another handy addition would be buttons on the pleated vent from below the martingale back. I find it helps enormously when it's very cold (you can do them up and sticking your hands in your pocket doesn't bare your seat) and for when you want to sit down (you can undo them).
 

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If you want to go for a really ballsy old-school camel overcoat, pattern it after the Despos one. It's posted in SF somewhere but a simple Google search turns it up.
 

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Polo coat
Specs:
Cappotto Polo coat
Tessuti: Fox Brothers camel coating 3.5 metres (FS479 A1125/1928)
Doppio petto 6x2 (2 bottoni a chiusura)
Bottoni 36mm
Corno di bufalo, marrone biondi
Rever a lancia
Maniche con risvolto de 8 CM
Martingala de 8 CM (2 bottoni)
Tasschino ‘barchetta’
Tasche a toppa con pattine de 8 CM
Fondo della tasche forma rotonda (come nella foto)
Spacco centrale con bottoni
Impunture nella; rever, risvolto, martingala, tasche, taschino.
Foderata (bemberg)
Lunghezza; al ginocchio












































 

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