Classic Navy Peacoat by SchottNYC

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  1. tancredi

    tancredi Active Member

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    Schott Leather Peacoats are great. But for wool -- there is no competing with US Navy issue. Get a friend in the service to get you one.
     




  2. thinman

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    Schott Leather Peacoats are great. But for wool -- there is no competing with US Navy issue. Get a friend in the service to get you one.

    I was told at a surplus store over the weekend that all "modern" Navy-issue peacoats are black and wool serge, whereas the older models are midnight navy and melton wool. The store proprietor also said the serge is more durable than melton, but of course he was trying to make a sale at the time. Is this true or not? I ask because I'm debating buying the black serge coat I found or waiting for a midnight navy coat (my preference) to show up on ebay. Thanks!
     


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    Hi Soph

    If you haven't run across this site yet in your research, you may want to check it out.

    http://www.leosleather.com/merchant/index.htm

    Leo's is a crammed little shop in Lakeview:

    2841 N. Clark St

    I also bought one of the leather peacoats a few years back and it was helpful to try it on before buying. The Schott jackets are quite impressive in their own right. They also have US Navy tags sewn in - I am not sure if that is an homage or if they are a real source

    The shop is not what I expected, it is a tiny storefront and the inside is so crammed full of leather and wool coats that the proprietor has to retrieve the size and model you want. I haven't been in a few years, but it still looks that way when I pass it on the street.
     


  4. Sartorially Challenged

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    Was it true to size?
     


  5. 6waters

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    I am wear a 39 and the 40 was just right - the 38 was too tight and the 42 was way too big. I would say the fit is snug. There is no way I could fit a suit under it, but a reasonable heavy sweater fits fine. The arm holes are high and the sleeves are very slim. There is not a ton of extra material throughout the body. The sleeves fall mid-hand, right where I like them.

    If a coat can fit like a glove, this one does. The leather version is very heavy in weight, but the fit distributes it well. I don't know if it is the 'Naked Cowhide' finish or just the quality of the leather, but my impression is that the jacket broke-in and conformed to my body after a few wearings. Between the weight and the fit, I sort of feel like I am wearing a custom suit of armor when I have it on.
     


  6. josepidal

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    Hmmm. How does Schott compare to the Gloverall peacoats STP has been carrying, now available for about $160?
     


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    They are too stiff and short to wear over a suit jacket. that was not their purpose. Just wear them over thick wool sweaters.
    Mine is a little longer than suit jacket length, but probably because I had to size up.
     


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    I had a peacoat once. One of the warmest jackets I've ever owned. I could pull that big collar up, button the top button and keep my face from freezing in the Feb. Oklahoma wind.
     


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    I had a peacoat once. One of the warmest jackets I've ever owned. I could pull that big collar up, button the top button and keep my face from freezing in the Feb. Oklahoma wind.

    This is exactly why I'm shopping for one.[​IMG]
     


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    US Navy haven't been anything but a dark midnight (the navy still calls it blue, but it sure looks black) for a fair while -- my pater has been wearing them for 35+ years. On the melton vs. serge point -- the serge wears like iron, but tends to loose a bit of its texture after about three years of daily (winter) wear. The Melton (which some of the brand names might be using) will keep its texture, but can't possibly wear like the serge.
     


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    any of you guys experience any itching with the pea coats?
     


  12. j

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    any of you guys experience any itching with the pea coats?
    Yeah, the collar on a real one will scratch up your neck, but you get used to it, or grow a beard. And get a corn cob pipe while you're at it.

    Welcome, BTW.
     


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    Yeah, the collar on a real one will scratch up your neck, but you get used to it, or grow a beard. And get a corn cob pipe while you're at it.

    AAARRRRHHH!
     


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    I remember trying one on at this local surplus store and was astonished by the stiff rough scratchy texture. It made me rethink going authentic. But then again do I want to pay $450 for a Seven's branded one (which was much more comfortable btw)?
     


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