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coat options for NYC weather - up to $2500

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Don't have much of a winter wardrobe as I'm from Florida. I will be living in NYC for much of this winter. I need a coat or a top coat that can be worn over a suit, but I'd also like it to be flexible enough to wear casually if needed. Willing to spend up to $2500 for wool-cashmere some sort of water proofing would be great. camel, black, grey, navy colors... Looking for good quality, long-term investment piece. Any brand recommendations?
 

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That's enough money that I'd just split it into two outerwear pieces - one coat that can be used over a suit or sportsjacket, and one casual coat. The winter is long, and you'll probably get bored with just one coat.

For the coat, I'd go for something that has a bit of texture, which makes it more wearable in casual situations. Something like this: http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/index.php/clothing/outerwear/grey-twill-wool-cashmere-polo-overcoat-2035.html will work fine.

For the casual coat, you may as well go with a peacoat, which are ubiquitous, but it'll keep you warm for sure. Depending on your personality, you could go for something completely boss, like McQueen's version: http://www.mrporter.com/product/376407, for something distinctive, but less in your face: http://www.mrporter.com/product/383143, or something that is nice, well cut, but can easily blend into the crowd: http://www.mrporter.com/product/374176. Or you can go with a parka. I personally wear last year's version of this: http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/inde...rey-merino-cable-lined-hooded-parka-2014.html Not wool cashmere, but it's got a full merino wool cableknit lining. Hard to beat that.

Of course. you could just blow your entire wad on this: http://www.mrporter.com/product/376406 It's a greatcoat, and you'll look like a highwayman, but it would be awesome.

If you are going purely for utility, Aspesi is always a good bet: http://www.mrporter.com/product/372434
 
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I think you have snowbirding backwards.
Nevertheless, this reminds me that I must post and sell my cashmere RTW Rubinacci overcoat.
And I believe you will got to the Football Factory for your football fix(Chelsea supporters) in town instead of the Playwright if you were on the beach..
 

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For something more classical and warm then the examples shown,
check out O'Connells extensive selection. For dressy as well as casual
I can suggest a Camel Hair Polo coat, a British Warm, or a Balmacaan
tweed overcoat, or lighter weight reversible. Their Loden Cloth option
also works for dressy and casual:

http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/home.php?cat=263
 

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I completely agree with comrade's reply. You may be able to go less-expensive bespoke with someone like Napoli su Misura or Chan, but your timeframe may make that impossible, so I don't think you can beat O'Connell's as an option.

A camelhair polo coat is the classic answer to your criteria. If you were willing to split it into two purchases, I'd consider getting a navy double-breasted coat and a brown tweed, raglan single-breasted coat. If you're in New York now, you could get Mr. Ned or Izzy at LS to have MTM coats done in the $1000 to $1250 range in a month or so.
 

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Since you move to NYC you should check out Paul Stuart, which have a great selection of high quality coats. I was also quite happy with their sales reps and service.
 

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I'd agree with splitting the purchase several ways. Also, frankly, if it is just one winter, is it worth getting an investment piece? Even if you have cash to burn...

That being said Loro Piana storm system coats are pretty nice.
 

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Re: LA Guy - Thanks for the recommendation. The peacoat from Hardy Amies looks great. I'm now siding with purchasing two coats now. I may purchase one before leaving and another once I get settled in NY.

I scheduled a fitting at the local Burberry store. I phoned in and referenced a couple coats I saw online. The staff was kind enough to order them in advance for me to try on this weekend. With customer service like that I'm certain they've sold me on one coat already.
 

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O'Connell's is a fine store, and as is Paul Stuart. I actually like the Phineas Cole line quite a lot. All the recommendations given will keep you warm enough for New York, which, honestly, is not the coldest place on earth, by a long shot. You don't need to overthink things. You are not going to the Northwest Territories or Siberia. There are a dozen or so bitterly cold days in New York in any given year, but as long as you wear two warm layers (a coat and a heavy sweater), and make sure to wear a warm hat, and gloves, you'll be okay.
 

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so Burberry sizing is a bit off. I have a problem where everything fits good and my arms fit a bit tight; i wasn't really sold on anything.
 

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so Burberry sizing is a bit off.  I have a problem where everything fits good and my arms fit a bit tight; i wasn't really sold on anything.  


The Burberry of 10-15 years ago is not todays' Burberry.
I am not surprised that the sizing is off. The store is into fashion,
not style. Check some of the more responsible retailers,
mentioned above.
 

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