- Jul 3, 2004
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I wonder if anybody has any tips about how to identify vicuna--aside from a tag, of course. At the thrift store yesterday I saw an old black bespoke coat (tailored by Richard Bennett, NY 12-61) that I suspect may have been vicuna. It was extremely soft and at the same time seemed denser, lighter, and stronger than what I would have suspected with cashmere. Does that sound about right? Does one just know vicuna when one sees it? The coat, btw, was very nice but unfortunately didn't quite fit. I've looked on-line for any mention of Richard Bennett, but all I can find is a tailoring outfit in Chicago (which might very well be a continuation/successor, I suppose). The coat was quite ingeniously designed to be at home both here in California and in colder climes as well, with a now-vanished zip-out lining and fastenings on the collar for fur or s. thing else warm and substantial; stripped to its bare bones it would be just right for San Francisco.